When I first found out I was having a girl, my thoughts immediately went to her hair. Ever since I was young, I've loved to play with people's hair. I would pounce on any head of hair I could find to braid and bedazzle it, crimp and curl, and otherwise experiment with the lovely locks of anyone who would let me. Now, here I would have a little subject of my very own.
Only now that my almost-3-year-old has a full head of very long hair, it's become much more of a pesky problem than a perk. The biggest dilemma -- finding a style we both like (read: not just a big tangled mess that covers her face). It took the good part of a year to get her to let me put pigtails in her hair. Turns out she's doesn't like pigs, but once I called them "sheep tails," she magically acquiesced.
So as the holidays approach with a million photo ops and events to attend with her and hair, I've been collecting some ideas.
Cozy Friedman, author of Cozy's Complete Guide to Girls' Hair, offers some adorable styles that I think she will love along with easy, step-by-step directions on how to replicate them. They're perfect for everyone from toddlers to older girls, and perhaps even moms.
First up is the French Braid Headband (pictured above). I love the half-up, half-down solution, because it screams compromise. Here's how to get the look:
Step 1: Start with damp hair -- either towel-dried or misted and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.
Step 2: Use a fine-tooth comb to draw a horizontal line across the crown from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. From the line, comb the hair forward to the face. Pull the hair in the back of the line into a ponytail holder or jaw clip so it stays out of your way.
Step 3: Choose which ear you want the braid to start from. Tilt the head so the ear you’ve chosen is facing up toward the ceiling. With your child’s ear tilted up, begin making the braided headband using the hair in front of the part. French-braid tightly across the crown and down to the other side, gathering small sections from above the part.
Step 4: Once you’ve reached the other ear, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. Remove the ponytail holder or jaw clip used in Step 2 and style as you like.
This beautiful style is called the Ballerina Chignon. Little dancers will love it, and you can dress it up with your own little sparkly touches. Here's how:
Step 1: Starting with dry hair, comb or brush the hair to smooth and detangle it. Let hair fall where it naturally parts.
Step 2: Using a fine-tooth comb, section top front portion of hair horizontally, from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. Pull the lower section of hair back into a ponytail and secure with a ponytail holder.
Step 3: Comb the front section straight back neatly and use hairpins to pin the hair into the ponytail base.
Step 4: Split the ponytail in half horizontally. Comb the top section up and roll it up into a loop. Using 2 or 3, pin the ends to the base of the ponytail.
Step 5: Comb the lower section of hair down. Rolling it under, make a loop. Use hairpins to pin the ends to the base of the ponytail.
Step 6: Using several hairpin, stretch out the loops of hair all around the ponytail base, so the loops each form a semicircle—one on the top and one on the bottom. If you wish, add small sparkly or pearl beads to hairpins and crown the top of the chignon.
Now, if I can just figure out how to get her to sit still ...
What are your favorite ways to do your girls' hair?
Images via Cozy's Cuts for Kids