18 Cute Hairdos for Kids
Think your girl could rock a pixie like Twiggy but a little too nervous to make the chop? Try this style to fake the look or see how you and your child like it before making it their permanent style. Simply make a deep side part (on whichever side will work with you) all the way down the back of the head to create two sections. Then pull each side into a topknot or half loop that's sleek and won't draw much attention to it—we want the focus to be on the pixie. To finish, pull down all the little baby hairs around the hairline (the ones that you're probably usually trying to slick back in place) to create the faux pixie. We found that this style is easiest to do on wet hair. Who says kid hairstyles can't take a cue from the past?
So your boy wants to be like Bieber but you want to make sure he's not too shaggy. Enter this adorable hairstyle for kids that is just right. Take this image to your stylist and make sure they use a razor or cut downward with the scissors to create the perfect piece-y style. Straight edges could leave him looking more like a bowl than a bieber and we know that wouldn't go over so well. Have the stylist teach you how to trim up the front pieces so you can continue to keep it out of his eyes without multiple trips to the salon.
For a dressier hairstyle for kids that's super easy to do, try this bardot inspired look. It can work on any hair length and texture and all you need to create it is a curling iron, hair tie, and an embellished hair piece. Start by taking a small section of hair that measures up right between the middle of each eyebrow and secure it tightly with an elastic hair tie. Then use a curling iron, wand, or hot rollers to curl hair all around—including the length of the ponytail. Finish with an embellished clip right at the base of the elastic.
The Renaissance Man
If your son got the curly hair gene, this is a great cut for him. Have the stylist leave hair a little longer than normal all over. This way the curls have a little more length to work with so they're a little more loose and not so tight. Right after washing his hair, while it's still wet, put in a flexible hold mousse or gel to define the curls and give them a little more style. If left to air dry, curls can grow to great heights with lots of frizz. A little styling product keeps them under control all day.
The Beauty Queen
For girls whose hair is a little longer, this is a great way to pull back their hair in a dressy way for a formal event. First, pull out a small section of hair around the hairline that can be swooped to the side afterwards. Pull the rest of the hair up into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic. Curl the length of the ponytail and a few of the loose pieces around her face. Then twist the ponytail into a bun and secure with pins. Sweep the front piece to one side and tuck behind her ear if long enough or pin to the side if not.
Let your boy get the longer cut he's requesting for school and then try this style when you need to keep it out of his eyes and more pulled together for an event. Maybe the simplest style, this only requires a comb and some hairspray or gel. If hair is dry, start by getting it wet and creating a deep side part. Add in the gel or spritz in the hairspray and comb back into place. Thicker hair may require additional product. Keep the comb in your purse and use it with water to tame any wild hairs that pop up.
A little girl in pigtails will forever be the epitome of cute. This works on long and short hair alike and is great for keeping strands out of her face. Go with her normal part and take it down the back of her head to divide hair into two even sections. Gather each just at the nape of the neck and secure with an elastic. Add in some curls to the length of the ponytails if you want to add texture or fullness, then clip in a pretty pin or bejeweled accessory on the side to hold back hair and dress up the look.
This short, groomed style is a classic that you or your kid will never regret when looking back at pictures. The short length is great for all hair types and textures—especially thick because it's easy to maintain. It's also the ideal cut for kids that play sports as it will be out of their eyes and won't look too bad after wearing a helmet for several hours. The short style also works great during the warmer months, as it won’t add heat. You and your kid will also love that it doesn't take any styling to look good so he can roll out of bed and go.
Change up the typical pigtails with this easy style. It's especially great for longer hair to keep it off their shoulders and out of the way. Part hair down the center and divide into two even sections. Secure each section with an elastic but on the last pass through, only pull hair halfway through so that it creates a loop. Twist the loop around (if necessary) so that the loose hair is facing upwards. For a tighter loop that lasts longer, make the loop very small with more loose hair coming out. Add in a headband or clips to dress it up.
