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23 April 2008

WFMW: Little Girls Hair Hints, Part II

Well everybody, I am back for Part 2 of what I have learned over the last 6 years regarding how to take some of the drama out of doing little girl's hair. Last week I let you in on my first favorite item, Suave Awesome Apple Detangling Spray. I also mentioned that I use a non-grabbing brush. The ones we found are made by Goody and are part of their Ouchless line.

When it is time to do hair, the girls usually sit in a chair in front of me in our family room so they can watch TV while we do it (gotta love distraction). Then I spray their hair down top to bottom, front to back and even a little underneath if their hair is long. After that, I start slowly brushing, one small section at a time, against my hand to cut down on the pulling. It sounds a little awkward but you will see what I mean in no time!

Until they get old enough to be responsible for their hair hoohas (clips, bows, and such) and until their hair is thick/coarse enough to keep clips in place for the duration of an activity, I have another little trick: Put their hair in an elastic first, then add the clip or bow. Let me explain.
I like to use the smallest elastics I can and never, EVER use rubberbands (they snarl and grab the hair and are a nightmare to get out!) Goody makes some teeny tiny little elastic pony holders that are perfect for either baby/toddler hair or small amounts of older hair. There are other brands of other sizes but to my knowledge, Goody is the only brand that makes the mini elastics. You can find them online or at good old Target in the haircare aisle. Plan on using each of the clear elastics once and then discarding. Goody also makes some wonderful larger elastics that have no metal to catch or snag the hair on...also a terrific product and they are reusable.

The purpose of the elastic is to actually hold the hair where you want it, which for me, is always out of their face.:) Once I have achieved that, I clip the barrette or bow right over the top of it and Viola! a pretty hair arrangement that will stay put fairly well for most of the day.

See? P1 is wearing a bow that is on a clip. I clipped it on top of the small ponytail I made. P2 is wearing a clip for decorative purposes only, fastened over her ponytail elastic.
It will even work on very tiny amounts of hair, I promise. Here I had combed P3's hair, pulled up as much as possible for a pony on top with a mini elastic and then clipped the bow over the elastic.

I hope this helps some of you. I know I had to pick several of my friends brains when P1 was born with a head full of hair for all the tips I could get. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or leave it in the comments. Remember, I am no expert. Just a mom sharing what works for me!

In an effort to help one lucky winner out, I am giving away a Little Girls Hair Helper Kit as part of the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival. Sign up here now through Saturday, 4/27/08. Bonne Chance!!

To find out what works for everyone else visit Works for Me Wednesday.


5 comments:

Michelle@Life with Three said...

My oldest daughter has very fine hair and I've had to do the elastic underneath and then clip the bow on top, like you mentioned. I was wondering about those tiny elastics -- thanks for clearing up how to use them. I saw people who put them in their little girls' hair, but I always wondered how they got them out and/or re-used them. It makes sense that they are one-time use. I may have to invest in some for my daughter. Thanks for sharing what you've learned!

Marie said...

I have those little rubber bands, but I just don't have the hairstyling gene. No matter what I try to do with my daughter's hair it looks like she did it herself. In fact, she'd probably do a better job.

Eileen said...

I can't use those tiny elastics, can't seem to manipulate them. I do use slightly larger ones though. I am with Marie, no hairstyling gene here. Not for my own hair, and not for my girls. Their hair doesn't end up looking too bad, but not great either much of the time!

Party of 5 said...

Adorable girls! Thats how I have to do my daughter's hair as well.

Reminds me that I need more elastics. LOL

ashley said...

Sign me up! More hair elastics are always handy.

23 April 2008

WFMW: Little Girls Hair Hints, Part II

Well everybody, I am back for Part 2 of what I have learned over the last 6 years regarding how to take some of the drama out of doing little girl's hair. Last week I let you in on my first favorite item, Suave Awesome Apple Detangling Spray. I also mentioned that I use a non-grabbing brush. The ones we found are made by Goody and are part of their Ouchless line.

When it is time to do hair, the girls usually sit in a chair in front of me in our family room so they can watch TV while we do it (gotta love distraction). Then I spray their hair down top to bottom, front to back and even a little underneath if their hair is long. After that, I start slowly brushing, one small section at a time, against my hand to cut down on the pulling. It sounds a little awkward but you will see what I mean in no time!

Until they get old enough to be responsible for their hair hoohas (clips, bows, and such) and until their hair is thick/coarse enough to keep clips in place for the duration of an activity, I have another little trick: Put their hair in an elastic first, then add the clip or bow. Let me explain.
I like to use the smallest elastics I can and never, EVER use rubberbands (they snarl and grab the hair and are a nightmare to get out!) Goody makes some teeny tiny little elastic pony holders that are perfect for either baby/toddler hair or small amounts of older hair. There are other brands of other sizes but to my knowledge, Goody is the only brand that makes the mini elastics. You can find them online or at good old Target in the haircare aisle. Plan on using each of the clear elastics once and then discarding. Goody also makes some wonderful larger elastics that have no metal to catch or snag the hair on...also a terrific product and they are reusable.

The purpose of the elastic is to actually hold the hair where you want it, which for me, is always out of their face.:) Once I have achieved that, I clip the barrette or bow right over the top of it and Viola! a pretty hair arrangement that will stay put fairly well for most of the day.

See? P1 is wearing a bow that is on a clip. I clipped it on top of the small ponytail I made. P2 is wearing a clip for decorative purposes only, fastened over her ponytail elastic.
It will even work on very tiny amounts of hair, I promise. Here I had combed P3's hair, pulled up as much as possible for a pony on top with a mini elastic and then clipped the bow over the elastic.

I hope this helps some of you. I know I had to pick several of my friends brains when P1 was born with a head full of hair for all the tips I could get. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or leave it in the comments. Remember, I am no expert. Just a mom sharing what works for me!

In an effort to help one lucky winner out, I am giving away a Little Girls Hair Helper Kit as part of the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival. Sign up here now through Saturday, 4/27/08. Bonne Chance!!

To find out what works for everyone else visit Works for Me Wednesday.


5 comments:

Michelle@Life with Three said...

My oldest daughter has very fine hair and I've had to do the elastic underneath and then clip the bow on top, like you mentioned. I was wondering about those tiny elastics -- thanks for clearing up how to use them. I saw people who put them in their little girls' hair, but I always wondered how they got them out and/or re-used them. It makes sense that they are one-time use. I may have to invest in some for my daughter. Thanks for sharing what you've learned!

Marie said...

I have those little rubber bands, but I just don't have the hairstyling gene. No matter what I try to do with my daughter's hair it looks like she did it herself. In fact, she'd probably do a better job.

Eileen said...

I can't use those tiny elastics, can't seem to manipulate them. I do use slightly larger ones though. I am with Marie, no hairstyling gene here. Not for my own hair, and not for my girls. Their hair doesn't end up looking too bad, but not great either much of the time!

Party of 5 said...

Adorable girls! Thats how I have to do my daughter's hair as well.

Reminds me that I need more elastics. LOL

ashley said...

Sign me up! More hair elastics are always handy.