Kindergarten is a big deal for our little ones, and Lord knows its a big deal for parents because it is the first time our babies are venturing out into the world on their own.
Of course, it isn’t that dramatic but I have a three yr old and I am not ashamed to say I will be a mess that day and I am sure he will be just fine and excited to go (SMH)
A few vloggers/bloggers have been sharing the hair routines of their little girls and I have noticed one important thing that I want to share with you here. They keep things simple! Here are my top 5 tips for mommies who have little princesses headed to Kindergarten.
1. Long term styling during the week
My approach to styling is always with recess in mind, that period of the day when free play is their top priority and our children’s hair start to unravel out of control.
Twists for a large proportion of the week, corn rows or braids are all great options for the little ones. For the first 4 days, she can wear her braids with little barrettes and all you have to do is style the front and the edges to keep the hair neat.
On Thursday or Friday, you can unravel the twists or braids for a neat bun or twist out because than likely Saturday or Sunday is wash day anyway.
I have written about the LOC method before here. This is a great way to keep your kindergartner’s hair moisturized during her weekly protective style.
Start out on clean hair and to moisturize use a great liquid leave in first, then a healthy oil, (Olive oil, coconut oil) and follow up with a cream last. If you must use a styler, use a creamy styler so that you do not have to use a 4th product as you do the braids or twists.
3. Work on stretched hair
If your child has hair that tends to shrink and you want to be able to make buns or ponytails using her twists or braids then stretch her hair on wash day. Use the tension method to stretch or set her hair in bands (the banding method) to keep the hair stretched for styling.
Once the hair is stretched, use the LOC method to moisturize the hair and then do the twists or braids.
4. Invest in cute bows and headbands
Bows, barrettes, and headbands can help you to keep the style looking great as your child gets through her week. Purchase only accessories that are gentle on her hair and that do not cause any sort of tension or discomfort.
5. Maintain her parts
This is a neat little trick that many of us use when we do our own simple protective styles. If you typically separate the hair in six using clean straight lines, maintain those parts for weeks at a time. This makes things easier for detangling, for washing and for styling.
Watch this video to see what I mean:
Obviously, this is a video showing an adult but the technique can easily be applied to your little princess.
Finally, I wanted to show you this video that was done on little Yoshidoll by mom Ellarie. Yoshi just started Kindergarten and this is how mom is maintaining her hair weekly:
4. Oils — Coconut oil, Olive oil
Click here for a simple spray bottle recipe that you can use on your little one as well, for hair growth and moisture.
If you want to watch Yoshi’s entire vlog for her first week back to school, click play below:
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