Cornrows, Braids and Box Braids: 2 Kids Hairstyles

Cute Easy Hairstyles

Today I am sharing a couple kids hairstyles that I have done recently on my daughter. These cornrows, braids and box braid styles are fairly easy (and cute), especially the first one I have for you.

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How To:
1. Start with banded/stretched and moisturized hair. Part and cornrow 2 braids on the top/center of the head. Be sure to add a holding/moisturizing product so the style will last. My favorite is Bee Mine Curly Butter. I used that and Bee Mine Luscious when creating this style.
2. Make 2 small ponytails on each side of the cornrows, cross them over into a second ponytail to create the criss cross ponytail look, then braid or twist each ponytail.
3. Part out 4 equal ponytailed sections in the back and braid or twist each of them.

This next style was a little bit more difficult for me, I attempted some curving cornrows.
1. Start with banded/stretched hair, curve the parts for your cornrows (make the curves pretty drastic if you want the braids to appear even more curvy). I did 4 cornrows on one side of her head.
2. Create box braids on the remaining hair. Don’t forget the styling product!

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This style was her back to school hairstyle this year. Check out these back to school hair ideas for more.

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“Box” Braids Takedown

As promised here is my post on D’s box braids takedown. I had mentioned that near the end of the 2 1/2 weeks of her protective style, D had gone to her grandmas for a couple days and did lots of swimming, apparently with that swimming did some massive unraveling:

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This literally happened in just two days! It looked kind off cool, but there was some major tangles! I washed her hair with the remaining braids still in, using Created by Nature Hair n Body Wash, conditioned with Bee Mine Avocado Cream Conditioner, leaving much of it in, I added some CUSH Uncoiled detangler and began finger combing/detangling. Surprisingly (to me), the tangles slid out with ease. It didn’t take long at all to detangle and get the rest of the braids out and I did most of it using my fingers, with a wide tooth comb or a rat tail comb occasionally.

Shiny, soft, moisturized, detangled hair after 2 1/2 weeks of little braids:

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Protective Styles: “Box” Braids

Protective styles are important for healthy hair; they reduce breakage, damage and shield the hair from the sun and weather. Some examples of protective styles would be box braids, twists, cornrows, buns, etc., with no rubber bands or beads. Most everyone in the hair care blogosphere is probably aware of the month long protective style challenge hosted by Beads, Braids & Beyond that recently took place and I wanted to share our protective style(s) with everyone. We chose to do small box/triangle/diamond braids, they are easy and versatile. I worked on them off and on for 2 days, starting on clean, detangled, well moisturized hair. I used Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer all over, Bee Mine Curly Butter on each section before braiding, and Kinky-Curly Curling Custard on the ends as I finger curled them:

 

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The braids lasted over 2 weeks, that is the longest amount of time a style has ever lasted for us!!! I changed up the look of her braids several ways during these two weeks. First, we simply added a headband (from Ni’s Ebony Curls Spot):

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She participated in her school’s track meet, so I put her braids in 2 french braids to keep it out of her face:

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Then we had a french braid out, adding another cute headband for some flare (this headband was purchased locally):

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After the first week, they were still looking great.  I washed her hair using a liquid castile hair wash from the Created by Nature line, her hair was still soaking wet in this photo:

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Two cornrows in the front and a sock bun for her dance recital:

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Here is another way we gave the style a different look, using only the cloth Goody ponytail holders, I put the top half up in two ponytails:

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I had to attempt a variation of my favorite styles, the faux hawk:

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They had been in for 2 weeks at this point, a little unraveling of the ends and fuzzy at the top, but not too bad:

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She sported them in a ponytail for a couple more days while she was at her grandmas (with lots of swimming and not much care) and then they were taken down (I’ll make a post on the takedown process). Throughout these 2 1/2 weeks, I washed her hair twice, and moisturized daily with Bee Mine Luscious, really focusing on the ends.

Ok, I would really like your feedback, which style from this post was your favorite? Also, how often do you do protective styles on your/your child’s hair?

