Inside: Looking for mixed girl hairstyles? This cute and easy style for biracial curly hair can easily be turned into several different ones!
When you have a child with biracial hair, you’re going to need to get acquainted with protective hairstyles.
Now that my daughter is getting older, much of the time her hair is in protective hairstyles. She’s so active that if we left it down all the time, it would end up damaged and tangled from the weather and her rolling around on it in gymnastics.
So I’ve been on a quest to find hairstyles that are easy to do and look cute and this hairstyle for biracial curly hair is both!
What I also love about this style is it’s super versatile, you can leave the bottom curly, braid it, twist it, or decorate it. You can also do this as pigtails or a ponytail (so many options!).
So if you’re looking for versatile, cute, mixed girl hairstyles you’ll want to try this one!
For this curly hair tutorial, I’ll show you how to do the pigtail version.
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What you’ll need for this protective hairstyle
Box braid cuffs (optional)
You’ll want to proceed with your regular detangle routine, (you can read here if you want to know my cleansing, detangle, and moisturizing hair care routine for mixed hair).
Once the hair is detangled, with the conditioner still in the hair, you’ll part your child’s hair all the way down the center of their head.
Rinse the conditioner out, (being careful not to bury the part you just made). Once rinsed, add some moisturizing products to your child’s hair. (You can read my favorite products for mixed curly hair here).
You’ll want to do this while your child’s hair is very wet so right after they get out of the bath works well.
Start on one side of their head and create four sections with your rat tail comb and clip them so they don’t get mixed into each other.
You can do more or less sections, (I’ve done it with three and four sections) but this tutorial shows you four sections.
Take the first section at the front of the hairline and add edge control to the hairline to keep the hairline extra smooth and prevent the baby hairs popping up and becoming fly aways.
To smooth the edge control into their hair, you can either use your fingers to smooth it in, use a toothbrush to brush it in, or comb it in.
You’ll comb that first section into a ponytail and secure with a hair tie.
Take the next section behind the first ponytail and repeat using the edge control to smooth the sides and combing through that small section again.
Now before you secure that section into a ponytail, you’re going to take the tail of the first ponytail and include it into that second ponytail, then secure it with a hair tie.
As you’re combing the ponytails together, you’ll want to comb through them to get them as detangled and frizz free as possible.
Repeat this process for the remaining sections you want. Again this shows you four sections.
Once you get to the last pigtail on each side, you have several options.
You can leave it curly. You’ll want to add a little more water and product, gently scrunch the hair in an upwards motion to make sure their hair isn’t soaking and help define their curls. Then let it air dry.
You can make one braid or several braids with the remaining hair.
Or you can make one twist or several twists with the remaining hair.
Once the first side is finished, begin the exact same steps with the second side.
If your kid has layers, some of their hair may pop out of the braid when it dries like what happens with my daughter.
This is optional but I love to add box cuff braids to sections of my daughter’s ponytail or pigtails. She loves the way they look and she gets to be fancy!
Other styling ideas
If you don’t want to do this style with pigtails, you can also do it as one ponytail. So instead of parting their hair down the middle, you’d just create the four sections total for their whole head, (instead of 8 sections for their whole head).
Then again, once you get to the bottom you can either leave it curly, twist it, or braid it.
Another way to style this is by doing the pigtail version, and leaving the last section on both sides curly. Then you’ll gather up the two pigtails at the top, and securing them together with a hair tie. So it’ll end up looking like a ponytail in the back.
This style does take time to do, especially if your kid has lots of hair. So unless you have an incredibly patient kid, (lucky you!) you’ll probably want to have your kid doing something while you’re styling their hair.
What’s also nice is because you can do different styles within this hairstyle, you can leave it in the sections, (using clips) when you wash and detangle it so you don’t have to re-part their hair all over again. This’ll save you some time when you’re styling it again.
So if you’re looking for a cute and easy mixed girl hairstyles, you’ll love this one since it can be turned into several different styles!