Braids for kids are probably one of the most versatile styles for medium to long hair. Braids for kids work especially well because they look fancy (and who doesn’t like looking fancy) and they keep the hair out of the way. There is a multitude of different types of braiding styles ranging from those that are simple to create to those that require a little practice and skill, and there are many tutorials online on how to achieve them all. So whether you are looking for princess style with waterfall or crown braids or a magical feel with snake and carousel braids you’ll find something perfect for your little one. Let’s explore some of these amazing hairstyles.
# 1 Flowing Fishtail Braid
This little girl has beautiful thick tresses that have been styled into a lovely fishtail plait down the one side and loosely into the length of the hair. The hairstyle has been secured with a tie and we can see some flyaway strands. This looks like a difficult design, but it is relatively simple to achieve with a little practice.
These lovely little cornrows are so unique owing to cute heart shape that has been created by the rounded patterns on the side of the head. These braids wrap around to the other side where they have been collected into a ponytail of box braids with loose curly tips.
# 3 Wrapped Up Dutch
This creative and eye-catching style combines a tight Dutch braid and the style of a carousel plait as it curves gently around the back of the head. A perfect symmetrical pattern has been achieved and secured with a clip while the rest of the long hair has been left loose.
# 4 Crochet Braids
In this picture, the style begins with tight cornrows that start on the right-hand side of the head and curve around to a point on the top left. From there the hair has been gathered and styled into thick crochet braids. These were big in the nineties, and now crochet braids for kids are enjoying a revival.
# 5 Twist, Criss-Cross, and Plait
What a darling style! It begins on the left-hand side with a spruce French braid while on the right the hair has been secured in a criss-cross style with small bands. These two come together at the nape of the neck where the hair has been styled into a plait.
# 6 Flawless Cornrows
Cornrows can take some time to create but the results are definitely worth it – like we see here. From above the right ear, the thin rows spread across the head, in beautifully curved patterns that remind you of ocean waves.
# 7 Spiral Dutch Braids
This little princess has gorgeous long locks which have been styled into a do that is fit for a princess. A Dutch plait begins high on the head and curves outwards in a spiral pattern until it reaches the bottom left side. From there the remaining hair has been braided and hangs over the shoulder, secured with a sweet little ribbon.
# 8 Three Strand Mermaid Braid
To create this look the hair was first parted down the center, all the way to the nape of the neck. On each side, a three strand mermaid braid begins in the middle, moves forward and then loops back around. Both braids meet at the back and have been tied with a ribbon into a ponytail.
# 9 Snake Braids
The twisty snake plait is an arresting and intricate looking style that looks particularly good with long wavy hair as in this picture. The double braid begins on the front side of the head and descends down and to the back running on top of the rest of the loose golden locks.
# 10 Plaited Pigtails
An innocent and timeless look has been achieved here with a simple style. The hair is parted all the way down the back and divided into two ponytails. Each ponytail has been plaited and secured with a tie and the two plaits sit forward on the shoulders. This look really works with the wide fringe that brushes on the eyebrows.
# 11 Double Dutch with Pin Detail
Here we see two Dutch braids that each starts in the front of the head and curve along the sides before meeting at the nape of the neck. In-between the two a little detail has been added with some cute colored pins. The two plaits then join to become a short plait that sits low.
# 12 Curving Dutch Braid
This darling Dutch braid has been started on top of the head, in the middle front section. The braid curves back above the ear where it has been secured with a big ribbon. From there the plait continues and lies gently on the shoulder.
# 13 Elegant Zigzags
This twist on a crown plait is so elegant –perfect for a special occasion. A thick Dutch braid begins in the front and then slowly zigzags to the left, the right and then left again. Here, at the base of the neck, tight braiding continues down her back.
# 14 Lovely Neat and Lacy Look
For this hairstyle, the hair has been parted into four sections. Each section (starting from the front) has been braided so that two plaits run next to each other towards the nape of the neck. Here all the sections meet and have been secured simply with a tie.
