Children's hairstyles are largely dictated by the length and texture of their hair. Young children sometimes have very fine hair, which can be difficult to style. Whether your child chooses to have long or short hair, have it trimmed regularly to keep the ends neat and encourage the hair to thicken. Avoid flat irons or curling irons, which could damage young hair. Use hairsprays sparingly, and keep more elaborate styling for special occasions.
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Girls' Long Hairstyles
Tame naturally curly hair with shine spray, applying it to damp hair, or combing it through with a wide-tooth comb. Use a wide headband or pretty barrettes to hold long hair back from the face. Add feathered fringe to soften the look and frame the face. Wear long hair up in pigtails or braids secured with ribbons or flower-trimmed braids. For an easy style, scoop hair into a high ponytail above one ear and secure with a fabric flower band.
Girls' Short Hairstyles
Short or medium-length hair can be layered and styled with side-swept fringe or feathered around the face to frame it in a pixie style. Thick, straight hair can be blunt cut in a french bob with heavy fringe and held back from the face with a cute hairband or secured at the sides with decorative barrettes. An easy style for medium-length hair is short pigtails secured with colored bands or ribbons.
Boys' Long Hairstyles
Many boys prefer to wear their hair long, especially if it is curly or has a natural wave. Beach-style surfer hairstyles look cute and work well for boys with thick or fine hair. This style will need to be scissor-cut in the salon. Keep the ends trimmed regularly to thicken fine hair, and tame natural curls or frizz with shine spray.
Boys' Short Hairstyles
Short, spiky hairstyles look cute for boys with short hair and are easy to manage. They work well for boys with fun, outgoing personalities. Have the back trimmed or shaved short and keep the top longer. Style with wax or styling creme to help hold the shape. Even young boys can manage this style themselves, applying a little styling product with their fingers and ruffling it through.
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