Hair Styles for Kids

A Dad's Guide to Doing His Daughter's Hair

Simple Styles

Your daughter's hairstyle can make the difference between a hectic morning and smooth sailing. By asking a hairstylist to cut your daughter's hair into a style that takes into account her natural texture and shape, you won't need to bring out an arsenal of styling products and tools to tame your daughter's tresses. Styles like a stacked bob or long layers can help keep your daughter's hair looking neat with minimal upkeep.

Easy Techniques

Despite the styles you might see on the playground, a girl's hairstyle doesn't need to be complicated. In fact, the simplest techniques will likely yield the best results, especially for an inexperienced dad. The book "The Dads & Daughters Togetherness Guide: 54 Fun Activities to Help Build a Great Relationship" suggests learning a few basic techniques, such as a ponytail or a braid, to try on your daughter. They may be basic, but you can learn to execute them properly so your daughter is always well-coiffed.

Proper Products

Some hair products will make your life easier when it comes to styling your daughter's hair. Using a good-quality, tear-free shampoo and conditioner can keep her hair squeaky clean, while a detangler can help while combing out wet hair after a bath or shower. You can also add gel and mousse to your arsenal to help tame stubborn hair into submission. Just skip on products like relaxers, dyes and lye -- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia warns that they can cause skin reactions for kids.

Accessories

While you may not be experienced enough to create complicated updos, you can easily slide in a barrette to keep bangs out of the way or add a flower clip to pretty up a ponytail. Bring your daughter with you to the accessory store or drugstore to pick out some accessories that she loves -- this can help reduce hairstyle woes when you're trying to do her hair. You should also have a supply of metal-free elastics, bobby pins and clear elastics to round out your simple hairstyle arsenal.

How to Make an Updo or Bun for a Doll

Brush through the doll's hair so that it is tangle-free.

Pull the doll's hair back into a tight pony tail and secure it with an elastic band. The height of the pony tail will be the point of the bun or updo. If you want a low bun make the pony tail low. If you want a high bun make the pony tail higher.

Take the pony tail and begin twisting it around in a spiral to create the bun shape.

Secure the bun with either bobby pins or a second elastic hair band when all of the pony tail has been wound up in a spiral shape. The bobby pins should be inserted around the outside of the spiral shape and pushed in to the center of the bun. If using an elastic band simply place it around the spiral shaped bun to secure it.

Pull a few random tendrils of hair from the bun for an updo style. These tendrils are supposed to look random and somewhat sloppy. You can secure them with more bobby pins if necessary.

Things You Will Need

  • Doll with long hair
  • Brush
  • 2 Elastic bands
  • Bobby Pins

The Dangers of Hair Ties to Babies

Be aware that hair ties, especially big, decorative ones, can pose a choking hazard for your baby. It is in a baby’s nature to put everything in her mouth, including hair accessories. The diameter of your little one’s windpipe is extremely small, making the choking potential even more severe.

Keep in mind that long stretches of fabric or ribbon can get caught around your baby’s neck or other body parts. So, if you are using a ribbon or fabric to tie your baby’s hair back, you may want to think twice.

Visualize yourself trying to detangle a snagged hair tie out of your screaming baby’s hair. Now, after you stop shuddering at the thought, think twice before you pull your child’s hair back with one of those.

Tip

Consider other alternatives besides the cute, frilly hair ties. Simple baby-friendly hair bands work well to keep hair up and out of the way. Baby barrettes work, too, although those can be swallowed just as easily.

There’s always the a haircut route. You may not want to even think of it, but getting your wee one a tiny hair trim to keep the hair out of her face may be the way to go. Remember, it’s just a trim -- you’re not shaving your poor baby girl’s head, and she won’t even remember it once you get her back in the car.

How to Maintain a Little Girl's Afro

Wash your daughter's hair once a week, using a mild shampoo. Remember that her curls do not need daily washing because that can cause her hair to be dry and more prone to breakage. Choose a shampoo that is sulfate- and paraben-free to avoid hair dryness. Massage the scalp gently with the shampoo to thoroughly remove product buildup and dirt. Rinse thoroughly.

Add about 1/2 to 1 cup of conditioner to the hair, depending on the hair length. Remember that the more soaked with conditioner her hair is, the easier it will be to untangle. Comb out all tangles gently with a wide-tooth comb or pick, right there in the tub. Start at the end of the hair and work your way up for as little pain as possible. Rinse out the conditioner.

Pat her hair gently with a soft cotton towel to remove most of the water. Avoid rubbing the hair, which can cause tangles. The little girl's hair doesn't have to be completely dry.

Pour a quarter-size amount of virgin organic coconut oil, pure argan oil or extra virgin olive oil into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together, then gently apply the oil to her hair. Next, apply the same amount of leave-in conditioner to seal in the oil. Scrunch the hair by gently squeezing it with your hands, one handful of hair at a time. Squeeze the sections of hair starting at the roots. Add a headband or bow to the style, if desired.

