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Real Life :: Let’s Talk About Hair…

Man, I hope the Peach doesn’t inherit my lack of ability to do hair.

You see, I inherited that trait (or lack thereof) from my mother, who goes to the beauty parlor to have her hair done every week. That plus a can of Aqua Net and she’s good to go for at least five days. (I love you, Mom.)

I am dreadful at styling my hair. OK–not horrible, but it’s not my forte. I always said that if I had a super power, it would be the ability to snap my fingers and have my hair styled fabulously.

I do not have the super power. Sigh.

I mean, those pony tails are beyond lopsided and let’s just say that that is the Lombard Street of hair parts.

But I have this cutie pie looking up at me and wanting her hair in pony tails and braids and all sorts of stuff.

I’m already getting cotton mouth just thinking about the dreaded French braid–eek!  What is a gal to do? Help? And has anyone every tried to do toddler hair? Standing still isn’t really the Peach’s forte right now.

Any tips? Any tricks?

Please note the angle of pony tails…

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  1. RocketGirl says

    No tips or tricks. Every time I manage to get my toddler’s hair into high pigtails they’re gone in minutes. So my only trick is cut her bangs in the bathtub, when she’s occupied with the bubbles, and then turn her around and cut the back. I’m hoping someone will buy my line that I’m going for a Claudette Colbert look.

    • Dottie says

      I think the Claudette Colbert look is a charming on on zee RocketBaby!

      Good call on the bathtub. I just have ’em done by daycare. she’s much better than I am.

  2. Christina says

    Might want to leave it a bit older before you French braid! They have to sit still for a good bit of time, especially if you need practice! (French braid is really not all too difficult.. don’t worry. ) Low pigtails are definitely a good starting point. Easy, and quick. Try practicing on some of her dolls, it will help! 🙂 And if all else fails… be thankful she has such a cute face that no one is really going to pay too much attention to her hair… hahaha!

  3. Kim says


  4. Anjali says

    My girl wants pig tails or braids every morning these days. Detangler has made it possible for me to work with her hair. She doesn’t have tangled hair, but it is just all over the place and not easy to grip. Does that make sense? I say give it a try.

  5. 3 ring circus • heather says

    i think her hair is just perfect in those two little piggies!!! 🙂

  6. Adrianne says

    Yes, practice on dolls! That’s how I learned to French braid- others and my own hair. Not that hard once you get the hang of it. You can do it talented crafty lady!!!

  7. Mom101 says

    I am the worst hair doer ever. I’ve come to tell my kids that they’ll have to live with imperfection. That said, I’m too busy ogling your daughter’s Livie + Luca shoes and adorable face, I don’t notice the part at all.

    • Dottie says

      You are too kind, Liz!

      Those Livie and Luca shoes are a life saver for her wide feet. The pediatrician described my child’s foot as “iron-shaped”. Sigh!

  8. Dottie says

    People, you are all too kind–those pony tails look like I’ve been hitting the cooking sherry a bit hard before I did them!

  9. Alix says

    This is the beauty of having a boy with curly hair. We do not brush the Wolf. We simply pat into place. My hair? Now that’s a whole other tumbleweed……

  10. Melinda says

    Zelly let me do ANYTHING to her head as long as I let her play in the sink. That is why she used to have braids. Now, two words: hair-brushing treats.

    • Dottie says

      Ah sink… hmmm. you might be on to something…

  11. Inessa says

    those pony tails look like they were styled by vidal sassoon compared to the loosey goosey onion looking buns i try to put my baby’s hair in while running after her all in attempt to keep her bags out of her eyes and out of her food bowl. so good job Dottie!
    p.s. stop by for an awesome giveaway!

    • Dottie says


      I stopped by your site and it was some sort of bible study class, which is cool and all, but I didn’t see any adorable little baby! Could you have been hacked?

  12. Kellie MiniMustHave says

    Dottie, I totally suck at doing hair! I can barely do my own let alone even contemplate a french braid in Poppy’s hair. It’s like the holy grail of pre-schooler hair for me!!

    • Dottie says

      Just hearing everyone’s stories of botched hair and that you can get better is making me confident enough to try braids this weekend.


  13. Mrs. Q. says

    Oh, please post some help. I had the Dorthy Hamel as a kid, so I can’t do a thing with my girl’s hair!

  14. BethR says

    my first child is a boy with curly, forgiving hair that i can just periodically hack away at with scissors and come out okay enough.

    then i had a girl with fine, straight hair. she’s 20 months old and i am at a total loss of what to do. bangs? no bangs? long? short? barrettes stay in her hair for two seconds. i spend half my days sweeping her hair to the side (which is admittedly what i used to spend a lot of time doing with the boy). the poor child is starting to look like a bohunk.

  15. eileen says

    I think her hair is adorable! Moments after my sister would +finally+ get my niece’s hair in pigtails, Maggie would pull one of em out and run around the rest of the day like that. It was adorable.

  16. Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids says

    I have no tips but I’m right there with ya. Once upon a time I used to really put some effort into my do (like when I was 16). Now I’ve been a was and wear woman for so long I fear for my 7 month old daughter (once she has hair that is).

    P.S. Just saw that you added MPMK to your “Sites We Love” – thanks so much 🙂

  17. JulieBGreen says

    I have two girls with super fine hair that does not part in the middle. The youngest (2) always wants her hair the way the oldest (5) has hers done. I brush it through with water before I attempt-ahem- to “style” it. I have found that bows make for great cover ups and usually I can just say “lets go get a pretty bow!” and they are content!

  18. Di says

    I’ll second the hairstyling bribery. I just kept a small tupperware container (with lid) of m&ms on the bathroom counter. One m&m per hairstyle was our rule. That easily ended our daily struggles over hair brushing and styling. Blogs for kids’ hairstyles are sent from heaven. Bless those who are inventive and also kind enough to make youtube videos for how to put the style together. And for a no fail clean part, invest $2 in a rat-tail comb. Props to the peson that invented that tool!

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