Hip-Hop Hairstyles for Kids

Updated February 21, 2017

Hip-hop music is youthful and energetic. The hairstyles that accompany the genre fit this same description. When your child wants a cool new hip-hop look, there is more than one option available for him.


Cornrows are one of the oldest hairstyles still in use. Evidence of cornrowed hair dates to the 1400s in Nigeria. They are the most popular of hip-hop hairstyles. The woven braids are possible with long, medium and fairly short hair. Traditionally worked from the front of the head to the rear, hip-hop styled cornrows start from any point of the head and create designs and patterns into the hair. Swirls, curves and even loops are created with the braids. Add fake strands of hair, or weave, into cornrows for children with short hair. The weave lets the short-haired child have long cornrows to bind at the back of the head or wear loose. Place beads at the end of the braids for added colour. The style lasts up to nine weeks, dependent on the texture of the child's hair. Be cautious the braids are not too tight on the child's scalp. This causes irritation and leads to breakage of the hair.

Pin Curls for Her

For the little girl who desires hip-hop hair, try pin curls. Twisting up small strands of medium or long hair gelled hair and securing it with bobby pins until it dries makes for a head full of curls. Fluffing with the fingers is the only styling this look needs. Serums added to the curls make them shiny or glossy. Using a stiff styling gel from root to tip before twisting makes the curls last until washed. Pull the hair back from the face with plain barrettes or hair combs for variation or into a ponytail with lots of loose strands. Headbands and wraps work well with this style. Fake hair knotted to the roots of the natural hair before curling adds colour without chemicals.

Dreads for Him

Dreadlocks are historically associated with reggae music but are also attached to the hip-hop scene. Dreads are not braids. They are twisted strands of hair, locked in place with wax or sea salt water. The child's hair texture and length influence the locking substance and the style of dreads applied. All-over dreads work for longer-haired boys, and random or patterned dreads work for medium or shorter hair. Additional hair or weave is put in place for thinner hair. Dreads are not washed daily, making their care simplified for children. Special shampoo is needed for washing. They are permanent and are only removable through cutting. Be sure the child wants dreads before having them applied.

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Sidney Johns began her writing career in 1993 after moving to Florida. The former teacher and surgical technician worked in the home improvement industry prior to earning a Bachelor of Science in education from Indiana University. While on hiatus in 2004, Johns studied holistic healing and organic growth and gardening.