Hooray for the holidays! Fancy parties, time with family and loved ones and an excuse to get a little more gussied up than usual. If you search for holiday hairstyles for little girls you’re going to find some gorgeous options …for little girls with lots of long thick hair. But what if you have a little girl with fine short hair, or thick curly hair? Milkmaid braids and fishtails are beautiful, but what about shorter hair? My oldest has the most amazing head of perfect blonde ringlets, but every once in awhile she wishes for long straight hair that can be tied up, braided and twirled into fantastic styles.
Necessity is the mother of invention, so when it comes to tying up, braiding and twirling Addie’s curls into fantastic styles? I have to be a little more creative and a lot more resourceful to find styles that work with her hair.
Consider the following a holiday hair guide for the rest of us. The rest of us with so-so braiding skills, very little patience, or hard to style hair. There’s no reason our little girls shouldn’t be able to have fancy hair for the holidays. Rather than relying on long hair (something we don’t have) we rely on easy styles with simple embellishments anyone with desire and a hot glue gun can make and tailor to their own needs.
In many cases, little girls’ hair is so much softer and finer than grown up hair, it hasn’t been damaged by years of heat styling and chemicals. Here’s the hair I have to work with, in all its freshly combed, fluffy, morning bedhead glory:
We picked up a few things at the store to put together some fun holiday embellishments, we could have gone crazy with holiday peacocks, Santa hats and tiny little wrapped presents sticking out of ponytails, but we decided to keep it simple (I still have my eye on a certain peacock ornament.) Head to the holiday section of any craft store and see what inspires you. Here’s what we purchased:
- 3 plastic headbands -$3
- Bag of little satin roses – $3.50
- Thin red, gold and green ribbon – $1 each
- Thick red satin ribbon – $2
- 4 candy cane shaped ornaments – $2
- Glittery snowflake ornament (with 3 snowflakes) – $1.50
- What we already had – Hair ties, bobby pins, plastic sewing needle, tail comb, spray bottle and a hot glue gun.
All together we embellished two headbands, made three clips and found a handful of ways to weave, twirl and wrap the ribbons through Addie’s medium length curly hair. I should mention that I am not crafty, at all. I’m still surprised I even own a hot glue gun. We simply played around to see what worked and what didn’t. I’m certainly no hairstylist, I have basic french braid skills at best (learned by trial and SO MANY ERRORS.) There are HUNDREDS of hair tutorials available for little girls, but I’ve never invested much time in them since I don’t have the same head of hair in my house that is in most of the videos and tutorials. Instead I focus on nurturing, manipulating and enhancing curls, something I’ve become very good at over the years. My favorite site for hair-spiration is Cute Girls Hairstyles, I dare you not to get lost in her tutorials. Once you find a hairstyle you like (as well as one you can do) here are a few ideas for making it even fancier.
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It was really just trial and error to see what worked and what didn’t. Addie thankfully had all the patience in the world and was super excited to try new things (“ARE YOU SEWING MY HAIR MOM?” Yes, yes I am.) Hopefully you can find some inspiration for the hair you have growing in your house. We don’t all have long and thick hair like so many hair blogs would have you believe, it’s all about working with and enhancing what you do have.
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