Thursday, October 20, 2011

Braids Before Bed

All ready for bed!
My daughter has a mane of thick wavy golden hair. Over her (six) years we've seen it through several styles. First, bangs with the classic bob. Then, after getting lice in preschool, we cut it all off and it curled up into a little old lady style that somehow suited her. Since then we've been growing it out. She has no bangs and it's gotten pretty long - to the middle of her back.

Getting to the point where I can actually comb through her tresses without tears has been a mess of trial and error. After years of fights, we've finally come up with a system that works for us and I'm sharing it here in hopes it might work for some of you as well.

  • Hair is washed every other night.
  • In the shower I put in shampoo and conditioner at the same time and, after scrubbing her head, allow it to sit on her hair while I wash the rest of her body.
  • Using a wide toothed comb I comb through her hair while the shampoo/conditioner is on her head. 
  • Rinse it all out.
  • Towel dry hair by squeezing (not rubbing) into a towel.
  • Comb through again (should be super easy) and braid (this is a crucial step) before going to bed.
  • In the morning take the braids out and brush (should be very few knots because the braids have kept it from knotting up) and re-style for the day.
  • Evenings when it's not washed we brush and braid it before bedtime so the morning is easy and ready for restyling.

Following this routine has made our mornings so much easier. There are never tears and rarely arguments. She's become excited about trying different hair styles and tolerant to the time it takes me to achieve them. More important, bedtime hair-brushing before books has become a time for us to bond, chat about the day and plan for tomorrow.

It's amazing to me that something we used to dread so much has become a lovely end-of-day ritual that leaves us both smiling.

On weekend mornings (when there is more time) she
can take out the braids and brush her hair -get this -
all by herself!


  1. These tips are so helpful. Thanks for sharing them. I'm going to try it out with my girls.

  2. What a wonderful story!
    I love all your hairdos Maia. You have a very talented Mom.
    Can't wait to see you and check out your hair in person.
    Loving, Mom and Grandma


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