When we raise kids to love their curls, coils, and waves, 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, coily, and wavy styles can be quick and beautiful. These simple looks will get your kids out the door in five minutes or less.

1. Bantu Knots With Braided Bangs

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Shake up the standby of Bantu knots with additional flair. 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 braids in the front that you accessorize with beads.

2. Braided High Ponytail

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Let’s add a little something extra to the classic ponytail by braiding the remaining hair. Secure her pony way up high, then push the curls forward to frame her face. This style keeps hair off the neck—and you can apply your favorite gel or edge control to smooth any flyaways.

3. Two French Braids with a Twist Pattern

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If your kiddo complains about hair in her face, this is the perfect style to show off maximum curl while keeping her comfortable. You can easily part the hair between a section in the front for braids and the remaining at the base for the French braids. Feel free to get creative with the design, intersect the remaining strands of hair and tie them off with colorful bands for a pop of color.

4. Pigtail Hairstyle

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There’s nothing cuter than a sweet little girl in pigtails. You can easily separate the hair into two sections and then create a fun part that really puts her curls and coils front and center. Mix it up with your favorite accessories, like a rubber band, barrettes, or clips.

5. Braided Space Buns

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

6. Headband

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Add a little flair to the usual wash and wear a pretty headband. You can also dress up everyday styles like a bun or puffs with a decorative headband. It couldn’t be easier!

7. High Puff

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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.

8. Easy Protective Style

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This look works well for parents who need to stretch that wash an extra day or two. No need to spend time on an elaborate bun. Just create a high bun and leave individual sections to braid and wrap into the bun. This style looks adorable with small barrettes and clips to help secure the braids.

9. Coils and Braids

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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!

Which hairstyle do you like the best? Let us know in the comments.

Anne Malinoski

Anne Malinoski is an award-winning journalist, military spouse, and mother of two boys. She is a contributing writer for San Diego Family Magazine.

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