# 15 Creative Curving Cornrows
This sweet little hairstyle combines the detail of cornrows and box braids. The cornrows begin on the left side of the head and run in curved lines over to the right. On the right five long box braids are drawn together and collected to form a small low bun.
# 16 Tight Rounded Rows
The shape created by these cornrows reminds us of a sea shell with its concentric curves. They run in a tight circular pattern and at the crown we can see the pattern changes slightly.
# 17 Dipping Dutch Braid
Here the front section of hair has been separated using a diagonal parting. This hair has been styled into a Dutch lace braid that moves across the head, dips down at the ear and then feeds into a long ponytail. This is a simple look that is still delicate and neat.
# 18 Just Zig then Zag
Here we see how a tight Dutch braid begins in the front of the head, then zigzags to form an S-shape at the crown. This pattern has been repeated on the opposite side of the head. The two weaved sections join together and run into a single ponytail plait.
# 19 Crown of Braids
This pretty style is known as a crown braid and what a lovely crown it makes! The hair is braided in a circular pattern, while some of the small remaining strands are styled into a rounded bun in the center. This look is perfect for a special occasion and is also easy to accessorize.
# 20 Four-Strand Success
More complex braiding takes a little time to master but the results truly speak for themselves. Here we see a gorgeous four strand plait that starts on the front left side and glides over and back before being tied into a thick ponytail. This is detailed and creative look that all girls will enjoy.
# 21 Flower Girl Hair
In this picture, a three strand lace plait begins on the right-hand side of the head just above the ear. The weaved hair continues like a headband across the head before curving back down. From there the locks continue to curve before ending in a large curled bun. This style really shows off her delicate natural highlights and lowlights as well.
# 22 Plait Cross Over
This style looks complicated but if you look a little closer you can see how it was created. First, the hair has been divided into four sections. The top sections have been further divided into three and then set into plaits. These six plaits cross over and under each other before being tied into the bottom two sections and ending in pigtails.
# 23 Stylish Braiding Power
This hairstyle is created using many elastics so it is a style that will last on active little ones. We see a long thick center braid that has been tied, separated in two and then folded under. This has been repeated numerous times. It feeds into a similar style in the ponytail and is lastly secured with a tie.
# 24 Delicate Ribbon Pattern
Here we see two four-strand braids that start in the front portion of hair and then curve around, just above the ear. A blue ribbon is woven into the delicate pattern and these two plaits have been joined together with each other, and then tied with the ribbon into a ponytail.
# 25 Little Miss Hairstyle
Here a little braid begins in the front and curls around a teased high bun. The back hair has been combed up to create this bun and at the base, we can see that the style has been secured with a darling ribbon. A perfect look for a smart little lady!
# 26 Box Braids with Beads
On the left side of this little one's head, we can see four lines of cornrows that run back while on the other side the cornrows run to the side. This creates a little curtain of thin box braids that sit just on the shoulders. Some light colored beads have been added to the ends as a final touch.
# 27 Halo Braid for Angels
In this look tight cornrows spiral out from the back of the head before being surrounded by a thick braid that sits at an angle; like a halo. From the front, we see more cornrows that also lead into the top braid as well as a tiny loose braid secured with white beads.
# 28 Darling Braids and Double Bun
In this picture we see that the hair has been parted in a zigzag style and then each side has been weaved in flowing lines of tight, neat cornrows. On either side, these cornrows collect together and have been finished with box braids. These braids have been curled into two sweet top buns.
# 29 Side Box Braid Pony
In this picture, each side of the head has been styled with gently curving cornrows that lead into a side pony. These two ponytails are a mass of small braids, with each one ending in a row of transparent beads.
# 30 Starburst Braid
Once you know the basic braid styles you are free to design some of your own creations by mixing techniques. In this picture, we see a heart-shaped starburst plait that has been styled using different braiding methods. A beautiful butterfly clip set at the bottom helps complete this polished look.
# 31 Simple Bun and French Braid
Here we can see that the front portion has been combed back and styled into a simple twisted bun and held in place with pins. A French braid then starts below the bun and runs down the length of the hair to become a weaved ponytail.