Wrap your little girl's hair up when she goes to bed to keep her hair healthy. Use a silk or satin hair wrap, tied on right before bed.

Things You Will Need

  • Sulfate free shampoo
  • Sulfate free conditioner
  • Wide toothed comb or hair pick
  • Soft bath towel
  • Virgin coconut oil, pure argan oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • Leave in conditioner or hair cream
  • Headband or bow, of desired
  • Silk or satin scarf

Tip

Between washes, spray the hair with leave-in conditioner each morning. Gently scrunch the hair with your hand to keep hair fresh and curly.

How to Prevent a Baby's Hair From Being So Dry

Use soap and shampoo sparingly on your baby's hair.
Use soap and shampoo sparingly on your baby's hair.

Shampoo your baby's hair once or twice a week. Your baby does not produce the amount of scalp oil an adult does, and his hair does not need to be washed as frequently. By washing it once or twice a week, you reduce the drying effect soap has on his hair.

Extensive rinsing will remove all traces of shampoo from your baby's hair.
Extensive rinsing will remove all traces of shampoo from your baby's hair.

When you do shampoo, wash all traces of soap or shampoo away. Leaving even a small trace of shampoo in your baby's hair can be very drying.

Use a gentle shampoo formulated for baby hair. Never use an adult shampoo on a baby. Not only can it run into her eyes and burn them, it's entirely too harsh for a baby's wispy hair. Shampoos that are free from fragrance, DEA and sulfates are best for baby and her hair.

Massage a tiny amount of olive oil, Shea butter or coconut oil into your baby's hair. This will moisturize his hair and prevent fly-aways.

Massage your baby's scalp. Even if you don't use any oil, the act of massage will stimulate natural scalp oils that may help with his dry hair.

Brush your baby's hair with a soft-bristled baby brush. This will distribute any oils and smooth the hair follicle.

Things You Will Need

  • Gentle baby shampoo
  • Soft bristled hairbrush
  • Olive oil, coconut oil or Shea butter

Tip

Keep a hat on your baby in cold weather. Not only does it keep him warm, it will keep the dry winter air from drying his hair.

Warning

Never blow dry your baby's hair. It's very easy to burn their scalp and face even on a low setting, and it will maker her hair even drier.

Hair Care for Black Babies

Shampooing

When washing black babies' hair, stick with products that are either all natural or specifically made for African American babies. You want a product that is mild enough for the infant's tender locks and has only the best ingredients. One natural shampoo that is made for African Americans, and is gentle enough for babies, is made by the Beauty 4 Ashes brand. Its Hair Puritea Red Tea Honeybee Shampoo is made from aloe vera, honey and red Tea. It keeps the hair moisturised and strengthens it against breakage.

Don't wash the baby's hair too often. With some African American babies, they have very thin hair, which is not coarse in texture. In this instance, it is OK to wash the hair once every week or biweekly. You may want to wash more often if the baby's hair is thick and long. When using natural products, it is OK to wash every three days. Do not wash any more frequently than this in order to maintain the natural sheen and lustre to the baby's hair.

Moisturising

Baby oil is a popular choice for moisturising black baby's hair. Applying it to the baby's scalp two times a day will keep it moisturised and promote healthy growth. Other oils that are optimum for black hair---even on infants---are coconut, jojoba, olive and shea. These oils clean the scalp and don't clog the pores. They also don't make the hair dirty so that you will have to wash the hair too often.

What to Avoid

Be sure to thoroughly read the ingredients on the hair care products you purchase for African American babies. Avoid products that contain chemicals that are harmful for your baby. Products to avoid contain petroleum, sulphates, silicone and mineral oils. Some parents like to use lotions to moisturise the baby's hair. This is fine as long as the lotion doesn't contain parabens; this chemical has been proven to have agents that cause cancer.

Styling

It may be stylish and cute to pull the baby's hair up in colourful barrettes and hair accessories, but try to keep the child's hair as naturally styled as possible. African American hair is fragile and these styling practices can cause damage and breakage. Do not to use rubber bands and keep the ponytails loose, if you must style her hair in a ponytail. Use a soft-bristled brush when brushing the child's hair.

Babies & hair growth

Babies Grow Hair Twice

Babies grow hair two separate times. The first growth happens inside the womb, and the second sometime after birth, even beginning as late as eighteen months of age. When and how this second hair growth happens varies with the individual baby. Some babies begin to grow the second head of hair before they have lost the first and the change does not appear obvious. Others lose the first hair long before growing their second head of hair, remaining nearly bald for months or even years. The first and second growths of hair often have different colours and textures.

Hair Loss

Babies lose their first head of hair as a normal stage in their development. It may take place before the baby's birth. In this case, the baby would be born bald. A baby may also lose their hair as late as at six months old, or anytime up until then. This may happen gradually, or suddenly. Many babies lose more hair in particular places, such as the backs of their heads where their heads rub against their car seats. In rare cases, baby hair loss may be due to a medical problem.

Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is a very common scalp condition where oil and dead skin accumulate on a baby's head causing dry, scaly patches and rashes that look acne-like. Some babies have more severe cases. Basic baby scalp and hair care will help reduce the amount of cradle cap on a baby's head. For severe cradle cap, parents should ask their child's paediatrician for advice.

Medical Problems

Occasionally, a baby's hair loss or cradle cap indicates a serious medical condition. Smooth circular bald places may indicate a condition with the immune system called alopecia areata. If the circular bald places have red flaking skin, this may indicate a fungal infection called ringworm. Irregular hair shafts or scalp may indicate a number of other problems such as monilethrix, pili annulati, trichorrhexis and Menkes disease. Only a doctor can diagnose and treat these conditions.

Hair Care

Your baby's hair should be washed every three to four days with a gentle baby shampoo or cleanser for sensitive skin such as Cetaphil. Massage the shampoo into baby's hair gently and thoroughly rinse. Then, dry the baby's hair with a towel and apply either baby oil or lotion to the scalp. Brush the dry skin from the hair and scalp with a gentle baby hairbrush.

How to Make Really Cool Hairstyles for Kids

Cut the hair to chin-length for a fashionable cut. This style can be fastened to the front of the girl's face with barrettes, ribbons or hair clips.

Side swipe the fringe to frame her face. Tuck them away with a hair clip, barrette or headband.

Cut any split ends off long hair to maintain it. The number of ways a girl can wear long hair stops at the limit of her imagination. Long hair is good for girls who don't mind when their caregiver conditions and washes their hair. Long hair sometimes gets in the way, but she can always wear it up. Braid the hair, put it in pigtails or buns. Have fun with it and create a super cool hairstyle that will make your kid happy. Curl the hair by rolling it in foam rollers.

Cut your girl's hair above the ears if she is active or doesn't like having her hair brushed. No blow-drying or special treatments are necessary with this hairstyle.

Get the most "coolness" out of your boy's hair by cutting it long. He can then use gel to spike the hair. Or, gather the hair in the centre top of his head and flatten it out with your hands for a Mohawk style, dubbed faux-hawk, for fake Mohawk.

Cut his hair in layers and part it to one side. Hair that goes below the ears can be styled into a cool side-swept haircut.

Mushroom cut your child's hair. This is also referred to as a bowl because it looks like the hairdresser put a bowl on his head and cut around it. The term mushroom stems from the fact that the haircut makes the boy's head look like a mushroom, and that's pretty cool to him.

Buzz cut your boy's hair. You won't even need to shampoo his hair. It is the most low-maintenance haircut around, and it could prepare him for later in life when he might actually lose his hair.

Teen Haircuts & Styles for Guys

What's Hot for 2013

According to an article in "GQ" magazine, the hottest new hairstyles for guys include a variety of definitive yet alternative approaches. Most of the popular hairstyles for 2013 exhibit hair cut short on the sides and longer on top. The Varsity Side Part is a more preppy, clean-cut look that keeps hair longer on top. The Textured Top Crop is a look for boys wanting to express their creativity with short sides and a choppy faux-hawk on top. The Wavy Blow Back accentuates hair length on top with short sides. Check out GQ's 19 New Hairstyles for 2013 webpage for pictures of these and other styles.

Bye-bye Bangs

Observing the trends of teenage celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Zac Efron shows that bangs are on their way out for guys, with top-heavy styles being the preferred look. Keeping the hair short on the sides and longer on top is the current trend. Suggest your teen try tousled layers if he wants to keep his hair longer. This style will keep the hair out of his face but allow for some longer length. Take a look at the Being Gorgeous webpage for images of this style along with other examples of top-heavy hairstyles for guys.

Styling Products for Guys

Some hairstyles might require your teen to use a styling product to achieve the look he's going for. Ask the stylist to show your teen specific ways to use products and how to manipulate his locks for the particular style he's chosen. Hairstyling products are designed for different purposes. Choose a light pomade for definition and medium hold. Use a thicker, heavier product such as styling paste or hair gel for a stronger hold. Hair mousse and styling creams are beneficial for creating volume and light to medium hold. Your teen might also require a hairdryer if he's chosen a style such as the Wavy Blow Back to obtain desired results.

Hairstyle Maintenance

When your teen is deciding on a hairstyle, ensure that he has the time and patience to maintain the style on his own. Some styles might take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes to create. Ensure that your teen is realistic when choosing a new style and that his schedule allows for proper care. Specific trends to watch for in this regard are dreadlocks, long styles and hair color. Dreadlocks in particular can prove to be quite a challenge when it comes to maintenance. Ensure your teen knows what he's getting himself into before making the commitment to a new hairstyle.