Detangling Hair

If you have little girls with long hair, you understand the constant battle I am in to keep that hair free of tangles. Lydia is growing her hair out to donate. She needs ten inches which she has, but she also doesn't want to cut her hair above her shoulders. We are almost there, just one inch to go. Her hair is about at the middle of her back, and if we don't stay on top of it, her head quickly becomes a jungle.

Vivian's hair isn't nearly as long or as thick, but she is two. Her hair is constantly getting tangled by her pulling at her hair bands and twisting her hair. Between the two of them we deal with a lot of tangles. Here are some tips that have helped us a lot.

1. Detangler
Use it generously. You can buy it, but a much more economical solution is to make your own. I picked this tip up over at Frugal Upstate some time ago. Simply take some of the cheapest conditioner you can find. Put some in the bottom of a spray bottle and fill the bottle with water. Shake it to mix together.

I use detangler pretty much every time I comb their hair. It is also a great quick fix when the toddler has yet again gotten her lunch in her hair, and we don't have time for a bath.

2. A wide toothed comb.
Always comb the hair out first with a wide toothed comb. Start at the bottom and work your way up.

3. Keep it up.
Keeping their hair in a pony tail, pigtails or a sloppy bun while they play helps keep the tangles away.

4. Keep it trimmed.
Dry or split ends tend to get into more tangles.

Little girls and long hair don't have to be a nightmare combination. Keeping it combed out regularly and using the tips above can help you keep their long hair pretty and manageable.

The photo is from Easter. Their hair was rag rolled.

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