Wedding Hairstyles for African American Little Girls

Written by andrea hermitt
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Keeping African American girls' hair well groomed can be a challenge because of pain associated with combing and their high level of activity. When it is time to go to a wedding and you want them to look nice it can be especially challenging. There are some wedding hairstyles that will look great for the entire event and cause little pain and stress to create.

Afro Puff

This hairstyle requires no heat appliances and can be done quickly and easily. You will need a good moisturising hair oil such as Luster's Pink Oil, a high quality hair elastic, a brush, and a decorative bow or headband to make an Afro puff hairstyle worthy of a wedding.

To make this hairstyle, first wash and condition the hair well. If you have time, use Cholesterol Conditioner to soften the hair even more. Apply the Lusters Pink Oil while the hair is still damp and brush the hair into one Afro puff in the center back of the head and put the elastic band on. As the hair air dries, use your fingers to fluff out the Afro puff making it as big and full as possible. When the hair is dry, add a decorative floral headband or elastic band to dress up the Afro puff.

Kinky Curls

This wedding hair style for little girls will take some planning and advance work. To make a head full of kinky curls you must first create a twisted hairstyle. Two days before the wedding, wash and condition the hair. While it is still damp, part the hair into two inch sections and two-strand twist each section of hair. Allow the hair to air dry. On the morning of the wedding, take out the twists with your fingers and you will have a head full of wavy coils. If the hair is long, it will hang down on its own and you may just want to add a hair band. If the hair is short, it may stand up a little. To dress it up, you can flat twist the front and fluff out the back with your fingers. Add some hair pins with gems on it to the front twists.

Hair Bun

A simple hair bun with fringe or loose hair in the back will be pretty and easy to maintain. After washing and condition the hair, use a hand held blow dryer and comb to lightly straighten the hair. Depending on your preference, make a one inch bang in the front of the head, or one inch at the nape of the neck. Some people do both. Use hair rollers to set curls into this section of hair. Brush the remainder of the hair into a bun at the back or on top of the head. Twist the hair into a bun and use pin to gently hold it in place. Add an elastic band with flowers or other decorations to the bun. Remove the hair rollers before heading off to the wedding.


Cornrolls are an everyday hairstyle for African American girls but you can dress it up for a wedding by doing the braids thinner than normal, and creating a fancy design such as swirls or curved lines where you would normally do the braids in straight lines. Curl the ends of the corn rolls to make the hairstyle more fancy and add hair pins with gems or tiny flowers to it.

Two Strand Twists

Two strand twists need to be done one or two days before the wedding. This hairstyle for will last for a week or two after the event. Begin with clean and conditioned hair that has been blow dried to straighten it out a little. Then part the hair into 1/2-inch squares and do a two strand twist for each strand. This is a beautiful and natural hairstyle that will allow her to show off her length without looking to grown or ending up messy by the end of the day. Put a pretty hairband in her hair to match her dress.

Press and Curl

We have come along way since the days of the pressing iron and hot curler that sat on the fire and was used practically burn our hair straight. You can get a soft press and curl effect by blow drying the hair and using a flat iron. After straightening the hair with a flat iron, use a curling iron to curl the hair. Be sure to use a heat protecting product to prevent hair damage. For a young African American girl, you can create Shirley Temple curls with the curling iron. For an older girl, just curl the ends under. You may want to bring and elastic band with you as the curls can fall out and the hair can fluff depending on the weather or level of activity.

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