With the new school term recently having started, it’s time to think about how best to look after, maintain and style the children’s hair for school. Bathtime Buddies kindly sent me a bundle of goodies for the children to use and get us thinking about haircare.
My children were very excited when they saw their goodies, Miss M absolutely loved her Disney princess towel and they were both eager for bathtime that evening. I do think one of the important things with children is that they enjoy what they are doing and are motivated so by using appealing items and products in the bath it really helps.
Miss M has very thick, unruly curls that turn into matted tangles very easily. Washing her hair is a bit of a challenge trying to tease them out by endlessly combing through using a tangle teasing brush. Seeing the Disney Ariel shampoo and detangler that had arrived meant that she was in a good mood for hair washing that evening which is always a good start.
The shampoos from Bathtime Buddies smell lovely and come in an easy to use squeezy bottle. The children love squirting a blob out themselves into their hand and rubbing it into their hair. Mister B’s hair is very short so it’s simply wash and go for him, no styling required. When it’s a bit longer he does like to spike it up in the bath but he had it cut short a few weeks ago ready for back to school!
Miss M loves to wash her hair herself which I think is a great although I do have to do an extra condition and comb through to tease out those unruly tangles. Due to her curls we are unable to brush her hair when dry so it’s hard to get her to style her own hair, its also a challenge trying to tie it up as hairbands don’t glide easily over her curls.
We’ve found for school the best styles are tied up, preferable in plaits. If I’m short of time we do stick to a basic ponytail which is quick and lets her curls tumble down but becomes quite tangled at the end of the day. Plaits are definitely the best way to keep hair tangle free and also keeps the hair a bit cleaner for longer. We have several variations of plaits that we use from one bit chunky plait, to two separate plaits, one each side of the head.
Miss M also likes her hair in one ponytail and then split that into two to create two plaits from one starting point but her current favourite style is fishtail plaits where you braid a smaller piece of hair across the plait each time rather than a whole section as shown below.
My top tip for school haircare is to plait the hair when damp the night before. You can then get away with leaving them in the morning and go straight to school or if you want a quick tidy up, they are easy to undo and quickly replait rather than having to drag the brush through and detangle again, not an easy job with Miss M’s curls!
If you want to find out more about back to school haircare and ideas then Bathtime Buddies are holding a “Back to School Haircare” twitter party on Thursday 18th September at 1pm!! Make sure you are following them on twitter @bathtimebuddies
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received some Bathtime Buddies products in order to write the review.