I started out with an anchor ponytail, then sectioned her hair and pulled it into that ponytail.
Maia's hair is super thin and fine- definitely different than Emma and Ruby's. For her I have to use gel or everything would fall out. One of my little tricks with gel is that I just squirt a blob into the sink and smudge my fingers in it when I need it. Much easier than trying to squeeze a tiny bit onto my fingers and hold the hair at the same time.
I just did twists in the front, but knew that twists would fall out pretty easily in the back, so I did simple braids back there.
The only curl I secured was the back one with a tiny clip under the curl, only because I didn't want the braids to be covered.
If you enlarge this one you can see the front and back pretty well. I've said it before, but playing in the sink is one of my other tricks to getting little girls to sit still for a bit. Maia's all about washing hands, so it's a good distraction.