When my little miss was younger, I got to do her hair every single day. Once she got a bit older, and developed an opinion of her own, I no longer was allowed to touch her hair. But since starting school this year, I have insisted on doing at least something to her hair so she doesn’t look like a lion.
I thought I would share with you some of my tips, tricks, and hairstyle hacks for little girls I’ve been falling back on, on those mornings that go by far too quickly.
A few tips first.
-When working with hair, you want to be sure you brush it really well. There is nothing worse than working on a braid and running into tangles. Also, this helps minimize painful pulling, so you’ll actually be allowed to work on your kiddo’s hair again without the whining.
-Make sure your kiddo is doing something. I used to set my girl in front of her favorite Disney movie, but nowadays, with school, I do her hair while she’s eating breakfast. Find out what works best for you and your kiddo, that will minimize squirmyness.
-For larger amounts of hair, a ponytail, for example, use a big, sturdy hair tie.
-For smaller amounts of hair, small braids, for example, use tiny plastic hair ties from the Dollar Store. At the end of the day, don’t bother yourself with trying to save them. Just cut those suckers out. They’re cheap and if you tried to save them, they tend to pull the hair.
-None of these hair styles have to be perfect. Remember, this is an active little kid. You’ll notice, none of the hairstyles in my photos are perfect. No matter what you do to their hair in the morning, it will be messed up by the end of the day.
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Now for the hairstyles.
There are three honorable mentions that I’ll get out of the way. That is the single pony tail, pig tails, and braided pigtails. Those three are easy, cute, and certainly get the job done! But if you’d like to spice things up a bit, read on!
The Pony Tail Loop (not the technical term)
Half Up and Inside Out
If you have another 10 seconds to spare, turn that sucker into an inside out pony tail. Right above the hair tie, part it in the middle, take the entire section of hair that is in the hair tie, and flip it all the way through. All done!
If you want to get even fancier with this one, take the next third of the hair, and repeat above. Then take the last bit of hair, and repeat! I used two mini bobby pins to hold the bottom hair in place, but if your kiddo has longer hair than mine, that shouldn’t be necessary.This one looks super cool, and it actually held out through the day much better than I expected.
One Third Pig Tails
Gather the hair as if you are going to put half of it in a hair tie, then part it in the middle and secure each section.
Fancy Pig Tails (Can you tell I’m making up the names as I go?)
Then secure the top third of the hair with the next third. Hopefully the photos help these instructions make sense. Finally, secure the rest of the hair all together. Then repeat on the other side. This one is much easier than it looks and it is so darling! Also, if you’re really low on time, you can always do a single version of this style.
Bonus!! The Cheater French Braid
This one is by far my favorite, but it is also the most time consuming. I love the look of french braids, but I get way too stressed starting them out. In this Cheater French Braid method, I start half way….
First part the hair down the middle. Secure one side with a hair tie, and don’t think about it for a few minutes.
Next, secure the top third of the hair in a hair tie. Then start your French Braid from there, using the secured part as the three parts of the braid. Do not use the secured part as one section of the braid. You are essentially starting the french braid a third of the way down the hair, so you’re already almost done. Ha! Once the first side is done, repeat on the other side. All done! Can you tell I cheated?
This French Braid Hack also works perfectly with a Fish Tail Braid.
I have used this hack for the two weddings Z was in and nobody noticed!
That’s my list of tips, tricks, and hairstyle hacks for little girls. As I discover more simple hairstyles for my sweet girl this year, I will certainly share them with you. What are some of your go-to favorites?