We‘ve been learning about all things hair care as part of our role as Johnson’s Baby ambassadors this year and as part of our last workshop, we learnt a few easy hair styles. I thought it would be fun to share them with you but also add in a few more that we are learning in preparation for Meelies starting SCHOOL! These all take five minutes or under and if I can do them, so can you.
To make sure her hair is ready for styling, it gets washed with either the JOHNSON’S BABY Shiny Drops range or the No More Tangles range. These both smell lovely and leave her hair super soft and easy to manage. I try to only wash her hair once or twice a week so that it doesn’t get stripped of its natural oils too much and often find it’s much easier to style her hair on day two or three of no washing.
I’m trying to grow her hair as long as possible (probably because my mum always used to cut mine short and give me a fringe!) and it was interesting to learn during our last workshop that because she is four, her hair is called primary terminal hair. It is two to three times thicker than baby hair and can grow four times as long. She’ll have to wait until puberty before her hair moves to secondary terminal hair, which is five times thicker than baby hair and can grow seven times as long.
Anyway! Onto the hairstyles:
This is essentially just a half French plait going along the side of the head. Create a side parting and on the larger side of hair, section off a small section at the top and front of the head. Begin a French plait but only pull hair in from one side – the side closest to the parting. Once you get to the end of the parting at the top of the head, stop pulling hair in and just carry on plaiting and tie at the bottom.
This one is so, so simple but it’s a style I get asked about a lot in Instagram photos – on me and the daughter! There are two ways to do this one, and two different looks you can create. One is the classic twisted round bun – a bit like a ballerina bun. And one is a bigger and messier one – the mum bun.
The twisted bun is just a case of brushing the hair high onto the head (you can always tip your head upside down to get it super high up), twisting the hair round and round (I usually go clockwise) and then twisting it round on itself to create a bun. One it’s tied with a hairband you can start pulling at it to make it bigger and looser. This is what creates the messy effect. You can even pull the hair that’s not in the bun to create a more volumised look.
For the messy mum bun, you brush the hair high onto the top of the head again but this time go to tie a ponytail. Once you’ve tied the hairband round once, don’t pull the ponytail the whole way through. Depending on the length of the hair, cut it off about half way and tie the hairband round the hair like that. You’ll be left with the rest of the hair sticking out the bottom. Pull that hair behind the bun and tuck it into the hairband at the back of the head. Now mess the hair in the bun up and pin it with Kirbys to create the look you want. This bun can make thinner hair look much thicker. It’s like an optical illusion!
A simple twist on a plain bun. Section two small sections at the top of the head and create two small plaits. Clip these so they don’t fall apart and move to front of head. Brush the rest of the hair into a bun on the top of the head. Unclip the plaits one by one, pull towards the bun and wrap round. Secure with a Kirby grip.
Space buns seem to be very on trend at the moment, for kids and adults alike! Create a middle parting. Brush one side of the hair into a ponytail and then keep brushing it up high onto the head. Twist the hair round and round until it starts to curl round and then curl it round on itself to create a bun. The best way to ties these is with a thing elastic. Repeat on the other side. You can make them bigger by pulling out the hair a bit in the bun.
French braid ponytail
A little bit of a twist on the usual French braid. You essentially start off a French braid and then halfway through stop and tie the rest of the hair up in a ponytail. To do a French braid you start at the top of the head. Section off a small section and begin to plait. Bring a bit of hair in from each side as you go and you end up with a French plait or braid. You can wear this style super tight or loose and relaxed, like we have here.
Criss Cross pigtails
Create a middle parting. Section off two small sections at the top of the head and tie into two ponytails. Cross the ponytails over and create two new ponytails in the mid-section of the hair. Cross these over and create two final ponytails – now pigtails – at the bottom of the hair.
Little plait pigtails
This is one of our favourites! Take a small section from each side of the head (not from the top, from a couple inches down, just above the ear) and create two small plaits. Cross them over at the back of the head and brush the hair (avoiding the plaits) into low pigtails.
Pastel Rainbow ponytail
Start with a small section of hair at the top of the head and tie it into a ponytail with a pastel coloured hairband. Then move down the head taking in a section from each side and creating a new ponytail (without using all the hair up) with a new, different coloured pastel hairband. Keep going down the hair as far as you can (depending on length and thickness) and finish with a final ponytail at the bottom.
Don’t get me wrong, we have days where there is zero time and we have to stick to a rushed ponytail job, but it is fun to be able to mix it up and create something a bit different for some of the days at school. Meels gets so excited and can’t wait to show off her ‘pretty hairies’.
Johnson’s Baby put a lot of research into hair, and hair care, and make sure that every hair care product they make for our little ones cares for and nourishes their hair to the highest standard. Find out more about the ranges here.
I’ll leave you with some fun hair facts. Did you know that hair starts forming in an 8 week old fetus?! And the scalp hair pattern is set by 18 weeks! It was also super interesting to learn that 90% of the world’s inhabitants have a similar hair colour ranging from Black to dark Brown. Being a Blonde, I guess I’m in the other 10%!
*This post is in collaboration with Johnson’s Baby as part of our ambassador role and we have been compensated, but all words, thoughts and opi