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50 Easy Kid-Friendly Winter Natural Hairstyles – Includes Winter Hair Care Tips

(Last Updated On: January 17, 2022)

In the winter,  doing a child’s hair may not sound like something we want to do at all.

They don’t like to stay still, and they’ll come home after school looking like nobody loves them.

Plus it’s cold and gloomy outside. Wind and snow can ruin a hairstyle fast, especially a child’s style. 

Kids are also full of energy and unpredictable, but we can protect their hair from this outcome with some styles that are hard for even them to mess up.

We can also take this time to talk to them about how to protect their hair at night with scarves and bonnets, and how to properly maintain it and make sure it’s moisturized.

We really do have to teach them young so they don’t grow up hating their hair and wanting something else.

Especially in a world where laws have to be passed for us to be able to wear our natural hair in the workplace.

They will get discriminated against, and unfortunately, we can’t protect them from that, but we can prepare them for what’s to come.

We can remind them to keep their head held high and walk with confidence in their hair and its beauty. 

A lot of us had to grow up with the notion that our hair was not good enough and we needed it to be straight. We were told to heat style it in the salon or cover it with a wig.

We need to work hard to make sure this doesn’t repeat to the next generation.

We went through all of that so they wouldn’t have to. Remind them to never be ashamed of hair and the way it grows from their head.

There is no such thing as ‘good hair’ and ‘bad hair.’

There is just healthy and unhealthy and the difference between the two is clear. 

We’ve got to teach our black children young that their hair is beautiful. A lot of us have the same experience of getting relaxers as children and not getting to know our natural hair texture until adulthood.

Let’s not pass that on to our children and start new with them.

There is nothing wrong with people getting relaxers that want them, but we should take the time to get to know our children’s hair before we chemically treat it.

Let them decide if they want to take that step, and if they do, have a discussion with them about the risks and how to keep their hair healthy.

Also, make sure that they know their natural texture and how to handle it.

In the meantime, doing our children’s natural hair is a wonderful bonding moment and we should cherish it.

There are so many beautiful styles to weave into their heads and we can even let them pick them out themselves.

There’s plenty to choose from in this article, plus more.

Just like our hair, there are endless possibilities for our children’s hair as well. 

How do I style my child’s hair in the winter?

There are so many ways to style their hair that are perfect for winter. Almost anything we as adults do to our hair, we can do to our children’s hair.

They can enjoy buns, braids, twists, or simple ponytails if they please.

They may even enjoy something simple like two braids. All kids are different and will want different styles.

Try asking them what styles they’re interested in and see what they come up with! 

How do I maintain my child’s hair in the winter?

Kid’s hair is usually easier to maintain than adults’ hair because it’s had way fewer chemicals and manipulation to their hair.

What you need to do to keep it that way is to use less manipulation and put it in styles that will last.

Making sure to wash it often and keep it moisturized is also key to healthy hair for your children. 

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What styles are best for kid’s hair?

Depending on age, children can rock any hairstyle that suits them. If you’re trying to get your child’s hair to retain length, protective styles like braids and twists are best for that purpose.

Overall, what’s best for kids’ hair is what matches their personality the most. 

Some kids are simple and would just like a ponytail, while others want something that will catch everyone’s attention. Some kids hate getting their hair done and will need something quick and simple that will satisfy them and their parents.

With that being said, putting heavy styles like box braids in kids hair can damage it early on, so make sure to only do styles like this in older children and leave the lighter styles for the smaller and younger children. 

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The Best Winter Hairstyles for Kids with Natural Hair 

1. Braids and Twists

Braids that turn into twists are double the fun! 


two strand twists hairstyle on little girls


2. Bantu Knots and Cornrows

A gorgeous style that would be hard for any child to mess up on the playground, and all you need is some elastics and beads

bantu knots on a little girl

3. Braids and Ballerina Bun 

You can never go wrong with a ballerina bun for your child’s winter style. 


