Twisted Half Ponytail with a Mini Bun & more…

We are actively trying to grow my 3 year old daughters bangs out because she would prefer to have her hair down most day and with bangs it all ends up in her face. She has let me try a couple new hair styles on her hair the last week that I wanted to share.

Here is what we call a Topsy Turvy.

I just pull half her hair into a loose pony tail then I split it in the middle and push the loose end of her pony tail through the split to make a Topsy Turvy.

This was a cute and quick way to give her a bun without pulling all her hair up. We call it the Twisted Half Pony with a Mini Bun.

I pulled a small portion of the front of her hair up (basically her bangs and the hair down to her ears on both side) into a rubber band on the left side of her head. Then I pulled a little larger section of hair up just behind the first section from ear to ear. I twisted the first pony into the second rubber band and fastened on the right side of her hair. Then I twisted the loose mini pony tail into a bun and wrapped a rubber band around it. Add a tad of Touchable hairspray, a cute clip, and done!



Easy Sock Curls

Since Easter will be here before you know it I wanted to share a fun easy way to curl your daughters hair for Easter Sunday! (Although these curls are so simple to create you could style them on your daughter for any occasion!)


My two middle children ready for Easter 2012

I happened to find these curlers a few years ago….


The package calls these “Pillow Curlers”.

 You might remember as a child having your mom curl your hair with socks…this is the same idea. And if you don’t these curlers clean socks will work just as good!






I started by getting my daughters hair very wet (she had just bathed). Then I pulled the top section of her hair into a square with a rubber band (I left her bangs out.) Next I took small strips of hair and rolled each strip around a sock roller and tied the end to keep in place. 

sockcurls2.jpg I rolled these vertical so that she would have ringlets in the end. (When using socks just hold the sock vertical, wrap the strand of hair around the sock until tight at the base of their head and tie the sock in a knot.)

sockcurls3.jpg Once it was all rolled up I set my blow dryer to low cool heat and dried her hair for about five minutes. I waited a few minutes afterwards to double check that they were completely dry before pulling the sock rollers out.

When they were completely dry I untied the ends of the sock rollers and unrolled them. Done! Here is the finished product!

sockcurlringlets.jpg My daughters hair is fine and thin so sleeping with these rollers would not work for her but if your daughter has thicker hair (or if you wanted to do these curls on yourself) you could roll these the night before and pull the sock rollers out in the morning. That makes for an even quicker/easier morning routine! (I slept in these rollers all the time as a child…by far my favorite way to have my hair styled as a child!)

Check out the Holiday Slacker-Easter Challenge at My Tots Travel for more Easter & Lent blog posts!


Throwback Thursday: Toddler/Preschooler Hairstyle Tutorial

I like to snap a pic of my daughters hair once I have fixed it for a couple reasons, 1) She can see it and is more likely to leave it alone all day. 2) When I am needing ideas of what to do with her hair I can quickly access the pics from my phone. 3) I had been planning to blog tutorials. I thought I’d use Throwback Thursday to give a few tutorials of different pony tails I’ve done on my daughters hair.

My daughter (the Monkey) has very fine thin hair. It has no curl to it at all. It is exactly like mine. 😉 In a couple of these tutorials she has bangs and one she does not because we started growing them out.

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~~Up first is the Half Up w/Full Up Pony & a Bow. I started by splitting her hair into two sections, the top section and the bottom section. I put each section in a rubber band (I use the small colored elastic bands because they hold well in fine hair and they can easily be cut out if needed because we toss them each night). Once I have put each section in a band I take the top pony, add it to the bottom pony and put another rubber band to keep it in place.

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On this day my daughter had just started preschool and decided she wanted a bow which I clipped just about her top rubber band. She also had bangs during this time. The longest part of styling this way is the parting the hair. It took me maybe 5-6minutes to style this hairstyle on my daughter. I also spray with a little Suave: Touchable hairspray to keep the flyaways from getting out of control.

Next is one that I am going to show is one that take a little longer to style.

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~~This is the TWISTED ZigZag LOW PONY! I parted her hair in four equal sections horizontally on her head. I put each section in a pony BUT in order to get the zigzag effect I started tied the first section (top section) up on the left, the second section on the right, the third section on the left (not as far over as the first section), and last (bottom section) in the middle.

Once each section was in a rubber band (it should look like she has four pigtails at this point), I wet all the loose hair in the pony tails, took the top pony, split the in half, twisted the two sections in the same direction then wrapped them around each other going the opposite direction (I’ll link a vlog on how to do this ASAP!). Then I rubber band that twisted hair in with the second section of hair. Then I do the same twisting technique on the second section of hair, then rubber band it to the third sections. And again take the third section, use the twisting technique and rubber band it to the last/bottom pony tail. Then I clipped a bow just above her bottom rubber band.

I had to use hairspray on this hairstyle or the twisted sections of hair would just become flyaways with her thin hair. This is a hairstyle that takes longer to style. I had snacks for her this day to keep her occupied while I did this because she had to sit for about 10 minutes for me to style it.


~~ LOW PONY W/FLOWER CLIP– This last Pony Tail is one that is simple and quick. I wet all her hair, brushed it into a low pony, rubber band it just above her neck, and then I added a flower clip above the rubber band. She wore bangs in this picture. I hair sprayed with Suave Touchable and DONE! This takes 2-3 minutes. We were able to do this hairstyle while she watched a short cartoon.



Hairstyle: Half Up Side Pony w/All Up Pony Tail

We were headed out for a short shopping trip and my daughters hair was hanging in her, as usual, since I’m trying to let it grow out (more about her self hair cut soon!). I didn’t have much time and I usually try to style her hair after she’s taken a bath but wetting her hair had to do this time. We sang “Bringing Home a Baby Bubble Bee” and I had her brush her teeth while she sat on the bathroom counter so I could get her hair up and out of her face in a timely fashion. It worked like a charm!

IMG_1985<<Here she is brushing her teeth!

I started by parting her hair on the side (on her right side). Then I made a square from the part over to her left side (I picked up more hair on her left side than her right side). I put that hair in a side pony.

Then I wet the bottom and side portions of her hair. I pulled all of the loose hair including the side pony into one big pong in the middle of the back of her head.

Half up side pony w/full pony-back

I finish it by spraying with hairspray. I use Suave: Touchable hairspray, so that it isn’t stuck to her head all day and still feels soft.

Half up side pony w/full up-Front

^^Here is my pretty girl all ready for a fun day!^^