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Updated on August 22, 2021

Toddler girl hairstyles come in a wide range of styles: from simple to super sophisticated, from tomboy-ish to princess-like. This gallery features 20 pictures of our favorite girly styles. It includes intricate braids, pigtails, and half updos, but also ultra-easy headband and ponytail styles.

Toddler Girl Hairstyles – Ideas and Inspiration

Get creative, get inspired, and don’t let another day go by without turning your little girl’s hair into a masterpiece. Alternatively, if the occasion calls for something more practical, let this post be your guide to easy 5 minute ‘dos for your cutie.

1. High Braided Ponytail with Ribbon

Braids feature massively on our list of hairstyles for toddler girls. This one mixes the practicality of a high ponytail with the romantic vibe of a four-strand ribbon braid. To create this style, with either lace, ribbon, beads or leather, simply attach the cord at the base of the ponytail, and integrate it instead of the 3rd strand in your four-strand braid. The 1st strand is brought over the 2nd and then under the next strand; and the 4th goes under the 3rd and then over the next strand. Continue this pattern to the end. At the very end, tie the braid with the ends of the ribbon and spread the edges for a lacier appearance.

2. Colorful Back-to-School Multi-Ponytail

This is a style that works well with medium and even with short hair. To achieve it, part the hair down the middle, then pull the sections from each side into two ponytails. Secure them with elastics, then blend the two ponytails into one and secure this new pony. Continue making little ponytails to create a fun row and add in some pretty clips, as seen here.

3. Curly Pony with Headband

This one’s for a special occasion, or for whenever you’ve got some extra time to spend on styling. Create a horizontal parting parallel to the hairline, then divide it into smaller sections for the ponytail headband. Make the first ponytail, securing it with an elastic. Split the pony in two parts and feed the ends of these parts not into the next (2nd pony), but into the 3rd one. Once the woven hairband is complete, simply pull up the rest of the hair into a ponytail.

4. Cute Puff for Natural Hair

Black toddler hairstyles are usually so creative and versatile, it’s hard not to love them! The main advantage of African American girls is that they are born with natural curls, which makes the styling ops seem endless! To create this look, separate the hair at the hairline, then twist it into a thick rope braid, working toward one side. Pull the rest of the hair back into a neat little ponytail—and that’s all, folks!

5. Pretty Flower Bun with Braid

Flower hairstyles look amazing on long, blond hair, and this cute braided ‘do makes no exception. This cutie’s hairstyle is created by separating the hair into two sections like you would do for a half updo. The top section is braided and swirled into a flower. Make sure you’ll stretch the edges of the future flower to make them look like real petals. Use a decorative pin for the centre of the flower. The rest of the hair is French braided – lovely!

6. Twist Crown Updo for Medium Hair

Yes, you can style a crown updo for medium-length hair, too! You may use a twist instead of the traditional French braid. Don’t tuck all the hair into the twisted crown. Leave a little cute tail on one side, behind the ear and adorn it with a pretty bow.

7. Long Princess Locks with Braids and Twists

Wow, this looks like a weave! The longer and thicker your little girl’s hair is, the more gorgeous toddler girl hairstyles you can try! Some of them will be very chic and quite adult-like. This one, for example, features lovely ample curls, as well as natural sun-kissed strands any fashionista would love to rock. Part the hair for a half updo and tease a small section right at the top of the head, so that the pins can stick better. Braid two sections very loosely, one on each side, then twist and pin several other sections. Bring it all together into a messy half-up hairstyle.

8. Intricate Ballerina Style

If your small beauty loves to dance and experiment with hairstyles, you must try this variant! Divide your little girl’s hair into three sections running across the head. Braid the section at the hairline into a Dutch braid, then divide the next segment into rows to make ponytails. Fasten them with colorful elastics or decorate with beads. Bring the rest of the hair together at the back, into a beautiful, flower-embellished bun.