Fulani cornrows with a bun on little girls


4. Beaded Side Braids

As long as they have beads, they’ll be happy with almost any hairstyle. 


cornrows with beads on little girls


5. Side Twists

The smile on your child’s face when they see their new hairstyle is priceless. 


cornrows with twists on school children


6. Bun and Braids

No one said you had to choose between a bun and braids. 


Easy hairstyle on african american kids


7. Pigtails and Beaded Braids 

Pigtails are such a classic style, but it’s so fun to get creative and add braids and beads to it. 


natural hairstyles for little girls


8. Pineapple afro puff

So simple, yet so elegant.

pineapple afro puff on little girls


9. Heart Double Puffs

Every child looks so adorable with the two high buns, but take it a step further with heart braids in the back. 


Heart shaped cornrows on black toddlers


10. Side Part Cornrows with Green and Pink Beads

Sure, you can do simple straight back cornrows or you can switch it up, and change directions. 


cornrows on kids with short hair


11. Twisted Crown and Pigtails

Adding a crown with a simply pigtails style will make your child feel like royalty. 


easy natural hairstyle on little black girls with long hair


12. High Braided Bun

The front twisted braids will make your child the center of attention! 


simple ponytail cornrows on little girls


13. Twist Bangs and Ponytail

Many styles for children have the slicked-back look, but nothing beats a natural style with no product manipulation. 


Simple updo hairstyle on school-aged black girls


14. Cornrow Ponytail

A simple ponytail is no fun. Add some cornrows and accessories to give them a new creative look for school. Make sure to remind them to cover their hair at night. 

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15. Mini Cornrows and Twisted Ponytails 

Be honest: this is one of the styles our moms always had our hair in! Sometimes it was just easier to twist it and go. 

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Two-strand twists hairstyles on black kids


16. Bun and Bubble Ponytail

You won’t find a simple ponytail anywhere around here, because we love to think outside of the box with our styles. 

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Bubble Ponytails Hairstyle on Mixed Kids


17. Criss Cross Braids Pigtails 

The pigtail with twists is a classic hairstyle that can be switched up a little with some criss-cross braids and accessories

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natural hairstyles on mixed black kids


18. Crisscross Braid Bubble Pigtails

If you have a tender headed child who can’t sit through traditional cornrows, you can style her hair in this creative pigtails. This way, she will be able to show off her personality through her hairstyle without compromising on comfort.

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natural hairstyles on mixed curly kids


19. Half Bantu Knots And Two-Strand Twists

Full Bantu Knots can be a turn-off to some kids because of the difficulty sleeping in them, but the whole head doesn’t always need it. 

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natural hairstyles on mixed kids


20. French Braids on a Teenager  

A simple style like this needs accessories and some curls popping out at the end. 

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french braids on teenagers


21. Braids and Twists Ponytail

Braided and twisted ponytails can last you a while so you can take breaks in between styles. 



Cornrows hairstyles on black girls with long hair


22. Staggered Cornrows with Two Strand Twists Ends

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Kids Hairstyles With Extensions 


23. Mickey Mouse Ponytail

Mickey Mouse Parts are sure to make every kid smile!


mickey mouse cornrows on black kids


24. Heart Cornrows

Little girls love hearts, bows, and colorful beads. This is a perfect style for your little girl. 

Heart-shaped cornrows with beads on kids


25. Jumbo Senegalese Twists 

If your little isn’t really into bows, you can also give her some twist bangs. 


Senegalese Twists on kids

little black girl natural hairstyles with long hair


26. Stitch Braids Cornrow Buns 

Look at the happiness on this baby’s face with this hairstyle! 

Stitch braids cornrows buns on black kids


27. Cornrows and twists

We can really help our children’s hair grow by braiding and twisting it.

cornrows hairstyle on black kids


28. Box braids on Kids

People may think that box braids are a mature style, but we can make it for our children by adding some bows and colorful beads


Box braids on Kids


29. Box Braids with Top Knots 

We can even make them little buns to make the style even cuter for them. 


Box Braids on Little Girls


30. Colorful Braids 

As they get a little older, you can add some color to their braids. 


purple box braids on little girls


31. Braided Ponytail with Curly Ends

Braided styles are very simple for children, and sometimes we can add some braiding hair extensions for a little more length. 


