Cornrow braids can be a convenient and fashionable hairstyle for children of all ages. The flat braids can be particularly favorable for active children and those on vacation. Many people see cornrow braiding as an art, and a variety of styles are appropriate for kids to sport.

Simple Parallel Cornrows

The most simple and common style is cornrows going straight back along the scalp from the forehead to the nape of the neck with any excess (longer) hair hanging in braids. Fasten the hanging braids in a ponytail holder for a carefree style. Another option is to plait the braids together to form one large braid at the bottom the cornrow pattern. Add beads for decoration and to keep the braids from unraveling.

This hairstyle appeals to both boys and girls looking to express individuality without committing to a haircut. The no-fuss cornrows can be a go-to style for active kids because they require little maintenance and no product application.

Circular and Zigzag Patterns

Circular cornrows may intrigue a child’s imagination as the braids form a spiral pattern across the scalp. The cornrow braids may be large or small with the smaller braids rendering a more layered spiral pattern. In this style, all the hair goes into the cornrows with no hanging braids.

Many kids will also like zigzag cornrow braids that follow a consistent zigzag pattern from front to back. Again, hanging braids can be plaited, bound or pinned up.

Partial Cornrows

Cornrow braids don’t have to encompass the entire head; partial cornrow braids are a popular alternative for young girls. Starting from the forehead, braid cornrows 2 to 3 inches in length, and them wrap the remaining hair from the braid in a knot at the top of the head. The hair from the crown to the nape is left loose, and you can curl it, pin it up or fasten it into a ponytail or bun. Girls can be creative and age-appropriate by placing flowers or hair clips at the knot to add extra flair.