Children's Hair Braiding Styles

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Children's Hair Braiding Styles
Braids and cornrows are similar styles that are popular among many different cultures. (beautiful Asian girl with braids image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com)

The task of braiding a child's hair can be daunting, or it may be particularly uneventful if you are tired of creating the same hairstyles for your child. Braids and cornrows allow for great styling flexibility if you have the time to experiment with different concepts. There are dozens of styles that are easy to create, including a simple ponytail or bun, a "mohawk" or more intricate styles that involve crossing cornrows amid one another.

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Braided Hair Extensions

African braiding shops in many major U.S. cities provide hair-braiding services for children using synthetic or human hair. With practice, a parent can also learn how to use hair extensions to create these same styles. Microbraids and corkscrew braids are some of the most popular hairstyles for children because they last longer than natural braided styles, which means they can keep up with children's active lifestyles. These styles are usually very versatile, easy to maintain and stay fairly presentable for at least one month.

Mohawk

The braided mohawk involves separating the hair into two sections, parting it in the middle of the head and braiding the cornrows in the direction of the centre scalp. Once all of the braids meet in the centre, you take the ends of each individual cornrow and form one braid starting at the front of the head and ending near the nape of the neck. This style can be altered as well, with zigzag designs and cornrow crossovers.

Interwoven Cornrows

You must practice to perfect interweaving cornrows. The process requires attention to detail and the ability to see the finished result before you actually begin braiding. Parting the small hair sections is comparable to the act of designing a city grid system, and understanding the direction in which you want the cornrows to go will require some planning. There are dozens of styles to choose from when intersecting cornrows, and most are the original products of a stylist's creativity.

Ponytails

Creating a cornrow ponytail, which involves plaiting the braid to the scalp, is relatively easy to do if you know how to make cornrows. The ponytail can rest on either the centre or one side near the top of the head, or on the back of the head for a pulled-back ponytail. A few ponytails can be braided on the head as well, giving your child a youthful look. Use accessories like bows and barrettes to accentuate the look of children's ponytails.

Natural Hair Braids

The simplest option for braided hairstyles for children is to simply create small braids, about 1/2 inch in diameter, throughout the child's head. Making the braids smaller allows for the hair to be worn up for a casual look or down, with loose curls, for a formal event. Securing the braids with black hair ties is usually recommended for this style to eliminate the threat of the braid unravelling. Use of small hair rubber bands is also acceptable, but improper removal of rubber bands could cause tearing of the child's hair.

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