6 Hairstyles for Natural Kids
Last week, Delaya and I talked about our daughter's natural hair and why we chose to raise them natural. We also discussed how we maintain their natural hair and included a free printable with all of the products you'll need to get your child started as a natural.
I realize a second challenge to natural hair. Styling. I truthfully couldn't wait until Jayla got enough hair for me to style. She was practically bald as a baby. Now, I love how much her hair has grown and I get to put it in a lot of fun hairstyles and play with some accessories. I have to admit though, those times when she struggles with getting her hair done, like not sitting still, I threaten to shave it all off. But truthfully it's a bonding moment for us both and even my husband has started to get in on the action
Styling can be tough and can turn into a tangly mess. To avoid this drama, here are hairstyles that I do on Jayla all of the time and the products sure to help you out with styling your child's natural hair.
When styling Jayla's hair, I use the same products. They tend to be applied in the same order as well. These products help me style Jayla's hair with ease. To create these styles, you'll need:
A spray bottle with water
A wide-tooth comb
SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Curling Cream
A bristle brush
Thick hair ties
SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil (Apply when protective styling or when hair is dry)
Style #1: High Puffs
I think this may be Jayla's favorite hairstyle. And she looks absolutely adorable rocking her high puffs. For this style I spray Jayla's entire head with water until damp and comb it out. Then, I part it straight down the middle and apply a heavy amount of edge control all around the section. Next, I add the hair cream and comb through again. I brush the hair up and secure with a hair tie. I like to add bobble around the puffs or barrettes to the front of the puffs.
Style #2: Multiple Ponytails/Top Knot
I simply spray her entire head until it is damp and comb it through. Then as I part her hair in the direction I want, I apply the curling cream to each section, comb through again, and use a brush to get the edges up along with edge control (gel doesn't really work on Jayla's hair). Once the hair is sleek enough, I tie it with a hair tie. If I am putting it up in one top knot, I will still add all of the same products but just brush her hair up into one ponytail.
Style #3: Half Up Half Down
For this style I spray Jayla's entire head with water until damp. I then part her hair from ear to ear with a comb. I detangle the top section and add hair cream. I detangle again, add edge control along the perimeter of her hair, and brush up. I then secure it with a hair tie. For the back section, I add curling cream, comb through, and fluff.
Style #4: Twists/Twist-out
Now honestly, I have these twists done by a professional. I cannot get my parts this straight or Jayla's sections to be even. I have this style put in and leave it in for a max of two weeks (if it survives that long).
However, I do put twists in her hair after washes. I call them my "homemade twists" because it is definitely not something she wears outside. In our last post, Raising Children with Natural Hair, I walk you step by step through Jayla's wash day routine. To put twists in Jayla's hair, I go through the same detangling process with the water and curling cream. I section her hair by rows and split the rows into three or four parts. I add cream and oil to each part, split in half, and twist them around each other. When I get to the end of the twist, I apply a little more cream and twirl. After I leave these homemade twists in for a couple days, I separate them and get a beautiful twist-out style.
To separate twists, apply oil to your hands. Twists the hair sections in the opposite direction you twisted them in and split. Fluff roots with a pik and add some hair accessories for extra cuteness. I do the same thing with her professional twists once I am ready to take those down.
Style #5: Afro
I absolutely love Jayla in an Afro. I think she is super duper cute just wearing her hair free and ultra natural. To perfect her fro, I just dampen her hair with water and comb through. Next, I add her hair cream and oil, comb through again, and massage oil into her hair and scalp. Lastly, I pik out her hair until even. I add a headband when I want to accessorize.
Style #6: Braids
This is a special one for me. I grew up on braids and love them even now, but I felt that this style made Jayla look a bit older. This is another professionally done hairstyle that is perfect for natural hair. It protects her hair and keeps me from having to comb it every day. So far, she has only had this put in once, but I will definitely utilize it a lot more when she gets a little older. Just be sure to oil your child's scalp when you put in a protective braid style.
These hairstyles are quick and easy. The best part is, they all use the same products! Doing your child's natural hair does not have to be a dreaded event. Jayla loves getting her done and I see it as a wonderful bonding moment between the two of us. Hopefully these tips and products make your hair days easy. What are your go to hairstyles for your little one's natural hair? Let us know in the comments below.