1. Knotted and Pinned
No elastic bands handy? Use this knotted hairstyle and pin it with a couple of bobby pins. Start with two strands of hair and tie them as if you were tying the first knot in a pair of shoelaces. Gather a little more hair with each knot you make so that it stays close to the head, then finish it off by pinning it in place.
2. Double Pigtails
Short-haired toddlers and bobbed little girls can have pigtails too! Just try these two-banded pigtails to keep shorter hair in place. Hint – you can also do this in the back if you need to! Scroll down for loads of other ideas from We Love Being Moms.
3. Topsy Tails
These little “knots,” or “topsy tails,” might just be your new best friend. They are very versatile and can be placed just about anywhere on your little one’s head. This tutorial shows you how to get a sweet topsy tail lineup on one side that will keep baby fuzz and bangs out of the face.
4. Triple Twist Topsy
Sometimes our girls like to look a little fancy, but fancy hair isn’t always the easiest. This hairstyle is really simple but looks fabulous! Taking one section of hair at a time, separate into two pieces, twist each one, then twist them together. Do three of these, then join them into a ponytail and flip it over for a pretty triple twist topsy tail!
5. Flower Braid Bun
If your little girl likes flowers, she’s in for a treat with this hairstyle! Pull hair into a simple half-up do and secure it with an elastic. Braid the ponytail and add an elastic at the bottom before loosening the braid by pulling the edges. Roll the braid into a flower shape, tuck in the end, and pin it in place for a pleasing flower-shaped bun.
6. Banded Ponytail
This hairstyle is great for keeping short bangs in check. You’ll need several elastics but the process is easy to understand. Start with a small amount of hair in one front ponytail, then simply gather a little more hair with each ponytail. Once you get to the base of the head, elastics are just added along a single ponytail to create little “puffs” that match the rest of the banded ponytail hairstyle.
7. Four Strand Braid
You will need some basic braiding skills for this hairdo. A four-strand braid looks and sounds like it might be complicated but it’s really very simple if you can get the braiding pattern down. The best part of this braid is that a ribbon can easily substitute the fourth strand to make it extra-special.
8. Ponytail Veil
The fancy name for this hairstyle is the ponytail “veil,” but what it boils down to is getting creative with size, placement, and quantity of ponytails. You can separate and reconnect each ponytail to build fun patterns across the top and back of the head. Go wild with this one!
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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.