# 32 Thick Halo Braid
This lovely long hair has been brushed out and then skillfully twisted into a thick Dutch Braid that runs all along the edge of the head to create a circle. The hair in the center has also been worked into the braid so this is a good style for keeping hair off the face.
# 33 Sweeping Spirals
It probably took a little time to create this look, but it was more than worth it. In this intricate formal do the hair starts in a thick Dutch braid on the lower right-hand side of the head (at the back). This plait continues in a long swirling pattern up to the front of the head and then twists smaller and smaller into the center.
# 34 Crimped and Weaved
In this picture, all the hair has been swept to the back and we can see that some portions have been crimped. The locks have been styled into a thick Dutch braid that curves over to the left. The crimped hair adds a lovely texture to this voluminous updo.
# 35 Braided Pigtail Buns
For these soft, incredibly hued locks surely only the best will do? This hairstyle shows off her tresses to perfection. The hair is divided down the middle and each side styled with a Dutch braid that runs above the ear. These two braids join into two braids buns that each sit neatly on the bottom of the head.
# 36 Twist Braids And Precious Pigtails
In this picture, the hair has been gathered and tied into three small sectioned ponies along the top of the head. Each one has been divided and fashioned into two twist plaits. All the plaits feed into two adorable side pigtails. This is such a neat and unique style – perfect for school.
# 37 Braid Away
To create this detailed hairstyle the hair was first brushed out and sectioned into six parts. Each section was then French braided and all the braids on either side flow into a thicker braid which sits on the shoulders. Pigtails are always a great look for little girls and this is a trendy twist on that style.
# 38 Cute Beaded Cornrows
This little one seems very happy with her hairstyle and we can see why! We can see that from the crown line the hair has been set in cornrows, which run to the back while in front the rows run across the head. At the ends, there are some small box braids decorated with beads – so pretty!
# 39 Asymmetrical Pigtails
Here the hair has been parted in an unusual cantered parting into two sections. Each section is full of fine cornrows that run across the head and collect into pigtails. One pigtail sits on the top left side while the other is lower on the right side. The pigtails are also braided and end with curls, and each one is decorated with a pink ribbon.
# 40 Up And Over Cornrows
For this look, the hair at the back has been styled into cornrows, which run to a center point before being collected into a ponytail. The front section of hair has also been styled into cornrows however, these run to the side of the head before becoming box braids which are also set in a pony. Don’t you love the sweet bobble ties?
# 41 Brilliant Braid Bun
In this style, the hair is woven into long rows of French plaits that stretch to the back of the head. The hair was then gathered into a pony and brushed before being sectioned into small strands and braided. All of these little plaits have been twisted into a high braid bun.
# 42 Bubble Pony
The look you see here with the multiple ties is sometimes referred to as a bubble ponytail. For this look, the hair has been sectioned down the middle and small ponies have been tied into each other, while at the same time tiny plaits run criss-cross over the head. The look is completed with two bubble ponytails that rest on the back.
# 43 Charming Milkmaid Braid
Here we see a Dutch braid that begins on the back of the head and runs along the edge of the hairline, over the forehead, before it becomes a loose plait. This style is known as a milkmaid plait. The rest of the hair has been left to hang free while the plait keeps hair out of the face.
# 44 Fairy Hair With Braid Bun
This messy looking braid has loads of texture and would be perfect for a wedding or other special occasion. A thick Dutch braid runs in a zigzag from front to back before collecting in a rounded plait bun.
# 45 Bobs And Braids
Plaits can work well on shorter hair too, just as we see here. In this picture, a small lace plait has been created on the side of the head and runs to the back before being tied. It’s the perfect compliment for this bob haircut.
# 46 Twists and Braids
In this stylish hairdo, a number of braiding techniques have been used to create a singular look. On the sides, we see lace plaits that feed into a section at the back where the hair has been folded over and in, creating an interesting pattern. The hair at the back is loose with two small plaits on the sides.
