When we raise kids to love their curls, we give them the confidence to embrace and appreciate everything that makes them unique. Of course, an added perk is that we don’t have to work against their natural texture each morning before school. Curly styles can be quick and beautiful. These simple looks will get your curly kid out the door in five minutes or less.

Half Bantu Knots, Half Down

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Photo courtesy of @leylaarianna

Shake up the standby half-up-half-down style with this fun upgrade. Hair twisted up and away from her eyes keeps her ready to rock from the classroom to the playground. This style works well with one or two big knots at the front, and gorgeous curls cascading in the back.

High Ponytail

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Photo courtesy of @momming_with_the_military

The high pony is so adorable, you won’t believe how easy it is to achieve. Secure her pony way up high, then push the curls forward to fame her face. This style keeps hair off the neck—great for sports days and field trips.

Quick Twist

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Photo courtesy of @avery_sage

If your kiddo complains about hair in her face, this is the perfect style to show off maximum curl while keeping her comfortable. Twist or braid a small section of hair near the forehead, then clip it back, away from her face. Pull curls forward for beautiful shape and volume.

Side Ponytail

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Photo courtesy of @happyfeetvt

There’s nothing cuter than a sweet little girl in a sassy side pony. Mix it up with your own favorite accessories, like a big bow or clip-on flower.

Space Buns

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Photo courtesy of @momming_with_the_military

Use loose twists or braids to create voluminous buns that show off her beautiful natural texture. Experiment with the placement. You could try this look in a low chignon style, or up top in a trendy topknot!

Headband

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Add a little flair to the usual wash and go with a pretty headband. Couldn’t be easier!

High Puff

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Photo courtesy of @avery_sage

If it’s a quick, beautiful style you seek, look no further than the infinitely versatile high puff. It looks great with headbands, bows, and clips. Try placing one, two, or more around her head. You can even line them up to make a fro-hawk. Or style just like this photo for a bold, classic statement.

Easy Protective Style

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Photo courtesy of @leylaarianna

This look works well for parents who need to stretch that wash an extra day or two. No need to spend time on a French braid. Just create a high ponytail, and braid down from there. This style looks adorable with a small bun or Bantu knot in the back.

Sideswept Coils

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Photo courtesy of @happyfeetvt

Smooth curls over to one side for a gorgeous, high-volume look that showcases her pretty spirals. This style is easy enough for every day, pretty enough for picture day!