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10 Super-Cute Hairstyles Any Parent Can Do Themselves

I love playing with my girls’ hair! I always have. In fact, when I was a kid I was forever stealing my sister’s Barbie Styling Head so I could play with its hair. (Sorry about that, Deb!) But now, with my girls, it’s like having my own life-size dolls to play with!

Recently, I’ve been searching for some cute, fun braids and other hairstyles I could try out on my girls. (Summer vacation is the perfect time to try out new hairstyles. It’s much easier to play and practice different styles when you’re not rushing around, trying to get everyone ready and off to school on time!) I chose ten styles that I thought looked complicated and intricate, yet promised to be easy to duplicate. Admittedly, I have basic braiding knowledge, but I’m no professional hair stylist! I wanted to see how easy, for an average mom, it would be to recreate these styles. With these easy-to-follow tutorials, you don’t have to be a professional hairstylist to create these amazing looks. After each design, I’ve included a photo of how the style turned out for me, along with how long it took me to complete it so you can see how easy they are for an average mom without tons of hairstyling experience.

(If you don’t know how to braid at all, you’ll need to watch a tutorial on braiding, French braiding, and/or fish tail braiding first. Then just practice, practice, practice.)

Let's put these to the test ... 1 of 32
Click through to see how they all came out!
3D SPLIT BRAID 2 of 32
I thought this 3 dimensional twist on the classic braid was really cool. I just had to try it myself!

You can watch the tutorial at Cute Girls Hairstyles here.
MY ATTEMPT AT THE 3D SPLIT BRAID 3 of 32
Here's Brooklyn with the 3D braid. I think it turned out really well!
TIME: 5 MINUTES OR LESS 4 of 32
This braid only took 2 minutes to do. I can even manage this on school days!
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: VERY EASY 5 of 32
This was super-easy to do! If you can do a regular braid, you'll be able to do this with no problems.
PANCAKED 4-STRAND WATERFALL BRAID 6 of 32
Waterfall braids are so popular, but I've never tried to do one myself. Now is the time!

You can watch the tutorial at Cute Girls Hairstyles here.
MY ATTEMPT AT THE PANCAKED 4-STRAND WATERFALL BRAID 7 of 32
Here's Lexi wearing my attempt at the waterfall braid. Considering it was my first try, I think it turned out fairly well.
TIME: 10 MINUTES OR LESS 8 of 32
This took me 9 minutes to complete because I had to stop and start again a couple times.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: PRETTY EASY 9 of 32
I think this is probably a pretty easy braid to do once you get the hang of it. You can see where I goofed up a little. I need more practice.
BOHEMIAN SIDE BRAID 10 of 32
I found this style featured on Princess Hairstyles. It's Kori's take on Astrid's hairstyle from the movie How to Train Your Dragon 2.

You can watch the tutorial at Princess Hairstyles here.
MY ATTEMPT AT THE BOHEMIAN SIDE BRAID 11 of 32
I tried to duplicate this hairstyle on Savannah. I goofed up a little and forgot to put the headband under the section of hair near her face. Oops.
TIME: 10 MINUTES OR LESS 12 of 32
This took me 10 minutes to complete. I think the hardest part was just getting the headband on correctly. I didn't do so well there.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: PRETTY EASY 13 of 32
The braid with the knots and the other loose braid were both really easy to do.
WOVEN FISHTAIL BRAID 14 of 32
This braid looks so pretty and different, I just had to give it a shot.

You can watch the tutorial at Princess Hairstyles here.
MY ATTEMPT AT THE WOVEN FISHTAIL BRAID 15 of 32
Okay, so mine looks nothing like the one on Princess Hairstyles. I don't think it looks bad; it's kind of cool. But it's clearly not quite right.
TIME: 10 MINUTES OR LESS 16 of 32
This took me 8 minutes to finish. Fishtail braids tend to take longer than other types of braids.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: PRETTY EASY 17 of 32
Well, the version I managed to do was really easy. Maybe I'll practice a bit more to get it to look like the one on Princess Hairstyles.
DOUBLE HEART TWISTS 18 of 32
Here's a fun style from Cute Girls Hairstyles! This would be perfect for Valentine's Day.

You can watch the tutorial at Cute Girls Hairstyles here.
MY ATTEMPT AT DOUBLE HEART TWISTS 19 of 32
I love this hairstyle! It's such a cute hairdo for a little girl.
TIME: 10 MINUTES OR LESS 20 of 32
It took me 7 minutes to do this hairstyle. It would've been even quicker had I done a straight part instead of the zig-zag one.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: PRETTY EASY 21 of 32
This is a very easy hairstyle to do. In the tutorial, Mindy used a Topsy Tail which is undoubtedly a bit easier than doing the pigtails by hand like I did.
AURORA'S TIE-BACK TWIST WITH FLOWERS 22 of 32
Here's another one from Princess Hairstyles. I love this look with the soft waves and the dainty flowers. I think it would be a terrific look for a flower girl.

You can watch the tutorial at Princess Hairstyles here.
MY ATTEMPT AT AURORA'S TIE-BACK TWIST WITH FLOWERS 23 of 32
I think this turned out beautifully. It looks pretty cool with Savannah's ombre hair.
TIME: 15 MINUTES OR LESS 24 of 32
It took me 13 minutes to complete this style. The longest part was curling her hair. The little twist only took a few seconds.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: VERY EASY 25 of 32
This is a super-easy hairstyle to copy. I just love the loose-flowing curls and the casual twist with the flowers.
STARBURST CROWN BRAID 26 of 32
Savannah showed me this style and told me I should try it. She found it on Cute Girls Hairstyles.

You can watch the tutorial at Cute Girls Hairstyles here.
MY ATTEMPT AT THE STARBURST CROWN BRAID 27 of 32
Here's Brooklyn with my attempt at the Starbust Crown Braid. I've done a crown braid before, but I like this one with the starburst even better.
TIME: 10 MINUTES OR LESS 28 of 32
It took me 8 minutes to do this hairstyle. It looks like it would take longer, but it actually goes pretty quickly.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: PRETTY EASY 29 of 32
This is very easy to do. The hardest part was getting Brooklyn to sit still and quit whining when her hair was in her face as I was braiding.
RAPUNZEL'S BRAID FROM TANGLED 30 of 32
I found this gorgeous hairstyle on Locks and Locks of Hairstyles and couldn't resist trying it out! It took me 20 minutes to complete.

You can watch the tutorial at Locks and Locks of Hairstyles here.
LACED S BRAID 31 of 32
I've done a similar braid in the past, but I called it a zig-zag braid and I went back and forth a few more times. I like this gentle curving braid. This definitely looks more complicated than it is. It only took me 4 minutes to do.

You can watch the tutorial at Locks and Locks of Hairstyles here.
FISH NET FISH TAIL BRAID 32 of 32
Keren says this hairstyle was inspired by The Hobbit. I just thought it looked really cool! This took me 10 minutes to do. It would be even quicker without the fishtail part if you want to skip that and just continue the pattern.

You can watch the tutorial at BeautyKLove here.

Give these a try with your girls and let me know how they turn out in the comments!

Images that aren’t my own are courtesy of Princess Hairstyles and Cute Girl Hairstyles.

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