Cornrows with curly ends on school kids


32. All-Back Stitch Cornrows on Kids 

This is a perfect style to keep your child’s hair in place. Just remember to remind them to put their scarf on at night. 

All-Back Stitch Cornrows hairstyles


33. Double cornrow buns

Whether you call them bo-bo’s, knocker balls, or something else, it’s only natural that your kids experience wearing them too!

Stitch cornrows ponytail on kids


34. Stitch Braids Cornrow on Kids 

Children are always playing with their hair all day, but this style prevents it. 


Stitch Braids Cornrows on Little Girls


35. Loose Marley Twists

This hairstyle looks like it was done with the little girls hair. Incase your daughter’s hair isn’t this long and/or voluminous, you can add some Marley hair extensions for more length and volume. 

marley twists on black kids


36. Cornrows into Side Ponytail

You can never go wrong with a sequin bow cause it’s so fun to be a kid. 


natural hairstyle for teenagers


37. Colorful Cornrows

It’s simple to weave these colorful pieces into your child’s hair. All you need is some colorful thread. 


Threaded cornrows with beads for little girls


38. Colorful High Ponytail

Don’t stop at just colorful thread; adding some colorful hair extensions can make your child’s day too!


Cornrows on little girls with blue and purple extensions


39. Swirled Braided Ponytail

This is a really unique take on the braided bun style, and it’s really cute. 


beautiful cornrows on little girls


40. Cornrows Ponytail with Curly Ends on Little Girls 

Doesn’t this hairstyle remind you of the hair style posters in the hair salon? 


Cornrows Ponytail with Curly Ends on Little Girls 


41. Side Part Cornrows with Beads

Switch it up, and then add beads. That smile is genuine! 


Cornrows with Beads on African American Kids


42. Jumbo All-Back Cornrows With Thread

Straight back cornrows can be updated as well by splitting them into two low ponytails. 


Jumbo All-Back Curly Cornrows on Kids With Thread


43. Bohemian Cornrows 

This adorable hairstyle is perfect for keeping your little girls hair protected for long periods of time. It’s also a versatile hairstyle that can be worn by a teenage or adult sibling, if you’re into matching hairstyles. Only a few packs of braiding hair extensions will be needed. 

winter cornrows hairstyles on black kids


44. Half-Up Half-Down Marley Twists

Girls love bows and you can incorporate them into any style by just clipping their hair up with a bow. 


Marley twists on little girls


45. Zig Zag Braided Ponytail

Braids are one of the most versatile styles ever and sometimes genius can be born from them, such as this style with the crisscross braids. 


cornrows hairstyle on black kids


46. Accessorized Stitch Braids on Little Girls

Braided buns are not always all the rage these days. Try out braided pigtails instead. 


Accessorized Stitch Braids on Little Girls


47. Butterfly and Heart All-Back Cornrows

Although they may have to sit for a long while to get these finished, they will appreciate the creativity that went into it and how cute they look. 


Butterfly and Heart All-Back Cornrows


48.  Butterfly Faux Locs on Kids

This is a great way to introduce your child to locing their hair when they get older. Just don’t keep the faux ones in for too long. 


butterfly faux locs on little girls


49. Bow Ponytail and Zigzag Cornrows

The bow ponytail is difficult to achieve but so rewarding once you get it perfect. 


Bow Ponytail and Zigzag Cornrows on Black Kids


50. Bantu Knots on Kids

However, they’re so cute and will be an even cuter style when they get taken down. 


bantu knots on black girls


In Conclusion

Don’t be afraid to experiment with styles in your child’s hair. As long as it’s maintained and taken care of, it will continue to grow and flourish. These are all great styles for winter, and they can be left in for a while so that you and your child can rest in between.

Children love getting their hair done, and it’s a great bonding moment with the parents who style and take care of it. Being able to take care of your hair at a young age is a valuable skill to have that not many people experience. Let’s start this trend with the new generation of kids. 

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