Mar 21, 2007

Works for Me Wednesday - Brushing Hair

Yes. It's that time again! WEDNESDAY with your LOVERLY host, Rocks in My Dryer...

So, my tip is based upon the hair of my daughters.

Boys are easy - just shave the hair short and they're good to go for weeks! Hubbers and BoyBoy get the same haircut whenever I feel like they are getting a little long on top. God Bless my Wahl shaver trimmer thingy.

But the girls are more picky than that. They LIKE long hair but HATE the whole brushing out, removing snaggles, brushing routine. Of course, they do it anyway, with my *ahem* help... Here's how I make it easier on my tender headed daughters.

1 - Get some of that kid conditioner for the shower. It helps.

2 - Make the kid USE it in the correct manner.

3 - Also get some of that spray in conditioner in bottle. This helps, too. Although water does seem to work for Oldest Daughter.

4 - Have said child fetch comb/brush/pik (yes, I have a curly haired baby and all the rules are OUT with Middle Daughter) and begin to work on it themselves.

5 - Let said child work on their hair until a) they say they're done or b) they begin to wail like a banshee.

6 - Take brush/comb/pik and begin to help.

7 - Here's the KEY to the whole success of this technique: BEFORE (did you get that?) BEFORE the whining starts, ask the kid-let to sing you a song. It doesn't matter what it is: Itsy Bitsy Spider, You are My Sunshine, Old MacDonald, B-I-N-G-O - whatever they want. Get them involved in this song and SING ALONG and make it fun and silly.

By the time you're done combing, the kid will have forgotten to cry or whine about having their hair done. It's easier on all involved - no gnashing of teeth.

There you go, it WORKS FOR ME!!

(I'll let you in on a secret: This also works for OTHER whine inducing times... TRY it!)


Nikki said...

Great tip. I was so fed up on Sunday morning with my daughter's hair, and she kept moving her head all over. AAARGH! I especially like the singing a song tip. I will try this for sure.

Mrs.B. said...

I don't have any children but if I did I would *definitely* try the song thingy!--Great idea! (o:

Something else is to comb through their hair while they've got the conditioner on it. That will also prevent breakage, works great on curly hair too! (o:

Overwhelmed! said...

I have a boy too, but he has wavy hair and it's not shaved so sometimes it's a struggle to get the tangles out. I'll definitely try to get him singing a silly song BEFORE he starts whining! :)

Thanks for sharing!

Amber said...

Great idea! Another thing I sometimes do is put my daughter (5 years) up on the counter where she can look at herself in the mirror - then I ask her to make different silly faces and we practice them together as I brush out her hair. My toddler thinks it is really funny too. :-)

Rae said...

Great tips! I'll have to keep these in mind for when I have little ones. I still remember how much of a pain it was to get through my tangles when I was younger ;) Thanks for sharing! =)

Linsey said...

Great tip! I will try that TODAY!

annie said...

Great tip!

Jan B said...

Great tip! I like the spray detangler too, my secret weapon is this, always start at the bottom and get the ends brushed out then move up a little. Never start brushing from the crown down. It makes the tangles worse. Same with dogs with long hair. Also, if you get a tangle, hold onto the hair slightly above so that you are not yanking the hair so much.

Myfriendconnie said...

Thanks! Great tips.

I make my own detangler with conditioner and water in a spray bottle. It works just like the store bought kind.

Have you read Curly Girl? Love.It.

Shel said...

I am definitely going to try this. Everyday is a whinefest for my three year old who has long curly blond hair. It is fine and tangly. She loves to sing so it might work great. My five year old got her hair cut for locks of love so it isn't as tangly right now but she wants it long again so we will have to try it with her too.

Doll said...

Here is a very frugal tip: Instead of using the kid conditioner in the shower, Make your own dertangler/ leave in conditioner! Here is how:
In an empty spray bottle put two squirts of ANY conditioner (about the same amount you would use in the shower)Fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake! Spray on wet or dry hair and comb/brush. You can use any conditioner because you control where it goes so it is not in the eyes. It works with cheap conditioner too. I have been using the empty detangler spray bottle for two years now!- I don't have a blog or I would submit this to a WFMW :)

Lei said...

Hey - that is worth a try! Thanks!

creative-type dad said...

I can't even work on my daughter's hair. I don't get it.

If the wife didn't do anything I would just going to stick a pik in it, tie a bow, and be done.

Stephanie said...

Got to try the song technique! Thanks for the tip!

scribbit said...

Oh how I hate the whining. This tip about singing is pure genius. I'm using it.

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