Loud ‘n’ Proud: Little hairdresser

Now this is a post I thought I’d never write because, to be honest, for a long time I found it quite irritating. There was my daughter sat up the corner of the settee, constantly pulling at her hair while watching YouTube videos – brushing it, plaiting it, adding grips and nets, insisting on certain types of bands. She would do it over and over again. And all I could think was that she would break her hair (it’s very long and those end bits must be five or six years old) or that she would make it greasy.

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When I had a daughter, after the initial euphoria of pink stuff and general girliness, I was hit by a terrible thought. I WOULD HAVE TO DO HER HAIR. I would have to do bunches that were even and plaits that didn’t fall out, with a parting that was straight and neat. It was OK, I reassured myself. I had a few years to practice before she started school. Because it doesn’t really matter what their hair looks like before then, does it?

She didn’t have a lot of hair and we just about squeezed a couple of tiny bunches out of it by her second birthday. It was only really when she was 3 that it started to grow. And grow and grow. She has actually never had it cut, only trimmed by Daddy, and it is down to her bum. Before she started school, she mainly had it in an alice band, with Mummy’s really bad bunches from time to time.

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As soon as she started school, she had opinions on her hair. A girl in her class had a plait from a ponytail, not just one straight down her back. Could she have that? So she had ordinary plaits and ‘bunchy plaits’ and ‘ponytail plaits’ and they were all pretty rubbish. I just couldn’t pull them tight enough or make them neat enough.

When she was 7, she discovered YouTube hair videos, and my job was done. Because she could do her hair so much better than me. She mastered my basic styles in no time – her plaits were so much tighter and so much neater and they were always still in at the end of the school day. Then she moved onto more complex styles – fishtails, French plaits and special plaits going round her head into a bun.

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It might have irritated me slightly watching her pulling at her hair, but I had to admit she was good! Her hard work and persistence really paid off. She worked fast too – she would think nothing of two fishtails for school. Two fishtails?! It all seemed like a bit too much hard work to me, but she’s not me. She’s her own person and her appearance matters to her more than mine matters to me.

Everywhere she goes, people comment on her lovely hair and ask the same thing: ‘Who did your hair, Mummy?’.

No, not Mummy. Mummy doesn’t have the first idea how to do a fishtail or a clever little plait thing round the head into a bun. People can’t believe that an 8 year old girl can do such amazing styles.

I’m actually quite proud of her.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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26 Comments

  1. Blimey that brilliant at aged 7, especially fishtail plaits…and two of them! I don’t think I could do stuff like this till I was 12!

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    • Thanks very much 🙂 I’ve never been able to do any of this stuff! Used to be able to do a French plait, but can’t remember how any more!

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  2. I was having a conversation yesterday about how now I have a girl I am going to have to learn to do her hair as I am useless at hair and so not girly at all. My friend has a 7 yr old and just had to learn to give her a 5 strand plait lol. Love that your daughter has learned to do her hair herself, that’s amazing! Yay for youtube! Xx

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    • I’m not girly either! At least you’ve got until your daughter starts school to get it right! YouTube is amazing, whether you’re learning yourself or she is learning!

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  3. And so you should be proud! My middle daughter is the same, very conscious of her appearance and make sure that her hair is looking the best every day. She stopped allowing me to do her hair at about 10 because she always moaned that I didn’t do it well enough. That was it for me! She now does the prettiest hairstyles and uses You Tube too. But then she is 13. Your daughter has obviously mastered it very well!

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    • Thanks very much, she certainly has! Nobody can ever believe she does it herself, but they would believe it if they saw how bad I am!

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  4. her hair looks amazing my little one is 3 and at nursery her hair is now waist length , but she has her own style I would love to try new styles but she only likes two plaits with a ribbon at each end for school or lose at home with maybe some times letting me put the front up at the side . She does however love ribbons of all colours and fancy , pretty clips and bobbles at the minuit it has to be all christmasy . I am going to show her your little ones hair and see if she will let me try them.

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    • That’s lovely – I bet your daughter’s hair looks beautiful in ribbons! I’m amazed she has waist length hair at only 3! My daughter was a late starter with growing her hair – at 3 hers was only shoulder length, even though she’d never had it cut (she’s still never had it cut!).

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  5. Sarah, her hair always looks stunning. You must be so proud of how immaculately presented she always is. Such a credit to you & OH.

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    • Thank you very much! Such a lovely thing to say 🙂 She really is a credit to us, but the obsession with her hair is definitely all her own doing!

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  6. Oh I’m so impressed! I wish I could do that too … on my little girl’s hair though, not mine. I only know how to do pony-tails and simple plaits. My T is only 4 and also likes her hair long. We cut it short over the summer because she kept eating her hair! It’s growing again now and we keep warning her not to eat her hair again or else, she won’t have long hair. I think it’s working! 😉 #loudnproud.

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    • Eating her hair?! Wow, that must have been frustrating, glad she’s grown out of it.

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  7. So impressed Sarah! Never had to deal with this one – I would have been as flummoxed as you at the start – so, well done your daughter with her hair styling. Actually it looks quite sculptural and have always been so impressed at the imagination and skill it takes to create these designs behind their heads by such young fingers when they can’t even see what they’re doing!! Jo xx

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    • Thanks very much! It is hard for her because it’s so long and there will sometimes be a little fault in her plaits simply because she’s having to stretch so far and can’t see what she’s doing! x

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    • Thanks very much, I think you’re right! She really is a very determined little girl!

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  8. Wow, she’s brilliant! Maybe she should (*opens can of worms*) have her own YouTube channel….!!!! What lovely hair and what a clever and pretty daughter. Mine are all boys so it’s all about trips to the barber’s for me. Adding hair-plaiting into our morning “routine” would break me, I think! x

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    • It nearly broke me at one time! I’d think we were all ready to go out the door and then a little voice would say, ‘You forgot to do my hair!’. Someone has mentioned YouTube to me before. My daughter would love it, but I’m not so sure! x

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  9. I’m so jealous! If only my daughter would do that (make note – encourage her to sit on You Tube!) No i’m not out of my mind, but i’ve never mastered how to do french plaits and I’d love to do them for her. Trouble is, she has a pesky double crown that makes it v hard for her hair to style well, poor love. Your daughter’s a total whizz! I see a glittering career ahead of her (in a few years time!) vlogging on hair dos!

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    • Ooh, a double crown sounds challenging! We’re lucky that my daughter’s hair is quite fine and very easy to style (she moans that mine is too bushy!). She’d love to vlog her hairstyles! Maybe one day…

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  10. I was terrible at all the plaits and stuff too! Betsy loves those youtube vids as well!

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    • They’re brilliant! Take the pressure right off the mums! 🙂

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    • They’re brilliant, well worth a watch! 🙂

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  11. Wow Sarah, those are seriously impressive hair styles! I would never be able to do them 😉 Well done to your girl!

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    • Thanks very much, nor can I! She is brilliant 🙂

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