It’s that time again! I know school is going to be very different this year with Covid-19, but our little darlings still need their hair done. Whether you are doing virtual school or sending kids to in-person learning, here is our wonderful post on natural hairstyles for the kiddos. School has already started for some and I’m already getting bombarded with back to school hairstyles ideas from my readers. I knew it was time to jump on the blog and share some insights into the best natural hairstyles for the babies.
While throwing their hair in a ponytail is a quick fix, I wanted to share the most popular, easiest, hardest, most-rewarding and lovely natural hairstyles that are ideal for every little girl who’s mother is reading this post. Every hairstyle may not be for every child but this post will find several hairstyles for every little girl out there. Check out our top picks for back to school hairstyles your little darling is just itching to rock this school year!
Back To School Hairstyles
I LOVE me some Afro Puffs. On girls, women and even guys and I even had my daughter rock them when she was little. They are easy to install, cute as hell and a highly functioning back to school hairstyle for your little natural lovely. You can either use her own hair or add pieces to her hair to give her puffs volume too.
Yes, the are even a lasting style if you know how to care for your darling’s hair at night. First off, don’t make them too tight as that can create a negative response from your daughter and can cause too much tension on her edges. Secondly, simply place the puffs in twists the night before (spray each puff lightly with water and some leave-in to keep hair moist), and cover with a satin or silk scarf to keep hair need and protected.
Sabrina’s Tip: “Wash your little one’s hair regularly to keep it not only clean but healthy. It’s never OK to assume they are little and can go longer in-between washes because of age. “
Another way to keep the style for a few days is to incorporate the puffs with some cornrows like in the pic above. Now, knowing how to cornrow is needed and you can either do it yourself or have someone do it for you like a friend or hairstylist. Low on funds? Hit up a beauty school as they do hairstyles on discounted rates. You can also find even more back to school hairstyles from the school so remember to always ask!
High Puff / High Bun
A closely related natural hairstyle to Afro Puffs is the classic high puff. A classier take on the single ponytail, the high puff is an adorable back to school hairstyle for natural hair little girls because it is quick if you are in a hurry. Hair is collected all together into one high puff and hair can be added for volume or protection.
Just as you need to ensure the hair is not too tight in puffs, you will need to do the same with the high puff. I would advise gelling hair down to death as some loose hairs are adorable and you should be using gels without alcohol so to not damage her hair. Also, no rubber bands unless plastic ones! There are also ouchless hair ties that work better and will decrease the chance of pulling hairs out when removing the buns.
The more intricate the style the more it will last and for many mamas, that’s the way to go. The high puff and/or bun is a cute style for any age and that even includes preschool. Care for hair at night is pretty similar and if hair is completely destroyed, redo but if not, simply cover at bedtime. Don’t forget to use plastic bands instead of regular rubberbands.
Sabrina’s Tip: “Have a hard time when washing their hair with tears and tangles? Sing a song, put on a tv show with fun music or simply play their favorite song over and over again. Megan hated getting her hair washed so I would sing jingle bells and she would sing it with me between the tears. Made for a better wash day experience.”
Frohawk is simply a mohawk with natural hair. This style is a classic natural hairstyle that has morphed into several variations so that every natural can partake. It can be used on braids, on curls on a fro and even relaxed hair and this style is forever being challenged by one’s own creativity.
From toddler to college aged, this style works on any age. The number of rows is also up to the one doing the hair, so opt on how long your little one will sit still for the style. Yes, in these pics you see precision parts but stress less on perfection and more on creativity as this style is not about looking like everyone else.
Another style that is protective and long lasting,, the frohawk is an excellent back to school hairstyle for natural hair darlings because it is just so darned cute! It can be created on short or long hair and every texture available. No one is limited in this look because there is no hard rules on how to rock it. Also, you can add hair, if you want, and you can leave hair curly, twisted, loose or even bunned. In love with this look and want some help? Check out the video below by @iamawog
Braids & Twists
Here we step into the vast world of back to school hairstyles for the braid and twists lovers in the group. From Ghana to crochet to box, braids and twists are big for women and little girls and the styles are endless for both. Whether you create these styles from added hair or with her own hair, each style is unique, beautiful and long lasting.
How to Remove:
“To remove the rubberbands without the risk of damage lift the rubberband up with a bobby pin or the end of a rat tail comb, then take some scissors and cut the rubberband off. Take your time throughout the removal process and do it on a day where you don’t have to rush.”
Please know that traditional braiding styles for your back to school hairstyles are always popular and acceptable for back to school, especially with the younger ones. Never feel you must conform to new back to school hairstyles if you are not ready for them or feel they are not right for your child. They will never go out of style and these hairstyles are long lasting and only need a satin or silk scarf at night to protect hair from frizzing up or unraveling.
Crochet braids are fun to rock, easy to install and take a shorter time for install than traditional braided styles that many little ones may not sit long for. The styles are endless so you can create almost any back to school hairstyles you or your little one is desiring.
All types of braiding and twisting styles are popular for back to school hairstyles for little ones but we must discuss the super popular Fulani braids that many often call the Alicia Keys braids.
“This look is essentially braids with beads, but the braid patterns used are inspired by the Fulani people–a primarily Muslim, traditionally pastoral ethnic group in Africa that’s scattered throughout West Africa and parts of East Africa.”
This list is short in comparison to the massive amount of back to school hairstyles one can create for this upcoming school year. Despite that, you cannot go wrong with what we’ve shared and are bound to find quite a few ideas and looks to get your daughter or daughters ready for school when it comes to their hair.
Sabrina’s tip: “Make getting their hair done fun. Let them help, whether they are creating a part, picking out bead colors or even picking out the style. This allows them to feel more involved and gets them down the right path to healthy haircare!”
Whether you opt for traditional styles or newer versions of natural beauty, know that every little girl is beautiful and has beautiful hair. No child has bad hair and every little black girl should know how lovely she and her hair is!