20 Kids Hairstyles Perfect For School

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For most parents, back to school is one of the most stressful times of the year.  Everything screams newness from the kid’s hairstyles, new environment, new school supplies, and a new wardrobe. With the COVID-19 pandemic slowly being contained and schools opening their doors to pupils again, this is the perfect time for parents to showcase their mastery of African-inspired hairstyles. It is also a way for Africans in the diaspora to connect to their roots. In our posts, we always want to introduce our readers to the trending hairstyles in Africa. This post will highlight some school-friendly kid’s hairstyles you can try on your child.

Which hairstyle is best for school?

There are several kids’ hairstyles that are ideal for back-to-school pupils. Some of these hairstyles include braided bun and low braided ponytails. These hairstyles are easy to achieve and you can do them from the comfort of your home. Thankfully, there are thousands of YouTube tutorials you can rely on.

Which hairstyle is best for the first day in school

When visiting a school for the first time, you don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself. Therefore, it is best to keep things simple. Many people argue that the best hairstyle for the first day at school is the bubble twist. This is because the style is easy to achieve, beautiful, and protects your kid’s hair from damage. Well, it’s all a matter of preference and the amount of time you have on your hands.

What is the most attractive hairstyle for a girl?

“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”, is one popular saying that remains relevant to date. Inasmuch as may say the most attractive kid style is the bubble twist, you need to choose a hairstyle that matches your kid’s face. Bubble twist is achieved by section the hair into small sections and adorning them with different colored elastic bands.

20 Kids Hairstyles Perfect For School

Some of the kid’s hairstyles on our list may have their origin traced to Africa, but, they have so many variations now. In fact, some have lost any link to their roots. We are certain that you will find the perfect hairstyle for your little angel as she heads to school.

#1. Bubble twist

natural kid's hairstyles for black girls
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We couldn’t think of anything as adorable as this bubble twist for your little girl. This style is easy to achieve. All you need are a comb, moisturizer, and colored rubber bands. Part the hair into small sections and adorn it with rubber bands. Smoothen the edges with a hair gel to make the hair look neat. This kid’s hairstyle is ideal for children with a diamond face shape.

#2. Mickey buns

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Now, this style is perfect if your child has curly hair. The style is also great for kids who can’t sit still for long hours for a cornrow or braid. To achieve the mickey buns, you need to section the hair into two parts and make a bun on each section. The advantage of this hairstyle is that it doesn’t strain the scalp which can lead to pain or boils. If your little girl doesn’t tolerate pain, this is your best bet.

#3. Classic gelled bun

black girl rocking a classic updo
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Just like the name suggests, this style is classic, and you can achieve it in less than 10 minutes. A ponytail will always make your child steal the show. You can go for the pompom look if your kid has voluminous hair. You start by parting the hair in the middle and holding it down in a ponytail. The downside is that you will have to redo the hair every morning.

#4. Braids

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Braiding is the perfect style for kids since it’s a protective style. It can last up to 6 weeks with proper maintenance. Once in a while, indulge your young one in a traditional African style that they will be proud of. You can let the braids loose or tie them down in different styles.

#5. Chunky twists

Thick Twists For Black Girls
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If you don’t feel like working on natural hairstyles now and then, you can try chunky twists. Visit a talented stylist who will work some magic on your kid’s hair. This style can last up to 4 weeks with proper maintenance. Additionally, any child with a round, oval, and diamond face can rock it. Make sure your child is bold and can handle attention because she will get a lot of them.

#6. Ponytail with a bow

Natural Ponytail For Little Girls
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Kid’s hairstyles for black girls don’t need to be too complex. It also doesn’t need to involve a lot of braiding and twisting. You can comb the hair apply lightweight oil, and create a high side pony. Moreover, you can accessorize the hair with a cute pink bow. In fact, it is a wise idea to give your kid’s hair a break in-between twists with this hairstyle.

#7. French braid

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African kids are not blessed with long voluminous hair. So, it can be hard to get that ideal style. However, if your child is an exception, you can go the braided route. Braid two long french braids that go all the way to the back. This hairstyle is cute, and it will also prevent hair from getting all up on the face. This style is suitable for all face shapes.

#8. Luscious long curls

Little Black Girl's Loose Curly kid's Hairstyle
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If your kid loves to get all glammed up even when going to school, this style is a must-try. You can create big luscious curls on her hair that will make her look like a little princess. Since we are talking about African hair, the curls will hold well. Add some spritz with hair spray to give it that shiny look.

