Hairstyles for Little Girls

Little girl with bob haircut

Classic Bob

Whether your daughter's hair is short, long, straight or curly, you have an array of options. A simple bob like this one is easy to care for, and has a classic yet modern look to it.

To style a simple bob like this one, use a round brush while blow drying her hair. Pull the brush down from underneath the hair, turning the brush so that the ends flip under. For a fun option, you can also dry while running the brush over the top of the hair and flipping the ends up. This style works well with any straight hair texture.

Little girl with long hair and no bangs

Traditional Long Straight Hair Without Bangs

One of the most traditional and versatile hairstyles is long hair with no bangs. This cut can be styled in many ways. Wear it straight and center parted, pull hair away from the face with a pretty headband, wear pigtails, a ponytail or a messy bun. Long tresses like this look good straight or curled.

Regular trims are important as uneven hair is readily apparent in this one-length style. Trim hair at home by combing down and snipping dead ends or have your stylist cut your child's hair, indicating you want it a single length all over. Single length hair is best suited for straight hair. If your child's hair is very fine, keep it shoulder length so it doesn't look stringy.

Little girl with braids

Braids Are Fun

Braids can take on many different forms, but the braids in this photo are basic and will work well with medium or long hair, with or without bangs. You can braid straight or curly hair, although curly hair will not look as neat and shiny as a straight braid. Allow for the curls by letting a few strands escape for a "messy" braided look.

To create this hairstyle:

  1. Divide hair down the center. If the child has bangs, brush those into place and leave free from the sections as you start to braid.
  2. Take the right side section of divided hair in one hand and brush it out until it is smooth and free of tangles.
  3. Divide this half into three sections. Begin the braid on the side of the head as high up as you can. This will keep it from pulling loose too quickly. Braid the three strands one over the other to the end and secure with a band.
  4. To keep the braid tight, cross strands slowly, ensuring that each weave is tight before adding in more braid. Repeat on opposite side.
Girl with medium layered cut

Medium Length Wavy Layers

If your daughter hates having her hair washed and brushed, try a short to medium style with no-fuss styling. This cute cut has long, loose layers and side-swept bangs.

Styling is simple:

  1. Towel dry your child's hair.
  2. Add a dollop of hair mousse to your palm. Rub hands together, and distribute the mousse throughout her hair from the roots to the ends.
  3. Have your child hang her head upside down (make this a game for young children so they will tolerate the styling process), and give hair a quick tousle.
  4. Allow to dry naturally. This style works especially well for hair that has a bit of natural wave or curl.
Little girl with textured hair cut

Textured Hair with Razored Ends

This cut is great for back-to-school because it has a grown-up feel that most little girls will love. Ask your stylist to texture the ends of a long, layered cut by using a razor. This will create an edgy, jagged look. The razored ends can be added to any length of cut, from short hair to long hair.

The razored look also works with no bangs or longer bangs. The style works best with straight hair of any texture. In this photo, the child has side bangs that rest on a diagonal from the top of her checkbone up over her eyebrow. This cut is best suited for straight hair rather than curly or wavy hair.

Girl with stacked layered cut

Angled Stacked Cut

This hairstyle looks particularly cute on thick, straight hair. This cut does require a bit of extra styling, so it is probably best for older children between 9 and 13 years of age.

Ask the stylist to cut the back in a short, stacked bob. The front should have layers that come down past the chin in angles. Picture the style as a triangle with the longest side across the nape of the neck and the top point meeting at the center of the chin.

To style this haircut, use a straightener on the front sides and pull the strands out and down toward the chin. Finish with a spritz of hairspry to keep it all in place. For the back, tousle in some styling gel, and allow to air dry or dry with a diffuser.

Little girl with a short, pixie cut
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Extremely Short Pixie Cut

There are many reasons you might want to go with a pixie cut for your child. Perhaps your child is difficult about getting her hair brushed, has cut off a big chunk with scissors when you weren't looking, or she may have been through an illness and is growing her hair back out. Fortunately, this cut will work with any hair texture, even curly.

