Eight easy hairstyles every mom should know how to do.

Eight Easy Hairstyles Every Mom Should Know

In Beauty & Fashion, Motherhood by Jen42 Comments

I am the mother to 3 daughters that range in age from teen to toddler and, y’all, some mornings I feel like a one woman hair salon!

You might assume that as they get older they will no longer need help with their hair, but this has yet to happen for me. Generally they just require more elaborate mommy magic, while also wanting a more difficult style in half the time.  With common place utterances being heard each morning such as,”Mom, if I wanted a ponytail, I could do it myself!” Yep, hearing that just gives a Mom the warm fuzzies all over….

Anyways today I would like to share 8 of our family’s MOST favorite and fantastically simple hair styling ideas that absolutely every mom should know how to do.

Eight easy hairstyles every mom should know how to do.

The Cinderella Twist

This first hairstyle is a favorite of my 8-year-old. She calls it “Cinderella hair” although it’s official name is the simple twist. From start to finish this hairstyle takes me exactly 3 minutes to do and because of simplicity, it is definitely a hairstyle that most everyone should add to their hairstyling arsenal. You can check out the full tutorial here.

Learn how to do the Cinderella Twist!

The One Minute Knot

I promise that doing this one really does take only a minute and because of that it is definitely a favorite around here. It is cute with straight or curly hair and so if you have an extra 5 minutes, add a few curls to the bottom half of the hair and really wow your kiddo.

The one minute knot that really takes only a minute to do!The Double Dutch Braid

This style can also be called a yoga or boxer braid and it is one that I that I can do for ALL of my girls. It works on the thick and layered hair of my teen and the fine and unruly hair of my toddler. Plus it takes me only about 5 minutes to do and lasts all day long. That is winning in my book!  Here is what the completed braids look like.

Upgrade your braid to a doube Dutch braid!

And here is a video tutorial to show you the ropes. It may seem complicated, but I promise it isn’t.

Once you have mastered the Dutch braid, there are so many ways to alter this style with just a little tweaking. Like this double Dutch braid that ends in a bun.

Learn how to make this adoarable double Dutch braid- bun!

A Simple Chignon

I absolutely love this one as does my teen! She likes that it pulls together a completed and effortless look that can be done in just a few simple steps and in minutes. Obviously, I like it for the same reasons.

Try a classic chignon, the perfect updo for a seamless and easy pulled together look!

The Bang Braid

I remember when I found this infographic from celebrity hairstylist Mark Hill it changed my life. Well at least the life I had been leading as a pseudo hairstylist. The bang braid is such a great style that can stand alone or easily be pulled into a ponytail for an adorable look!

How to braid your bangs!

The Toddler Top Knot

There is nothing cuter than a 3 year old with a teeny, tiny, little ballerina top knot and. Add in a super cute little bow clip and you are looking at a double dose of cuteness! Here is a super easy tutorial for doing a topknot from Kojodesigns.

The toddler top knot- nothing is cuter!

As a bonus top knot or bun hairstyle, take a look at how cute this is. My girls love this one as well!

It's a braid, bun, bang thing!

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The Twist Waterfall Braid

I love doing waterfall braids! They look complex, but they are not. A waterfall braid can also be used on short or long hair, which has been helpful since over the years the length of my girls’ hair has definitely varied. So if you are ready to learn how to do this one make sure check out this super easy step by step guide.

The waterfall twist braid is easier to do than you think.

The Hair Bow

The first time I did this with one of my girls I got calls home from so many moms asking how I did it. I promise it is super easy and your kids will totally love it!

How to wow with a stylish hair bow twist updo!

Good luck with your own hair styling adventures and if you would like some more kid and mom inspired hair styling inspiration make sure to follow my Pinterest board dedicated to that!



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  1. Ok, these look pretty fancy to me! I’m glad my 9yo likes the good old fashioned pony tail. I’ve mastered that one. :)

  2. Sharing this on Facebook because my current preschooler hair game consists of pigtails, “Anna” braids”, and top knots.

    Oh wait. The one most currently used is the, “Wow, it looks like we didn’t even brush your hair today.”

    Thanks for this – your hair game can only be described as wizardry level. :)

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      Yep we have those days too, although more often than not it is me sporting the just washed ( if I am lucky) and un styled hair. The toddler quite enjoys that look as well especially to go along with random food smeared on her face. It makes for a very nice overall effect I would say :)

      Thanks for sharing!
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  3. Thank you! I’ll try some of these but really, I’m hopeless at doing hair. It always comes out weird. I try though! Mostly my daughter just keeps her hair down. She used to let me do two braids but not anymore.
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  4. I needed this so bad! My daughter is only 3 but she is already asking for some pretty fancy hairstyles. (and I suck at doing hair)

  5. I’m unproud to say I know how to do nearly ZERO of these. I can do a great The One Minute Knot on myself, though!
    Scarlet was a reindeer in The Nutcracker last year and my dancer sister had to do her toddler bun for me. I just.. couldn’t! Even Cassidy does hair better than me.
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  6. Oh my gosh! Thank you for sharing this today… I have a daughter that is 7 and I feel like I am always doing her hair the same way… same with mine! We both have naturally curly hair, so another challenge! Lol!


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      Then we are hair sisters! My hair at least right now with all of the humidity is a 100 percent out of control :) I am so glad you enjoyed these and hopefully found one or two that would work for you and your daughter!
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  7. This was great! I’ve been struggling with making a bun for my daughter’s dance class! The toddler top knot will save my Saturday morning!! I’m super jazzed!

  8. Some of these are really cute. I have very short hair, but I’m old and we tend to cut it off at some point. Many reasons…it’s easier to fix and let’s not even talk about all the grey we deal with.

    I love your reason for liking dogs better than cats. That’s right on the money.

    Hubby and I just returned from South Lake Tahoe where we celebrated our birthdays. We had a fabulous time.

    Have a fabulous day Jen. ☺
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    1. With crazy curly hair like I have, I believe someday a very cute bob is looming in my future :)

      I think the biggest reason for my dog loving ways is the fact that I stop breathing normally within 5 feet of them and can no longer see through the water running out of my eyes. So, no cats for me.

      You too!
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  9. Hi Jen, I think myself lucky that I’m all fingers and thumbs as my daughter won’t let me near her hair! On of her favourite pass times is checking out new styles on YouTube. The waterfall braid looks so pretty and I can see why your eldest loves the chignon. It looks very stylish.

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  10. I soooooooo wish I could come visit and have you and your girls play with my hair. Sometimes (no-joke) at playdates, I ask my friend to curl my hair. I just can’t do it for myself anymore. I may try some of these up-dos myself. Wish me luck.
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  11. I’m going to be needing this. Other than the double Dutch which one do you think stays in best? I forsee possible melt down at preschool if my toddlers hair comes out and clearly I won’t be there to re-do. Lol.

  12. Well I don’t have any girls so I don’t have to do any hair but my own in the morning; a few of these would be so fun to try! Pinned.

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