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Baby Girl’s Natural Hair and Flexi Rods

By January 27th, 202123 Comments
NikG of BeadsBraidsBeyond dishes on ways to keep baby girl’s natural hair healthy and beautiful, without pulling yours out!

Christmas is right around the corner and I know so many mamas are looking for a new style for their daughters. Instead of using heat, why not try out flexi-rods?

Flexi-rods are inexpensive (mine are $2.50 per pack of 7) and easy to use! I work on dry/damp hair and apply a little shea butter mixed with coconut oil (unrefined) on each section, then I put some alcohol free gel (I used ORS Lock & Twist Gel this time around) on that section and start rolling the hair on to the rod.

Try spacing the hair out as you roll it on the rod to add more length when you take them out. I also find that working on stretched hair seems to have better results. The flexi-rods don’t get too close to the roots so stretching the hair out a day or two prior with braids/cornrows/twists should get you better results. Here is a short flexi-rod pigtail tutorial we made. ‘A’ would not stop talking, lol.

Flexi-rods in:

Baby Girl's Natural Hair and Flexi Rods

‘A’ sleeps in the flexi-rods overnight with no complaints. In the morning we gently roll them off and seperate each curl into 2 or 3.

You can do a variety of styles with flexi-rods.

Braid the top and do a flexi-rod set in the back:

Baby Girl's Natural Hair and Flexi Rods

Baby Girl's Natural Hair and Flexi Rods

Braid pigtails half way down and put the flexi-rods on the end:

Baby Girl's Natural Hair and Flexi Rods

Baby Girl's Natural Hair and Flexi Rods

Princess Tiana Bun with flexi-rod bang:

Baby Girl's Natural Hair and Flexi Rods

You can do flexi-rods all over, or just one ponytail, you get the idea. Have fun and be creative! These styles can last up to 1 week if your child sleeps with a satin bonnet.


  • Anonymous says:

    "A" is just to cute. I really love her hair and those flexi rods show that you can do anything with it. I can tell you are a dedicate mother and apprciate your efforts. =))

    Now if only I could find some rods of my own…..

  • Anonymous says:

    thinking of trying this on my own head!! was considering a straw set but flexi rods sound more flexi-ble!! nice tutorial!! your daughter is adorably cute and has gorgeious hair!!

  • Beads, Braids & Beyond says:

    Thanks so much everyone!!!

  • Maria says:

    OMG just wanted to say "A" is just too cute for words!!!

  • Anonymous says:


    You are one talented "Mommy stylist";0) I absolutely love what you're doing with "A's" hair. I'll definitely reference your hairstyles when my daughter (who will be 2 in January) gets a bit older.

  • Ms. Becca says:

    Love the flexi-rod styles! Good job Nik, you do a great job with her hair!!

  • NappySince10/01/08 says:

    lol Too cute. She's going to thank you in the longrun mommy. I wish mine took care of my hair like that but Im not gonna rant lol

  • Butterfly73 says:

    A is such a cutie – she is a ham – lol
    and Nik you are so patient with her…love it!

  • revolution girl says:

    what a cute little girl! i wish i had hairstyles like this when i was a kid…and not relaxed shirley temple curls.

  • dajewel1982 says:

    awesome!!! 'A' is so beautiful and adorable!!

  • laleepop14 says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS STYLES!!! And cannot wait to try some on my daughter. I have been doing the same styles since she has been born, she is almost two and am glad I have a ton of other options. Thanks nad I just became a fan on facebook and ur blog!!!

  • Cygnet says:

    What a beautiful little girl! Such a ham :-), and Mom is so gentle and patient with her, in addition to keeping her little princess looking gorgeous. These, as opposed to the shocking hair abuse video that blew up last summer (remember the one with the woman beating her screaming child's curls with a brush?)are the kinds of mother-daughter moments I like to see.

  • curlygirlz says:

    gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous- love the ponies with the curls– she's such a cutie- go Nik!

  • Anonymous says:

    NikG- you always do her hair in the cutest styles! She is so cute!

    Nyla Coils

  • Anonymous says:

    love this style. wonderful job of always making A's hair beautiful!

  • KeaShay says:

    Great job as always!! You keep her hair right and you motivate others to do the same… Thanks!

  • Unknown says:

    hahaha A is so friggin cute! the part when she just stopped and said "hiiii" had me cracking up lol. That girl has some beautiful hair – GO MOM!

  • honeysmoke says:

    beautiful. gave me a few ideas for my own hair.

  • robinlouise says:

    too cute! i *almost* wish i had another baby at home, a girlchild! can't wait to share with my sister and her daughter. great for the holidays.

  • Anonymous says:

    "A" is adorable and her mama takes great care of her hair from what I know. The styles above look great and I know they'd make great "do's" for the upcoming holiday. The flexi's do a great job and I can't wait to try them out. Thanks for this post!! Love the pictures!!

  • Ishea says:

    This is adorable and a great option for parents to try out during the holiday season. It's a nice, polished look for a little girl but still young and playful.

  • Kris (Good Steward) says:

    The curls from the rods are beautiful! This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Now I can't wait til my baby girl grow in her full head of hair. I will definitely keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing!

  • ChrLvsBks says:

    I am going to try a couple of those styles. Thanks for the pictures. 'A' is a cutie and has a mom who is very creative and dedicated to caring for her hair.

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