Finding the perfect hairstyles for a little black girl can be quite a challenge at times. This is mainly because braided hairstyle for kids usually needs to be pretty but at the same time not too heavy nor too tight.
That means it takes extra care in brushing, styling, and maintaining the hair of black people, especially little girls, who hate their hair being brushed in general. In fact, the perfect hairstyle for a little black girl ought to be a protective hairstyle that promotes healthy hair and comfort at the same time, rather than discomfort and hair loss.
With that in mind, that is why it’s essential that parents try their best and only choose child-friendly hairstyles for their young ones.
Below in this enumeration, you will find attractive hairstyles that can inspire your daughter’s next hairdo. Check them out keenly and pick the one you believe would fit your young one perfectly. Without further delay, let us skip to the main section and look at the best little black girl hairstyles out there.
50 Beautiful Hairstyles For Little Black Girls
Box braids are an extremely popular and versatile hairstyle for African-American hair. The hair is first parted into sections (boxes) and each box is individually plaited.
Natural or synthetic hair (extensions) can be used to switch up the style length. It is a time-consuming process, but the results are beautiful.
Better yet, the thick box braids are a quite universal hairdo and you can do anything you want with it if you are the creative kind.
2. Box Braids with Braided Pony
Another cute version of collecting all of your smaller braids into a ponytail and leaving the braids to swing free from the ponytail.
After you’ve separated your hair into sections and plaited each individual section, you can gather the hair into a high ponytail and secure it with a scarf or other hair tie.
3. French Braids
French braids work best with medium-to-long hair.
Begin by creating 3 equal sections of hair. Bring one outer portion over the middle section. Repeat with the other outer portion and continue the pattern, using your free fingers to ensure the portions remain separate.
Once the braid lifts off your head, continue in a basic braid until you reach the end of the hair, then tie with an elastic.
4. Circle of Braids
This is an easy braided hairstyle that is quite perfect for those busy moms who are not quite cornrowed savvy. To set up the hairstyle, simply part the hair in triangular sections as you can see in the image above, then secure them using a ponytail holder. Also, ensure you position the ponytails in a way that create a circle around your little girl’s head.
5. Criss-Cross Braided Ponytail
This cute hairstyle will turn all the heads on the playground! The first step is to create large box sections of the hair and braid each section into small braids. Then criss-cross two braids together in each section and connect them to the high ponytail.
6. Braided Top Knot
This hairstyle is combining two hairstyles — braids and the top knot – into one elegant updo. Begin by braiding small sections of the hair and then collecting all the different sections into a knot at the top of your head. You can use the braids to tie the knot instead of an elastic tie.
7. The Twist Out
Here is another great hairstyle for your little one’s natural hair. As the name implies, strands of hair are slathered in gel and twisted in one direction. You can either let the twists loose or keep them in, depending on if you want tight curls or looser waves. This is a cute hairstyle for any age.
Perhaps one of the easiest hairstyles to do with black hair. Simply gather the braids into a bun at the top of your head. It can be tied with strands of hair, a scarf or elastic hairband, or hair clips.
9. Twisted Ponytail
If you want a sleek hairstyle that looks hides the unsightly elastic band, use a piece of your own hair to tuck under the elastic so it looks your hair is holding the ponytail.
10. Twists to the Side
Here comes another gorgeously simple hairstyle that features some easy strand twists that have been simply pinned to one side. Not only is this hairstyle great for children with long hair, but it is also an easy style for most moms to do.
Make your kid’s hair up in a ponytail and twisting the end portions so that they will look more puffy than usual. This can be great for kids who are about 3 – 6 years of age.
11. Twist & Curl
Here is a darling hairstyle that is perfect for when your little black girl is attending a special occasion such as a birthday. The best thing about this hairstyle is the fact it will look so good, even though it is among the simplest to braid.
Divide hair into small sections. Twist the strands of each section in the same direction. Moisturize twists with the product and leave in overnight. Untwist each section in the morning for bouncy curls.
