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#1 cherubcheeks

Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:26 PM

Hi all

I am going mad trying to keep my DD's hair looking tidy all day.

She has quite fine hair, so it easily slips out of hair ties.   If she goes off to school with a pony, by the time I pick her up, half her hair is falling down around her face.

Any tips or styles to keep her hair looking tidy for the day?


#2 ComradeBob

Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:30 PM

DD's school has  hairbands in the school uniform fabric with elastic at the bottom. I've found this really useful in keeping DDs hair looking at least semi neat when it's in bunches or plaits. If your school doesn't run to that, a plain black lycra one would work just as well.

#3 MyButterflyGirls

Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:31 PM

My DD's hair is exactly the same - looks messy almost as soon as I've finished doing it.  wacko.gif

She's starting school next year so I'll be watching to see if anyone has any neat tricks (pardon the pun Tounge1.gif).

The only things that sort of work for us are doing a half-up half-down and then pulling that back into a pony (even doing this three times IYKWIM) and also putting it up while wet and then lots of hairspray! We do this for ballet but not usually day-to-day.

#4 sparkles30

Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:36 PM

If she doesn't have a fringe, try this: I grab the front middle section, pull it to one side and do a small plait, tied with one of those tiny coloured rubber band type hair ties. Then I pull it all back into a pony, including the plait which is to one side.

If I just do a pony without the plait, all the front tends to fall out around her face. And if the pony does fall out, at least the hair is not completely in her face as the plait stays in thanks to the tiny bands.

#5 my serenity

Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:43 PM

My daughters is the same I part the top half of hair into two pony tails on top of her head. Using the little snagless hairties from cheapie shops Plait each then make a pony tail put of bottom half of hair adding plaits into ponytail at back  keeps it pretty tidy

#6 Jjbeanz

Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:44 PM

Use those really small elastics ( the size of a 10 cent coin ), they hold fine hair good and then you just cut it out if you can't slide it off each night as they are really cheap and are only used once

#7 FeralBee

Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:54 PM

I have very fine hair as well, it can be really hard. Nowadays I keep my hair short so that I don't have to do much with it!
If that's not an option for your daughter (I know I wanted long hair at that age) then pigtail plaits work heaps better for me than pony tails.
Elastics without the metal join have been great for me, since my hair would always wrap itself around the metal part and get stuck in it.
Headbands are good, but I know when I was younger they gave me headaches, so soft fabric headbands that are the right size were the only ones I could really wear.
These types of hair clips also seem to work really well in my hair: http://www.diva.net.au/shop/hair/set-of-6-...hair-clips.html
Hope that helps!

#8 Julie3Girls

Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:03 PM

Pigtail plaits, with the elastics without any metal in it (small size).
Light spray of hairspray can help too (and is says to be a nit prevention technique as well)

#9 mamma2miracles

Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:12 PM

hairclips or bobby pins as well as the hair band.

#10 Funwith3

Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:42 PM

Hair spray!! Also, if she can get away with it, don't wash it as often.

#11 kez71

Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:33 PM

I have fine hair. As a kid I would wear it in ponytail or plait (sometimes one sometimes 2)  mum bought me the bobble elastics so you only have to wrap the elastic around and then slip one ball over the other. I could fix it myself when i needed to or get one of my friends to do it (everyone wanted to be a hairdresser back then..lol) These days I still wear a ponytail and use the rubberised bobbypins for the sides.

#12 rob6712col

Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:02 PM

DD3 has fine hair and I use all the techniques the others do but my main one is gel. Pull it back into a pony with lots of gel on top, good for nit protection and keeps it in place all day

#13 knittingkitten

Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:44 PM

Headbands and plaits. Also since we starting using a little bit of conditioner in her hair after washing, it's been a bit tidier.

#14 katrina24

Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:52 PM

One of my DDs has fine hair. Three styles are never fail for her:

Split with a centre part and two braids (fairly tight)

The fripont middle section (fringe plus a bit extra) in a little tail or plait with a tiny band and then sweep that tail into one pig tail (with a second pigtail on the other side)

Centre part with two little pigtails on top. Catch these pigtails in a second row of pigtails below and finish with the rest of the hair in a final row of pigtails.

#15 Charlie & Lola

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:07 PM

My daughter also has very fine hair that looks ratty 5 minutes after doing it UNLESS I do as follows:

I ALWAYS do her hair when it's damp - if dry it's too flyaway. You need to use the tiny elastics similar to braces elastics. You can buy them in bags of 100 at most $2 type shops. If her hair is washed the night before plait it before bedtime. In the morning take out the plait and use a water spray bottle with some conditioner in it to dampen the hair before brushing.

For the school hair do - if she has wispy shorter hair at the front then do one smaller pony at the front (I usually side part a small section at the front and do a very small pony on one side) then a larger pony tail or pig tails at the back or sides. I always plait her pony or pig tails too. Put a regular coloured hair tie and/or ribbon over the smaller elastic one. Once done spray all over with hairspray. The plaiting and hair spraying also helps prevent lice.

It is worth investing in a good boar bristle brush that has the bristles very close together.

Edited by Charlie & Lola, 19 November 2012 - 09:10 PM.

#16 Charlie & Lola

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:07 PM


Edited by Charlie & Lola, 19 November 2012 - 09:08 PM.

#17 Flaxen

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:19 PM

My young DD has flyaway fine hair thats always getting in her eyes.
I use a spray bottle with water to dampen as i brush it into pigtails or braids.
Hairspray if its going to be a long day or gel if swimming.

#18 ceeshell

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:27 PM

I do two braids, one on each side of her head and then work them into either a single plait or two pig tail plaits. I also dampen her hair before doing it each morning.

If I just pull it back into a pony she looks like a wild woman's dream by day's end.

#19 butterflydreaming

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:37 PM

I have baby fine hair and use most of the tricks already mentioned here.

- always do hair when still damp and after conditioning.
- I still do the centre part and pigtail plaits for a long day out.
- hair spray and bobby pins to help keep in place
- plait for bedtime and wash hair every morning

#20 twinboys

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:40 PM

Easiest way to do a budge proof ponytail is to use.
Look up on Youtube how to do a ponytail with a rubberband - size 14 or 16 bought in bags at a stationary place, and two good quality bobby pinThe bobby pins are both on the band and one is pushed into the hair and then band is stretched around the ponytail and second pin placed in.
This is how I do hair and you get a tight non slip or snagged ponytail

#21 kay11

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:42 PM

My mum's method in dealing with my hair was to cut it short.. As long as you and your daughter don't mind all the comments about your 'son' I guess it's an option..  ph34r.gif  Not quite scarred for life on that one..

#22 Lazycow

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:51 PM

I usually do DD8s  hair in French plait, and then a quick squirt of hairspray. If she's having a particularly bad flyaway day I do a centre parting  and do 2 French plaits.

If I haven't got time to do the plaits I do I do plaited pigtails.

#23 Bluenomi

Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:05 AM

QUOTE (kay11 @ 19/11/2012, 10:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My mum's method in dealing with my hair was to cut it short.. As long as you and your daughter don't mind all the comments about your 'son' I guess it's an option..  ph34r.gif  Not quite scarred for life on that one..

That's what my parents did to me. I had (and still have) very fine soft hair and it would turn into a bird's nest if it was longer than a few inches. So I had a boy's haircut for years. No life long scarring here  biggrin.gif

Thank goodness DD's isn't quite as fine, her's will sort of stay in an elastic.

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