We live in a state with cold, snowy winters that can be hard on fine little girl hair. But I almost think summer is worse. With sun, and swimming, and running around, and tumbling and chasing and bike riding and all the other hair-tangling activities little girls do, mine have to have their hair up or it looks like something nested in there and then had a big fight.
So some days, we do ponytails. And some days we do braids. But some days, if we have a little time, and people are in the mood to actually sit still while I do their hair, we get a little fancier.
It’s funny, having two girls, because one will let me play with her hair for a long time (possibly forever, if the end result is “a braid like Elsa”), and the other one would happily shave it all off if I let her. Oh, the quirks that make life interesting.
So. If you’re looking for a few new ideas to get hair up off the neck and out of the face on hot summer days, try one of these. Most of them are simple, fun ways to switch up a normal ponytail or braid (though I’d leave yourself a little time for the star ponytail. I had to do it three or four times before I got the hang of it and then I totally forgot how by the next time I tried).
–The Star Ponytail — like I said, I’d give yourself some time to figure it out, but super-cute for parades and summer festivities.
-The Reverse Pull-Through Braid — cool and unusual (and I love that she includes a video tutorial, because I have the worst time figuring these things out just by looking at pictures).
-The Twist-Back Flipunder — I used to do flipunder ponytails on myself when I was younger (spoiler alert: You don’t really need a Topsy Tail to do one. Just make a ponytail, put in the elastic, loosen it a little, make a hole in the hair just above the elastic and flip your ponytail through it. Done.) But this one has a cute little twist that makes it something special.
-Triple Ponytails — Can’t. Stand. The. Cuteness. I think it would be just as adorable without being curled, if you’re trying to save time or your beauty subject begins to mutiny and try to run away.
–Ponytails With Twist Braids — easy, quick, but with that little extra note of interest that kicks it up from a normal pony.
-The Rope Twist Braid — again with a video, for those of us who are hairstyle-ly challenged (cosmotologically challenged? I dunno. I just know I’m not very good at doing hair without a lot of help).
Do you have a go-to summer style for your girls? I’d love to hear suggestions in the comments or on our facebook page. And be sure to sign up for the newsletter and get updates and a free printable — “31 Ways to Connect With Your Kids.”