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A current trend in hair is fun and young, and many styles that were formerly limited to little girls or teens are being co-opted by their moms, and very successfully, too. Here are three cute hairstyles that look good on young girls and women alike.
Those adorable puffs of hair look equally cute piled atop the head of a five-year-old or a 40-year-old and beyond. For a scrumptious look on a little one, part the hair in the middle and use elastics to create tight, high ponytails on each side. Twist each ponytail until it begins to form a bun around the elastic. Pin in place, being sure to loosen enough strands to make it as big and messy as she’d like. For women, a great look starts with a high ponytail that is twisted and played with until it forms a fantastically tousled and messy bun. Don’t be afraid to use lots of product and hair pins to keep the artful mess just so.
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Long Waves or Curls
This look is a classic, but for a generation or two, it was thought that women over 40 could not pull off long waves and curls. Thankfully, that outdated notion has been put to rest by beauties such as Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, and Christie Brinkley. Curls and waves and other cute hairstyles for young girls can be created with a variety of hot tools, including straighteners, curling irons, styling wands, and other specialized tools, so experiment to get the look you want. A current technique for a modern look is to concentrate most of the curl on the middle of each hair section, leaving the ends uncurled or barely curled. Some young girls are afraid of heat close to their face, so one option is to use curlers on damp hair and let dry for an overall curly look. Another tactic is to simply curl the hair that is not close to the face.
Braids are not just for little girls anymore. There are many sophisticated styles using braids, but if you want a simple, adult look using a French braiding technique, part your hair on the side and gather a small section on your forehead on the deeper side of the part. Begin French braiding across your forehead. When you have about two inches done, use an elastic to finish the braid, and and clip the elastic under some side hair. For little girls, the sky is the limit when it comes to braids. A cute, simple technique is to loosely French braid the top portion of each side and connect the two sides at the back with a high ponytail. If you don’t know–or have forgotten–how to French braid, look for a helpful tutorial online.
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You can find all sorts of hairstyles online with step-by-step instructions. With a little time and experimentation, you, too, can master fun yet polished hair for both you and the little girls in your life.