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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Hairstyles for Girls: Mailbag Q & A

February 06, 2009

Here are some recent questions and the answers from your emails and comments:

Q: What kind of shampoo and conditioner do you use? What have you found to work well?

A: I personally am not too picky about either one. As long as our hair is clean and snarl free–I’m good. I know some people are really picky, but for some reason I haven’t been. So… I use whatever I can buy for cheap or on sale. I am a BIG couponer (always looking for the great deal) and often get my shampoo/conditioner for under $.25 a bottle. So right now I have in my cupboard Pantene, Garnier Nutrisse, Herbal Essences, VO5, and Suave.

Q: My daughter has super fine hair. What do you do or use to help keep the hair in place?

A: My response would be… .think product! If your daughter has fine hair–the only way to keep it in place is to add texture (or a false texture anyway). You do this by adding product. If hairspray doesn’t work try mouse, gel, pomade, or something more drastic like “Got2b” Spiking Styling Gel or Blasting Freeze Spray. I am not kidding, your hair will NOT MOVE!!!


I received this comment in response to this post–but thought it was great advice.

“Hi Mindy! Love your blog and your kiddos are just adorable. One of my daughters has really fine hair. One of the products that I love for her hair is “Fructis Style Bold It! Power Putty”. I put that in after I wet her hair down, and then spray with hairspray when we are all finished. It works great. And I got it for free of course, gotta love those coupons!”

Q: How do you use the 3-barrel curling iron?

A: Imagine using a crimper. You apply the 3 barrel on the hair and press down, then release the hair, move down the hair strand, and re-apply. You do not wrap the hair around like a curling iron. Very simple!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Q & A #1: Thick Hair and Rubber Bands

October 30, 2008

Question: My daughter has SUPER thick hair and I have a hard time finding a rubber band that will hold it all and keep it in…any suggestions???

I posed this same question to my dear friend Jenny before answering because her daughters literally have the thickest hair I have ever seen. This was both of our opinions….

Answer: We don’t have a specific brand we use (although Goody is good). I usually buy what I can find at Target or Walmart. HOWEVER, I always stretch and pull on the rubber bands before buying. There really is a difference between brands. Some have very little elasticity while others are super tight. I always buy the tightest ones I can find. Though they are harder to work with initially because they don’t have a lot of stretch, they hold the hair much better. Double up on rubber bands in one hair style to help as well. My poor rubber bands usually break into pieces by the time I am done with them! Hope that helps!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Tips & Tricks #8: Change Shampoos and Conditioners Regularly

October 17, 2008

Here’s one many of you may not know… but hair adapts to the conditioner and shampoo you use.

As your hair adapts, it will become harder and harder for your hair to get clean and smooth by using these products. Your hair will actually build up a resistance to the products you are using. A good way to prevent this from happening is to change shampoos and conditioners a couple times a year.

Every six months or so (or when an old bottle of product runs out) I just grab another cheap (remember I’m on a budget), but different brand of shampoo/conditioner and rotate that in. Often I find two brands I like and just go back and forth between them. This way your hair will always be its cleanest, shiniest, and healthiest all year round.

Happy Hairdoing!

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Tips & Tricks #7: My Favorite Comb and Brush

October 13, 2008

I have a favorite comb and brush that I use. The comb I love is called a “Rat’s Tail” comb, and looks like the above picture (as you can see I need a new one! LOL). Most hairstylists use this type of comb. You can get them at Sally’s or any other hair product store, however you CANNOT get them at Walmart or Target (I’ve checked many times). The point on the end makes parting and sectioning the hair so easy. Sometimes I use the comb as a clip and hold pieces of hair into place for a second…. you get the idea.

The brush I love is called an “Ouchless” brush, by Goody. You can get it at Walmart or Target for just a few bucks and they come in a variety of colors. Instead of having rubber on the inside of the brush under the bristles, it has plastic. This makes for TONS less tangles and pulling. My girls won’t let me touch them with any other brush because they swear this one doesn’t hurt.

Happy Hairdoing!

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