I've been asked countless times about how I do Lulu's hair! The truth is, it's pretty simple so I never really think about it. The best thing about this hairstyle is that if I do it tight enough, it'll look nice (enough) for 2-3 days. It takes less than 10 minutes and keeps the hair out of her face, so she's usually happy to comply!
By day 2 (or 3 or 4....) it' a little looser and fuzzier, but just as functional!
Here's how I do it:
1. Brush hair. This is the hardest and most traumatic step of the entire process. If you can make it past this without tears, you're golden.
For real though, make sure you brush it really well, otherwise it gets tangled halfway through and once you start the braid, you can't stop!
After her hair is brushed and tangle-free, I have Lulu tip her head all the way forward, almost resting on her knees. When I was slower at braiding, she'd complain this hurt her neck, but now that I can get this part done quick, it's no big deal.
Part the hair (as if you're doing two braids) and start with three small strands, only taking from the starting side of the part.
As you continue braiding, only grab strands from the one side of the part. As you get higher around the head, your victim can slowly raise their head from that torturous position. I usually have Lulu sit on a stool in the middle of the room so I can move myself around her as needed. I've also been known to use my knees to adjust the stool if need be.
Be sure that the hair remains pushed forward over the face, otherwise it'll get caught up in the braid at the wrong time and you'll have to redo it (much to the dismay of your 4 year old)
At this point, I move myself all the way around her, or have her turn on the stool, so that I'm still braiding towards myself (does that make sense?).
Do your best to keep the braid tight and close to the head, it's really hard to get it tight again if you let it get too loose!
Once you get around the top of the head, it's pretty straight forward! Just braid to the end, pulling the remaining hair into the braid as you go.
When you get to the end, just keep braiding. Lulu's hair is the perfect length for this hairstyle, so I'm not sure how it would work with longer hair!
After I get to the end of the braid, I use a tiny little hair tie and don't pull the end of the braid all the way though, this makes it easier to secure with a bobby pin at the very end.
Take the tail and poke it through the braid as far as it will reach. Then I just use a single bobby pin and pin it in place.
That's it! It really is simple and the perfect way to keep hair out of her face when she's busy playing! Lulu gets compliments on her hair every time we go anywhere, and people always ask how I have time to do such an intricate braid. It always cracks me up because 1. it takes less than 10 minutes and it can stay in for several days 2. it's literally the only way I know how to do her hair.
There you go! Let me know how it goes if you try it!