Inside: A tutorial for a banded ponytail for biracial curly hair. It’s a pretty mixed kids hairstyle that keeps their hair protected and healthy.
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If you want a cute mixed kids hairstyle but you don’t like to, or don’t know how to braid, this is the EASIEST style for you to try!
It can be time consuming to do this hairstyle if your kid has a lot of hair and if you’re detangling first, but it’s so simple, it’s easy to sleep in, and easy to refresh it.
While I don’t love the amount of time it takes when I detangle my daughter’s hair first and then do a hairstyle, (she’s not a fan either!) I do find that it’s easiest to work with freshly detangled hair.
So I recommend first starting with your regular hair care routine for mixed hair.
Once their hair is combed out, make sure you apply some moisturizing products for biracial hair before you begin styling their hair.
Mixed kids hairstyle: How to do a banded ponytail for biracial curly hair
Then part two small sections near the front of their head, on each side of the part. You’ll start at the middle of their head and part down towards the back of their ear.
With the first two little sections in the front, I put in some edge control with my fingers, (but you can also use this edge control brush) to keep the front smooth and frizz-free.
You’ll secure the little section in a ponytail, braid it, and secure the end of the hair with a hair tie.
You can do other styles with the two small sections if you don’t want to do braids or if you want to add variety!
You can French braid them, twist them, do cornrows with them, or keep them as ponytails.
Related: Braided hairstyles for mixed hair
Then you’ll apply edge control to the large bottom section to keep that smooth and frizz free too. You’ll gently but firmly grab the braid you just made, position it where you want it on top of your child’s head, and put it in a ponytail with the larger bottom section.
You want to make sure you’re firmly grabbing that first section because it has a tendency to slip towards the side of the head if you grab it too loosely.
Once you combine the top and bottom section, you’ll take out the end hair tie from the braid and wrapped the hair tie in the same spot just combining it with the big ponytail.
If it’s easier for you to leave that bottom hair tie in though, feel free to do that.
Then, the easiest part is wrapping hair ties down the length of your child’s ponytail!
You can decide how many bands you want to add and how far apart you want the bands to be to get the look you like.
You’ll want to keep a spray bottle on hand though because as their hair dries it’s harder to keep the frizz away. The hairs tend to start popping up along the hairline and while you’re braiding/banding, so wetting it again will help keep the frizz down.
You’ll repeat these steps on the other side of their head.
You can also add box braid cuffs if you want to add some accessories to your child’s hair. (We love them!)
Refreshing the banded ponytail
Refreshing this look is pretty easy because you just have to take out the bands and the braid and keep the two sections separate.
You’ll re-wet the hair and add a little more leave in conditioner or leave in cream, and some edge control. Then you’ll re-do the steps above.
This banded ponytail is a ridiculously easy mixed kids hairstyle, which is great when you don’t want to do time consuming braids or if you’re looking for variety! Not only does it look pretty, it’s also keeping your child’s hair protected!