Holiday dresses deserve special hairstyles
Little girl dresses are one of the special parts of the holidays. Red, ruffles and glitter galore spill into the aisles of stores, and little girls’ eyes — and maybe their moms’ — dance in anticipation of how it will feel to wear a dress that spins and sparkles. Holiday dresses — see our favorites — are magical, and they beg for extra-special hairstyles.
Count on Cozy Friedman
Cozy Friedman is the owner of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids and the author of Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair (Amazon, $12). Cozy knows adorable hair is an important part of a holiday look, and her book has over thirty hairstyles — one of which will be perfect for your little girl. Years of training and countless hours of experience with children have equipped her with tips and suggestions for creating beautiful hairstyles without pain or (much) hassle for little girls or the ones styling their hair. Cozy is sharing two holiday hairstyles for girls with us today.
Wear a French Braid Headband
Decorative bobby pins
Step 1: Start with damp hair (either towel –dried or misted) and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.
Step 2: Use a fine-tooth comb to draw a horizontal line across the crown from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. From the line, comb the hair forward to the face. Pull the hair in back of the line into a ponytail holder or jaw clip so it stays out of your way.
Step 3: Choose which ear you want the braid to start from. Tilt the head so the ear you’ve chosen is facing up toward the ceiling. With your child’s ear tilted up, being making the braided headband using the hair in front of the part.
Step 4: Once you’ve reached the other ear, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If you like, tuck it behind the ear and pin it in place with a few bobby pins. Remove the ponytail holder or jaw clip use in Step 2 and style as you like. Finish by adding sparkly or decorative hairpins through different parts of the braid.
Try The Heart Braid
Decorative hair clip
Step 1: Starting with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted), use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair. Then, using a fine-tooth comb, part the hair down the middle of the head. Clip one side up right above the ear.
Step 2: On the other side of the part, use the fine-tooth comb to gather a thin section of hair from the crown. This section should measure about 2 inches from the hairline to the top of the head.
Step 3: Divide this section into 3 parts, and begin a French braid starting at the crown and curving toward the temple, then toward the back of the head, like the top lobe of a heart. You will be lifting hair into the braid only from this side of the part. Leave no loose hair in front of the ears.
Step 4: When you reach the center part at the back of the head, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If the hair is very long, end the braid about midear; the ends will hang down the back.
Step 5: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process. Secure with a ponytail holder.
Step 6: Join the ends of the braids together in the back with a decorative bow or ponytail holder to form the bottom point of the heart.
Thanks again to Cozy Friedman for painless instructions for little girls’ special hairstyles!
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