It’s vital for young girls to grow up with a positive self-image. As parents or guardians, it’s our job to nourish their emotional well-being. This can start by taking extra steps in ensuring they feel comfortable with their natural hair.
Letting nine-year-olds embrace their afro texture can have a huge impact on how they view themselves. You want to help them boost levels of self-love and promote confidence as they continue to grow into their teens.
So if you’re looking for hairstyle choices that encourage self-assurance in your nine-year-old, we’ve compiled some gorgeous natural style ideas to make them feel beautiful both inside and out.
How Do I Detangle My Child’s Hair Without Pain?
Work in small sections thoroughly detangling each from halfway down the hair shaft to the ends. Repeat with the next section until all of their hair has been detangled.
What Are Easy Hairstyles for a Nine-year-old?
How Do I Encourage My Daughter to Love Her Natural Hair Texture?
Let your daughter experiment with different looks and colored hair accessories to match.
Praise her for her beauty while showing enthusiasm for her wanting to try new hairstyles. Also, be there to support her if she faces any criticism.
Spend time together learning about the upkeep of natural hair by watching tutorials online when practicing these styles.
You can show her images of confident women embracing their natural curls, coils, and kinks too. This will help guide your daughter towards loving herself entirely to understand that hair texture is just one beautiful part of who she is.
At What Age Can My Child Start to Take Responsibility for Her Own Hair?
It can depend on your child’s maturity level. But typically, children from the ages of 8 to 10 can start taking care of their hair with minimal guidance.
If your child is old enough to use scissors or put in simple hairstyles like pigtails, then they can take full responsibility for their natural hair.
How Often Should I Moisturize My Child’s Hair?
It is best to moisturize your child’s natural afro hair once or twice a week. Using water-based products, take a generous amount to ensure the hair stays hydrated.
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1. Side part blow out
Keep it simple by washing and blow-drying your nine-year-old’s hair with fluffy curls. Wrap it in a ponytail and a silk bonnet to protect it at night.
2. Sleek Low Bun with Accessories
3. Jumbo High top knot
For longer tresses, brush the hair into a high top knot. This look can be worn up or in a high ponytail. Finish by gelling the baby hair.
4. Type 3 Twisted Pigtails
Part your nine-year-old’s hair to add pigtail twists, ideal for stretching out type 3 curls, add bubble hair ties to finish the style.
5. 3-in-1 Ponytail Twists
Opt to keep the hair out of your child’s face by trying these single braids, cornrows, and ponytail twists. This style can be worn for about 2 weeks.
6. Criss-cross Braids with Side part Twists
Get your young girl obsessed with intricate hairstyles like these criss-cross braids that lead into high side-part twists. It can last up to four weeks if wrapped in a bonnet at night.
7. Detailed Rubber Band Twists
Get creative by parting your daughter’s hair into diagonal shapes. Then add various rubber bands to your variation of twists to make the hair pop.
8. Various Sized 2-strand Twists
2-strand twists don’t all have to be the same size in the hair, as we see above with thin and thicker partings. Finished using colorful accessories.
9. Pigtail Twists with Baby Hairs
Pigtails are popular styles for long and short natural lengths. Add twists with cute bubble ties to complete the look. Remove the ties at night and this can last up to a week.
10. Small Single Twists
For a hairstyle that is low maintenance, try these small single twists. They can be worn down, including a high ponytail or even top knots. Add a cute bow to beautify.
11. Bantu Knot Combo with Bands
Bantu knots are great protective styles for longer lengths. Try these with additional rubber band pigtails. Ensure to not wrap the knots too tightly so your child can sleep comfortably.
12. Rubber Band Twist Ponytail
Parting your nine-year-old’s hair is pretty easy, especially with multicolored bands. You can then add single twists, tie the hair in a high ponytail or leave the hair down.
13. 2-in-1 Bantu Knot and Single Plaits
These Bantu knots down the center of the head are simple and can last up to two weeks. Part the hair into hearts using a rat tail comb. Then put single twists on either side to show your child how versatile their hair can be.
