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Trying to Do a Toddler's Hair is Like Wrestling an Alligator

By Danielle |

I have been fortunate enough to have a lot of firsts with my daughter.

First girl in our family.
First toddler breastfeeding.
First granddaughter.

But nothing compares to the fact that she is the first child that I’ve refused to cut her hair. By 14 months, almost 15 months old, both of our sons had already had their first hair cuts. With her I have no desire to cut her hair.

But lately as her hair gets longer and longer, and she is more aware of the hair clips and accessories I am putting into her hair… it is becoming damn near impossible to get her hair to look acceptable.

First the hair clips worked to keep the hair out of her eyes. Until she learned how to rip them out of her hair.
Then came her little ponytail on the top of her head which did the job for a good two months.
But then her hair just got too long for the one pony tail on the top of her head and it started becoming unruly.

Today I got into the playpen with Addison so she was contained, and couldn’t try and run away. I took out her new brush and some fancy soft hair ties and did my best to widdle together pig tails.

Through the entire process I decided that people are right by saying little boys are so much easier to deal with. I also decided that attempting to do a toddler’s hair in any kind of fancy Pinterest type design is impossible.

Trying to make my toddler’s hair presentable is like trying to wrestle an alligator!


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3 thoughts on “Trying to Do a Toddler's Hair is Like Wrestling an Alligator

  1. Jennifer says:

    When Cady was that size I would put a towel in the sink, sit her on top of it, and give her something to play with. It kept her occupied long enough for me to work on her hair. Also, try the goodie no slip ponytail holders. They make them in a variety of sizes and they are harder for her to pull out.

  2. neal says:

    I’ve been on my wife’s case for a while now to let me cut our 2-year-old daughter’s hair, and give he a cute little Audrey Hepburn pixie cut. My wife really wants it to grow longer, but you’re absolutely right about how hard it is to make it look nice. Addison (that’s our daughter’s name too!) has even started to look at it as a sort of proud achievement: when I draw pictures of the members of our family, I ask what kind of hair I should give everybody.
    For Gramps “just a yittle.”
    For me: “Piky hair.”
    For mama: “Soft hair.”
    For herself: “Crazy hair.”
    She loves her crazy hair.

  3. sunnidaze says:

    My baby’s hair was great. Would hold a ponytail or whatever. I guess it depends on the hair.

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