Top-10 Tips for Toddlers Sitting Still During Hairstyles

April 18, 2013

Many of you often ask how it is that my girls seem be so good when we do their hair.

It has to be one of our most-asked questions, especially after five years on this website, and four years on YouTube.

How to get toddlers to sit still for hairstyles

Really, we just stumbled into it.  The simple answer is… I started them out on hairstyles when they were very, very young! Literally, like since they ever had the slightest amount of hair to do.  That has made all the difference!

Baby Hairstyles

Dance Hairstyles

I have, however, used a variety of tricks to help keep them sitting still while doing their hair.

In this video, Sweet Pea’s first entire video debut, we share with you our Top-10 tricks to help keep toddlers sitting still!

  1. Toddler Chair
  2. Shoes & Socks
  3. Favorite Toy or Doll
  4. Water Spray Bottle
  5. Baggie of Hair Bands
  6. Toothbrush & Steripod
  7. Brush, Comb, Elastic Holder
  8. Computer w/Toddler DVD
  9. Smart Phone & Toddler Apps
  10. Finger Snacks

This is not a comprehensive list, so you may have some great ideas as well! Be sure to leave your tips as a comment below!  You can see my explanation for how we use each of these in the video below…

Enjoy!

You can find a toothbrush Steripod in the “oral care” isle at your local Walgreens and other stores

Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Our Hair Care Routine | Cute Girls Hairstyles

September 09, 2012

I have been blogging here since 2008, and the single-most request I receive from fans {after hairstyles} is regarding what we do to take care of our hair. Finally, we decided to film this, so here you go… CuteGirlsHairstyles’ Hair Care Routine!

With six girls living in our home, hair care is something that is very, very important to us! Among us girls, we have four with thick hair, two with thin, one with oily, one with dry, four with natural waves, one with tight curls, and one stick straight. It is too much for me to detail an individual care routine for each of these situations, but in this video I provide my best general summary of our family hair care…

Before I begin, it is important to understand a few things about hair. Approximately 60% of your hair quality is strictly due to genetics, and the remaining 40% or so depends very much on how you take care of it.

Since there pretty much isn’t anything we can do about the first 60%, it is up to each of us to find what combination fits with the remaining 40% to put our hair in the most ideal, best-looking situation.

Here are a few key steps to consider:

  1. Drink a lot of water.
  2. Eat healthy foods, especially plenty of fruits and veggies.
  3. Take a multi-vitamin to supplement what you may not be assimilating from your food {and drink milk}. Biotin is also a very good supplement to take.
  4. Regular hair trims {to eliminate dry, damaged, or split ends}. Just the ends, you do not need to take much more off.
  5. Don’t over-wash your hair {about once every 3-4 days is ideal for most}. Trust me on this one. Now, I still shower often, I simply wash my hair every 3-4 days. We just wear a shower cap or tie our hair up into a high hair bun.
  6. Try not to overuse heat or chemicals {perms, colorings, etc}.

Each of the products mentioned in the video are typically available between your local Walmart, Target, or Sally Beauty Supply {or equivalent stores inside or outside of the USA}. If you prefer not to run around looking for these items, you may purchase all of them through this Amazon link.

Products:

  • Suave Professionals Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
  • Bed Head Hi-Def Curls Shampoo
  • Organix Tea Tree Mint Conditioner
  • LouAna Pure Coconut Oil
  • Couture Color Pequi Oil
  • Watts Beauty ArganGold Argan Oil
  • Suave Professionals Volumizing Mousse
  • Tresemme Thermal Creations Volumizing Mousse
  • Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo

Please know, again, my dear friends, that everyone’s hair is different… what works for me and my family, may not necessarily work for you.

We ask that you be mindful of how you take care of your hair and find a combination of diet, hair care, and product that works best for you.  Good luck!

 

Happy Hairdoing!

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FTC Disclaimer: All of these products, except the Pequi Oil, were purchased by myself. I am not affiliated in any way with any of these companies, nor am I being compensated by them by reviewing these products. The opinions expressed about the products are strictly my own.

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Tips & Tricks: How to Make a Topsy Tail Tool

January 17, 2011

Since quite a few of my hairstyles use flips, many followers have been asking where they can purchase a Topsy Tail tool. It can be purchased online at Amazon (via the link), on Ebay, or locally at your Claire’s, Wal-Mart, Target, or Sally Beauty supply.

