December 18, 2013 01:00 PM


Have your family’s holiday outfits picked out, but still deciding on how to style your tot’s tresses?

Luckily, hairstylist Cozy Friedman is bursting with cool, kid-friendly ideas.

From a stylish top knot for girls to shaggy bangs for guys, the owner of kids salon chain Cozy Cuts and author (Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girl’s Hair) shares six easy-to-style ‘dos.

Check them out below:

The Basic Bun

This ballerina-inspired hairstyle is a super easy yet chic way of dressing up your little girl for a party. Make it more festive by adding fun, glittery clips or a statement headband, and the style will not only look adorable — it’ll keep the hair off her face!

Step 1: Starting with damp hair, comb through to smooth and remove tangles.

Step 2: Gather hair in a loose ponytail. If your little girl has bangs, let them hang down naturally. Position the ponytail where you want the bun to be on the head: low at the nape, middle of the head, or high on the crown. Secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 3: Twist the ponytail into a tight rope, coiling it around itself at the base.

Step 4: Tuck the ends of the coil into the ponytail holder at the base. Then secure the bun by pushing bobby pins into the hair at the bun’s base on all sides. Lightly spritz the bun with hair spray or spray-on hair glitter to lock in the style.


Side Swept/Shag Style

Let’s not forget about the boys! One of the most popular boys’s hairstyles year-round is the tousled, shaggy look. The boy band look, if you will. This cool style works with longer hair types — it’s especially helpful when a haircut is growing out. Let him enjoy having messy hair — it’s trendy and looks totally effortless!

Step 1: The most important thing about this look is how it’s styled. Brush the hair from the top and sides completely forward over the forehead and ears.

Step 2: Choose a product based on the thickness and length of the hair — thicker hair should use a gel, while thinner, shorter hair can use a styling cream like our So Cozy® Kooky Kiwi Styling Cream. Apply a dollop of styling product on your hands — a nickel-size to a quarter-size depending on the length of the hair — and spread the product evenly on your hands.

Step 3: Run hands through the hair from back to front, giving it a piece-y look while keeping it in place.

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French Braid Headband

This is a style you’ll learn for your girl and then want to wear for yourself! It’s totally fuss-free, but adds that perfect little touch that’ll make her stand out in style. Girls can wear the braid with their hair down or up, or even in another braid à la Katniss Everdeen. You can add beads and barrettes for fancy flourish.

Step 1: Start with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted) and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.

Step 2: Use a fine-tooth comb to draw a horizontal line across the crown from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. From the line, comb the hair forward to the face. Pull the hair in back of the line into a ponytail holder or jaw clip so it stays out of your way.

Step 3: Choose which ear you want the braid to start from. Tilt the head so the ear you’ve chosen is facing up toward the ceiling. With your child’s ear tilted up, start making the braided headband using the hair in front of the part.

Step 4: Once you’ve reached the other ear, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If you like, tuck it behind the ear and pin it in place with a few bobby pins. Remove the ponytail holder or jaw clip used to hold the rest of her hair and style as you like. Finish by adding sparkly or decorative hairpins through different parts of the braid.


Spiked Hair

We get tons of requests from little boys who want to spike their hair, especially around the holidays. The spiky look is easiest when a buzz cut begins to grow out, but you still need long enough hair to work with. Dramatic or natural, there’s a lot of ways to work this rockstar style.

Step 1: Using a kid-approved gel, like our So Cozy Styling Gel, start with a quarter sized amount in your hands and run it through the hair, motioning up towards the center of the head to achieve the Mohawk. Use as much gel as you need to secure the look.

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Heart Braid

This sweet braid is one of my signature styles, and is perfect for the holidays. It’s a guaranteed hit for every little girl! Plus, braids are huge this season, so your little one will be on top of the trend.

Step 1: Starting with damp hair, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair. Then, using a fine-tooth comb, part the hair down the middle of the head. Clip one side up right above the ear.

Step 2: On the other side of the part, use the fine comb to gather a thin section of hair from the crown. This section should measure about 2 inches from the hairline to the top of the head.

Step 3: Divide this section into three, and begin a French braid starting at the crown and curving toward the temple, then toward the back of the head, like the top lobe of a heart. You will be lifting hair into the braid only from this side of the part. Leave no loose hair in front of the ear.

Step 4: When you reach the center part at the back of the head, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If the hair is very long, end the braid about mid-ear; the ends will hang down the back.

Step 5: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process. Secure with a pony tail holder.

Step 6: Join the two ends of the braids together in the back with a ponytail holder to form the bottom point of the heart.


Quarter Up

Have a curly girl on your hands? This style is perfect. They have the natural volume and texture to make it work. And this mini-ponytail style is so easy to create — and works great for younger girls because it helps to keeps hair away from the face and out of the eyes.

Step 1: Starting with dry, detangled hair brush or comb the hair straight back and life a section off the crown, approximately eyebrow to eyebrow in width. Pull the hair back no farther than 1.5 inches and to the side. Choosing how far back and how far off to the side will depend on the hair. For girls with shorter bangs, you may need to keep the hair closer to the hairline.

Step 2: Gather sectioned hair into a ponytail holder, bow, or scrunchie to create a mini ponytail at the top of the head. For more volume, gather the ponytail more loosely to give the front of the hair a little height. Adorn with a fun ponytail holder or cute clip.

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