Braids for Girls: 27 Creative and Trendy Hairstyles to Try

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Braids are a great option for girls of all ages and hair lengths. From simple pigtail braids to elaborate box braid cornrows, there are several choices that are not only easy to create but also trendy to look at. Since most children can’t sit still for more than a few minutes at best, these braids for girls are the best way to ensure that their hair stays in place all day long.

Braids Preparation

Before taking your girl to get her hair braided, there are some things you need to do:

#1. Use a detangling brush and untangle your child’s hair.

#2. Wash her tresses with shampoo and properly rinse them off with water.

#3. Deep condition her hair with a moisturizing conditioner.

#4. Depending on the hair type, dry your girl’s hair either by stretching or blow-drying.

#5. Use an anti-itch spray on her scalp.

#6. Buy the braiding hair if you’re planning to use them. Sometimes, your stylist may provide them as part of the service.

#7. You can also buy the beads and bows at a local beauty store or your stylist’s salon.

Different Types of Braids for Girls

Braid hairdo choices are aplenty. Here’s a list of some of the best braid hairstyles to try on your little girl.

  • Box Braids

Box braids are a trendy hairstyle that is low maintenance, lasts for a long time, and can protect your girl’s tresses from getting damaged. Provided, you have some time in your hands.

This hairstyle entails sectioning your girl’s tresses into square-shaped divisions and forming each of those sections into individual braids.

Protective and stylish, they can be worn short, long, shoulder-length, big or small. Below is a roundup of some gorgeous box braids to try on your little girl.

#1. Half-Tied Box Braid


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Half-tied box braid is a versatile hairdo that draws inspiration from the popular half ponytail.

Divide the hair into square boxes and tie them into numerous braids. Then, just like the half-pony, gather a portion of the braided strands from the sides and get them to the top, near the back. Now tie them up into a pony.

Let the remaining tresses fall free. You can use a funky hairband or a scrunchie to add some more oomph.

#2. Pinned Back Box Braid

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Not only is this the perfect way to keep braids from getting undone, but they also prevent the strands from falling onto your girl’s face.

Once you’ve sectioned and braided the hair, gather some braids at the front and pin them back with a clip. Let the side strands fall loosely and frame the face. This is different from a half-tied box braid in that you only need to take a few strands near the crown and pin them back, instead of nearly half the strands in case of the former style.

#3. Colored Box Braids


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This is a simple and easy way of adding some twist to a regular box braided hairstyle if you don’t wish to dye your girl’s tresses.

Section the hair into squares to make braids. As you start braiding, tuck in these synthetic hair strands at the top just a little below the scalp. Work them in throughout the remainder of the braiding process.

This is a great way of adding some color and style to your child’s hair without any fear of damaging them.

#4. Box Braided Bun

Box Braided Bun

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Appealing and low maintenance, the box braided bun is a great way of ensuring the braid’s firmness.

Just gather all the braided strands and wrap them into a bun at the top of your girl’s head. Not only does it prevent the strands from coming loose, but it also adds a unique texture to your girl’s hair and gives an impressive look.

  • Braids with Beads

Beads are probably the simplest method of taking a hairdo from basic to wow. Let’s explore some creative braids with beads hairstyles that are bound to make your little princess look adorable.

#5. Fulani Braids with Beads

Fulani Braids

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This is an elegant and versatile hairstyle featuring a cornrow braid at the center and more braids near the temples on both sides.

A cornrow is a braiding technique in which hair is braided in raised, continuous rows so close to the scalp that the skin is often exposed.

In a Fulani braid hairdo, the central cornrow braid is accessorized with beads or rings. And the ends of the plaited side braids are decorated with beads and rings of all colors.

#6. Braid with Beads Top Bun

Beads Top Bun

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This style involves braiding the hair into cornrow patterns near the crown and box braids at the sides. Add beads along the strands as you weave the braids.

Now gather a major portion of the hair and style it into a top knot or a bun in such a way that there are a few beads at the base of the bun.

Leave a few braided strands at the sides and add stacked beads to their ends.

#7. Box Braid Pigtails with Beads

Pigtails with Beads

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A box braid pigtail is very similar to normal pigtails. Divide the hair into numerous square-shaped sections and braid them. Divide the braided hair into two parts and tie them up into pigtails just as how you would with open hair.

