It’s that time of year where the hustle and bustle of the morning transforms into a long day of bus rides, car pooling, after school activities and homework. It is often a tall order to incorporate styling your curly haired child’s tendrils into the day. Because children are so active, gym class, recess, and random hand-in-hair-boredom, is enough to drive Mommy batty!
In order to help NOT get caught up in the whirlwind of school time activities, I want to show you how One style, [styled] 5 ways can get busy Moms through the school/work week.
What you will need:
- 3 hours on the weekend
- A spray bottle with a mix of water and leave in conditioner
- Moisturizing cream
- a wide tooth comb
- a soft bristle brush
- aloe vera gel, flax seed gel
- Rubber/elastic bands
- Various accessories (ie. head band, barrettes, clips, bows)
- A movie
- and patience
How to do it:
First give your child a bath and wash her hair in the tub. This is the easiest way to clean your young one’s hair to avoid soap getting in the eyes. Once the hair has been shampooed, conditioned and rinsed, you can squeeze the excess water from her hair then towel blot to dry. Put on a movie and provide snacks to hold your child’s attention.
While the hair is still damp, part the hair in 4-6 sections, depending on how thick the hair is. Apply the leave in conditioning mix to one section, then detangle it with a wide tooth comb. To detangle, hold the section of hair close to the scalp, then comb from the ends toward the scalp until the hair is easy to comb through.
Next, apply a dime sized amount of moisturizing cream to the section of hair and place it in a large plait or loose twist. This retains moisture and keeps hair from retangling. If the hair is past the shoulders, use twice as much product. Once all sections of hair have been detangled and moisturized, you are ready to style the hair.
Day One ~ 2 Strand Twists
The base style for this tutorial is the two strand twist. Two strand twists are 2 sections of hair twisted around one another, creating a shiny, rope-like twist. The sections can be as small or as large as youw ould like. For longer lasting twists,, the smaller, the better. Small twists are also good for loosely curled hair whih is harder to keep in twists and braids due to unraveling. Once you have created two strand twists throughout the hair, you have your first look. A full head of twisties that can be accented with a cute fabric head band would be the icing on the cake.
Day Two ~Twisted Puffs
For day two, you can pull the twists into two puffs on each side of the head, and accent them with sparkly barrettes and a cute pair of earrings.
Day Three ~ Combo Style
For day three, you can pull some of the twists out of the puffs to create a flat twist combination style. Use a little gel to smooth the edges, if needed.
Day Four ~Gathered Twists
Day four is a great day to gather small, even sections of twists into an elastic band, then twisting those sections together, closing the ends with .
Day Five ~ Twist Out
And on the fifth day, you can unravel the twists and apply a bit of oil for shine, so your little one can rock a fabulous twist out. These styles can stretch a span of 2 weeks depending on how loose the curl is, and how active your child is. Two strand twists allow for a variety of style options without having to take down and redo the whole head every couple of days.
Doing your child’s hair for school doesn’t have to be a dauting task if you plan ahead and take your time. Make it a fun event in the home, with special snacks just for beauty & spa day and include a mini manicure or pedicure to complete the experience. Your child will be less likely to cry or complain about getting her hair done if she associates it with a positive experience all around. For a bonus, your little reader may love the book, I Love My Hair by Natasha Tarpley.