Braid Out! or Day After Waves

We didn't always have great Braid Outs ... but we're getting the hang of it!

I've found that if we've braided cornrows sideways in her hair that the resulting braid out lays much better. It hides the part lines!

We always take Q's braids out dry because if they get wet the "day after" waves disappear - this time however I also added a leave in (Beija-Flor Naturals Creme Brulee) after the braids were out. It worked great! It was a bit thicker than conditioner (which doesn't work well for our braid outs) and I think that was the trick. I rubbed it on my hands before applying to warm it up in hopes it would spread on thinner.

How do YOU achieve great braid outs?

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Quick Back to School Hairstyle ~ August Hair Share!

Remember last month when all sorts of awesome hair bloggers got together and posted their perspective on a certain hair topic? Well we're at it again!  This month the theme is Back to School Hairstyles, who couldn't use some of those these days?

(Ok, well Q isn't actually in school yet, so I suppose we're in that group that doesn't need a back to school hairstyle...... but quick and easy hairstyles are always welcome, right?!)

Scroll to the bottom for a list of other featured blogs!

This is a quick and easy - possibly great for the first day of school? - hairstyle that we have done a lot on Q over the last couple years..... here are the pictures from one of the first times we did it!

(sorry if some of the pics are a little dark...)

First I get Q's hair thoroughly wet and comb out all her curls. (I've read that it's best to comb out curls while the hair is wet because it's more fragile when dry and more likely to get damaged. However, feel free to style your kiddos hair wet or dry! lol I've just found that wet hair works best for us...)   I like to keep my fingers between the comb and her head and kinda pinch the hair so that if it tugs, it's not tugging on her poor little head! Also, if you have long hair - make sure to start at the ends and work your way up.

Then I put in two little piggies near her forehead...


Then section off the next piggy to be directly behind one of the first two... as you put in the elastic, add the hair from the piggytail ACROSS from it! Like this...

Then do the same on the other side!

And that's it! You're done!

Of course you could always add some claw clips or other fancier accessory if you wanted to :)

(Wow, they're really dark, sorry!!)

p.s. I have to say a  GREAT BIG Thank You to Rebekah for first teaching me this style and giving me the encouragement and interest to learn and create more hairstyles! THANK YOU!

(Isn't Q's hair short in these pictures?!)

Mothering Fail

Sometimes I feel like my parenting is just a continuous stream of fixing my own mistakes.

I hate to admit this, but this time my mistake is incredibly stupid! and you'll probably shake your head and say, "I could have seen that one coming!"

Let me start by saying that when the movie Tangled came out I was hesitant to let Q watch it. Purely because the hair was such a big deal and so straight. But after seeing the movie, and Rapunzel's sort of lack of interest in her hair, I didn't think much about it. Yes, it's magic hair, but she doesn't idolize it or anything. and she's not sad when they cut it off. So I thought it wasn't that big of a deal.

Then we bought it for Q's sister for her birthday.
Then Q watched it (like all kids do) on repeat over and over and over again. I don't let her watch a lot of movies, but when she watched one - She often picked Tangled.

Fast forward.

Q has mentioned a couple times that her hair is FLAT! and occasionally she will even pull on a strand to straighten out the curl. I wanted to cry! But I still didn't put two and two together

She has also mentioned that she likes long hair. and that brushing it makes it grow. I guess because at the beginning of the movie they brush Rapunzel's hair a lot?

Anyway. Last night she helped me put a straw set in her doll's hair. She was a bit resistant to the idea, but we talked it through and I thought it was fine.

Then this morning when I took the straws out and showed Q the dolls new curly hair she said she didn't like it! and that she wanted me to take the curls out RIGHT NOW.

I really did want to cry then.

All this effort I've put into making sure she likes her hair! and what did I let happen? I let her idolize a fictional character with SUPER straight hair. Not to mention the fact that Q;s sister and I both have straight hair, and my mom. Her dad has waves (that he's still learning to like and take care of) and his mom has curls - but they're really short.

We started watching Shirley Temple on youtube last night. and so this morning I mentioned how the dolls hair now looks like Shirley Temple! Which didn't help right away, but in a few minutes Q requested to watch Shirley Temple again.

So hopefully I can work my way out of this mess I've made.

p.s. I hide Tangled. We don't need to watch that again for awhile.

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