Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday

This works for me Wednesday is a little different this week. We get to ask a question and have others help us find a solution for it...how fun!

Okay, here it is....How can I get my five year old daughter to brush her hair thoroughly? Her hair is shoulder length and she is growing out her bangs to be like her older sister. The problem is she doesn't want me to brush it and she has a hard time getting the underneath part of her hair brushed good, causing lots of little tangles. I'm trying to teach her some independence in getting ready in the morning, but this seems to be our one problem area:) Any suggestions would be great!

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

We had this problem with our now 7-year-old daughter. The secret for us has been to invest in a really good detangler, the type you buy at a hair salon. The stuff they sell at discount stores didn't work for us. We found a good one at a salon called "Fantastic Sam's" but I don't know what is available in your area. Following a shampoo we condition her hair with a regular rinse-out conditioner, then we spray the detangler liberally on her hair. She combs it while it is still wet. Doing this every day has kept the tangles to a minimum and she is more willing to brush it because it is less likely to hurt. Pony tails help a lot too because hair stays out of food and is less messed up while playing outside in the wind, etc. I hope this helps!

Kara said...

I would suggest a detangler too. My little sister used to get bad tangles and wouldn't let anyone brush her hair until my mom got some detangler an it really helped. Also to avoid it getting all tangled at night, if you can, put it in braids :)

SaraG said...

Have her run her 2 index fingers from the tops of her ears until they meet at the middle of the back of her head. All the hair above that - hold in a ponytail with one hand and REALLY brush what is underneath with the other hand (or cheat and use a ponytail holder to hold it) when that is good and brushed out (she can run her fingers through it easily) then drop the top part and have her brush that into the rest of her hair. Just remind her that she is done when her fingers won't snag in her hair!

MostlyTruth said...

Thank you for your comment! You know it's interesting--I think you are right about good naps mean less sleep at night. All the 'expert' books I have read say the opposite, but my personal experience is that if the little guy catnaps during the day, he sleeps more at night!

As for the hair-brushing...whew. I don't know. My mom had me brush my hair "one hundred strokes" every night before bed. This was a way to practice counting I suppose as well as to get as many tangles out as possible. I don't know if that would work or not.

A detangler sounds good!!!!

Happy Momma said...

Thank you for stopping by. I am so glad to know I am not the last person out there that doesn't know EVERYTHING under the sun about blogging! Let me know how you like the book too, I saw one at Borders, but hubby keeps telling me I will catch on....sure it's been a year and I still don't know much ;).

Blessings!

jen said...

Yup - we've had trouble with this. Detangling was/is key! We wash with a shampoo/conditioner combo then condition too. That extra conditioner helps a ton! My daughter loves the yummy smell of the grown up conditioner too - and she does a great job not getting it in her eyes! We do also use a spray in detangler, but we don't need it nearly as much anymore. By the way, she just uses Suave conditioner - not anything expensive. :)

Myfriendconnie@SmockityFrocks said...

We also use the cheap-o conditioner and leave it in. That really seems to help.