Unless you are an experienced hair stylist, it is best to leave this cut in the hands of the professionals, so your daughter can more easily grow her hair out when she's ready.

Styling is as simple as running your fingers through your child's hair. You can use a bit of mousse or styling gel for fine hair to give it some volume. The key to making this a girly style is to add cute little barrets, bows or headbands.

Little girl with curly hair

Cut for Curly Hair

Curly hair is a challenge. Each person has a bit of a different texture, tightness of curl and their hair will react to different types of cuts differently. On top of that, curly hair is easily damaged. There are a few things you can tell your stylist to achieve a pretty curl like the little girl in this photo:

  • Avoid all one length as it will make curly hair appear frizzy.
  • Do not allow the stylist to thin the hair with thinning sheers as the hair will appear to stick up. Instead, ask for long layers accomplished with regular cutting shears.
  • The stylist should cut with the natural curl to the hair. Some stylists will cut curly hair dry to achieve this, and that is one of the best methods.

To style, put conditioner in her hair and run a pick through it to get out tangles. Rinse the conditioner, and pat dry with a microfiber towel (terry towels can make curly hair frizzy). Distribute styling gel and then curling mousse from the roots to the ends of the hair. Scrunch each section of hair, and allow to air dry. Do not brush curly hair when it is dry.

Little girl with blunt cut bangs

Blunt Cut Bangs

Blunt cut bangs were popular in the 1970s, and like all classic styles they've never really gone out of fashion. Blunt bangs work well with many different types of hair cuts from a bob to long layers and everything in between. To cut these bangs:

  • Gather the amount of bangs you wish and pull straight down.
  • Using a comb, run it through the bangs, pull down, and apply enough pressure to hold bangs straight and in place.
  • Hold the edge of the comb where you want the bangs' length to be, and cut above the comb straight across. Keep in mind that it is better to cut too little than too much.
  • If you're cutting wet hair, remember that it will shrink when dry.

To style, comb straight down, and air dry. If hair is a bit wavy, apply some straightening balm after combing down, or use a bit of hair spray to hold in place.

girls angled hair cut with bangs

Angled Cut with Bangs

An angled cut with bangs works well on both straight and wavy hair. The cut doesn't work as well for curly hair as the curls will be different sizes and make the cut look uneven. This cut is great for active young girls, because it is long enough to pull up (barely), but can also be worn down.

To style this haircut, use a medium round brush and blow dry. If hair is naturally wavy, blow dry only the bangs, add a quarter-size amount of mousse and allow the rest to dry naturally.

girls angled hair cut without bangs

Angled Cut No Bangs

This hair cut is perfect for fine, straight hair. If your child is in the process of growing out layers, an angled cut can also help camoflauge the layers until the hair grows all the way out.

To style, you can comb hair to one side and tuck the front strands behind the ear, or you can blow dry and run a flat iron over the hair to smooth it. For special occasions, curl the straight iron under slightly at the ends and toward the jawline. Finish with styling spray or finishing gloss to prevent frizz.

multiple braids

Multiple Braids

Multiple braids is a cute look for young ladies, especially during the summer months when they might be wanting to get hair up to stay cool. To create this style, divide hair into four sections. Start at the crown of the head and create a high pony tail, securing with an elastic band. Repeat on the sides and back of head. Once all the ponytails are in place, tie a small ribbon at the top next to the scalp.

Now, divide each pony into three sections and braid each section to the end, securing with an elastic tie. Finish all the braids and then add bows to the bottom of the braids.

mini twists pulled back

Tiny Twist Pull Back

The little girl in this picture has her hair styled into tiny twists and then pulled back from her face to show off her beautiful features. This style works best on thick hair. The style this look:

  1. Start by taking strands about one-inch wide from the forehead and separating into two pieces.
  2. Twist these two strands together almost as though you are braiding all the way to the end of the hair. Secure with a small hair band.
  3. Continue until all the hair is twisted.
  4. Pull all the tiny twists together at the base of the scalp and secure with an elastic tie and bow.