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Maintaining Yarn Braids

Maintaining Yarn Braids

Maintaining Yarn Braids

D had yarn braids aka genie locs back in October / Early November, that was my first time ever doing them and they lasted about 3 weeks. I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t get many great photo’s of her yarn braids and the styles we did with them during those 3 weeks (she wore them half up and half down the majority of the time anyways), but I wanted to share a little bit on maintaining yarn braids.

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How To Maintain Yarn Braids

I made sure to keep her hair well moisturized when the yarn braids where in, moisture is, of course, a very important part of maintaining yarn braids
-I sprayed them daily with Bee Mine Juicy Spritz followed by water mixed with Bee Mine Hair and Scalp Moisturizing Oil
-Every other day or two I would add a little bit of Bee Mine Hair Milk for some extra hydration
-After 2 weeks I washed her scalp with the Bee Mine Cleansing Shampoo Bar (if your interested in Bee Mine Products, you can receive a 10% discount using the checkout code in our sidebar on the right of the page)
– At night I put her yarn braids in a loose ponytail and covered them with a satin bonnet

I did have to redo several braids in the front along her hair line…a few times actually, but the braids in back held up really well.

How To Style Yarn Braids

These are basically box braids and there are so many ways to style them. As I mentioned above she mainly wore them half up and half down and loved them that way, so I didn’t do a lot with them as far as styling. A couple French braids here and there, I split the top/front half into two ponytails and she rocked that for a few days, then I braided them to switch it up a little bit and that was pretty much it. For more style ideas for box braids and yarn braids you can check out our box braids post.
 

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As I said before we had a little trouble with the front braids wanting to slip out, after about 2 1/2 weeks I decided to take them down. The take down process actually took longer than I thought it was going to and I ended up leaving the back braids in for a few more days. I did a couple buns in front and an updo style. Again, I apologize for not having great photos of the yarn braids and styles we did with them.

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Have you done yarn braids on yourself or your kids? Do you plan to?

Untrained Hair Mom

DIY Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

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I’ve been wanting to try yarn braids aka genie locs on D’s hair for some time now and even more so since we had to cut so much of her hair off. While I would love to try something that looks more real, like hair extensions, I don’t have the skills for that just yet and since high end salons like Rush Reading are out of the questions, we had to settle for some DIY yarn braids. Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs can be a good protective style if the hair is well taken care of during the duration of the style. Since yarn can dry the hair our it is uber important to moisturize daily. I will talk about how we moisturize and what we use later on in the post but first I’m going talk a little bit about the yarn braid installation process.

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Items Needed for Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs:

>>Acrylic yarn (I used the Red Heart Brand) **Do not use wool yarn, this can loc the hair

>>A thick moisturizing cream (I used Bee Mine Luscious)

>>A holding products/gel (I used Curls of the World Just the Flax gel)

>>Spray bottle of water for the yarn

>>Wide tooth comb

>>Pintail comb

>>Hair Clips

>>Lighter (for burning the ends of the yarn so it doesn’t fray)

>>Scissors for cutting the yarn (oops, left those out of the picture)

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How to Put in Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs:

  • See how post on How to Cut Yarn for Yarn Braids
  • To prep for the yarn braids I washed D’s hair, deep conditioned and then moisturized and banded it in 4 sections (parted down the middle and again from ear to ear, making 4 sections, 2 in the front and 2 in the back).
  • When it was time to start the process I did one section a time starting in the back at the nape of her neck. I applied a generous amount of Bee Mine Luscious moisturizer to EACH small section before I added the yarn and braided.
  • I used 3 pieces of yarn per braid, which I sprayed with water prior to adding it to the hair (this helps keep it from drying the hair out).

There are several different techniques that can be used for putting in yarn braids. What I did and what I recommend is trying a few of the different techniques to see what is easiest and what works best for you. I learned by watching the following 3 yarn braids videos: BlackOnyx, AfrikanHairGod and MsChanda.

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Tips for Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

The entire process was trial and error for me, this was the first time ever doing yarn braids and it was a learning experience. Next time there are a few things I will do differently and they are:

>>Smaller Braids – the braids I did this time were kind of medium-ish sized box braids, I think smaller braids will work better.

