17 Stinkin’ Cute Black Kid Hairstyles You Can Do At Home

Just like kids fashion, the hair industry is always coming up with age-appropriate yet trendy styles and black kid hairstyles have never been cuter!  Check out some these great styles you can choose for your kid.

Mohawk Fade

Mohawk Fade hairstyleInstagram @shaveandgroove

Q&A with style creator, Jonathan Scott
Barber @ Shave & Groove in Plainfield, NJ

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this cut as sleek and modern. My favorite things about it are the two dimensions. From the front view, it would appear as just a regular fade with medium length hair on top. From the side view it’s not just a fade, but a burst fade, accenting the idea of a mohawk.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

As for products, I used CLEAR ICE GEL to bring out the natural curls and to lay down the fade.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look isn’t for young or old. I would recommend this look for anyone with this type of short and curly or short and coily textured hair.

Protective and Pretty

Q&A with style creator, Tiffany Milton
Protective Hairstyle Expert @ The Halcon Experience in Rock Hill, SC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The hairstyle featured below is a protective hairstyle. I love how you can have a different look and have color, all while protecting your natural hair!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

This look can be achieved on all hair textures, lengths and color. This style is very low maintenance and can be for worn eight to ten weeks. For best results, I recommend going to a professional for proper installation and sleeping with a satin bonnet on to maintain the style.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this hairstyle for any girl on the go. It is perfect for someone that doesn’t have time to do their hair, plays sports, is going on vacation, someone transitioning to natural hair, and for all girls that dare to be different.

Boho Babe

Boho Babe hairstyleInstagram @theteetouch

Q&A with style creator, Tiara Samuel
Hairstylist @ Arid Blow Dry & Beauty Bar in Royal Oak, MI


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as boho chic. My favorite thing about it would be the distinct design of the braids and the gold accessories that top it off to give the edgy vibe.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

While there are many products that may work for this style, I personally recommend using Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie or Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La. These two products work well with curl definition.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for natural girls. This style will last a few days and then you’ll be able to take the twists down in the back for a curly look. There are so many styles you can create just from this one look!

Curly Top Fade

Curly Top Fade hairstyleInstagram @quedabarber_

Q&A with style creator, Que
Barber @ All In The Wrist Barbershop & Academy in Smyrna, DE


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a curly top Fade. It’s a bald fade with the new generation twist to it. My favorite thing about this look, aside from it being my favorite go-to-style, is that it’s very playful! You can rock out with your curls at this length, or you can let your curls grow and transition into the “man bun” look which is becoming more and more popular by the day.

The part in his head was actually there to begin his transition into the man bun, separating his curls from the fade. Ultimately I love this look and encourage it to my clients who are looking for a new style!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I highly recommend Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Luster’s S-Curl, No Drip Curl Activator, and the Curl Sponge. I’d use the No Drip Curl Activator to stimulate the curls, and come behind it with the Curl Enhancing Smoothie to lock in the moisturizers, as well as define the curls and give it a nice shine. My clients love the smell of both products and sometimes want to buy the product off me on the spot! Last but not least, I’ll finish with the Curl Sponge. The Curl Sponge has become a must-have for all ages to achieve the “curly top” look.

Another great thing about these products are they are inexpensive. A little also goes a long way! You can find all of these products atyour local beauty/barber supply store.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to clients who are going for a change, especially to those who may be going for the big chop and are looking for a new style. This would be the perfect cut!

Another great thing is that this cut and style can be achieved with any hair texture! Whether you’re going back to school, starting a new job or getting ready for a date, this hairstyle is the perfect way to introduce yourself without speaking.

Detailed Braids

Detailed Braids hairstyleInstagram @bbjhair

Q&A with style creator, Erika Nobles
Owner @ REK Hair and Beauty Salon in Winterville, NC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this braid style as a clean, classy look with just a little twist. My favorite things about this braid style are the small details. I love how the crochet ponytails lay, how the bows are placed, and how it gives the child an “innocent” look.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

My go-to product for cornrow/braid styles is Twist and Lock By Influence. This product makes braids, cornrows and twists lay smooth and intact, and it helps the style last longer. I LOVE this product, especially for natural hair.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is perfect for ages three to ten years, depending on the parent(s) of course. A medium to coarse texture will maintain this style best. Depending on the child and the parent, the duration of this style is two to four weeks.

Kid-Friendly Braids

Kid-Friendly Braids hairstyleInstagram @tiannadchey

Q&A with style creator, Tianna Bradford
Salon Owner / Pro Braider @ VIP Beauty Studio in Burton, MI


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

These are kid-friendly single braids with curly ends. My favorite things about this look is that it is fun and cute for kids!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To maintain this look, I recommend any type of mousse to keep the curls and braids looking neat and fresh. To achieve this look, I used Kanekelon braiding hair. The braiding hair was added to my client’s natural hair, and the ends were curled with perm rods.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is for anyone who wants a fun and easy to maintain look. While this style was done on a child, adults can rock it too! It’s a great style for people who are on the go and don’t have time to style their hair every day.

