Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, this shamrock hairstyle for kids is really VERY simple and easy to create with any hair texture! Step-by-step directions provided to create this clover leaf effect…
While I love all of my kids dearly, I was SO excited to find out I was finally having a girl after having two boys! Okay, so “finally” makes it seem like it was YEARS — when in reality, my boys are only a year and 2 weeks apart, and my oldest daughter followed just 15 months later.
But after having been told my oldest boy was a girl at our ultrasound and not discovering they were wrong until the delivery room (surprise!!!), I had quite the stash of baby girl clothes. I simply couldn’t wait to pull them out, and I spent my pregnancy dreaming about all of the cute little girl hairstyles I’d create…
As luck would have it, my oldest daughter leans a little more to the tomboy side. While there are fleeting moments when she decides a dress and fancy hair are appropriate, she’s far more comfortable in her soccer cleats — although she does pair them with pink tie-dye socks. One of her favorite t-shirts says, “Who needs glass slippers? This princess wears cleats!” And that pretty much sums her up perfectly. Anything more than a ponytail? Yeah, ain’t happening.
My younger daughter, however, is a girly girl through and through. She’s all glitter and sparkles and personally requested the adorable heart hairstyle above for Valentine’s Day.
Whether it’s a teensy bit of jealousy after hearing everyone gush about her sister’s hair or just a touch of sibling competitiveness (I’m guessing both), now my older girl has been asking if there are any special St. Patrick’s Day hairstyles we can try. I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, so we created this cute St. Patrick’s Day shamrock hair design!
Supplies For St. Patrick’s Day Hairstyles
You probably already own a number of the items for this shamrock hair design, but I thought I’d share some of my tried and true faves… And I don’t know about you, but green satin ribbon isn’t something I normally keep on hand!
- KareCo hair brush — love how this brush gently and easily removes tangles
- Goody Ouchless clear hair elastics — these come in three sizes, perfect for creating loads of different styles
- Scunci No Slip Grip hair ties — these are amazing at keeping my girls’ hair secure without creating tangles
- Aussie hair spray — good hold with a touch of shine, and I have a soft spot for that Aussie scent
- bobby pins — not pictured, but you’ll just need 3
- green satin ribbon
St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Hairstyle How To
Both of my girls have very long hair, though my older daughter’s hair is much thicker than my younger daughter’s. This shamrock hairstyle for kids works great with both textures, and I think it should work equally well with curly hair. Shorter hair just simply won’t have much of a remaining ponytail but should still be uber cute!
Shamrock Hairstyle Step 1
Start by pulling the hair back in a tight ponytail at the back of the head. Since my daughter’s hair is so thick, I used one of the Scunci hair ties for this. If your girl’s hair is thinner, one of the large Goody clear elastics should be sufficient. I also gave it a spritz of the Aussie hair spray to smooth back any flyways as I was pulling it back.
Shamrock Hairstyle Step 2
Next, divide the hair in the ponytail into three equal sections, with one on top and two underneath on each side.
Shamrock Hairstyle Step 3
Place one of the medium size Goody clear elastics on each section about an inch-and-a-half from the center of the main ponytail.
Shamrock Hairstyle Step 4
Taking the top section, divide it in half and anchor it to the head using a bobby pin. Slide it all the way in over the bottom side of the elastic, and it will be hidden.
Shamrock Hairstyle Step 5
Twist the right section clockwise and the left section counterclockwise and bring them around and downwards to form a heart shape. I used the smallest Goody clear elastic to hold both of the twisted sections together at the bottom.
Shamrock Hairstyle Step 6
Repeat Step Five for the two remaining sections on either side, anchoring all three together with the largest Goody clear elastic when complete.
Finishing This Shamrock Hairstyle for Kids
Give the hair a misting of hairspray, smoothing down any wayward hairs. Finish this cute St. Patrick’s Day shamrock hairstyle with a length of green satin ribbon wound around the remaining ponytail.
And of course, now my younger daughter wants the same style… Good thing it’s really very simple and easy to create!
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P.S. If you’re looking for more St. Patrick’s Day ideas, this walnut oatmeal sweet Irish soda bread is a must-try recipe!