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Elsa had her first “professional” braiding job yesterday. Three hours – with several breaks and lots of snacks/videos/bribery included. But the results are terrific.
Here she is with our hostess for the day – the adorable P-Bou, who (along with her mom Suzanne) let us hang out at her casa all afternoon for the ‘do. The woman who did the braiding is P-Bou’s nanny…
Did a new ‘do for Elsa, and then dressed her in what may be my new favorite outfit. She was not much in the mood for photos, so these are the best I could get…
I almost never leave Elsa’s hair “down” (which in her case is really “out”, not down).
It’s not because I don’t like it that way. In fact, I think it is really cute.
The problem is the price we pay at the next comb-out session. When it’s not braided or otherwise contained, Elsa’s hair has a knack at getting really really tangled. And so there are many tears and much complaining when I slather it with conditioner and try to work a comb through it. I had these scream-fests, so usually avoid letting her hair go.
But this weekend, we were in a loosey-goosey mood, and I have to say, I do like the way it looks… it’s finally getting long enough to look a bit girly.
Elsa’s new school had “picture day” yesterday.
So – in spite Elsa’s very vehement objections – I did her hair in the morning.
Usually I do it in the evening, after bath, when she’s tired and relaxed and I can put her in front of the heroin that is Yo Gabba Gabba. DJ Lance Rock and crew so mesmerize her that I can usually get 20 minutes of time to beat her ‘do into submission.
But, then she sleeps on it, of course, at it gets all fuzzy. Usually I don’t care too much – I give it a spritz of water/conditioner mixture in the morning and call it good.
But, for her hair to be picture-perfect, or at least picture-acceptable, I had to touch it up in the morning.
Still fuzzy around the edges, where the hair is still just too short to capture. But overall it came out OK, if I do say so myself… we’ll see if the school photos come out!
[and with this post I succumb to the reality that I actually do need a whole blog category just for hair... *sigh*]
Elsa’s hair continues to be a gigantic challenge. But I’m not giving up.
It’s almost, almost long enough to put in two puffs in front – one of my favorite styles (and one of the easier ones as well! And I am seriously digging Pink Lotion. Yeah, that’s right: we’ve tried everything, including crazy expensive stuff, but the plain old drugstore staple, Pink Lotion, seems to work better! (Thanks to Becky for telling me to give it a shot.) I also have a spray-on scalp oil that I’m liking a lot to finish off her ‘do and keep it from getting frizzy really fast.
Anyway, today, with the help of a couple twists in front and some cheating the back (put the leftover hair that wouldn’t reach into 4 little braids) I kind of got puffs going…
I’m getting a bit better – but it continues to be challenging given (1) Elsa’s refusal to sit still for more than, oh, 20 seconds at a time, and (2) the fact that her hair is about 1.5 inches long, max.
But here’s the latest attempt at a ‘do.