Whether your little one has long or short hair, there are plenty of fun hairstyles you can play around with on them. 

 

And you don't have to be any form of professional stylist to be able to create something cool and funky looking - we've found seven really simple ones that you can do yourself at home. 

 

So, if you are usually a ponytail-and-nothing-else type of mum, the following styles will convince you to try something new on your little one. 

 

1. Double plaited top knot  

 

 

This style is ideal for school or swimming because all of your child's hair will be pulled back off their face.

  1. To create this look, brush the hair into two sections, with a defined parting down the middle.
  2. Next, pull each section into a high pigtail. Plait each one and secure with a bobbin.
  3. Finally, twist the plait back in on the hair tightly.
  4. Secure with another bobbin and/ or bobby pins. 

2. Lopsided pigtails

 

 

If you're running late then this is the style for you. It's so easy to do and, again, is a great way to keep your little one's hair off their face.

  1. As above, pull the hair into two sections with a parting running down the middle.
  2. Starting with the left side, pull the hair so that it sits just above the ear. Secure with a funky bobbin.
  3. Next, pull the right side into a secure pigtail, but this time place it a little lower down. Again, opt for a cool looking bobbin to keep it up.

For this look, we're going for the laid back, relax vibe so don't be too worried if it's messy looking - that's what we're after. 

 

3. Messy side plait 

 

 

This one is perfect if your daughter has really long hair, and is so simple to do.

  1. To start, brush your little one's hair so that there are no knots. Pull it to one side from the back - keeping a centre parting. For a more formal look you can pull it into a side parting.
  2. Break it into three chunky sections so that the plait is thick, and pull it across so that it sits on your little one's shoulder.
  3. Messy it up by pulling out a few strands around their ears so that their face is framed. 

4. Crimped crazy

 

 

You'll need to pick up a hair crimper for this one but it will be money well spent, trust us!

  1. Firstly, plug in the hair crimper to allow it time to heat up.
  2. Brush your little one's hair so that there are no knots. Next, divide the hair into two sections on either side of the head. Pull each section into a high ponytail to get pigtails.  
  3. Next, use the styling tool to get the crimped effect. You only want to use the tool on the actual pigtails.
  4. Back comb it a little to get the messy look, and voilà!

5. Top knot

 

 

For those I-have-two-seconds-to-do-something-with-your-hair days, the top knot is perfect.

  1. To start, brush it very quickly. You don't want to brush it too much though as it will just become flat - you want to have some volume.
  2. Next, grab all the hair in one hand, and pull it to the top of the head - as high as you can go. Secure with a bobbin.
  3. To finish, twist the hair around on itself and secure with a bobbin. 

And not forgetting the boys...

 

6. Spikey 

 

 

This is good if your little one has long-ish hair, but refuses to let you tie it up!

  1. To start, run your fingers through your son's hair to give it volume and texture.
  2. To hold it in place, pop a little gel on your fingers and then rub it into your little one's hair. 
  3. You don't want it to look prim and proper, so don't spend too much time making it look even - remember, you're after the messy look.

7. Mini mohawk  

 

 

For a really funky hairstyle, the mohawk is your friend. This works really well on hair that is short on the sides but long-ish on top, and only takes a couple of minutes to do.

  1. Simply put a little gel into your hands and rub it through your little one's hair. You only need to focus on the top of the head really.
  2. As you are working your fingers through the hair pull it all into the middle.
  3. With the gel, work it so that that hair sits on top of the front of the head. This is just a mini mohawk so you just need to concentrate on creating the spike at the front of the head, not all the way down the middle. 
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