Monday, August 31, 2009

Q and A

Thanks for the great question, Mama Keith!

Here's the question...

Hi! I just found your blog and I love it. I do have a question though. My daughter is 5 and has really thick hair, she wants to grow it out long (middle of back) but the longest I can get it to grow is right below her shoulders. Any suggestions on how to help it grow longer? I trim her hair about once a month and take as little off as possible and it is washed every other day. Thanks so much!!!!!

And here is my reply...

Well, hair usually only grows about a 1/2 inch a month.... So you may be trimming it too often/too much. It is really important to trim it so the ends don't split or break off, but if she has thick hair, you are probably okay to go longer in between haircuts.

Also, I've found with kids that since they grow so stinkin fast, sometimes they grow and so then it makes the hair look like it didn't grow at all! So she may be growing at 1/2 inch a month, and so when her hair grows 1/2 inch a month it isn't even noticeable!

Also I've heard of some other tips...
Like to wash your hair with horse shampoo (never tried it), and don't think I ever will.
Massage the scalp when you wash her hair because it will increase the blood flow which equals growing hair (this is why men go bald... the blood stops flowing up top).
There are some tea tree shampoo's that tingle the scalp and are minty, and I think they are supposed to work like the massaging tip, by increasing the blood flow.


Anyways, sorry, I know this isn't a ton of help, but those are just some of my suggestions.

Anyone else have a question? I'd love to hear it.

Amber

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Perfect Ballerina Bun

Today I will show you how to do the Perfect Ballerina Bun...


Start with a ponytail...

Do the messy bun technique again... but put a bobby pin on both sides of the loop, and cross them so they stay better...

Go all around, but take bigger chunks, see, I'm only doing like 4 sections...

Tuck in the ends... Like so...
Now blend all the sections together by pinching and slide a bobby pin in...
All done....

See, it's not even a bun at all... they just trick you and make it look like a bun.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Something new...

I was inspired by these cornrows on this blog post by GirlsCurls, to do this corn row on Sophia...
I love her hair in a single ponytail, but the front never stays in, so thanks for the great idea!

I just did one little one on the other side...
Then I am doing another up-do technique... It's like the messy bun one from this post I did, but instead of just looping it, you pull the end through like you are going to tie a knot.
And then bobby pin it...
Go all around and do it until all the hair is up... I think I only did three chunks of hair.
All done...
Not the smoothest, but she's only two, and I am chasing her as I do her hair:) so bear with me.

Monday, August 24, 2009

I'm back...

Sometimes we just need some new ideas for what to do.... So here's one that I think you will all be able to figure out....



Monday, August 17, 2009

No Comments

I am boycotting my own blog.



Until people start leaving comments.... (hint, hint)





If you like this blog/want me to keep doing it.... leave a comment.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Boys haircut

Here's a boy's haircut for you... Again.. Disclaimer... Sorry if you screw up your kids' hair. I love you and only want to help you save some money.

While dry, take the clippers (the longer clipper guard you do for this part, the easier the haircut will be)... So you could do like a #6. I'm doing a #4 here, and that means it's going to be 1/2 inch long.


Do this part to about where the hairline pokes out... See below. (Nice tongue)


See, when it's wet, you can see a weight line... see that? You are going to have to blend that in a bit, but cut the top first in 3 sections... the middle and two side sections.
Now wet it. (or if you want a really short haircut, use a #8 all over the top).

Now cut it going horizontally... Only the middle section though.

Now use the piece that you cut, and bring it forward a bit and use that as a guide to know how much to cut off the next section... See the guide in this picture below?
Keep going all the way to the front...
Now take that whole middle section you cut and make a mowhawk. This is called cutting it vertically... You pull it up, and only cut off the points to make it even...


Now take a little piece of the middle section and use that as your guide to cut the two sides of the top section... See the piece that is by my my fingertip? That's my guide.

Now take that section and pull it up vertically also.... See in this picture you can see the point that needs to be cut off... Cut off all the points as you pull it vertically.

Pull it down in front to cut the bangs.


Now this is the hard part... blend the top with the sides. Pretty much just combine the two, by cutting off the points... See, I'm going to cut off this whole point to combine the piece that is up in the crack of my finger to the piece that is down by my fingertip...
Go all around the head, taking little sections, cutting off the points....
(there is a technique that you can use here that is called scissor over comb that is a little more difficult but you basically just comb the hair upwards while cutting the hair to blend it)
Make sure it's blended/cut enough in the back...


All blended...
Don't forget to use the neck trimmers and cut the hairline and around the ears and sideburns!


All done.


Any questions? Hope I didn't confuse you too much :)

Let's recap.
1.Clippers on sides.
2. Cut the top in 3 sections, middle, and two sides... Using horizontal cutting, put then pull it up in a vertical section and cut off the points.
3. blend the sides
4. trim hairline/around ears/sidburns

Easy, huh?

Monday, August 10, 2009

A short/fine/thin hair style

Here's a hairdo you could do for little girls with short/fine/thin hair...




Depending on how your little one's hair is, is where you would put the pig tails. If it's real short, they would have to be up higher by the first little ones you secured, and you may not be able to get all the hair up... if not, that's okay, just leave half down in the back.

Oh, here's a tip: I think the clear elastics you by at sally's are more gentle on the hair. Use those when your girls are little and their hair is just coming in. I also think that for thicker hair, the clear ones don't stay in as well as the colored ones. That's why I usually use the colored ones. But always be gentle with that hair, don't make it break off. I cut out all elastics by pulling one little piece up and cutting that, making sure I don't cut any hair!

Looks like she has a lazy eye :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Spiral braid

Here's a spiral braid... Haven't done this since beauty school, 8 years ago...



Start a braid in the middle of the head, and start it so it's not tight/close to the head.


Keep adding hair from the bottom only, but leave a band of hair out around the hairline...
Keep going in a circle... It's staring to look like something now...
Now keep going and grab all the hair left around the hairline, so it's all coming up now...
Secure the end with an elastic, and tuck it in and secure with a hidden bobby pin.

Done.

Thanks Kanani... You are a great model. SO pretty.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Simple girl's haircut

Here's a simple girl's haircut...



Start wet, and comb straight down. Have her put her chin to her chest.


Section off a middle section and decide how much you want to cut. Cut that straight. Make sure that is straight or else you will screw up the whole thing... Now use that as your guide and continue on to the next section...
See the guide? Just do the two sections on each side of the first one you did, then comb down again, step back, make sure it is all even...
Then do another section on each side.... Check it again.
When you get around to the hair by the ears, she doesn't have to look down anymore.
Until you are all done!! Check again, step back and pull the hair on both sides down at the same time to make sure they are even... and then check again.

Sorry there's not a good finished product picture. It looked way cleaner, and you could see a definite line, instead of scraggly ends.

P.S. Don't get mad at me if you mess up. I spent 2000 freakin hours perfecting these stupid haircuts.