No matter how many books I read or how-to videos I watch on You Tube, I simply cannot do my daughter’s hair. Each day I take a brush in my hand and say confidently to myself – today her hair will look beautiful, but by the time I’m done, she looks like one hot hair mess!
Now, this isn’t my entirely my fault. I’ve never been a girly-girl and have never been good at doing my own hair. It used to be one big frizzy mess until I found a cut (a chin-length bob) that worked well with my hair type and started to get quarterly Keratin treatments. My daughter has shoulder length fine hair that tangles easy. My little gal also seems to have has a penchant for getting whatever she is eating in her hair causing it to mat quite often. Combine those elements with the fact that she’s two and a half, so she’s pretty squirmy and all of this gets amplified whenever I “fool” with her hair, trying to get all the mats and tangles out. She cries, screams and even runs away, sometimes even with the brush still stuck in her hair! I wash her hair a few times a week and meticulously blow out her hair to where it is straight as a pin. She looks great and her hair is silky smooth when she goes to bed, but after one night of sleeping on it she wakes up looking like a wild woman.
I have no issue with my son’s hair because well, he practically has none. He’s got sort of a crew cut, so even if his hair was all crazy, it’s only standing an eighth of an inch off his head, so no big deal. I just take a spray bottle and wet his hair down and run my fingers through it, not even needing a comb or brush.
Is it bad that I can’t wait to drop her off at nursery school in the morning because the ladies there do such a better job in doing her hair than this mom? The two gals who run her classroom have taken pity on me. On a daily basis the do amazing things with her hair, things I can only dream of doing. They say it’s lots of fun and my daughter thinks it’s a daily game of “hair salon.” She’s come home French braids, a stylish side ponytail, cornrows (not my favorite) and even fully curled pigtails.
I’m not sure what I’ll do this summer when she moves to a new class at the school, I don’t know if her next teachers and caretakers will be so obliging. I may have to sign myself up for some beauty school classes in order to finally learn how to tame my daughter’s mane. I can only imagine what things will be like when she’s a teenager and starts asking for my help wearing make-up….
Now it’s your turn to share….Are you a hair genius? Any suggestions you can offer me?
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