Best Hairstyles For Little Girls With Short Hair

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hairstyles for little girls with short hair

On New Year’s Day, my four-year-old daughter found the scissors. In the hands of a child, scissors are the most provocative device. So powerful, so sharp, and so many things to cut! My Coco chose to cut her hair. Of course.

Cutting their own hair is a sort of clandestine milestone for most children. Required is the trifecta of mischief: scheming, sneaking, and destroying. When we caught her in the act, I was taken aback by how proud she appeared to be. Surrounded by a pile of her curly locks, my freshly mulletted Coco stood with a confidence that left me dazzled.

No remorse or fear of being punished. I think she was so proud of herself for changing something on her own that any thought of consequence vanished.

She was being creative. 

Bangs were not butchered, nor her scalp tonsured, and for that I am eternally grateful. However, a definite ‘bob’ was in order. Like, go straight to the hair salon RIGHT THIS SECOND.

Oh, and though I was “dazzled by her creativity” don’t think for a second that we let this slide. We didn’t discipline her, but we talked long and hard about the dangers of using scissors and asking permission and blah blah blah.

I actually love her short hair. It is so much easier to manage. Combing her hair each morning was the greatest conflict of our day. That horrible struggle is no longer an issue. Yay for short hair!

It is a very low-maintanence cut, but the girly-girl in me loves to find new ways to style it. With long hair, there are so many options for styling. With short hair, you really have to get creative. She’s only had this cut for about two weeks, but here is what I’ve come up with so far.

 

half-up pigtails

These are a cinch. Seriously, a no brainer but they look adorable. Just section off two pieces at the top and pull them into pigtails. This is probably Coco’s preferred way to keep her hair out of her face.

 

tiny ponytail

Is there anything more adorable than a sporty little ponytail? I just love this look on little girls!

This style will stay put for at least two days. Section off either four or five pieces in little bands. I gathered these into one single ponytail but you can also leave them out for a free and sweet look.

 

This might look tricky, but it couldn’t be simpler. A half up ponytail on top, and bobby-pins to twist and secure the pieces from the bottom. Just pin up a few sections and spritz with hair spray. The good thing about short hair is that you can fan it out and make it look piece-y without a bulk of hair to deal with. My daughter has fine, curly hair so bobby-pins work great. If you’re dealing with thick hair, however, you will probably need something more substantial like a clip claw to keep the back pieces secured.

My daughter has fine, curly hair so bobby-pins work great. If you’re dealing with thick hair, however, you will probably need something more substantial like a clip claw to keep the back pieces secured.

 

If you’ve seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s you’ll remember this classic updo from Audrey Hepburn. Like the Peacock undo, just pull it into a half-up pony tail and then pin it into a bun. Section off the bottom into two pigtails and you’re done! I actually teased the top a bit to give it a more Hepburnish look.

Really, this is such a great way to do pigtails with short hair! If I were to try and pull her hair into two basic, low pigtails the upper layer would definitely fall out. If your little girl has layers, this is a nice, fresh option to keep the style up all day.

Classic curls. You can’t have curls like this and not think of Shirley Temple. I really hope people still know who that is. Bust out the old curling iron or use some rollers–whatever blows up your bloomers.

little girl curls

Finally…

So…this may technically be cheating. It’s not really a hairstyle per se, but this is the sweetest look on little girls. Of course you’ll have to talk her into wearing it, but there’s always bribery.

Which is your favorite?

42 thoughts on “Best Hairstyles For Little Girls With Short Hair

  1. Jeanne

    I love the sporty ponytail. She does look adorable with the classic cap too!

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  2. Chris Carter

    OMGOSH your little “model” could NOT be more ADORABLE!!! All of those hairstyles are freaking AMAZING!!! You can do hair, girl! You can DO. HAIR. And I’m not surprised you can at all… (I like them all- seriously cannot pick one)

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    1. hillary

      Well, I can do short hair I guess. I never really did anything when she had long hair lol.

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  3. Manni

    Oh so sweet engel princess looking beautiful. U so lucky God gives u little Engel girl I wish God give her happy life and long life Lovely princess uuuuuuuummmmmmmaaaaa give her my kiss

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  4. Margo Hayes

    Oh my goodness! She is just too cute – great photography btw and I’d love any and all of these pictures. Sincerely, Nama

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    1. hillary

      Don’t you worry! I will definitely print out some of these for you–and me ????

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  5. Hope

    Your daughter is so beautiful and you are so talented. My daughter cut off one of her pony tails when she was 4. It must be some rite of passage from baby girl to big girl.lol. I enjoyed this post.

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    1. hillary

      I know. Girls are such high maintenance. We just buzzed my son’s hair and I cannot believe how easy it is!

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        1. Lusharna

          OMG I like tots love it omg omg I am pooing my pants with excitement!!! Oh it so smells ! I am eating my poo !! YUMYUM

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      1. Lucy

        My girl has absolutely could NOT care about her hair less! I wish I was in your shoes!

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  6. Sunnie

    Great post! My daughter is 3 and has fine hair but this definitely gives me some inspiration and ideas to try! Thanks!!

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  7. Kathy at kissing the frog

    Love this! Oh, how I wish I had a little girl! Very darling.

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  8. tana baby

    ya. ill apply it 2 my cute sis tanishka thx a tons 4 ur help i needed it for her bday………..:-D ???? ????

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  9. Ziva

    How on earth do you get her to leave the hair ties in? My girl tears them out within 5 minutes!

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  10. Kelley

    So, so, sooo cute! Loved them all! The cap is adorable and your daughter is precious!

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  11. Sue - The Spin Cycle

    And this? Is what I call making limoncello out of lemons. Or something like that.

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  12. laurie

    i love all these pictures but my favorite is the peackock updo… you are a genius…

    all i do is make a mini ponytail… Thanks for the idea! amazing!

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    1. hillary

      The peacock was seriously so easy! Just a few twists and you’re done–give it a try ????

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  13. Keely

    I love the Breakfast at Tiffany’s piggies. Nora would rock those! (Also beyond impressed that your kiddo would model this many ‘dos. Bribery or just fashionista?)

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    1. hillary

      Definitely bribery. Plus we split it up over a few days and I made a date out of each one. So she was in a good mood and had fun with it. I wanna wear the Breakfast at Tiffany’s pigtails myself!

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  14. Aleta

    She’s such a beautiful girl and I love the short hair cut on her!

    I remember when I was a little girl… My Mom told me not to cut my doll’s hair, because it doesn’t grow back like human hair. Well, you know what happened then… logically, I figured I could cut my own hair, because it grows, right? I cut my bangs, butchered them…. worse yet? It was the night before school pictures. My Mom was FURIOUS.

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    1. hillary

      Thank you ???? Oh my word, that would be every mom’s nightmare. I was so thankful she didn’t butcher her bangs.

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    1. hillary

      It just happens to be my favorite photo of her–but yes, I agree.

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  16. Lara

    Love the sporty ponytail on her! My daughter has thick, curly hair and I’ve always done the peacock updo with a claw clip to get it out of her face. Looks adorable and super easy. And that last picture with the cap? Priceless.

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    1. hillary

      Thank you! Yah, my daughter has fine, curly hair so the clip claw would slide right out. I have to section off ponytails and then pin them up.

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  17. anna

    these are all beyond cute – though i’m a little partial to the breakfast at tiffany’s look, how could i not be?

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  18. tana baby

    ya. ill apply it 2 my cute sis tanishka thx a tons 4 ur help i needed it for her bday

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  20. alexa

    she is very very very very very very very very very very very very very cute.(just so you know I am 8 years old but cute)

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