An easy way to maintain long hair on little girls is the tried and true braided hairstyle. This slideshow features a variety of braid styles from basic to sophisticated with one thing in common….they’re all adorable!
This adorable hairstyle features a heart-shaped Dutch braid with adorning flowers on each side. The technique of weaving a Dutch braid is similar to a French braid except the hair is passed underneath each strand as opposed to on top causing the braid to sit on top of the head.
On shorter hair, this style requires a bit of braiding technique.
This braided hairstyle features a double crown of braids that can be created with French braids or more simply by creating two basic pigtail braids that wrap around the crown of the head and are secured at the back. (See Next Photo)
This adorable braided hairstyle is incredibly simple to do. Simply part the hair in the center, create two braids, then pull each over the top of the head to the opposite side. Secure with bobby pins.
This is a more complicated braided hairstyle that can go by a variety of names depending on the number of strands that you use. For instance, with a basic braid, you use three strands of hair. A square braid uses four is is more three-dimensional.
Add interest to a basic pigtail braided hairstyle by incorporating ribbon. To a look similar to that pictured above, here is how you add the ribbon:
First, find a ribbon long enough to create a bow at the ends of the braid.
Part the hair in the middle to create two ponytails on each side.
Fold the ribbon in half, then secure one of the ponytails with the ribbon ensuring that the dangling pieces are of even length.
Part the ponytail into three sections for braiding. Begin braiding as usual, but add the ribbon to the third strand. Braid the ribbon as if it were part of the third strand throughout the length of the braid.
Secure the completed braid with an elastic then create a bow with the remaining dangling ribbon.
This little cutie-pie looks adorable and even slightly sophisticated with her hair pulled back tightly into a high ponytail, which was then braided into a long single braid.
Braids and Elastics
This braid hairstyle features lots of skinny braids created from random sections of parted hair. The braids are secured and decorated with colorful hair bands for a fun whimsical look.
Loose French Braid
Loosening your grip when you make a French braid creates a unique look that is different every time.
Deep Side Part Braid
You can change the look of a braided hairstyle by changing the part in the hair.
If you have an extremely patient little girl who loves to have her hair done, cornrow braids are a unique braided hairstyle alternative. These are best done by a professional, but if you want to try your hand at this braiding technique a quick search for “how to do cornrow braids” will bring up plenty of tutorials.
Ox Horn Braided Buns
Ox horn braided buns are a unique and easy to do braided hairstyle alternative. To achieve this hairstyle you need to part the hair in the center then create two high ponytails. Simply braid the ponytails and twist the completed braid around the base of the ponytail. Secure with bobby pins.
Small braids are a great way to spruce up a long straight hairstyle.