Braided Hair Styles for Black Children

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February 28, 2011 ‐ By Genevieve St. Bernard

Braids are arguably the most popular style of choice for little Black girls (and the adults who style their hair). They are a wonderfully age-appropriate choice and can keep your pretty girl’s hair growing healthy and strong, while allowing her the freedom to play games and sports without worrying about messing up her ‘do! Check out these adorable and youthful braided hair styles for Black hair and let your special girl pick her favorite!

Cornrows: A traditional Black hair style that has followed us from The Motherland, cornrows are a great low-maintenance option for Black girls. There is even a story book about the famous braids that you can read to your little princess as she sits in the braider’s chair!

Two-Strand Twists: Twists have become an increasingly popular choice for Black hair in recent years. They can be achieved on natural hair or with hair extensions. Add barettes or bows to your little girl’s two-strand twists for a special, girlish look.

Plaits: One of the simplest braided styles for Black hair, plaits can be done by even those of us who aren’t expert braiders! Part your child’s hair down the middle and then into two smaller sections on each side. Make four secure (but not too tight; braiding Black hair too tightly can cause hair loss over time) braids and fasten the ends with barrettes. Plaits are a great protective style for little girls who wear their hair in big Afros or curly styles.

Beaded Braids: A popular style once worn by young Serena and Venus Williams, there are many ways to incorporated colorful beads into your child’s braided ‘do. Instead of having beads cover your little girl’s hair from root to tip, use 3-4 beads in varying colors at the end of the brads instead. While they are a cute short-term look, the weight of the beads can cause Black hair to break after long periods of wear. beaded braids shouldn’t be worn for too long.

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