Hair is a big deal at our house. I have always had a lot of hair- my husband will tease me and call me “Simba” from the Lion King after I blow dry it. It gets pretty frizzy! I was excited to partner with Dove’s #LoveYourHair campaign to encourage mothers to pass along hair confidence to their daughters. I have to admit that there are tears some mornings from my girls about getting their hair done- they have soft heads, or maybe most young girls do? Either way we have learned a lot through trial and error on how to love doing your hair and less tears. It comes down to hairstyles that are EASY, detangler and letting them pick what hairstyle they want…not what mom wants.
Most mornings this is what it looks like at our house with two girls and a little 7 month old baby. The girls take turns playing the piano and letting Finn play too while I do their hair. They really do appreciate the time I spend on them and their hair. It would be easier to just send them out the door with last night’s hair, but I know that wouldn’t teach them how to care for themselves. They always are so appreciative and tell me thank you. I hope to make a good impression on them about loving their hair and the value of personal hair care. As a mother, you can make a difference and help ensure your daughters grow up feeling confident. Dove Hair believes a positive role model can greatly impact a girl’s confidence. In fact, a recent Dove study found that 82% of girls learn to care about themselves from their mother.
I thought I would share how we have learned to love our hair and the easy hairstyles that we do over and over.
Ella is a sporty girl and likes her hair a certain way. She won’t let me do buns on her hair. I do just want her to love her hair and leave the house for school happy and confident. I have learned this the hard way. Ella has gone to school upset before because I forced a hairstyle on her that she didn’t love. After that I now let her pick any style she wants, but I do make her do some sort of hairstyle, to keep it out of her face and look presentable. Most days she wants a pony tail and she does it herself. Other days she wants a simple braid down her back. Sometimes she asks for something fun and a faux hawk is one go her favorites.
The faux hawk hairstyle is a lot easier than it looks and sounds. It is all about spraying the hair with water and getting a good part.
Good clear elastics are another key to this style.
After you separate the hair into sections. You poof out each section. I have seen it a lot “poofier” but Ella likes it a little more subtle.
Simply pinch the ends out to create a poof and a really cute and easy hairstyle.
Lola on the other hand likes her hair a little more…hmmm fun?! She likes to do her own hair and it is typically pretty creative. I do love to see her experimenting and getting used to doing her own hair. Thankfully she does have some self-awareness that this might be a little wild for church. When I do my girls hair I let them choose the hair style they want- I just help them accomplish it and refine it just a little bit.
We have a tiny house and not very big bathrooms. I created this space outside our main floor bathroom with a mirror that is low and right next to our drawers with all the hair products.
Both of my girls have A LOT of hair like me, detangler spray is a MUST.
This is my go-to hair style for Lola. She likes buns, but that can require a lot of brushing and tears. So we stick to a half-up bun. She has natural wavy hair. “Simba” can come out on her too- so I just spray it with some water and she is good to go.
The trick with the top-knot bun is to pull it out from the front of the head and back to give it a fuller, poofier top-knot.
This is another easy hairstyle that I do often on Lola. Two side braids connected in the back of her head.
The trick to this easy hairstyle is to wet their hair down with a spray bottle then part the hair and hold the rest in an elastic while you braid each section.
Also when doing the side braid make sure to braid down and hold the braid how you will be connecting it in the back to avoid any weird bumps.
After the two braids are done I curl a few pieces with a flat iron. The trick with curling with a flat iron is to not pull the hair all the way through. Leave a little hair coming out at the end.
I hope that they are learning at an early age how their hair care contributes to their confidence. Taking care of it now and learning how to will affect them the rest of their lives. I am learning daily the best ways to make hair a fun part of the day, not a day of tears. Tell your daughter why you love her hair and inspire her to do the same by creating and sharing a custom #LoveYourHair animated message with Dove by visiting LoveYourHair.Dove.com!