Mornings are tough, but mornings with kids can be impossible — especially when you’re trying to get the household back into something of a routine following a lazy summer. One thing that shouldn’t be impossible though is giving your little one a cute and braided hairdo before school.
Of course cute doesn’t always mean complicated. In fact, some of these 13 hairstyles are so easy they clock in at fewer than 15 minutes to execute, which means a few can even be accomplished while your kid is still finishing his or her breakfast.
Quick, easy and stylish? That’s just a fashionable parenting win.
1. An easy fishtail
Here fishy, fishy, fishy. If you just want a basic braided style but with a bit of an upscale twist, consider swapping in this pretty and simple fishtail braiding method instead of your run-of-the-mill, three-strand routine.
2. Upside Down Buns
Working from the bottom up, these dutch braids come up to the crown of the head and end in two cute buns secured with bobby pins at the top.
3. The two-strand twist
Tired of regular old braids? Section off chunks of hair and then execute this ridiculously simple two-strand twist instead. Easy, peasy. Remember to protect the scalp and hair with oil.
4. A sweet braided updo
Part the front of the hair into sections, braid and then tie the rest up using the simple sock bun technique. Sleek and cute.
5. Unique french braids
Simply separate each side of the hair in three parts and braid the three ponytails together. To add some extra cuteness, you can use bow clips or hair jewellery.
6. Criss-cross pigtails
Pigtails and braids just seem to go together. Execute this ridiculously cute look that keeps your kids’ hair neat and out of his or her face. Double win.
7. Ribbon braid
What takes a simple braid up to the next level? Just add some ribbon.
8. The three-strand pull-through
Seven small diagonal ponytails come together for one of the prettiest pull-through braids we’ve ever seen. True, you may need to practice the pattern a couple of times to nail it, but once you do you can whip this one up in mere minutes.
9. Easy braided ponytails
This style works on a variety of toddler heads, but is customizable to your kid’s unique personality. Simply section off ponytails in a pattern of your choosing, then braid.
10. An Elsa braid
If you need further proof just how doable this pull-through Elsa braid is to execute, watch this mamma pull it off on her adorable camera-mugging girl as she supervises her son eating and yelling at the same time.
11. Dutch lace headband braid
Who needs a headband when you can make your very own out of a braid of hair? Whether your kid wants to then wear their hair up or down is up to them; either way it’ll be out of their face, and that’s what really matters.
12. Flattened bubble braid
Swap in leave-in conditioner for gel to achieve this cool little bubble braid look, which works on long to chin-length hair. Want an even more 3D effect? Pull out the tops too and watch the style transform into a mohawk braid.
13. French braid pigtails
Once you’ve mastered the art of the French braid the sky really is the limit. But we’re fans of these cute French braid pigtail buns, which are perfect for active little girls on the go.