>>No Parts – instead of parting I will just gather small, random  sections of hair for the each braid.

>>Tighter wrapping of the yarn – I was worried about wrapping the yarn too tight at the root so I kept it fairly loose, next time I won’t be so afraid to make them tighter because the yarn does loosen up.

>>Use a gel/holding product in addition to the moisturizer – When I first started the braids I wasn’t using a holding product, only moisturizer, then ends of her hair were poking out of the braids, so definitely use a holding product.

Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

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Yarn Braids aka Genie Locs

Overall I am happy with the yarn braids and D just loves them! Have you ever done yarn braids? Are you thinking about it? If you have D and I would love to see photo’s! Please share them on our fan page!

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Untrained Hair Mom

Braids for Kids: Cornrow Faux Hawk

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Here we have my very first cornrow faux hawk, I think it is a great braids style for kids, boys or girls. My braids still aren’t close to being flawless, but hopefully by this time next years I will be able to look back at these posts and see an improvement. If you are new to cornrowing, too, check out Cornrowing For Beginners: Tips and Easy Styles.

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For this style I parted down the middle, then began braiding in the front on the left side. This style was a little challenging for me. The braids in the front, that start at the bottom and go straight up, were hard for me. I remember thinking “Oh great, this is going to look horrible ” and at one point wanted to give up, but I kept going and it actually turned out better than I thought it would.

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After the french braid came out:

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<3 it!

Do you like faux hawk/mohawk styles as much as we do? Check out our Faux Hawk done with flat twists and 2 strand twist, our Curl Hawk with flat twists and a pompadour and our Box Braid Faux Hawk styles. As always, we would love to see styles you’ve done, please share them with us on our Facebook Fanpage!

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Learning to Cornrow Hair Takes Practice and Patience

Learning to cornrow hair takes practice and patience. It can be discouraging when a style you have in mind doesn’t turn out. I can’t tell you how many failed style attempts I’ve had. I tried learning to cornrow and gave up several times before sticking it out. I honestly thought I would NEVER get the hang of it.

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I like to think I’ve come along way with my cornrowing skills since I first started learning, like this easy cornrow style I did in my beginning days, lol, it is apparent my skills were lacking, but I don’t mind sharing, because everyone starts somewhere and everyone needs practice and anyone can learn to do it. It was definitely a process and took a lot of practice, but I watched from others, learned from my mistakes, figured out what works best for me and practiced some more while applying the cornrowing tips and tricks I was learning along the way.

This was a great protective style I did last year. Simple straight back cornrows, 2 Ki Lan style cornrows down the sides of the hairline in front and small box braids in the back. The bottom right photo are the lose braids braided and twisted up into a bun:

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Another cornrow style I did:
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A cute and easy style incorporating cornrows:
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See a tutorial for this cute and super easy hairstyle here and also see another way to wear this style.

My point of this post is to not give up, even when discouraged. You will learn and you will get better at cornrowing, it just takes a little lot of patience and practice. Start with these tips and once you get the hang of it try some of these cornrow styles. Good luck! and Please share your progress with us on our Facebook page.

Untrained Hair Mom

Easy Protective Cornrow Style For Kids

Easy Protective Cornrow Style

After a summer of many wash and go’s and trying out different curl defining products for our Wash and Go Series it is time to get back into some protective styling. Protective styles can include cornrows, mini/box braids, twists, buns, basically any style in which the ends are protected and the hair is not manipulated during the duration of the hairstyle. For protective styles it is also ideal to have no beads/rubber bands or barrettes in the hair.

For this protective style I decided on an easy cornrow style.

>>I started on hair that have been washed, detangled, moisturized and banded overnight

>>I parted from ear to ear and cornrowed the top half straight back

>>Then I cornrowed the bottom half straight down

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>>When the cornrows were completed I started braided near her left ear gathering the braids and braiding them around her head.

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>>Once I reached my starting point I tucked the ends into the larger braid

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How is your styling routine now that it is starting to cool off? What is your favorite protective style?

Untrained Hair Mom