Now accessorize the ends of the hair with colorful beads or other accessories.

#8. Side-Swept Box Braid Pony with Beads

Pony with Beads

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If your child has a slim face, a side-swept box braid pony works best. This involves styling your child’s hair into box beads by using a side partition.

Decorate the ends of the strands with beads or rings. You can pull it up into a high pony or set it down into a low pony and get the braids to the front.

#9. Braided Bangs with Beads

Bangs with Beads

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A funky way of styling your girl’s hair is to style her fringes into several braids and decorating those strands with beads. This hairdo suits best if your girl has thick tresses.

  • Ponytails and Updos

Ponytails and updos offer a few intricate ways of styling your girl’s hair. Not only do they help maintain your kid’s hair neatly in place, but they are also simple and easy to achieve. You can accessorize it with colorful beads and bows to make your child stand out.

#10. Box Braid Pony

Box Braid Pony

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A box braid pony is an upgrade from the regular, boring ponytails. To create a box braid pony, divide your girl’s hair into square-shaped sections and braid those individual sections.

Now grab the strands and secure them into a pony using a rubber band or a scrunchy. You could also wrap one of the braid strands around the ponytail base to create a hair updo.

They are perfect to keep your girl’s hair in place. For a touch of jazz, you can decorate the strands with cuffs and beads.

#11. Box Braid with Top Knot

Top Knot

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This can be a great hair updo if your girl has long hair. Section the hair into square-shaped parts and braid them. Then, just like a half pony, gather the top half of the braided strands and tie them into a small bun or a knot.

Let the remaining long hanging braids fall loosely at the back. This is a perfect mix of a bun and free-flowing hair.

#12. Double Dutch Crown Braid

Dutch Crown Braid

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The double Dutch crown braid is a great summer look. Divide your girl’s hair into three parts: one triangular center part and two side parts. Weave the center part into a braid, roll it up into a bun, and secure it with bobby pins.

Create Dutch braids with both the side sections and secure them with elastic bands. Wrap the braid from the right side below the left side and pin it up near the top bun.

Braids for Different Girls

With so many braiding hairstyles available, there’s something for everyone. Let’s take a look at some braids for different girls.

Braids for Black Girls

With their unique hair texture, there are quite a few braids that are perfect for black girls. Here are a few of them.

#13. Double Knot Box Braid

Double Knot

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This hairdo is similar to the box braid top knot, but with two knots instead of one. After weaving the box braids, section the top part of your girl’s hair into two halves and tie them up into two buns.

You could either include all the hair into the two knots or leave a section of the hair at the back to fall freely.

#14. Jumbo Braids

Jumbo Braids

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Jumbo Braids are the thicker and bigger variants of the popular box braids. If your girl has thick hair, this can be the best hairdo. They are more protective and low maintenance than regular box braids because fewer strands are created here and they can last for months together.

Just team them up with colorful beads or hair accessories for an attention-grabbing look.

#15. Double Braided Bun

Double Braided Bun

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This is a simple back-to-school look. Part the hair down the middle and tie each portion into a high ponytail. From one ponytail make a regular 3 strand braid and tie it with an elastic band.

Lift the braid and coil it around the elastic band and create a braided bun. Secure them using bobby pins. Repeat the steps on the other ponytail.

Braids for Little Girls

Little girls need low maintenance yet firm hairstyles to keep all their hair in place. Here are a few options.

#16. French Braid Pigtails

French Braid Pigtails

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French braid pigtails are a popular, classic choice that will never go out of style. Divide the hair into two sections and start braiding from the top to the bottom on both sides. Secure each braid strand with elastics.

#17. Braided Top Bun

Braided Top Bun

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The braided top bun is a trendy hairstyle for your girl and requires only a few simple steps to create. Gather all the hair and create a tight, high ponytail. Create a simple three-strand braid, continue till the end and tie it with an elastic band.

Now wrap the braid around itself to create a top bun and secure it with bobby pins.

#18. Short Beaded Box Braid

Short Beaded

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If your girl has short thick strands, this can be a great low maintenance option. Section the hair into square-shaped parts and create box braids. Then decorate the ends with stacks of colorful beads.

#19. Box Braid Pigtails

Box Braid Pigtails

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If you’re looking for a protective hairstyle for your little girl, this is it. Part the hair in the middle to create two sections.

