Working with its naturally coiled texture there are many cute hairstyles for African American kids. Black parents can be creative with age appropriate hairstyles that will flatter and please their children. With proper preparation and a few easy techniques you can comb your child's hair into a variety of cute styles.
The African American community considers braids a staple in hair design for children. Braids are convenient because they don’t usually have to be done on a daily basis. Some little girls and boys wear their hair in a multitude of tiny little braids. Older kids may wear this style loose, sometimes cutting the braids into a bob style, or pull it into ponytails or updos. If your child has uneven or thin hair, add hair extensions to the braids to give them a thicker more uniform look.
Because of the coarseness and curliness of some African American hair it can be easier to manage when divided into sections. Zigzag parts down the middle of the scalp are cute and create fancy designs for ponytail hairstyles. Naturally curly or coiled hair gathered into ponytails form Afro puffs. You can also leave hair to hang from ponytail holders, but your child may prefer a straighter texture that requires straightening the hair with a flat iron or a blow dryer.
Cornrows appear similar to braids but are achieved by grasping strands of hair at the root and braiding it close to the scalp. Girls wear this style sometimes with the ends embellished with different color beads. Another popular girls style features several cornrows starting at points around the edge of the scalp and meeting at the top to form a ponytail. Cornrow styles are also cute on boys, especially styles that include impressive designs with lots of twists and turn on the scalp.
For curls without frizz, the hair of many African American girls needs to be straightened using either heat (flat iron, blow dryer) or a chemical relaxer. You may then use a curling iron, or roll her hair on sponge rollers to form curls. Decorate the curled hair with a headband or part it into sections and keep it separated with ponytail holders. Add a bang at the front of the hair to create a different cute look.
The majority of African American boys wear a short Afro hairstyle. Barbers can create interesting parts using a pair of clippers. A simple part on one side is cute on most boys. Some creative designs featuring curves and multiple parts in the hair. A barber can create a faux Mohawk design for African American boys by tapering the sides of the hair close to the scalp and leaving the top of the hair longer.