12. Twisted Mohawk
This hairdo will not only award your little girl a state-of-the-art and stylish vibe, but it will also allow her to look a whole lot different from all other girls who are sporting classic twists or braids.
In fact, above everything else, the hairstyle is also quite practical. But its only downside is young black girls may keep complaining that their long hair locks are getting in their faces a lot of the time. This can be quite troublesome in classes or when your girl is sporting the hairstyle in windy environments.
13. Chunky Twists
If you are not up to creating a state-of-the-art masterpiece using your child’s hair, then you can leave it to a qualified braider who you are assured can carry out the magic required to create the chunky twists you see above.
14. Sleek Updo
It takes a lot of tools and products to get black hair into a sleek updo. You’ll need a comb, a hairbrush, a bristle brush, strengthening spray, edge control spray, and hair gel.
Once you’ve tamed the hair, you can try different styles on tops, such as buns or ponytails.
15. Beaded Cornrows
You’ll not need to do a lot with this hairstyle, but in the end, it will still turn out lovely and charming. All you ought to do is get some transparent beads to place on cornrows after you’re done making the hair.
And note, the color of the beads can be different as well. Pick the color that you’re assured your little one will love. Take a keen look at the image above for inspiration.
16. Fishbone Cornrows
Fishbone cornrows are tiny braids close to your scalp with large spaces between sections. They are meant to be as tiny as fish bones.
17. A Ponytail with Cornrows
Trying out a regular ponytail on your kid is a great idea. But how about you try out a ponytail with creative cornrow patterns on your daughter’s head? The best thing about this combination is that there are hundreds, if not thousands of different combinations you could try out.
For starters, you could try out the look above.
18. Smooth High Bun
Take a look at that image. Does that hairstyle remind you of a watermelon? Mostly because of how neat and smooth it looks on that little girl’s head. I bet it would probably earn as the best hairstyle on your little girl’s head as well.
If you and your young one are lovers of classic styles, you can quickly weave some parallel cornrows then wrap them together into one cute bun at the top.
19. Half-Up Double Bun
Girls — young and old — love half-up half-down hairstyles.
For this hairdo, part your hair down the middle and gather the upper portion of your hair in a bun while leaving some hair loose on the bottom half. Secure bun with an elastic band and repeat on the other side.
20. Bun Hawk
Growing up in my neighborhood, this was the best African American little black girl’s hairstyle to boast. Try out this on your young one’s hair, especially if you will be attending a formal event with her. Then take some pictures and I promise you she will thank you for making her look so cool in the future.
21. Pompadour Bun
Updating a 1950s look into the 2000s!
Begin by sectioning the front portion of your hair into a U shape and using a clip to keep it out of the way while you put the rest of your hair into a bun. Once that is done, hold the U section up straight then loosely roll it back and secure with a bobby pin. Use your fingers to style it into the look you want.
22. Cornrow Buns
You will need to have cornrows already before you start this hairstyle. Simply pull the back cornrows up to the top of your head in a bun and secure them with a hairclip.
23. Bun with Frizzy Ends
A bun with frizzy ends is a simple hairstyle. Just pull your hair back as if you were putting it into a high ponytail. Instead of pulling all of your hair out of the ponytail, leave it half in the elastic band and pull strands loose for a messy look.
24. Braided Buns
Braided buns are ideal for young black girls who have voluminous and thick hair. The only downside with the hairstyle is that it is time-consuming to set up. But on the other hand, it is worth putting all your efforts in setting it up because it will undoubtedly allow your little black girl to stand out in the crowd.
Also known as Afro Puffs, this adorable hairstyle collects natural hair into a bunch (a puff) and keeps it in place with an elastic band.
Afro Puffs is quite simple and perfect for any little black girl out there. It does not require a lot of work to set up. Better yet, whether your little girl’s hair is frizzy, wavy, or soft, it will still be easy to rock the best Afro Puff.