Those with coarse hair may want to add some moisture with argan oil or another oil to prevent breakage.

Side ponytail

Side Ponytail

A side ponytail works great on any texture of hair. For straight or wavy hair, comb from one side over to the other, smoothing hair and securing to the front side with an elastic tie. If hair is curly, use your fingers to gently pull the hair over, smoothing only the top part to keep it from getting frizzy.

Use styling spray on the finished side ponytail to keep loose hairs from escaping.

girl with pigtails

Two Pigtails

Placing a high pigtail on either side of a young girl's head is a classic look that will never be out of style. It's a great way to keep your child's hair out of her face. This style works well on straight, wavy, or curly hair, although it does need to be at least shoulder length to secure easily.

Part hair down the middle. Starting on one side, smooth hair with a comb as you pull it up to the crown of the head. When the hair is about two inches down from the center part, secure it with an elastic band. You can also use bands that coordinate with the outfit your child is wearing. Repeat on the opposite side.

If your child's hair is not naturally curly, use a straight iron or curling iron to add a large spiral curl on each side.

girl with ringlets

Long Ringlets

This style is perfect for any special occasion and works best with long straight or wavy hair. Start at the front and work your way around the head. Pull out a two-inch wide piece of hair at a 90-degree angle. Use a curling iron and wind the hair from the base of the scalp down to the end, creating ringlets.

Pull up a small two-inch section on one side and secure with a decorative hair clip or barrette.

girl with small braid

Small Braid in Front

This look is a straight style with a small braid in the front to add interest. The hair is cut into a straight cut without bangs and parted on the side. The front four inches of hair is pulled separate from the rest and separated into three sections. Start the braid about one inch down from the part and create a loose braid. Secure at the bottom with a small clear plastic band. Brush the ends into the rest of the hair to blend it.

blunt cut no bangs

Blunt Cut No Bangs

For kids with straight, fine hair, a blunt cut can be an easy solution. However, this style does not look good with thick or curly hair as it can take on a pyramid shape. The hair is cut all one length and straight across. It is also a good way to grow out layers, snipping just the ends straight across as the layers grow.

To recreate the style pictured here, part hair down the center, add a bit of mousse or styling gel, comb into place and let dry naturally.

girl with bun

Simple Ballet Bun

Whether your daughter is a ballerina or prefers a different sport, a simple bun creates a neat and elegant look. Hair must be shoulder-length or longer to create this style effectively, although you may be able to get shorter hair into a bun with a lot of styling gel, bobby pins and determination.

Start by creating a high ponytail secured at the back of the head with an elastic band. Spray a little styling spray onto the top part of the hair and smooth it down with a comb.

Add a bun foundation to the base of the ponytail, closest to the scalp, pulling the hair through the open middle. You can purchase a bun foundation at Sally Beauty Supply and many big box retailers. In a pinch, you can also cut the toes out of an old sock and roll it up into a donut.

Spread the hair out and smooth it over the edges of the bun foundation, securing around the outside of the foundation with another clear elastic. Twist any loose strays and pin underneath the bun with a bobby pin.

Girl with long, layered cut

Long Layered Cuts

Long, layered cuts work well on straight, wavy or curly hair to create texture and bounce. The layers create a more grown-up look, so it is a popular style with school-aged girls. To style long layers, blow dry using a large round brush to turn the ends under. Use a setting gel or hairspry to hold layers in place. However, don't use so much product that the hair doesn't move naturally.

Getting even but varied layers can be a challenge, so it is probably best to allow a professional hairdresser to cut your child's hair for this look. Kids' Hair Salons are an excellent choice as they are accustomed to creating age appropriate cuts for young girls.

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Hairstyles for Little Girls