I love my daughter’s hair. She has great hair. I always say that God must have known I was going to have a hair bow business, because He gave me a daughter with really, really, really great hair. It’s long, thick, and wavy, and it grows like wheatgrass (trust me, that’s really fast.) It’s pretty much perfect for modeling my bows in my online shop.
But I came this close to cutting it all off a few weeks ago. I was getting frustrated with having to constantly brush all the tangles out (quite a time-consuming job), and one time, mid-way through our de-tangling session, I told Julia that I thought it was time to cut her hair. And she freaked out. She started crying and begged me not to – she kept saying, “I don’t want to look like a boy, mommy.” Even after my assurances that I wouldn’t cut it that short and she would still look like a beautiful little girl, she wouldn’t hear of it.
I wasn’t about to traumatize my daughter’s childhood, but I needed a break from all the tangles. So I started making it a point to style her hair every day, sometimes with updos, sometimes with braids, and sometimes just with lots and lots and lots of conditioner. And it made a HUGE difference. Brushing out hair that’s been braided all day is infinitely easier than brushing out hair that has been down and windswept and tangled to the point that birds could build a nest in it.
So I figured that if we have this
problem blessing, chances are, other moms do too. And even if the tangles and maintenance aren’t your issue, some of these hairstyles we’ve experimented with are just so cute that you’ll probably want to try them out anyways, just for fun.
In the next few weeks and months, I’ll be posting tutorials on how we did them. They’re all super simple, although some of them look much harder than they actually are. The point of all of these was to simplify our life, so a super intricate and difficult hairstyle would kind of defeat the purpose.
So here are our top 8 hairstyles. I’m sure we’ll be coming up with more as we wear these ones out, but they’re a good place to start.
1. The Crown Braid. This is probably our most often used hairstyle. She loves this one, because with “crown” in the title, it makes her feel like a princess.
2. The Waterfall Braid. We’re still risking the chance of a few tangles here, but it’s better than all down and it looks super cute.
3. The Low Side French Braid. Inspired by “Frozen”, this braid is so quick and easy once you know how to French braid. It literally takes only a minute or two and stays put all day.
4. The Crown Twist. A variation of the crown braid – but only uses two strands instead of three. Twisting instead of braiding
5. The French Fishtail. I’ve always loved the fishtail braid, but my desperate experimenting led me to discover the French fishtail. Even better.
6. The Snake Braid. I’d seen this on Pinterest, but was never sure how it was done. Until I kind of discovered it on accident playing with her hair one day. Love.
7. The Milkmaid Braids. I love these braids, and I love this picture of her. She just looks so serious. I used to wear my hair like this as a kid, and old habits die hard, so I’m living vicariously through my 3-year-old.
8. The Sock Bun. This is so easy, and probably my favorite. It look so chic and adorable, and the little bow adds a retro touch that I love. And I wear my hair like this all the time, so now we can match.
Well there you have it. 8 ways that my life has become easier. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend 5 minutes (or less) doing her hair in the morning, than 10 or 15 in the evening trying to brush out the tangles. Plus, she looks super cute and it makes me want to try out even more hairstyles. It’s a win-win.
Stay tuned for the tutorials!