9. Two Braids into Side Pony

This is a look for experienced braiders. Divide the hair into two narrow sections at the hairline and braid both of them into thin French plaits. Work across and down, going in the same direction with both braids. Stop at the ear level and add in some pins, for hold. Leave the rest of the hair loose and create a long, wavy side ponytail.

10. Sweet Formal Half Updo

Hairstyles for toddler girls are often packed with details. This one, for example, features looped fishtail braid, adorable ombre curls and some lacing up top for a complete picture-perfect ‘do. First, part the hair for a half-up. Divide the top section into three and, for the centre section, create a weave with beads or colorful elastics. Once you reach the back of the crown, pull the top section into a ponytail and start a fishtail. Leave the hair of the lower section loose, regardless of whether it’s straight or curly.

11. Triple Twist with Braided Pigtails

Braiding is the most popular hairstyling technique for toddlers with longer hair, and adding some twists into the mix only makes things better. For this look, part the hair into three sections: a horizontal one across the head, and two at the back, with a center parting. Pull the top section into a ponytail, then divide it into three parts. Twist each of these smaller sections, secure them, and then start working on braids. Feel free to experiment with as many strands as you like, for an intricate-looking macramé braid or go for a common French braid. Once you finish braiding, feed the twists into the pigtail braid on the opposite side.

12. Three Rope Twist Buns

This is a perfect protective look that is also elegant and practical. Divide the hair into three horizontal sections. Pull each one up into a ponytail, then divide each tail into two strands. Make twists out of them, rope braid each pair and fix with elastic bands. Then wrap each ponytail around its base and pin. The result: three beautiful flower buns!

13. Multi-Twisted Ponytail

As far as toddler girl hairstyles go, this one is an ideal, demure back-to-school look that still manages to be chic. It’s also very easy to create. Pull the hair back into a regular mid-height ponytail, then divide the tail into as many sections as you want twists. Create the twists and make sure to secure them with elastic bands at the ends.

14. Side Ponytail with French Braid

Here’s a quick braided style, for those mornings when you have to rush out the door to kindergarten and be in time for work. Part the hair across the head and French braid the frontal section from temple to ear. Work your way past the ear a bit towards the nape of the neck, and join the end of the braid with the pony made from the remaining hair. Add a bow as a decorative element.

15. Toddler Faux Hawk Style

Need a fun, simple style, for active days? It doesn’t get much easier than this one, and it’s good for thin child’s hair. You don’t even need any partings here. Simply pull your girl’s locks into a row of ponytails, feeding the ends of one pony into the base of the next one. All done!

16. Half-Up Ribbon Braid

One of the simplest, yet elegant hairstyles for toddler girls you can do is a half updo with a braid. The ribbon and the bow make this hairstyle festive, but your girl can wear it even every day if you both enjoy styling her hair.

17. Simple Updo for Shorter Hair

Keeping shorter hair off your child’s neck is simple and super cute. Twist the side locks and pin up the hair at the nape of the neck. A pretty hair clip will transform the plainest ‘do.

18. Cute Chain Braid Look

A half updo is always a neat look that also lets to show off the length and texture of your little girl’s hair, especially if she is blessed with breathtaking curls.

19. Gibson Tuck Updo

Most styles for toddlers listed here are dealing with thin and medium textured locks, and how to do with thick hair? Gibson Tuck is very easy to create when your kid’s got thick locks. All you need to copy this hairstyle for toddler girls is a comb or brush, as well as a hairband that goes around her head. Simply twist the hair around the band, tuck it inside and pin.

20. Knotted Mohawk

The knotted Mohawk was once a hair trend, rocked by celebrities like Rita Ora and Cara Delevingne. And we know kids always like to copy adults’ hairstyles. This Mohawk updo is totally funky and worth a young fashionista!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of toddler girl hairstyles and pinned a few ideas to try in the near future. Whether your little girl has short bob-length hair or long flowing locks, there’s a host of different new hairstyling ideas to bring to life.

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