All In Due Time, They Do Sometimes Need You When they Get Bigger #tweens

I am often found sighing in disbelief at how big my daughter is now, she is into those tween years and she no longer thinks the hairstyles I used to do in her hair are cool. Apparently “cute” is no longer the proper term to refer to a hairstyle either. The cuter it is, the worse of an idea it is; at least according to my tween daughter. It amazes me at how fast she has grown, both in height and in intelligence. This girl is beyond her years in comprehension and most times I wonder if she is one of those “old souls” type of people, she really is a spitting image of me on days she wears her contacts. Whenever my daughter speaks, she seems to truly have taken in most of my positive mindset and that makes me so proud to hear and see.

With all of this being said, it seems that no matter how fast our children grow and no matter how much it has saddened me that my idea of those pig tail braids in her long hair are no longer her preference for hairstyles, there comes a day when your child will indeed want or need you again to help. That was us this past week. My daughter finally needed her Mama to assist in her hair obsession ways. Sadly, I think I created a straightened hair monster, but she wanted and needed me to be her assistant in the mornings for before school hair styling time and that my friends warmed my heart up just a bit.

Even in their Older years, Kids Need their Parents Help

So remember, when you think that your kids have outgrown some things that they loved as younger kids, that there may just be a day when they come to you needing you for something else or something similar. Hang on parents, our kids do still need us, even in their older years! Be patient, they will come to you.

 

How to Create Wavy Hair Like a Pro

Feel like trying a new style? Whether your hair is curly or straight, it’s easy to make waves using nothing more than a hairbrush and some patience. In this guide, we’ve teamed up with the style experts at www.hershesons.com to help you create wavy hair like a professional stylist.

Start with fresh, clean, and straightened hair

Before you start creating wavy hair, you’ll need to make sure that your hair is clean and straight. Wash your hair using shampoo and conditioner. Make sure your hair is perfectly clean – if you need to rinse and repeat, don’t hesitate.

Once your hair is clean, straighten it. If you have naturally straight hair, you’ve got nothing to worry about. If your hair is curly, use your straightening iron to make it straight and tidy.

If your hair is naturally straight, you can towel dry it to leave a little bit of moisture for creating long-lasting waves. If you’ve straightened it, try adding some leave-in conditioner to create a little bit of moisture.

Prepare your brush or comb and get to work. Your hair should be perfectly straight and nice and neat before you create any waves. Use your comb to remove any knots in your hair and bring it into an even, consistent pattern.

Use braids to create loose, wavy curls in your hair

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Tight braids create stylish, natural waves. Image.

Divide your hair into inch-thick sections, and create tight braids using each part. The size of your braids will determine the size of your waves – several small, tight braids will give you smaller waves, while a single plait will give you very loose waves.

For the best results, try 3-4 braids of a reasonable tightness. Make sure your braids aren’t too tight, as pulling your hair too tightly can damage it. If you feel discomfort, loosen your brands and start over again.

If your hair is still damp, dry it using your hairdryer. If it’s almost dry, you can let it dry naturally. You will need to leave your hair in braids for about six hours, so if you plan on going to sleep, make sure it’s dry before you get into bed.

After six or more hours have passed, untie your braids and enjoy natural waves that are sure to impress. Make sure you don’t comb or brush your hair at this point, as it will become frizzy and dry instead of loose and curly.

Your waves won’t last forever, but they can last longer with some basic care. Sleep with large curlers in your hair to create loose waves naturally, or top up using your curling iron for the perfect wavy look.

My Daughter and her Hair

Every morning I ask my daughter if I can do her hair. I miss the days when she would happily let me do pig tail braids, one big braid or two french braids in her hair but those days have passed us  in our mother/daughter lives. It is now the season for hair brushed and kept down. All. The Time.

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And yes at times she does taunt me with that look of “what you gonna do about it?” when I ask if I can do her hair and she replies no then I pout like a little kid. No. Take that back. I don’t pout. I just sigh the sigh of a Mom who realizes her child is growing too quickly.

The thing is, recently my daughter has started to let me do her hair, granted it’s a pony tail more often than not but one morning I wittingly convinced her to let me do a hairstyle on her head that I haven’t done in ages to her. While I sported this look days prior, she wasn’t home to see it and be reminded of it. I was the wonderful Mama who reminded her that she would be unique with this hairstyle on this day at school.

