By Nik of Beads, Braids and Beyond

My daugh­ter has been ask­ing for a mohawk for months so I decid­ed to pull some inspi­ra­tion from our Face­book page and give her a cute, girly mohawk updo. She absolute­ly loves it! I think it’s an adorable style for lit­tle girls, espe­cial­ly with cute Spring dress­es. Jazz it up with a bow or hair pins and you’re good to go!

The style is actu­al­ly very sim­ple so I’ll try to keep the instruc­tions short.

Miss A’s hair was pre­vi­ous­ly mois­tur­ized and band­ed so her hair was already stretched out quite a bit. If you’re not into band­ing, you can com­plete­ly skip this step. If you don’t know what band­ing is, please check out our Band­ing F.A.Q. post.

I began by part­ing the hair from ear to ear. I tied off the back so I could eas­i­ly work with the top sec­tion. Using a met­al rat tail comb, I made a slant­ed square. I tied off the mid­dle sec­tion so I could corn­row the left and right sec­tions. If you do not know how to corn­row, please check out ourCorn­row­ing for Begin­ners post. Flat twists would look just as adorable. I didn’t want too much going on with this style so I kept the corn­rows pret­ty basic. Just going straight up the sides.

After corn­row­ing both sides, I untied the top mid­dle sec­tion and part­ed medi­um sec­tions of hair with my fin­gers. I grabbed a black ouch­less band and loose­ly tied off about 8 sec­tions. I two strand twist­ed each sec­tion and left them overnight. I untied the back of her hair and did the same thing. I knew she didn’t need corn­rows in the back because her hair is so thick so the lit­tle cinnabuns would have cov­ered them.

The next morn­ing  I removed the two strand twists, leav­ing the ouch­less pony­tail hold­ers in. I gath­ered each sec­tion and wrapped it around each pony­tail hold­er. I used a bob­by pin to secure each lit­tle bun. I tried to make the buns kind of loose. I want­ed a real­ly full updo.

As for prod­ucts, I used Bee Mine Lus­cious Mois­tur­iz­er to mois­tur­ize and Bee Mine Curly But­ter to style. We still have a read­er dis­count code, good through the end of March. The code is BBBJAN for

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Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­liste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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That is so beau­ti­ful I can bare­ly stand it. Well done! Well done!


This is too cute! I love it!


This is amaz­ing!


This is gor­geous!!!!! So cute! But, is it just me or is the dress a lit­tle too mature for this pre­cious doll? Some­thing about the straps and the heart-shaped out­line around the chest is a bit much for me, but i love love love this style!

Just my opin­ion, but you did ask if it was just you. If pre­vi­ous out­fits are any indi­ca­tion, Nik is care­ful of her daughter’s mod­esty, and that trend will con­tin­ue when lit­tle Miss is twice her cur­rent age. I can envi­sion a sim­i­lar style on Li’l Miss a few years from now with no more of a cov­er­age issue than there cur­rent­ly is, which is to say none. At an old­er age, the child could rock a bolero over the dress. The only rea­son she’d need it now—at the cur­rent age, it would prob­a­bly be a cardi­gan, although she could… Read more »

what a beau­ti­ful style!


I have a con­fes­sion to make I go to her site for hair inspi­ra­tion. I don’t know I just find most site don’t exper­i­ment enough. I think it part of the rea­son why I am still on BGLH is because the style icons images and so help­ful arti­cles, oth­er­wise the argu­ment insti­ga­tors such as, 5 Nat­ur­al “Dis­qual­i­fiers”: Are They Legit­i­mate?, would have already scared me off this site.


this is love­ly!


this is mad cute. i MUST. TRY. IT!!!!

Katherine G

Love this style!!

Beauty Is Diverse

Love­ly hair­style.


Super cute! I would wear this on my adult head!


This is GOOOOOOOOOOOOORGEOUS! And I think it would make a great wed­ding style for a nat­ur­al brides­maid, too! (I might have to cop this for my friend’s wed­ding in a few months.) Thanks for post­ing.


was think­ing the same thing my flower girls must have this style


my sis­ter is using this style in her wed­ding for daugh­ter. i love love love it


That’s what I thought it was when I first saw it. I like it :-)!


I agree 1000% ! :D


co-sign!! this is beau­ti­ful