Easy Hair Styles for African American Kids
By Charleme Salomon
African Americans are blessed with lovely skin and thick hair, but that hair can be difficult to manage. If you are looking for some ideas for hair styles for African American Kids that they will like which are a little different to the average set of cornrows, take a look at these cute, natural hairstyles. They will allow your kids to keep their hair in great condition with minimal maintenance requirements and will still show off the luscious, rich thickness of their hair. WhatÃs more, you can do them at home without having to spend a fortune on products or waste a lot of time!
The Butterfly Bun
If your childÃs hair is relatively straight, then comb it up tight and put it in a bun, but for extra control and flair, split the bun in half with chunky ties and put a bun in the middle. This is a great style for wet and rainy days, or for someone who plays a lot of sport since it keeps the hair up and out of the way.
The ponytail is a style that a lot of people dismiss out of hand, which is unfortunate because it is actually really cute and can be rather stylish when it is done right. It is also quick and easy to do and something kids can re-tie if it comes undone. You will need to flat iron the hair to make it look sleek, then section out the middle and flat twist it, before adding a bit of holding spray. Leave a bit of hair out on each side to frame the face to perfect the look.
For something a little more elegant, separate out a U-shape in the middle of the head, then put the rest of the hair into a neat low bun. Make three braids in the middle and then wrap the ends around the bun and pin it into place. Use holding spray to complete the look. This style works best with smooth, long hair and oval face shapes, but you can alter the size or position of the bun to complement most faces.
Cropped and Curly
For those with shorter hair, go for a nice, tight curled look. Use the smallest perming rod and take small sections of hair and wrap them around the rod, starting at the end of the hair and working up to the root. Then use a light finishing spray to make it shine. Add a couple of clips to hold the sides back and add character. Note that this look is best for the summer Ã± the curls will frizz quickly if the hair gets wet.
Half and Half
To achieve this understated and elegant but simple look, straighten the hair and then give it a parting from ear to ear. Take the front portion and part it at the center, then flat twist each side and hold it in place with pins. You can add to this look with a ponytail if you wish, or just leave it down for something super-casual.
If you want to jazz up any of these looks, you can do so with clip-on ponytails or a little colored spray to add a streak of color to the black hair. If you do this, remember to pick bright shades such as red, pink, purple, bright blue or green. Darker shades wonÃt show up as clearly, so it would be a waste of time to try them. IF youÃre doing a childÃs hair, make sure that the color will wash out quickly, otherwise you could end up with problems on a school day!
Charleme Salomon is a successful business owner and fashion enthusiast. She operates the website, AfricanAmericanHairStyleVideos.com which provides helpful and up-to-date videos straight from black natural hairstyle aficionados.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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