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Granted my daughter’s hair is super long and difficult to do this hairstyle with, but essentially it is two cute messy buns instead of the cute braid pig tails she used to let me do. I will be happy with any hairstyle she allows me to do in her hair because her hair is so long and beautiful that I want these years left in her childhood to be a Mama who can decorate her daughter’s hair with cool hairstyles.

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I also love that my daughter is occasionally allowing me to do different hairstyles in her hair and she also let’s my boyfriend’s daughter do a waterfall braid in her hair on weekends. While I can no longer do the little girl pig tail braids in my daughter’s hair, she does still give me time to be a Mama and do some hairstyles. For that I am thankful.

Sometimes it’s the small moments that mean the biggest for my Mama heart.

A Guide to 21st Century Electronic Hair Tools

Nowadays it is understandable why so many girls get their hair styling routine dreadfully wrong. There are so many different professional styling tools on the market to choose from that some fashionistas are using the wrong appliances, incorrectly.

It really is a shame because compared to 100 years ago, we now have so much technology at our fingertips that there should never be an excuse for not looking great. Whether you have sleek straight hair or cute curls, there will be a hair tool that is right for you. Here is a guide to all the fantastic tools available- treat it like your bible!

  • Hair straightener

Hair Straightener

If you want to fight the frizz then hair straighteners are key. There was once a time when straightening your hair could only be achieved with an iron and a towel, but now anyone can create an ultra-sleek look. Make sure you apply a hair protector to prevent hair damage and apply a shine serum afterwards to smooth down any flyaways.

  • Waving wand

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If you have super straight hair but want to fake some natural waves, waving wands are perfect. They are also great for people who already have wavy hair who want to create tight, defined curls. Waving tongs are also ideal to achieve gorgeous waves.

  • Hair dryer

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It goes without saying that a hair dryer is your number one necessity. Towel drying your hair can cause the cuticles to break and who has the time to let their hair dry naturally? If you want to dry your hair even faster, a hair dryer with ionic technology is best.

How? Science behind the magic shows that the negative ions reduce the water droplet size, allowing more water to be absorbed.

  • Heated rollers

If you want to create volume, not curls, then heated rollers are fantastic. Simply leave them in overnight to achieve a vintage glamour look. Alternatively, just leave them in until they have cooled down.

So there you have it- a breakdown of electronic hair tools for the 21st century fashionista. Look after all of your appliances carefully and they will be your salvation on any bad hair day!

 (All images courtesy of Hershesons)

Hair Cut Night Was Last Week

I am lucky that I have a long time family friend {may as well call her family} that comes to my house to cut the hairs off the heads of my kids and me. She is affordable, convenient and a great person to have for company when I am around kids all damn day. I try not to keep her too long with my rambling, but it’s hard some times. This past week I had plans for her to cut my hair and the boys hair. I dyed my hair a long time ago and am trying hard to let my hair grow out the orange/yellow that I dyed my hair in hopes for some cool blonde highlights in this black head of hair I have.

Brandy Ellen gets hair cut

So that is my new haircut, I made sure to keep it just below my shoulders because when I curl my hair, meaning increase my naturally curly hair, it pops up quite a bit, but when I straighten my hair it looks like the image above. Pretty huh? I love how she cuts my hair. She is da best!

Next it was the six year old’s turn to get his mop chopped, those boys have hair like their Mama, it just grows way too fast but once they get it all trimmed up it looks so handsome and is soft to the touch.

Boy getting hair cut

He doesn’t look so happy because he hates the hair that gets into his face during the cut, this is my kid that has some sensory type issues going on that no one can really seem to pin down as to why but we live with it and they are not so bad that he can’t live with it too. I love him.

Next it was the daughters turn, note that I was not planning on her to get her hair cut so she cost me a little extra than planned, but so worth it to see her get her hair trimmed up and lose those dead ends that were piling up. Oh and to see her smile after she was all trimmed up was priceless!

Kid got haircut

Last but not least you all are expecting a picture of the ham, K-man right? Nope, apparently he feels his hair is too cool for his own self and he is never, ever, ever cutting his hair so here’s a pic of him being a model with his long hair and new Shredz toys instead ….

The four year old model

Some day this boy o’ mine, the K-man is going to make his Mama some awesome money with his modeling skills ….  (the pose? Was 100% HIS idea, not mine).

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