Girls’ Braids for Recess-Proof Hair
By Cozy Friedman on October 19, 2011
Braids are the solution for tangled tresses!
Having long hair can make a little girl feel like a princess, but managing it is no fairytale! Parents who bring their girls into the salon often complain to me about the tangles their long hair acquires after a long day of school.
Believe it or not, braids are a great hairstyle solution for girls with busy schedules, and a lasting fix for long hair that is prone to tangles. When done right, a good braid can outlast the most active girls—or at least survive recess!
Make Braids Last Longer
Follow my advice on getting for “recess-proof” in no time:
• To keep braids in overnight, put a bandanna on your daughter’s head before bed. This will help keep hair from getting frizzy, and braids from coming undone.
• Start with clean, damp hair. Detangle hair and add a dollop of hair gel or cream to fight frizz.
• If you’re intending to keep braids in for several days, Braid Sheen is a great idea. Try spraying in a small amount the second day of the braids and then approximately every other day after that. Be careful just to use a little sheen, otherwise it will make hair greasy.
• The French Braid is a classic hairstyle for little girls, but it’s also a cute and easy way to secure her hair out of her face and off her neck for sports activities. When braided correctly, a French Braid is the ideal ‘do to make it through a long day.
How-to French Braid:
What you’ll need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, ponytail holders, hair gel (optional, but recommended!) and 10-15 minutes.
Step 1: Start with damp hair, and detangle using a wide-tooth comb.
Step 2: Cross the left section over the center section, then cross the right section over the center section. Pull the sections away from each other to tighten the braid.
Step 3: Beginning on the right side, use a finger to gather a small strand (about 1 inch) of loose hair next to the right section. Join the hair into the right section.
Step 4: Cross the right section over the center section, then cross the left section over the center section.
Step 5: Gather hair on the left side like you did on the right. Repeat sequence until all loose hair is gathered.
Step 6: Braid the remaining hair as usual to complete. Secure with a ponytail holder.
The Benefits of Braids
Not only is the French Braid the ideal way to keep hair in place during school, nap-time or game-time, but it’s so easy to jazz up for any occasion. Have fun with it! Add a ribbon around the end with her team’s colors for games, or add hair clips for a fun look for school. My favorite trick: Slip a plastic bead on a bobby pin and stick securely into the braid. Voila, the pop of color gives a basic braid a funky edge!
For parents of girls, mastering the braid is essential. Not only does the braid secure your daughter’s hair in place and away from her face, but it ensures that long hair will stay tangle-free throughout long school days.
Note: Try my So Cozy Alcohol-Free Groovy Grape Styling Gel…it smells great and is perfect for keeping braids in place.
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