Weave box braids throughout the hair. Now gather the multiple braided strands on both sides to create pigtails.

Braids for White Girls

Here are some popular hairdos to try on your girl to style those gorgeous tresses.

#20. Pigtail Braids with Bows

Pigtail Braids with Bows

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This is a simple way to create an elegant, festive look out of a casual pigtail braid. Create two French braids and tie up the ends with a fancy bow to create a simple yet classy look.

#21. Half Up Crown Braid

Half Up Crown Braid

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This is a variant of the full crown braid. Part your girl’s hair on one side, and from the side with more hair, pick three sections out near the crown.

Start French braiding these three sections and take it to the back of her head. Keep adding more strands into this braid with every successive stitch. Ensure to add more strands only from the top side above the braid.

Continue braiding around the circumference of her head. Once you reach the forehead on the opposite side, secure it with pins. Add volume by loosening up the braid.

#22. Braided Crown

Braided Crown

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A braid crown is the best form of a headband to add a statement texture to your child’s hair.

Divide the hair into two sections and start braiding from the nape of the neck till the whole section is done. Tie each braid with a rubber band.

Wrap the braids around the head at the top and secure it with pins or clips. You can go for a neat and tight braid or a loose and messy fishtail. You can also place the braids high up the head as a mix between a crown and an elaborate bun.

#23. Dorothy Braid

Dorothy Braid

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Let your little girl transform into a modern-day Dorothy from Wizard of Oz!

Part your girl’s hair down the middle and divide it into two vertical sections. Near the front, starting from the left side, pick a small portion of hair right at the parting and start twisting it. Keep twisting till you move past the ear and keep adding strands from the hairline to it.

Now braid the leftover portion till the end and secure it with a hairband. Repeat the above steps for the right side.

Braids for Lazy Girls

If your girl is too lazy to sit still for an elaborate style, you can try the following easy braid styles.

#24. Twisted Braid Ponytail

Twisted Braid Ponytail

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When it comes to braids for girls, a simple ponytail can never go wrong. You can pep things up a bit by twisting them with an accent braid.

Gather all the hair and tie it up with a high ponytail. Then section out some strands from the ponytail, braid them till the end, and tie it with a band. Now twist the braid around the ponytail and remove the hairband from the braid end.

Finish the look by tying the ends of the ponytail and braid together with a rubber band.

#25. Half Fishtail Crown Braid

Half Fishtail

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This is a great boho hairstyle for your little girl. Take two sections of hair at the crown and weave them into two fishtail braids. Then tie them together at the back with an elastic hair tie.

You can cover the elastic hairband with some hair and cover it from sight.

#26. Inverted Hearts Braided Ponytail

Inverted Hearts

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Also called the pull-through braid, this is a hairstyle that’s super easy to create and looks adorable with its inverted heart effect.

Tie your girl’s hair into a high ponytail. Divide the hair into two horizontal sections such that there’s one top part and one down part. Now split the top part into two sections.

Flip the top two sections below the bottom section and tie them together. Now that the bottom section has become the top section, repeat the above processes till you reach the end of the braided ponytail. Loosen up the braid to add more volume.

#27. Side Swept Loose Box Braid

Side Swept Loose

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As the name suggests, loose box braids involve sectioning the hair into square-shaped parts and braiding them up. The only additional step is parting the hair sideways to add a whimsical touch.

This is one of the best hairstyles for lazy girls as you don’t need to style their hair for at least a few days after this. Also, it’s a little different from the usual mid-parted box braids.

Braid Maintenance Tips for Kids

#1. Kids play and sweat a lot. It’s important to maintain their hair hygiene so that there is no build-up of dirt, oil, or sweat on their scalp. Regularly wash their hair with shampoo and rinse thoroughly.

#2. If their scalp starts to itch, use an anti-itch spray.

#3. To maintain the braid’s neatness, wrap their hair with a scarf at night.

A Few Parting Words

Braids are great hairstyles as you can keep them for several days. And with this article, you now have a wealth of hairstyles to try on your little girl. Be sure to try these braids for girls out and add some spark to your child’s day. I am sure she’ll love it.

Nicole Middleton
Nicole calls herself a typical millennial girl and thrives on her share of social media, celebrity gossip, and all things viral content. She’s a big fan of pop music and plays the guitar as a hobby.