Dad styling his daughters hair

Girls Hairstyles that Dads Can Do

Hair Styles

Most little girls love to have their hair styled, but when mom isn’t around and dad has to take over, it shouldn’t be a stressful situation that leaves a girl with untidy hair. Dads are completely capable of mastering some simple hairstyles for girls, which is why we’ve created a list of easy styles that dads can do! Whether you’re a dad, stepdad, grandfather, uncle, or even an older brother, if you have to help out with hairstyling time, it’s nothing to break a sweat over.

Just grab a comb or brush, some hair elastics, and bobby pins, and let’s get to work.

Hair styling tools - brush, hair elastics, bobby pins

Low Ponytail

Tools for the Job: Comb or brush and hair elastic

A low ponytail is one of the easiest styles to accomplish. Before starting any hairstyle, make sure you’ve combed out the tangles. Then, brush the hair back and gather it at the nape of the neck and secure it with a hair elastic and you’re done! If you want to dress it up a little, you can tie a ribbon around the ponytail or add a bow.

Low Ponytail tutorial
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High Ponytail Tutorial
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High Ponytail

Tools for the Job: Comb or brush and hair elastic

The steps to complete a high ponytail are very similar to a low ponytail, except you’ll be gathering the hair toward the top of the head and securing it there instead. If you need inspiration to ensure you’re getting the look right, Queen Poppy from Trolls and Pebbles Flintstone are great models of the high ponytail.

PRO TIP: Don’t wrap the hair elastic too tightly as that can cause a headache

Pigtails

Tools for the Job: Comb or brush, hair elastic, hairspray or gel

We love it when little girls sport classic pigtails. To achieve the look, start by parting your girl’s hair down the middle, beginning at the center of the forehead. Continue all the way down to the nape of the neck and secure one section to the side with a clip. If you want to keep the pigtails low, you can secure this section just behind the ear and do the same on the other side. If you’re looking for more of an up-do with the pigtails, simply take the first section and gather it toward the top side of the head and secure it with the hair elastic, then repeat the process on the other side.

Finish it off with a little hairspray or gel to tame any frizzy spots or flyaways.

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Ballerina Bun

Tools for the Job: Comb or brush, air elastic, bobby pins, and hairspray

Ballerina buns are great for dance class as well as creating a fancier, sleeker style for your little girl. Once the hair is free of tangles, pull it back into a high ponytail, making sure to smooth out any bumps. The hair elastic should be tight enough around the ponytail that the hair won’t come loose.

Next, twist the ponytail tight like a rope and wind it around the hair elastic, following the direction in which you twisted the ponytail, keeping the “rope” as close to the hair elastic as possible, until you’ve got a tight and neat bun. Use bobby pins to secure the bun into place. Think of the ballerina bun as if it were the face of a clock, and place the bobby pins at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock. You will likely need to place bobby pins in between as well to make sure the hair is secure, especially if your daughter has thicker hair.

Finish it off with a little hairspray to tame any frizzy spots or flyaways.

Three-Strand Braid

Tools for the Job: Comb or brush, hair elastic, bobby pins, and hairspray

The three-strand braid can be done as one single braid or pigtails. For one braid, brush the hair back and divide it into three sections at the nape of your neck. Take the left section in your left hand and the right section in your right, leaving the middle section loose. Cross the right section over the middle so that it is now the middle section and the middle becomes the right. Then, cross the left section over the new middle section. Repeat this process until you reach the ends and secure that with a hair elastic.

To create simple three-strand braid pigtails, start like you would for classic low pigtails, and then follow the process for one three-strand braid outlined above on each side. You can use hairspray and bobby pins to secure any flyaways or layers that are sticking out.

French Braid

Tools for the Job: Comb or brush, air elastic, bobby pins, and hairspray

Ready to take your braiding game to the next level? Try a French braid. This style is a bit more complicated than a three-strand braid, but we know you can do it! We’ve created a French braiding tutorial to help you master the look. As you’re trying your hand at French braids, be patient with yourself and keep practicing. Remember your Pigtails & Crewcuts stylists can help with any questions at your next visit!

Learning how to style a little girl’s hair doesn’t have to be intimidating. Anyone can do it—dads included! The stylists at your local Pigtails & Crewcuts are happy to answer any questions you have at your next appointment. Contact your salon today to book your children’s next haircuts.