Sunday, July 22, 2012

Beach Hair, 2012

We spent a week at the beach last month, and I contemplated which type of style would be best to, 
1) Keep the hair out of her face when swimming  
2) NOT get horribly tangled  
3) Prevent sunburn of the scalp
4) Look nice
5) Be relatively easy to get sand out of
Not in that order.

I settled on this style, and put sunscreen on her scalp for the first few days.

 The style stood up pretty well.  It got fuzzy, so when we'd go out in the evenings I'd spritz it and apply Darcy's Botanicals Natural Coils Curling Jelly to curl down and hold the fuzzies.  Surprisingly, we did not have a problem with sand getting trapped in the braids.  So I thought.  When we got home at the end of the week, took the style down and washed it, the tub was FULL of sand.  Sand, in my mind, is just coarse dirt that people throw their cigarette butts and scraps of food into, and little kids pee in.  Yuk. She got a good shampooing.

Here is the girl exactly one year earlier, at the beach.  We did loose hair last year.  Her coils were adorable and she looked so windswept, tan, and beachy.  No way we could have gotten away with loose hair this year.  And, wow, it's really grown in a year!

Happy Summer!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

We Don't Do This Very Often

Loose hair, that is.  It is lovely, but gets tangled SO quickly.  Then I have to comb it which is a great way to snap and break strands.  We used to be able to get away with loose hair until it was between 6-9 inches long.  And I never understood the big deal about protective styling back then. Until the girl is no longer rubbing her head on a car seat, the bed at nap time, the floor randomly, her stuffed animals, and throwing blankets over her head, she will be wearing her hair in mostly braided styles.  It really is the only way to go.

Coming up, Beach Hair.  How do YOU style your curly hair for the wind, sand and salt water?