As we all know, things are not made as sturdy as they used to be years ago… in fact, many of the Topsy Tail manufacturers today make them out of cheap plastic. The problem is that if you do not loosen the ponytail enough before you use the tool, the tension while pulling the hair through causes the tool to break.

The Topsy Tail tool that I have been using is very sturdy, because it was one of the originals my mom bought back when I was a little girl. But, you simply do not have to spend $2-5 (not including shipping) online or spend hours hunting through the stores trying to find a Topsy Tail tool. We are going to show you how to make one with stuff you might already have at home!

Homemade Topsy Tail Tool

As you can see, the one we made in the photo above is not pretty by any means… but is is very functional and will last you for forever! You can make on any size you would like, but this one is particularly for large ponytail flips. (You will need to use smaller wire to make a Topsy Tail tool for small pigtail flips on your younger daughters.)

Topsy Tail: Tools Needed

Items Needed: Wire cutters, electrician’s tape, and a dry cleaner’s wire hanger.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Not only do we show you how to make the Topsy Tail tool, but we show you how easily the homemade one works on a basic ponytail flip!

If you like this tip… be sure to let us know!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Mailbag Q & A: Rubber Band Tips

March 23, 2009

Often I get asked about the types of rubber bands I use. I have three types I use regularly. The first looks like this:

Ouchless Hair Bands

These are the rubber bands I use on my DD’s hair for things like single ponytails. Hairdo’s where most or all of the hair is gathered into one rubber band. My girls have enough hair I need a pretty big band to hold it all.

For two braids, two ponytails, small braids or twists, or hairdo’s with smaller amounts of hair I use these rubber bands…

Ouchless Hair Bands

This is a picture of the bands together so you can see the difference between actual sizes…

Ouchless Hair Bands #1
For tiny things like the slide up braid or some of clover and heart hair do’s I use these tiny clear bands. These are “ouchless”. I find they still pull a little, but WAY less than some bands…

Ouchless Tiny Elastic Bands

This is a picture of the rubber bands I would avoid at all costs. I find these pull a TON and most often need to be cut out of your DD’s hair!

Goody Tiny Elastic Bands

I buy all my rubber bands and elastics at Walmart or Target. I think they cost around $2-$5 each packet.

**NOTE**If your DD freaks when you pull out small elastics, just cut them out. The little clear ones are cheap enough you can just re-buy. It might be worth not having the drama.

Happy Hairdoing!

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Mailbag Q & A: Sit Still for Hairdo's?

March 18, 2009

Q: How do you get your girls to sit so still while you are pulling and tugging, on their hair? At times I feel like I am torturing my daughter(s)!

A: Trust me, we all have our moments. My #3 recently overheard me talking with a friend about my desire to use the girls as “guinea pigs” for some St. Patrick’s Day hairstyle ideas. The morning of Lucky Do #1, she looked all sad when it was her turn and when I asked her what was wrong, she muttered in a very quite and sad voice, playing with her fingers and looking down… “I don’t want to be your groundhog!”

In all honesty, my girls are pretty good about this getting their hair done. I am not sure the exact reason other than I have been doing their hair in cute styles since what I call “Bug’s Life” pigtails (tiny little antennae pigtails on top) in their first year.

 Tiny Pigtails

For all moms of infant or toddler girls… if you want the girls to be good about doing their hair, you must, MUST start young! The best tool I have ever found in helping little ones sit somewhat still while doing their hair is to give them the spraybottle! Show them how to squirt the water in their mouth and they somehow forget you are messing with their hair! For years, they would suck on the nozzle or spray the water into their mouths until I would eventually have to “wean” them off the bottle. LOL Giving them the spray bottle really works! (Just be sure to teach them that it is not OK to spray you!)

Many of you have also commented that by letting your DD pick her hairstyle off the blog somehow wells up a little more patience inside her. I have found that to be the case as well with my book of hairdos. I have also heard varies stories of people letting their DD’s eat cereal, watch cartoons, or play with a favorite toy. Whatever works!

If anyone has any other ideas or tips, please do share!!!

Happy Hairdoing!

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