# 47 Tiny Chain Braids
In this picture, we see a thick lace braid that runs from the top left side of the head across to the back before melting away into the wavy tresses. A few smaller hanging braids have been chained into the large braid which adds interest to this pretty and girly look.
# 48 Side Fishtail
In this style, a number of fishtail braids run from the right-hand side of the head over onto the left-hand side. Here they twist together into a braided bun while another thick plait rests on the left-hand shoulder. The look has been finished off by adding a beautiful purple ribbon.
# 49 Rows Of Braids Over Wavy Locks
Here we see three sets of lace braids that begin on the left and run over to the right side before being gathered into a clip on the bottom left side. These braids run across the rest of the soft wavy hair, which has been left loose.
# 50 Flyaway French Braid With Waterfall Ponytail
This little one's hair has been French braided along each side of her head starting close to the temples while another thicker plait has been woven down the middle. Her hair has then been folded over into a high waterfall pony and finished off with a little yellow bow.
# 51 Cantered Parting With Super Neat Side Braids
You can get very creative with partings and this picture is a good example. The hair has been parted to the left and right, however, the parting runs along the head at an angle. The hair is set in a lace braid on either side before ending in two simple plaited pigtails that rest on the back.
# 52 Crown Fit For A Little Queen
Here we see a thick fishtail braid that has been brought up from the back and spiraled around. The braid rests just over the forehead, creating a beautiful crown of weaved hair, which would look perfect for special days. Notice how the look has been softened by having small flyaway strands.
# 53 Half Up Flower Braid Style
This semi-formal style begins with many braids that have been created from the top portion of hair. These have been woven skillfully into a pleasing shape that resembles chains of flowers and sits high on the back of the head while the rest of the tresses remain loose and wavy.
# 54 Fishtail Ponytail
In this look, the front portion of hair has been parted and woven into two braids that move backward, running just above the ears. These two braids join into the back portion of hair that has been styled in a thick fishtail braid. This braid continues into the ponytail which rests on the back and has been secured with a tie.
# 55 Braids and Bubbles
In this layered look, we see long hair that has been brushed back and first fashioned into a neat thick braid that runs all down the head and into a braided ponytail. Each time the hair has been through in the braid a small section has been left loose. All these small pieces have been tied on top of the braid to form a bubble pony look.
# 56 Crown Braid With High Bun
Here a Dutch braid runs across the top of the head like a crown. Behind this braid, the hair has been gathered and weaved into a long braided pony which has been curled around to create a lovely high braid bun. The look has been completed with a cute gold leaf clip in the front.
# 57 Pull Through Braids
In this picture, her long hair has been parted straight down the middle. Each section has been fashioned into thick pull-through braids. These braids sit neatly opposite each other and both end in brushed out into low pigtails.
# 58 Five Strand Braid with Clips
Five strand braids look incredible – so fine with plenty of detail. Here we see a pancaked five strand Dutch braid that begins close to the crown. It runs straight down into a ponytail which has been fastened with a clip and finished with another clip at the top. Notice how the flyaway strands help this style seem softer.
# 59 Braids with Flowers
Here a lovely crown of plaits has been created that gently run over and under each other, leaving a few strands loose. Flowers have been added in the front and at the back, which helps this style feel sweet and romantic, perfect for a little flower girl.
# 60 Sassy French Braids
This cutie has a lace braid that begins on the front right side of her head and moves across to the left. Underneath this braid, there is another simple braid and these two run to the back of her head. We can see that two pigtail braids have been fashioned at the back and these hang over her shoulders – darling!
Seen anything you fancy? You’ve probably seen loads of styles that you’d love to try for your little one so why not get started? Check online for simple tutorials, sit your princess down with her favorite DVD and get braiding. You’ll find that once you begin it will become easier and easier and as you gain confidence, you will be able to create more elaborate styles. Braids for kids work well for everyday styles and can be used for sports, school, parties, special occasions and, of course, playtime. Accessorize the braids if you like with ribbons, clips or beads to give your little girl a unique style that others will envy and don’t forget to snap a picture to share with your friends!