To get the double puffs, part hair down the middle and pull all the hair on one side into a puff with a comb and wrap an elastic band around the hair to hold it in place. Repeat on the other side. Very quick and convenient hairstyle!
26. Braided Faux Hawk
Who said only boys can have faux hawks? This hairstyle proves that girls can rock the hawk just as well.
Start by combing your hair into sections and gathering a section at the top front of your hairline, braid the hair, and secure with a tie. Continue braiding by sections until you have a “faux hawk” look going down the center of your scalp.
27. Bantu Knots
A fun and flirty hairstyle, Bantu knots are a popular choice for little girls.
Begin by sectioning your hair into numerous sections, depending on how long your hair is. The shorter your hair, the closer the sections should be.
Take one small portion of each section and wrap it into a coil close to your scalp, attaching it with a bobby pin. Take the rest of the hair in that section and wrap it around the coil, securing it with a bobby pin or tucking it into the coil. Continue this process until all sections are done.
28. Side French Braids
Similar to the regular french braid, except there will be two French braids instead of one big braid.
Section your hair into two parts. Separate one part into three smaller sections. Weave the back portion under the middle into the center. Take the front and cross it under the center. Feed new pieces of hair as you braid backward, repeat until you get to the ends. Use an elastic band to tie the braid and repeat the process on the other section.
29. High Side Ponytail
A high side ponytail is very easy and very 1980. Follow the steps for a regular ponytail except collect the hair to your preferred side. Secure with an elastic band.
30. Braided Puff
Part your hair into two sections – the half you want to braid and the part you’ll put into a puff. Take the braiding section and braid it into small braids. Pull the rest of the hair into a puff and secure with elastic, tucking the ends of the braid into the puff.
31. Summertime Fun Hairstyle
This is one hairstyle that can be perfect for the summer season especially if your daughter usually feels uncomfortable because of the summer heat.
When you take your child for a haircut, you can keep the back part and the sides short but keep the front part so that your child’s hair will look like it has extra volume. You can be sure that this cute hairstyle will keep your child comfortable and will still make her look and feel feminine at the same time.
32. Curly and Short
If your daughter has naturally curly hair as in with tight curls, you can make her life easier by making this short hairstyle. You can place it on the side of your daughter’s hair for that instant more feminine look that she will surely love.
33. Braided All Over
Do not be scared by the name. You simply need to start making a french braid along one side. The moment that you end the braid, you should make the braid into a bun. Make sure to secure this properly with the use of proper hair tools as well as gels to keep the hair in one place for a long period of time.
34. Pre Teen
If you would like your daughter to have great hair as she slowly transitions into being an adult, you know that this style can be perfect. First, your daughter should have medium-length hair. Straighten the bangs so that they will be emphasized. Make sure that the back portion of the hair will remain curly but gelled so that it will not look too puffy.
35. Chunky Braids
Chunky braids are very simple. Split hair into thick sections and braid each section. Then secure with an elastic bank. You can also braid into several mini sections and then braid those sections together into one super thick braid.
36. Afro with Headband
To begin this look, apply moisturizer to the hair, then use a wide-tooth comb and bristled brush to push the hair up to the top of the head. Place a large headband around your forehead for later use. Push the headband up from the forehead until you reach where you want the puff to be. Fluff out of the puff with your fingers.
37. Zigzag Parting
Beginning at the forehead, pull a comb through the hair directly to the right for an inch. Part the hair and then pull the comb left for one inch. This should create a small zigzag look. Repeat the alternating right and left parts until you reach the crown of the head.
38. Circle of Braids
This hairstyle is very complex. It requires separating hair into sections and braiding in a circular pattern before securing with bobby pins.
39. Braided Halo
Halo hairstyle is an amazing way to easily tuck all of your little girl’s hair away especially when you do not want to spend hours braiding. To save time, just braid one big cornrow around your little one’s head.