High Top Fade

High Top Fade hairstyleInstagram @miguelqstylez

Q&A with style creator, Miguel Quillens
Barber @ Unlimited Styles n Kutz in New Orleans, LA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This particular style is known as a low blend high top fade. My favorite aspect of the cut is the rainbow part that compliments the blend to perfection.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I use Andis Fade to start it off and Oster Fast Feeders to smooth the blend. I finished with Andis Outliners to line him up.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This particular style fits perfectly on anyone, but it works better on kids as it gives all hair the illusion of silky curls when done properly.

Simple Shape and Tape

Q&A with style creator, Tiara Mitchell
Co-Owner / License Cosmetologist @ Jagged Edge Hair Salon in Chattanooga, TN


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a simple shape and tape, also known as temple fade/nape fade with a light enhancement (Dr. Fill-In hair fibers) on the hairline to give it a nice, dark, filled in look. To enhance the texture of the client’s hair, I finished with a Loc and Twist wave gel.

My favorite thing about this client’s look was his infectious smile that complimented his haircut.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The products that I would recommend to maintain and recreate this look are a great shampoo, followed with the temple and nape area cut and shaped (either weekly or bi-weekly depending on the hair growth), finished with a razor sharp edge up, and Loc and Twist wave gel to condition the hair and promote waves for a nice and sleek finished look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I would recommend this look for all ethnic backgrounds from age two to 102. As long as there is hair on the head, this look can be achieved. This look is for all facial types, for the cool kid going back to school, or for the adult that has his/her first day at work.

This look is very simple and sleek. No matter what the density or the texture of the hair, this look can be achieved.

Braid and Twist

Q&A with style creator, Shannon Foster
CEO / Owner / Licensed Cosmetologist @ Returning 2 Natural LLC in Indian Trail, NC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a braid and twist, half up half down protective style. My favorite thing about it is how it saves us time in the morning because I don’t have to style my daughter’s hair daily.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To maintain this style, I recommend wearing a satin bonnet at night. One would also need to apply oil to the scalp and on the ends as needed. Additionally, smooth the edges with Edge Control.

This style should typically last two weeks, depending on home maintenance and hair type/texture. To recreate this look, use a thick and creamy leave-in conditioner, oil, and Edge Control. If you prefer a lightweight leave-in conditioner, then add a curl cream or twisting butter.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this style for a child or an adult with dense curly/coily natural hair. A working mom who doesn’t have a lot of time to style her daughter’s hair daily or the working professional could appreciate this style. It works well for all face shapes.

High Taper With Length

High Taper With Length hairstyleInstagram @stevethebarber

Q&A with style creator, Steve Darius
Barber @ Steve The Barber in Harlem, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a high taper on the sides and back. It’s a clean with length hairstyle. This particular client has a lot of length on top. Today’s youth like the length. It’s clean on the sides and back with length to style in so many ways.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

There are a few products I would use to style that hairstyle. I would start with a pomade/wax or gel. With length there is maintenance, so for some, product and heat could be applied for the desired style needed.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I’ve actually service all types of hair with this style. Products are the key for each type of hair.

I recommend round or square face with this hairstyle only because of the height, length and body this hairstyle creates. It wouldn’t look quite as nice on a long or oval face.

The clients that request this trend most often are millennials, models and soccer players.

Carefree and Cute

Carefree and Cute hairstyleInstagram @blush_by_bre

Q&A with style creator, Breanna Goodwin
Professional Stylist @ Versus Salon in Virginia Beach, VA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is carefree and cute! My favorite part is that even though she has extensions, it’s still age appropriate. This style helped me change the way my client felt about herself without society’s perception or her changing.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

This look can be obtained with human hair extensions or synthetic hair extensions of your choice. In this case, I did a partial sew in using synthetic hair. I attached the hair using a C-shaped needle and nylon thread.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a great get up and go look! It is perfect for anyone who doesn’t have much time to spend on their hair. It can be worn by almost anyone as a protective style and it can be customized for any age from children to adults.

The Wave Cut

The Wave Cut hairstyleInstagram @keilalabarbera

Q&A with style creator, Keila Olivencia
Licensed Master Barber @ MVP Barbershop in Worcester, MA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a very popular haircut in urban culture and is called “the wave cut” or “waves”. Just like some women envy the curly hair look, a lot of men envy the “wave” look because it is hard for most men to obtain if their hair is not the proper texture.