#9. Side bun from twists

Little Girl's Flat Twists Into Bun Updo
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Thinking of giving your kid a bold look that is not overly flattery? This is one of the kid’s hairstyles that will give you the spark. For this style, you need to section the hair and twist it in a sideways manner. Repeat this till you are done with the rest of the hair, then tie it in a side bun. Try this style with your little one and we can bet they’ll love it too.

#10. Braided and bunned style

Two Kinky Buns Updo For Girls
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When it comes to kids’ styles, you can get as creative as you want. For this style, you need to braid the hair’s front into an arc that run along the hairline. The rest of the hair is then tied into small buns. The look is cute, and your child will be the unique one in kindergarten. Your child can rock this look for a week before undoing it.

#11. Half twist bun

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Kinky twists are one of the hairstyles that are easy to maintain. With this style, you will only need to visit the salon every once or twice per month. To achieve the style, the hairstylist will partition the hair into two parts. Braid the front part into twists and hold it in a bun. Braid the back part into cornrows and let them flow freely downward. This style is ideal for kids who have an oval face shape.

#12. Twisted pigtails

Two Twists Black Kids Hairstyle
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Let’s admit it, simple black little girl’s hairstyles are just the best. Nothing looks adorable, like a little girl’s hair styled in beautiful pigtail twists. To achieve the style, you section your child’s mane into parts and tie each part with pigtails. Afterward, twist the hair to the bottom and lay the edges for a sleek look. Would you want to try this style on your child? Tell us in the comment box below.

#13. Braided bun

Cornrows With A Braided Bun For Girls
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A braided bun is one of the prettiest and easiest hairstyles to achieve. To achieve the style, you braid small cornrows going upwards. Afterward, you secure a braided bun at the top. You can accessorize the hair with a pink bow at the back. Your child can rock this kid’s hairstyle for about four weeks. Ensure you apply lightweight hair oil to keep the hair and scalp moisturized and shiny.

#14. Braided ponytail

African American braided ponytail for girls
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This is one effortless style you can achieve by braiding your child’s hair into cornrows going upwards. If the hair is short, you can add extensions. The style is ideal for kids with all face shapes. Most ponytails form fluff right after they are clipped at the top of the hair. This one continues as a braid all the way to the end. Therefore, this will be a refreshing variation that will attract commendation.

#15. Shuku twists

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Shuku twist is a popular hairstyle, especially for school kids in Nigeria. The style is easy to put on and takedown. This hairstyle is ideal for kids with short hair. To achieve the style, you section the hair into two parts. In the front part, you create twists, while the back part is braided into cornrows and tied in a small bun. You may need perm rods to get the curls at the front.

#16. Kids lemonade braids

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Lemonade braids became popular after songstress Beyonce rocked them. Your kid can also look like a superstar with this style. For this style, your hairstylist needs to braid your child’s mane into cornrows going sideways. The stylist can make artistic partitions to give the style a unique appearance. This style can last up to 6 weeks, and you can accessorize it with braid rings or hair strings—if her school permits it.

#17. Wash and go

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The wash-and-go style is one of the easiest and low maintenance styles.  As the name suggests, this hairstyle requires you to wash your kid’s hair, apply moisturize, comb it a little, and your little one is good to go. The style can suit children with all face shapes. The only down side is that it can lead to tangling if not properly maintained. Mind you, detangling is really painful.

18. Frohawk

braided girly mohawk for short natural hair
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The frohawk style is cool and trendy perfect for that first day at school. The style will look fabulous with any hair length. The style is also versatile, and you can play around with different style variations. This frohawk is ideal for kids with a chiseled and diamond face shape.

#19. Crisscross updo

Black Toddler Bun Updo
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If you have a four-year-old in your house, you know they can get themselves in messy situations anytime. That is why you need to give them a hairstyle that can withstand any ordeal. This crisscross style is perfect for such occasions. Style the locks in a beautiful sleek bun with crisscrossing Bantu knots at the back. This will definitely cause a stir wherever she go.

#20. High bun

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This high bun is perfect for those days when your child is running late for school. The style is easy to achieve and maintain. You can also change the style by rocking a low bun every once in a while. Use a gel that dries fast to cut down on the time it takes to make this hair.


Being out of school for a long time, it is important that your child make a grand appearance. Your hair is one of the first things that anyone will notice about you. Wearing a gorgeous hair doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck. With the above kid’s hairstyles, you can choose different styles you can try on your daughter. Remember, a confident child learns and associates better with their peers—and it all starts from the hair. Which is your best hairstyle on our list? Tell us in the comment box below.


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