14. 2 Strand Twists with Heart-Shaped Cornrows
Heart designs are always popular with kids. So include that in their twisted pigtail style, as we see above. And finish with beads to stretch the ends.
15. Locs in Textured Double Bun
If your child is on their loc journey, make it more fun by putting the locs into one or two buns. With this style, remember to keep the scalp moisturized with a leave-in conditioner.
16. Horizontal Cornrows into Updo Braid
For a braided style that lasts up to four weeks, try these horizontal cornrows and at the ends, braid them up to create an adorable top knot.
17. 3-in-1 Top Knot and Twists Style
If your child can’t decide on one protective style, try a top knot with rubber band details. You can also use hair thread to accentuate the braids. And perfect the 3-in-1 style with twists at the back.
18. Large Cornrows with Curly Pigtails
These cornrows with heart detailing are great for school. To keep the pigtails curly, plait the ends before your child sleeps and undo them in the morning.
19. Jumbo Bantu Knots
If your child loves Bantu knots, try these four with a zig-zag parting. This look can be kept for up to four weeks. Slick the hair with edge control gel to keep flyaways down.
20. Long Braided Pigtails with Accessories
Brush the hair with leave-in products when creating these braids to keep the hair and scalp moisturized. You can let your daughter choose what accessories to add or change.
21. Detailed Fulani Braids
Fulani braids are the perfect style to keep your nine-year-old’s hair out of their face. Try out an intricate flower design on the side and end the braids with beads to last for a few weeks.
22. Side Part Cornrows with Beads
These all-back cornrow braids will keep your child’s hair in place for up to four weeks. Show them how pretty braided styles can be with a selection of colored beads on the ends.
23. Braided Minnie Mouse Bow and Single Braids
24. High Ponytail Stitch Braids
Stitch braids can take a few hours to complete, but it’s definitely worth it. Add a high ponytail and multicolored beads to make the style stand out.
25. 8 Diagonal All Back Stitch Braids
If your daughter wants a braided style that doesn’t take too long to finish, they can go for large all-back-stitch braids like these. An edge control gel will keep the baby hairs together.
26. Spiral Cornrows into High Ponytail Twists
We think your daughter will love these spiral braids. They’re fun and can be topped off with a mini twist ponytail and bright accessories.
27. Colored Knotless Braids
You can add extensions into knotless braids for added length or color, as we see in these vibrant blue braids and curly ends.
28. High Braided Ponytail and Stitch Braids
These front stitch braids are long-lasting and add to the beauty of your nine-year-old’s hair. They can be worn as a high ponytail or bun, with or without the beads.
29. Colorful Threaded All Back Braids
Take your daughter’s all-back braids to the next level with these vertical and horizontal braid patterns. Top it off with multicolored threads to show how playful protective styles can be.
30. Middle Part Jumbo Cornrows
31. Side Part Stitch Braids
32. Zig-zag Part All Back Braids
33. Long Single Plaits
A classic natural style is these single plaits. You can use extensions to add length, which your young girl may love. Keep it playful by curling the ends in hot water.
34. 2-in-1 Braided Top Knot and Middle Part
This 2-in-1 style is ideal for kids wanting to wake up and go. The braided top knot can be worn as a high ponytail and this can last up to 6 weeks.
35. Twisted Cornrows into High Braided Ponytail
These small cornrows are a perfect low-maintenance style. They can last up to 6 weeks, either worn as a ponytail or top knot. Keep some castor oil handy to apply to the scalp to avoid dryness.
36. Medium Knotless Braids
The next time your daughter asks for a braided style, give these medium knotless braids a go. You can part them in any direction and can add buns, and pigtails or keep them down.
37. 2-in-1 Stitch and Single Braids
Try this stitch and single braids style on your nine-year-old. A cute high ponytail or a top knot can be added while stacking radiant beads brings the hairstyle together.
38. Middle Part Fulani Braids
This style is seen on celebrities, from Rihanna to Willow Smith. So your daughter will love the freedom of Fulani braids. Add some extensions for length and stack beads in your child’s preferred colors.