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6 Must-Have Hair Accessories for Your Littles

Photo credit: @snapavelli via Nappy.co

Photo credit: @snapavelli via Nappy.co

6 Must-Have Hair Accessories for Your Littles

WORDS: Tonya Abari

Give your child’s crowning glory some extra glam with these hair accessories created by Black-owned businesses.


Social media feeds are abuzz with little ones showcasing unique hairstyle magic. Afros, twists, cornrows, ponytails, and wash-n-go styles...from 2a to 4c and anywhere in between, our babies are rocking the cutest dos.

Looking for something to protect your child’s precious strands? Or perhaps you want to make that adorable hairstyle pop? Check out these hair accessories that’ll make styling and accessorizing a tad bit easier. The best part about these children’s hair accessories is that they’re all made by Black-owned companies.

1. Oh, (Double) Snap!

When then 9-year-old Gabby Goodwin kept losing her barrettes, she and her mom took matters into their own hands.

Gabby created GaBBy’s Bows–double-faced, double-snapped barrettes that are guaranteed to secure your little one’s twists and braids. (No more unraveled styles or lost barrettes!)

An added bonus to buying these barrettes for your little one? You’ll be supporting a dynamic kidpreneur on the move. Not only does Gabby make fabulous barrettes, this now 12-year-old just launched a mommy-and-me entrepreneurship academy.

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2. Bonnets, Headbands, and Scrunchies, Oh My!

After your child’s hair has been slayed and laid, you’re going to need to protect that style overnight.

Beautiful Curly Me sells handcrafted, satin-lined bonnets for child and baby doll. (Yes, this child-owned business also sell baby dolls, too!)

Satin helps to protect the hair from breakage, so why not treat the kiddies to a satin scrunchie to hold those ponytails? The Natural Hair Shop carries satin scrunchies as well as other accessories like headbands, satin-lined hats, and protective pillowcases.

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3. To Bead or Not to Bead

Remember hearing the sounds of click-clackity beads in your hair? Having rows of colorful beads added to the ends of braids or twists is so familiar to many of us, it’s practically a Black girl rite of passage.

While the beads are cute, parents may struggle with installing them, not to mention the issue of having those loose beads end up everywhere.

There’s a solution for this conundrum, and it’s called bead barrette. This lovely hair accessory is a combination of beads and barrettes: It’s a bead that snaps on like a barrette. Genius, right? The owner of the Bead Barrette company created this accessory with styling ease and safety in mind. You can find bead barrettes in select stores or online.

4. Thou Shall Snatch Up Those Edges

🎵 Like your baby’s hair with baby hair and afros 🎵?

If slicked edges is a core component of little’s hairstyle, you’ll need a tool that can grab those perimeter hairs like nobody’s business. Camryn's BFF Gentle Edges Brush is a combo brush/comb that’s meant to use for gently snatching up those tiny baby hairs.

5. Cuff That Puff!

Ceata E. Lash, founder of The Puff Cuff, was tired of breaking banana clips on her lusciously thick fro. So she created the puff cuff—a clamp designed to grab and hold hair into a puff without damaging those precious strands.

The puff cuff ranges in size from micro to original making it the perfect ponytail holder for children’s hair of any size and texture.

6. For The Culture

Headwraps is one of the fiercest ways to accessorize and Friday’s People is doing it for the culture. Their debut line includes vibrant, handmade headwraps with bold colors and Afrocentric themes. (And moms, heads up: headwraps are pre-tied so that you don’t have to spend precious time learning how to achieve that perfect knot.)

If you have multiple-sized heads that need wrapping or you want to match your little’s fly, Friday’s People got you covered. They carry sizes from newborn all the way up to adult.

Tonya Abari is a freelance editor, writer, content strategist, author-in-training, and homeschooling mama. She is a multipotentialite, advocate for realistic and diverse portraits of motherhood, lover of incredible stories from ordinary people, and an intermediate juggler of all things. You can read about Tonya online or follow her on Instagram.