I love the balance between the wavy texture and the crisp outline. It looks especially nice with an perfectly blended taper or fade.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To obtain this look, it is important to first identify if the person has the proper hair texture and curl pattern. It is created mainly by cutting the hair with the growth pattern, also known as “cutting with the grain”.

Individuals often wear do-rags or wave caps at night to keep the hairs in place. Brushing the hair with the hair pattern on a regular basis helps maintain this look as well. Shea butter-based products such as Xotics Sweet Jamilla are excellent products to apply to the finished look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Curly or wavy hair are the perfect hair textures for this look. This look is a very regular and casual look, so it is perfect for both businessmen and the everyday guy.

Half Up Half Down Crochet

Q&A with style creator, Sophia
At Home Hair Stylist @ Naturally Sophia in Queens, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This style is a half up half down crochet look, with the front being braided up with crochet curling hair and the back flowing down. My favorite thing about this style is the way it looks so natural, but you don’t have to worry about waking up every morning to restyle as you would your own hair.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For maintaince of this style, I recommend wearing a bonnet (a silk-like shower cap) when going to bed. From there, you should not have to do much.

If you begin to see some frizzy hairs, I recommend either a touch of a soft gel or a curling spray and work it through the curls. For the braids in the front, you can use an edge control.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a very versatile look. Although this is a big style in the African American community, I would love to explore this style on any and every nationality as there is no specific “hair type” for this style. Also this is not too “grown” for children and not too “kiddish” for adults.

Old Fashioned Flat Top

Old Fashioned Flat Top hairstyleInstagram @yattedjaydee

Q&A with style creator, Jonathan Darling
Barber @ Jaydee’s Cuts in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is what we call the old fashioned flat top with a high fade on the side. My favorite thing about this haircut is that it’s not only one of the hardest cuts to achieve, but it symbolizes a lot coming from the African American culture including fashion and music.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Once you have achieved this haircut, I recommend the client buy a bottle of holding spray to hold the Afro in place throughout the day. Depending on the climate you live in, you should buy a spray that works best in your weather.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look are for those who love to be different and love the retro look. A lot of athletes, children and icons wear their hair like this. No matter where you are, you will stand out in a positive way. If you don’t maintain your hair after you get it cut, I don’t recommend this for you.

This style would be easy for people with really thick hair. It will stand up and hold in place with or without the holding spray. Honestly, anyone can wear this haircut, but can your barber pass the test?

Beyoncé Lemonade Braids

Beyoncé Lemonade Braids hairstyleInstagram @pampermeapril

Q&A with style creator, April Soden
Licensed Hairstylist @ Tressenoire / Yeluchi by Un-ruly in New York, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

In past years, this style was called “around the way girl braids”, but in more recent times, they are called “Beyoncé lemonade braids”. My favorite thing about this look is that it’s perfect on short hair or long hair. It all depends on preference.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For this look, I used Pamper Me April Haircare Products. I started with an all natural hair growth oil to soften the hair. I then greased her scalp to maintain a healthy scalp. I used a rat tail comb for straight parts. Before I begin each braid I add some repair edge control for a neater braid. When I’m done with braiding, I make a pattern with the beads and add them to each braid using a bead wand. I secure the beads with rubber bands.

To finish, I sprayed with oil sheen and a holding spray with shine. You can maintain this look by tying it down with a satin scarf at night.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this style to someone looking for a protective style that will last a couple of weeks. It is ideal for someone looking to do little to no maintenance, and it is a style that fits all ages.

Braids & Twisted Bun

Braids & Twisted Bun hairstyleInstagram @haircandy2017

Q&A with style creator, Candice Forde
Hairstylist @ Hair Candy Salon in Parkville, MD


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a braided style with a twisted bun. What I like about this style is that it is a protective style, meaning you do not have to do anything but maybe spray a little braiding sheen to your hair and go on with your day.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The products I recommend using are a foam wrap or mousse to keep the braids nice and neat, as well as a little oil or grease to keep the scalp hydrated. I also recommend a really good edge control product to keep your edges smooth. I love EBIN New York Edge Tamer.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is not just a kid style, but it is recommended for all ages. I think that if your hair is thin, you may want to add extensions to give the style a fuller look. Although a person with an oval face can wear any hairstyle, this particular style is recommended for all face shapes.

Modern Mohawk

Modern Mohawk hairstyleInstagram @10stackss

Q&A with style creator, Mike Sales
Barber @ Mike and Bills Presidential Barbershop in Huntsville, AL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a style that derived from the traditional mohawk. The cut has evolved over time, but the thing I like about this cut is seeing my client’s eyes light up after he’s been blessed with a cut.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

There are an array of products out there, but for this particular style I used Gorilla Snot Gel.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut is for anyone with swagger from five years old and up. He or she is more than likely very outgoing. This cut is similar to the athlete Odell Beckham’s cut and style.