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20 Super Cute Hairstyles for Black Girls

From braids to short hair styles, we have ideas for babies, kids and teenagers.

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Between carpools, afternoon pick-ups and extracurricular activities, being a parent keeps you on your toes. And making sure you stay up to date with hair trends can fall way down on your to-do list. But as the mother or father to a Black girl, you want to make sure your daughter embraces her crown and that you have the time to maintain it.

No matter if you choose to keep your her hair natural or relaxed, these hairstyles for Black girls are sure to spark some inspiration, and potentially save you a little time in the morning. While they are easy to recreate, these 'dos will definitely help teach your daughter about the beauty of Black hair and how wonderfully versatile it is.

Whether you need to start the week with an age-appropriate protective style or want to change things up for a special occasion, there's something her for babies, kids and teenagers — no matter if they are rocking short or long strands. And don't forget to guard those precious curls and braids (yours and hers!) with a top-rated silk hair cap.

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Bubble Ponytail Holder and Barrettes

Wearing bubble ponytail holders and barrettes is a rite of passage for many Black girls. This style is created through parting the hair in several sections and using a bubble ponytail holder, also known as knocker balls, at the top of the twist, and then protecting the ends of the hair with a barrett.

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Beaded Braids

Do you remember decorating your hair with beads as a child? Incorporating beads into braided styles holds cultural significance, and is a stylish way to elevate the classic style.

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Box Braids

Asia Monet Ray is showing off the perfect protective style for your pre-teen. Box braids can be worn for up to six weeks and can help give the hair a break from heat, excessive styling and sun exposure.

RELATED: Everything You Need to Know Before Getting Box Braids

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Bantu Knots

If you’re looking for a style that will last throughout the school week then bantu knots are perfect no matter your daughter’s age. Bantu knots, which originated from the Zulu tribe of South Africa, is an easy protective style that can last up to a week. The sectioned off hair is twisted and wrapped into a small bun where the hair is stacked on top of one another to create a spiral knot.

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Pigtails

One of the easiest and quickest styles to do at home is pigtails. If you have no braiding techniques or you’re just short on time, pigtails are an easy go-to style in the mornings.

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Baby Bow

If your daughter is under the age of two, don't overly manipulate her hair. Instead after washing your baby girl's hair, add a little extra virgin coconut oil while it's still wet to lock in moisture. Since hair might be minimal at this age, decorate it with a beautiful red bow like Kaavia James Wade Union, who looks adorable matching her father in this monochromatic style.

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Braided Locks

If you're looking for a cute hairstyle for your young daughter, get some inspiration from Blue Ivy Carter. These Black girl braids are perfect and because there are only six, they won't take super long to achieve. When prepping the hair, make sure you detangle well after washing.

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Braided Updo

It may seem hard to find cute hairstyles for teenage girls, but Skai Jackson is showing us how! This sleek ponytail is an easy braided style created by solely braiding the ponytail (or buying a pre-braided box braid ponytail), leaving you with time to style her edges in a fun way.

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Sleek Updo

Marsai Martin’s fun updo scores big points and is easy to replicate. Haven’t mastered the art of smooth edges? Grab a soft bristle brush along with your favorite edge control product and you’re ahead of the curve!

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Twisted Up-Bun

Most girls love a princess-inspired look. Try adding a modern twist as Faith Herman does here by adding a bit more texture to a traditional top-bun updo. Two-strand twists or simple braids work to elevate a simple look.

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Adorned Puffs

Hands down one of the simplest styles to replicate, Eris Baker embellishes her hair with just the right baubles. Fluff and tease your daughter’s strands while securing each puff with a floral rhinestone barrette. When creating hairstyles for Black girls with natural hair, especially 4C hair, it's essential to keep the hair moisturized with a lightweight leave-in conditioner.

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Textured Bangs

This is an easy toddler hairstyle that won't be difficult if you have a kid who doesn't sit still for long. Leave the front out and two-strand her bangs using a light-hold gel. Place the remainder of the hair in two easy pigtails. Once dry, you're ready to unravel and play up this simple style!

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The Pony Twist

Playful with a side of embellished twists, Faith Herman rocks a look we can all be envious of. Want to take it up a notch? Secure her updo pony twist with a few bobby pins and you’ll have a new protective style that'll last for days.

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Weave Updo

This pre-Grammy Gala honoring Diddy may have been his moment, but all eyes were on his three daughters D'Lila Star Combs, Chance Combs, and Jessie James Combs. These red carpet looks easily translate to great Black hairstyles for prom pictures or birthday celebrations. Whether it's a sleek ponytail like D'Lila Star and Jessie James or a top knot like Chance, these hairstyles for Black girls with weaves are sure to turn heads.

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Pompadour Fun

A statement style that’s easy and refined? Well, we can’t help but think Shahadi Wright Joseph enjoys being a scene stealer in this trendy upgrade to the classic bun. To get the look, loosely bobby pin her bangs back while smoothing down any stray baby hairs — it's the perfect natural hairstyle for girls. Help her strands stay moisturized and healthy, especially if she has low-porosity hair, by using a deep-conditioning heat cap that will help products penetrate into her strands.

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Easy Wash-and-Go

Here’s the perfect wash-and-go option for healthy coils. Show her the ropes by moisturizing with a light leave-in conditioner, then air-drying (it's totally okay to ditch the hot blow dryer — you’ll thank us later!). Don’t forget to fluff and separate strands for the full effect like Lidya Jewett.

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Natural-Looking Clip-Ins

If you're not ready to let your teenage daughter have a full weave, you can dabble with clip-ins. Skai Jackson's red carpet look is perfect is the perfect prom hairstyle for natural hair. Part down the middle, twist the front, then add curly clip-ins on the side and back for volume. Twist the clip-ins with her natural hair and use a creamy leave-in moisturizer that won't weigh down the hair and provides a frizz-free look!

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Slick Flat Twist

Experimenting with new shapes and textures is how your girl will grow to adore her hair (and that’s the key, right?). Get creative with protective styles like this one worn by Eris Baker. A flat, twisted low bun is the perfect no-fuss style for any occasion.

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Braided Top Knot

The fall and winter months are still the best time to give you both a break from over-manipulating precious strands. Box braids are a versatile style and Jayden Rey shows us how to style the look in this cute top knot. Extend the wear of her extensions by tending to her scalp and sleeping in a satin-lined scarf.

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Loose Waves

Okay, so we won’t kid you into thinking that gorgeous loose waves come with minimal effort. Instead, we’ll tempt you with a chic look Navia Robinson makes look easy. All you’ll need to complete this style is a flat iron and mastering a few curl-bumping techniques. To tame flyaways, smooth on a dime-sized amount of pomade where needed.

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