Hairstyles for Black Girls

February 4, 2011  |  

African-American girls are known for their festive and creative tresses that are often loving adorned with colorful bows and barrettes. If you are the parent or caretaker of a young Black girl, you have lots of options for keeping your little one’s hair looking fabulous. Here are a few popular hairstyles for young African-American hair.


Braids are one of the most popular options for young African American girls. They are relatively low-maintenance and, depending on the style, braids can last from days to months. They can be achieved with natural hair or with weaves. Braids are an excellent option for active girls who swim, play sports or who don’t like sitting down for longer daily styling sessions. Make sure that you moisturize your little one’s scalp and hair while she wears braids, as African-American tresses are prone to dryness and breaking.

Pigtails and Afro Puffs

Small ponytails or puffs are adorable and age appropriate style choices for young African American girls. Part the hair down the middle into two even sections and use covered elastics to secure each pigtail or Afro puff. If your little one has permed or straightened hair, use a curling iron to put a few small curls in each of her pigtails for a fancier style.


The high or low ponytail is a popular choice for many young  African American girls. Those who don’t have particularly long or thick hair can wear weave ponytails to achieve this classic look. Make sure that you securely fasten the ponytail in, so as not to let the drawstring or the base of the weave track show. Ponytail weaves are not advised for girls who aren’t able to keep their hands out of their hair or who swim or do other sports activities on a regular basis. Style the hair using a moisturizing product that was designed for African American hair.

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  • Jaslester

    I agree this article is not helpful. Try these blogs for hair care instructions and styles
    Beads Braids and Beyond
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  • Tasha LSJ.

    Been around African American Girls between the ages of 8-12 lately? Pigtails and braids…SHAMEFUL. USELESS. While we as parents want our daughters to remain “little ladies” keeping them in our parents hairstyles and our grandparents traditions dont always workout. Live a little.

  • Leslie

    This article was useless, it needs to be more specific.

  • CK Daimen

    Is this supposed to be informative? Black hairstyles: Braids, pigtails, afro-puffs and pony tails? I hate it when I turn up searches like this. What TYPES of braids? What TYPES of variations? Who was not already aware of braids, pigtails, and pony tails??

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