I am always looking for unique ways to style my daughters’ hair and I often turn to the internet to search for new ideas. There are plenty of websites and on-line videos showing how to create intricate braids and wedding-worthy up-dos. But who has the time (or the docile children) needed to create these dos?
What I need are simple ways to style my daughters’ hair in unique ways. One of my favorite techniques is to “crimp” their hair using small braids. There are no hot implements involved, only minimal coordination is required, and most of the work is done the night before which cuts down on some of the chaos during our morning rush.
How to Do It:
This technique should be done in the evening and works best if the hair is slightly damp. We like to create this look after the girls have gotten their baths. Another option is to use a spray bottle of water to dampen the hair.
Have your child sit in a chair or on the floor in front of you – whichever is most comfortable for you. Younger children can watch television or read a book while you work on their hair. For older children, this is a great time to chat and connect one-on-one.
Now, simply create small braids all over her head. The braids can be any size and don’t all have to be the exact same size. Smaller braids will create a more crimped look and larger braids will create softer waves. Start the braids as close to the scalp as possible and end them as close to the tip of the hair as possible. This will help maintain a finished look overall and prevent patches of straight hair. Secure the ends of the braids with small rubber bands. I like to use those little loom bracelet rubber bands since we always have plenty on hand.
Have your daughter sleep with the braids in her hair.
In the morning, remove the rubber bands and use your fingers to loosen the braids and fluff the hair. Do not try to comb or brush her hair or she will end up with a big, frizzy do. Now style her hair as you normally would. My daughters have worn their crimped hair in many ways, including leaving their hair down, pushing it back with a head band, and pulling it into one or two pony tails. But no matter how they wear it, both girls always receive multiple compliments on their adorable crimped styles.
- Hair should be damp but not wet. If the hair does not dry completely overnight, the style will not hold.
- A small amount of hair gel can be used on the ends of the hair to make it easier to work with the hair while braiding. Just don’t overdo it. Too much gel will leave you with a stiff hairdo.
- Experiment with different sized braids until you find what works for your daughter’s hair and personal taste.