March 18, 2009

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

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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