This guest post is by Cozy Friedman, owner of New York City’s Cozy’s Cuts for Kids and author of the book “Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair” available Barnes & Noble and through all online book-seller sites. Cozy has been featured on The Today Show, The View, and The CBS Early Show, and her expertise has been quoted in American Baby, The New York Times, MORE Magazine, Parents Magazine, and USA Today, just to name a few.
I asked Cozy what kinds of flower girl hairstyles she would recommend to go with the three wedding themes I talk about in my FREE eBooks: Romantic, Natural and Urban Chic. I love what she has submitted.
The Heart Braid
This sugar sweet braid is one of my signature styles, and is perfect for any special occasion. It’s a guaranteed hit for every little girl! Plus, braids are huge this season, so your little one can totally stay on top of the trends. The little braids start at the top of the head and forms an extra special heart, and to really make things cute, you can add a sparkly clip right where the two plaits meet and coordinate it with your kid’s holiday outfit.
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 midear; 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.
There’s nothing fussy or frilly about this all-natural flower child. Heavily accessorized with feather, flowers, or beads, this can be a fantasy hairstyle; with no extras, it’s an easy look for everyday wear. The hair should be long enough to create braids that can be joined behind the head. Any accessories can be pushed into the braid, or tucked in at the hairline or beneath the ponytail holder.
Step 1: Starting with dry hair, brush or comb the hair to smooth and detangle it. Lightly mist it with water so it is slightly damp. Using the fine-tooth comb, part hair in the center.
Step 2: On one side of the part near the hairline, pick up a 1-inch section of hair and braid it. Secure with a small ponytail holder.
Step 3: Repeat on the other side of the part, to create a second braid. Join the ends of the two braids together with a small ponytail holder at the back of the head. Leave the remaining hair loose, flowing, and natural.
The Basic Bun
A ballerina-inspired bun is a super easy yet chic way of dressing up your little girl. 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. Position the ponytail where you want the bun to be on the head: low at the nape, middle of the bhead, 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.