You can also put your natural hair into a low ponytail and braid it into two sections. Use a bobby pin to secure each of the two sections to your scalp. Wrap the braided extensions around your head like a halo and secure them with pins.
But remember, since most African-American hair is short and brittle, extensions are needed for the braided halo.
Corkscrew curls are also known as spiral curls. Begin by running moisturizing cream through your hair. Divide your hair into 4 sections and each section into 2 sub-sections. Wrap each sub-section of hair around your finger into a coil and hold it for a few seconds. When you release it, you should get spiral curls. Repeat steps for all hair sections.
41. Natural High Pigtails
I have never come across a little girl sporting cute natural pigtails that did not look amazing. Actually, this hairstyle looks even better when it’s done on natural hair.
You can either sport this hairstyle symmetrical or you could also opt for a little bit of design and originality by letting them stay asymmetrical.
Divide your hair down the middle into two sections. Pull the section on one side of your head into a high side ponytail with hair hanging loose. Repeat on the opposite side for the other section.
42. Braided Mohawk
We have already looked at the twisted Mohawk style, and now I bring you the braided Mohawk. I think this will be a more memorable one compared to the first one. Every time I see a little black girl sporting this hairstyle in public, I notice she leaves awe on everyone’s face everywhere she goes.
43. Spiral Braids
Most individuals have become fond of this hairstyle lately and our young little girls are not an exception. And this is all for good reason as well because the hairstyle is quite captivating on its own. That said, I believe you can make it even better if you added some beaded little decorations to the style.
At the end of the day, just ensure it looks like the girl in the picture or something close and your daughter will love you for it.
44. Heart-Shaped Braids with Beads
Your little girls will be undoubtedly thrilled with the possibility of sporting a heart-shaped hairstyle, mostly because most kids love different creative designs. After all, little girls perceive heart as a sign of a great and sincere feeling, so this style will definitely be perfect for any little girl.
45. Black Natural Curls
I did mention braided hairstyles in the preceding sections of the posts. However, some of your little black girls boast hair that would be better if it were left a bit loose without weaving it into braids. And that is where this black natural curls hairstyle comes into play.
If your baby girl boasts natural curls, you have no idea how lucky they are because this hairstyle will instantly set them apart from their peers.
46. Dutch Braids
This is one of those hairstyles that can be sported by both young black girls as well as adult women. The main reason for this is the fact the hairstyle releases a refreshing and quite positive vibe and will truly add extension and volume to your hair.
Also, give it a try if you want your young one to look great in no time when you have to leave in a hurry.
47. Floral Princess
This hard-to-beat headpiece is an amazing way for you to easily spice up any little black girl’s hairstyle. If your little girl loves to try out their natural hair down, then you can quickly style the hair into a wash & go then adorn her with an astounding floral crown.
48. Pretty Pink Bow
If your little black girl likes to wear her hair down, then this hairstyle is an amazing way to easily accessorize her braid out or wash n go. Adding on an astounding bow will also make her look and feel like a million bucks.
49. Minnie Mouse Bows
I think the name and the image explain this hard-to-beat hairstyle. This whimsical hairstyle is another distinct way for your little black girl to rock her hair locks. The two big bowls up there will have her feeling like the princess she really deserves to be.
50. Twisty Braid Dreadlocks
This list would be incomplete if I did not mention the twisty braids. Twisty braids are somewhat a continuation of the braided hairdo we just talked about in the preceding section. Super stylish and chic, this hairstyle is one of those pretty little black girl hairstyles that when done right, can be a level above all other hairstyles you’ve ever come across.
No More Tears
Mornings before school with little girls can be torture. Rushing around trying to brush their hair into some semblance of a hairstyle while they scream bloody murder every time the comb comes near them.
Some of these hairstyles are so simple, a child could do them. Others might require mom’s help. But your little girl is sure to find at least one hairstyle that she likes on this list.