Box Braids Hairstyles for Kids with Pictures and Videos
Hairstyles for kids must be versatile, beautiful to look at and involve minimum fuss. For black people like myself, choosing the right style for young girls is not easy especially if she has thick hair and you have little time. Brushing every morning is a no-no.
The box braids hairstyle in my opinion satisfies the time demands of modern life, look great and can be a hundred styles in one with clever styling..It is fascinating to note that box braids are the most common hairstyle for children of African descent.
As you can see, I love box braids. The only challenge I have is how to be creative with the braids. For children, it is tempting to pack their box braids into ponytails each morning and send them off to school.But there is so much more you can do with box braids, which I consider the best possible hairstyle for girls (and women like me)
Maintain your Braids
African Hairstyles - Ghana weaving in front, box braids at the back
African Hairstyles for Black Children
In this hub, I have put up two videos describing how to style box braids. Some of the styles are more suitable to adult but will get your creative juices going on the best African american hairstyles using box braids, for your daughter.
I also put up tips on making the braids last longer (I keep mine on for a minimum of 8 weeks, and they do not become kitchens or stink bombs).
African Childrens Hairstyles
The best braids for natural hair are box braids and cornrows. This way the hair does not get tangled and you do not have to comb and brush everyday.
This picture shows braids with cockscrews at the end. To achieve this look, roll the ends or braid the ends of a bunch of braids then dip in hot water.
Box Braids styles - The music is a bonus
When I was young, I dreaded saturdays. It was my day with the hair lady. She tugged and pulled my hair into great western styles styles that lasted until mid week.
The rest of the week I had a hornets nest up there. When I was 8, my mum got fed up and off went my locs. For African children today, just stick to what goes best with our nature.
The video on the right is a treasure. I use it a lot when trying out new styles. The music the presenter used may not be to everyone's taste but it helps to dance when trying out something new.
Comparing Hairstyles for Children
Type of Hairstyle
Time to make (hours)
How long it Lasts (weeks)
Box Braids (medium sized)
Box Braids (small sized)
Two Strand Box Braids (medium)
Two Strand Box Braids (small)
Box Braids - Curly Tips
Kids Hairstyles with Curly ends
To achieve this, choose a curly extension, and cut it about an inch longer than the natural hair
Medium Length Box Braids
Shorter Box Braids
Box braids that are medium length are not very easy to style as they can be gathered into a ponytail.
The advantage is that they do not take too long to make which is always a blessing with children.They are also easy to remove. One easy way to style them is curve them gently so they form a bob. Adding a hairband completes the style.
Box braiding can be fun
Simplest Box Braids
Making your Braids Last
To get the best out of your kids box braids hairstyle
- Moisturize often, especially at the hairline
- Wash the hair every two weeks. There is no need for special attention, just wash with a braids shampoo and condition. use a hair dryer to ensure no moisture is retained.
- Tie a scarf around her head at night. Make it fun, make her a night pirate.