I’m no hairstylist by any means so I’m definitely not that great with doing hair. It’s just not my thing.
When I first became pregnant the hubs and I hoped for a little boy. A little boy for ME meant not doing any major toddler hairstyles because the hubs would handle all of that because…BOY! My little boy was going to have a fresh fade just like his daddy and I would have no worries. I then received the news I was going to have a little girl which I was perfectly fine with. I was going to have a mini-me…YAY, but wait…who’s going to do her hair though? LOL. The hair struggle for me is definitely real, but I’m learning.
When styling my toddler’s natural hair I’m all about SIMPLICITY! The three toddler hairstyles that I constantly do to her hair are my go-to styles. One day, I hope to know how to braid really well because knowing how to cornrow is the MAJOR KEY. Keeping a toddler’s hair braided up is a great protective style and it lasts longer than most hairstyles. One step at a time though…baby steps.
Hopefully, I can give you a little motivation! If you’ve never been good at doing hair…just know it will get better with time! Don’t be afraid to try that cute toddler hairstyle you’ve been eyeing. It may turn out better than you think!
Wash and Go
I think this natural toddler hairstyle is the simplest that you can get. You simply wash and condition your toddler’s hair and then layer the hair with product. I use the LCO method, but there is also a LOC method. You can use whichever one works best for your toddler’s hair. Trial and error is definitely a part of natural hair for me. I use a leave-in conditioner, a cream, and an oil. Most times I also finish off with a gel. I make sure I coat every strand of her hair. Next, I brush her hair with a denman brush and rake my fingers through the hair. I usually accessorize with a headband. This hairstyle lasts about 4-5 days.
This toddler hairstyle is also done on freshly washed and conditioned hair. I do the LCO method again and then I part her hair in sections to make it easier to work with. Then I twirl a small section of hair around my finger until it is tightly coiled. I accessorize this style with bows or a headband. This hairstyle lasts about 1 week.
Take a look at our family vlog to see her finger coils on video.
Two Strand Twists
Two strand twists can be a little more advanced if you’ve never done it before, but I think it’s easier than braids. I also start this hairstyle on freshly washed hair and use the LCO method. Parting can be a little difficult if you don’t have much experience with hair, but practice makes perfect. I use a rat tail comb with a metal end which makes it so much easier because I can be more precise and trust me I need all the help I can get!
I start by parting her hair in 4 sections and then I work on one section at a time. You can make the sections as big or as small as you want. I don’t do the sections too big because I feel that smaller twists last longer. Once I have a section ready, I put a rubber band around the section. I use rubber bands because I feel that it also helps the style last longer. Next, I split that section into two strands and then twist them around each other. I like to add beads to her twists so I use a beading tool to get the beads on the twist and then secure the beads with a rubber band. This toddler hairstyle lasts about 2 weeks! It’s my favorite out of all the simple toddler hairstyles because it lasts the longest for us.
Practice makes perfect and here’s the latest toddler hairstyle I’ve done. This is a combination of box braids and cornrows! YES, CORNROWS. This used to be so me, but thanks to YouTube…I learned to do a lil’ something.
There’s an underground sisterhood of black women who cannot cornrow 😂
I thought this skill would be innate. It. Is. Not.
— Millionaire la flare (@DeeRene_) March 30, 2018
I’m pretty proud of myself with this toddler hairstyle below as it is a bit more advanced.
This is the very first time I did braids, cornrows, and beads in her hair.
This is the most recent time and I think I’ve gotten much better.
I get my inspiration and tips for hair via YouTube and Pinterest. I’ll share my favorites with you in my next toddler hairstyles post I may add step by step videos of how I do these 3 styles on our YouTube channel soon. For now you can follow my Natural Hairstyles for Kids Pinterest board for some hairspiration.
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