Hairwash party

One of the highlights of my week is washing my daughter’s hair. Because we sing in the bathroom and nobody tells us to shutup. They wouldn’t dare, because nobody else wants the hassle of washing her hair.

My daughter’s hair has never been properly cut, only trimmed by Daddy. It comes almost down to her bum. It only needs washing once a week. She has a bath, then stands up in the bath while I wash and condition her hair (she can’t sit or kneel because it would drag in the dirty soapy water).

She’s come a long way from the screaming toddler we watched on our old videos and doesn’t make any fuss about water or shampoo going in her eyes. But when I’ve finished rinsing, she says ‘eyes, eyes, eyes’ and I giveher  the towel to wipe them. ‘Eyes, eyes, eyes’ is a line from the Usher track DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love which was the very first dance routine I learned at my dance class It had a very literal move for the ‘eyes, eyes, eyes’ line.

So to brighten up the hairwashes, we started putting Usher on at full volume and singing and dancing in the bathroom as we washed her hair. Then we started putting other songs on too. The only rule is ‘a surprise that I like’.

So every week I am scrolling through my phone to look for a surprise song that she likes. This is what’s on her eclectic list of choices:

  • Katy Perry – California Gurls
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
  • Usher – DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love (of course!)
  • Rizzle Kicks – Down With the Trumpets
  • Katy Perry – Firework
  • Take That – The Flood
  • Glee cast (because I haven’t got the proper version) – Forget You
  • Katy Perry – Hot N Cold (yes, she really likes Katy Perry)
  • Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’
  • House of Pain – Jump Around
  • Katy Perry – Last Friday Night
  • Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do the Hump
  • Coldplay – Paradise
  • LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
  • Jessie J – Price Tag
  • LMFAO – Sexy and I Know It
  • Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band – Sing
  • Adele – Someone Like You
  • Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
  • Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
  • Little Mix – Wings
  • Tinie Tempah – Written In the Stars
Good tip for parents there – if you’re worried about inappropriate language, download tracks from Now albums

There are few things make me happier than seeing her singing and dancing in the bath. It’s surprising the moves she can bust in deep water on a slippy surface… If we’ve learned a routine to any of the songs in dance classs, or it’s on one of the Just Dance Wii games, she will do the exact routine (how does she remember them?!). And if there’s no routine, she will just freestyle. Sometimes I do wonder if I should tell her to stop, because it’s not the safest thing in the world, but she has so much fun it would be a shame.

Most hairwashes end with a very rousing (out of tune, excessively loud) version of Firework sung by the two of us. If you’ve never tried hairwashing to music, I would definitely recommend giving it a go.

Now keep your fingers crossed for me that the next post I write isn’t an A&E one…

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Ha ha, I so wanted to see a pic of her ‘busting her moves’ bur your description gave me a great mental image anyway! No wonder the boys stay away lol!

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  2. She has very good taste in music. Apparently the Now series are worth a lot of money for the originals too :O)

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  3. This is fab! when i was younger my hair was the same length and mine was washed once a week on a Sunday, although we never sang! i may have to try this one!

    Thanks for linking up with #magicmoments xx

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  4. I always get the urge to sing in the shower (think everyone does!) but I never do on account of the shared bathroom!

    Fab choice of music.

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  5. Thanks very much, everyone! You know I wouldn’t include a pic of her busting her moves in the bath, Suzanne! I’d love to video her though – for personal use only!
    We don’t actually have any of the Now CDs, Pinkoddy – I just download individual traks we like.
    Hope you get to sing in the shower soon, MG!
    It’s a pleasure to link up as ever, Jaime. Thanks! x

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  6. ahhh x I love it 😉 I love a good sing song with my little girl too – nothing cheers me up more than watching her dance and try to sing along! It’s so cute! Good tip re the Now albums too – will remember that one :))) x

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  7. Singing id the best therapy ever! I’m a huge fan of Firework too but can’t barely sing a single note in tune.

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  8. I can’t either, FFHM, but that doesn’t stop me from going for it! My daughter is the only person I’m brave enough to sing outloud in front of.
    Good to know that singing and dancing starts early, Wally Mummy! You’ll be grateful for that Now tip in a couple of years 😉
    Thank you both for your comments, really appreciate them.

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  9. Oh this is brilliant – what an image of you both bopping away, and distracting her from the hair wash! May have to try it with my daughter xx

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  10. I love her taste in music. Those are all the songs I love to sing out loud in the car so I can definitely understand how it makes hair washing fun!! Brilliant idea too!

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  11. I think the world needs more crazy, out of tune singing. Don’t tell anyone but I sing in the woods when I’m walking the dogs – makes me feel great and they don’t tell me to shut up either 🙂

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  12. I love this! Just ran it by my 6 year old and she loved the idea too, so we’re going to give it a try for our next hairwashing session 🙂

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  13. Thanks very much, ladies. I can highly recommend it! Let me know how you get on with it, Franglaise Mummy! Love the image of you walking through the woods singing, Lesley 🙂 We all need to let go and not worry what people think of us sometimes!

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  14. Well I can’t say I am totally in agreement with the song choices, but like the NOW album tip – no profanities – good news.

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  15. The song choices are probably a little bit girly and poppy for some tastes, but the Now tip is a good one! Thanks very much for commenting 🙂

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