The Mad Man
Keep your boy's hair a little longer on top to create this dapper style. The classic look can be worn by all and doesn't require too much effort. Simply throw in some water and a few spritzes of hairspray then make a deep part on one side and use a paddle brush to gently push hair back on both sides. The key is to not brush hair down flat against the head like you would with a comb. The paddle brush allows lift and creates volume. Add a few extra spritzes of hairspray again when you're done to keep hair in place.
The Flower Child
The fastest and easiest way to style your girl's hair? An oversized accessory like this floral headband. It's similar to the idea of wearing red lipstick when you feel like you look tired - it's distracting! So if you run out of time and can't curl her hair for picture day—or even brush it for that matter—just pop in a fun headband or other hair accessory and no one will probably even notice. Hair accessories are also great for short hair that can't be pulled back. On days when you do have time, curl a few pieces throughout for an extra oomph to the look.
Does your boy have a little curl to his hair? This cut will show them off perfectly. Sweep the front to the side and cut just a couple fingers above the eyebrows. Have them taper off the front into the back so that the sides are longer than his ears and continues to get a little longer in the back. To style, put in some curl mousse on the ends. This will help define the curls and keep them tame without turning frizzy. This cut also grows out really nicely so you can go longer between taking him to the salon.
The Fashion Plate
For straight hair that doesn't seem to want to hold any sort of curl or style, this sophisticated cut is the way to go. With the length hitting right at the chin and straight bangs above the brows, it has a sassy style all on its own - without any product or accessories needed. When she needs the bangs out of the way for sports or playing, just pull them to the side and secure with a colorful pin or clip. This is an easy way to add some pizazz without needing a hot tool. This cut also looks great with a headband slipped in.
The Live Wire
This styled up hairdo isn't for the faint of heart. If your kid loves spending time in the bathroom getting his hair just so, this is the look for him! Simply have the barber buzz the sides then taper into about a 2" height on top. Use a strong hold gel to comb through with your fingers until everything is standing upright just so. Maybe even send him to school with the gel in his backpack in case he needs to take a bathroom break to touch up throughout the day. Just have his hat collection on standby for days he's feeling lazy!
Who says a bob is just reserved for moms? We love this classic cut for all ages - especially girls. The chin length cut is simple and understated and doesn't require much to style. It works for all hair types and textures and looks especially adorable when paired with a cute accessory. We love this idea of curling the ends under with an iron and sweeping one side up with a bow. Make your own clip by tying some ribbon into a bow and hot gluing it onto a bobbi pin or clip. You can also glue on gems or anything else to show her personality.
Going in for your baby boy's first haircut? This classic style is a good place to start for inspiration for your stylist. Slightly shorter on the sides and just long enough on the top to brush over but not long enough to be shaggy, it's ideal for that first cut when you want to make a safe move. It's also great because it required no styling product. Simply brush it back while it's wet so it dries in place. If you know he's going to get wild on the playground, you can also spritz it with a hairspray or gel to give extra hold.
The Teacher's Pet
Give a nod to the sixties with this easy hairstyle. When you don't have time to do curls but she wants to do something different, give this easy hair flip a try. Simply use a flat iron or a blowdryer and brush to flip the ends out and up. It works best on shoulder length or shorter cuts as long hair tends to weigh down the flip so it doesn't last as long. Pop in a wide headband in a bright color to really give it a 60s flare and keep hair in place. It's also a good look to keep in your back pocket for Halloween!
The Class Clown
Similar to "the prepster" hairdo, this cut is a classic that can be styled many different ways with a little gel. If your boy is wanting to take his style to new heights, this look is a good way to do it! It can work with almost any cut that has a little more length on top. Simply get a strong hold gel and warm a pea size amount in between your fingers. Then rake your fingers just through the front half of hair, focusing the gel on the ends so they stand up tall. Add a little more for extra staying power.