How to Style an African American 3 Year Old Girl's Hair: 13 Steps
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A bow can really kick up the cute factor!

Styling your little angel's hair should be a fun and relaxing time of mother-daughter bonding, but what if you don't really know what to do with it? African-American hair generally contains less water and breaks more easily than other kinds of hair. Your little one's hair will be easier to style with the right preparation. Keep things fun for you both -- aim for simple styles that can be accented with bows and other hair accessories to make your girl look and feel like a little princess.


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    Shampoo your child's hair. Avoid shampoos that contain alcohol as these will further dry her locks. Look for child-friendly brands that contain natural oils such as grapeseed or tea-tree. Shampoos that moisturize are best, but if your child's hair feels greasy afterward, it means that the moisturizing ingredients didn't penetrate her hair -- it's sitting on top of it instead! Keep looking and trying, if necessary.
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    Condition her hair. Like choosing a shampoo, choose a conditioner with natural oils and avoid the brands that contain alcohol. After shampooing and while the hair is still damp, part her hair into 4 to 6 sections and apply the conditioner to each one.
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    Comb through each conditioned section with the wide-tooth comb. When combing, start at the very tip and comb gently away from the scalp. Start each comb-through at a progressively closer place to the scalp, until you can eventually comb from the scalp to the end of the hair without hitting any tangles. Braid each combed-through section loosely when you're finished with it.
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    Let the conditioner sit in your little one's hair for about five minutes.
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    Unbraid each section and wash out the conditioner with warm water.
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    Towel off her hair and let it air-dry.
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    Part your little girl's hair into sections with the comb.
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    Place a small rubber band at the base of each section of hair, as close to the scalp as possible.
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    Secure a barrette at the end of each section of hair, making pigtails. You can also add small ribbons or bows.
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    Part your little one's hair into sections with the comb. The more sections you have, the more time you'll need to finish her hair, so plan accordingly.
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    Separate each section of hair into three strands of equal thickness.
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    Braid the strands together.
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    Place a barrette or other hair accessory at the end of each braid. Be colorful -- barrettes come in a variety of hues. Let your child choose her own colors when you go shopping for hair accessories.


  • Shampoo and condition your little one's hair twice a week at most, and use natural moisturizers daily.If your child's hair is short, let her wear it in curls and add a bow or other accessory to it.For something more creative, make wavy or zig-zag parts in your girl's hair instead of just straight parts.To keep her from getting restless, watch her favorite movie or TV show while you do her hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Brush
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Towel
  • Water
  • Small rubber bands
  • Barrettes
  • Preparation

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Categories: Education and Communications

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