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post #1 of 29
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I was thinking of posting this on the Hair Help thread, but it's kind of different. I know HOW to take care of my dd's hair (14 month old biracial af. amer/caucasian) but I do not know how to cope with my dd getting her hair done. She starts screaming the second we come near her with water or spray in conditioner. She cries so hard she throws up and does not stop until the entire process is over. It breaks my heart!!! We practice gentle discipline and respect, but do not know how to deal with this. Help, please! Will this get better?
post #2 of 29
it will get better. my dd hated getting her hair done and as time has progressed, we use it as a bonding time as has been passed down through the ages. somehow, my dd became more involved in the whole ponytail and barrette movement. so that made it easier, too. but it is hard when they get those tangles and don't want their heads to be touched. i feel them. that's probably why i wear locks to this day.
post #3 of 29
I can't remember my dd ever acting like that. I think she enjoys having her hair done- like its relaxing so that's probably why. Also her hair at 14 months was to her shoulders, but pin straight so that could be why too (easier to comb etc).


She will probably get use to it and it will get better. My dd is 3 now and tells me what styles to do her hair in every morning

P.S. my dd is biracial too
post #4 of 29
I struggle with my girls about their hair every morning and every night, it seems.

They don't like to get theirs done either.

For my 4 year old, I just cut her hair short and put stuff in it before school. For my 6 year old, it's an ongoing process.

I have, though, reeeeaaally been working on braiding without pulling hair. And that helps us a little.
post #5 of 29

I have to admit I'm jealous

of those of you with DDs

I would have loved to have a little girl so I could have fixed her hair with barrettes, etc. My oldest ds has the perfect hair for that.

Maybe I should have anyway. All my boys were constantly mistaken for little girls.

We've been through the "hair struggles" too but now the kids are old enough to comb their own.
post #6 of 29
My DD, now 6 has always been a problem. When she was younger she'd either go outside with jacked up hair, or I'd do her hair while she was sleeping. There were several occassions where my DH took her to his family members homes and had to explain that she wouldn't let me do her hair .


You might try when she's sleeping. Another trick is to give her her favorite snack or let her watch her favorite show, if she has one.
post #7 of 29

doll suggestion, timer, hair song,

i am sorry, i have a neice who was super super "tender headed." the whole family couldnt wait until she was old enuf to detangle her own hair.

maybe you could

let her comb her dolls hair while you are doing hers

put a kitchen timer out, say i will do your hair for 3 minutes, when the bell rings you can get up...then when the bell rings, let her go... no matter what her head looks like, gradually increase the time...

make up a hair song, explaining the process, so she can anticipate the end of the ritual. be consistent in the melody.

bribe her, give her a treat for each braid you complete...

make sure to take her to the mirror when you are done and compliment her on her beautiful hair.

i dunno. .. just some thots
post #8 of 29
At 5, my oldest daughter has always had issues with getting her hair done, and I won't lie, it's stressful to me sometimes. What has helped was to get her products that are made for her hair so that we have less struggles combing her hair -- the source of her issue with getting it done. We use Curly Q products along with A LOT of different detangling sprays. Also, a wide tooth comb is KEY, absolutely essential. We keep things simple by doing 1 or 2 ponytails and it definitely helps that she loves the way her hair looks afterwards (and I'm not even that great with styling, it's just one braid).

Good luck and I hope things get better with your daughter soon.
post #9 of 29
It goes against all I stand for but my DD has been more cooperative lately now that she thinks she looks "pretty" with her hair done. Barrettes and ponies make the whole process more attractive to her. We still have fights over it where she takes the comb and tries to hide it but it's slowly getting better.

Like FroNuff we use lots of spray on wet hair so the tangles are less painful for all of us to get out. Good luck!
post #10 of 29
LOL your 14 month old sounds like mine.
I don't even try to comb her hair dry, I wash, and use a wide tooth comb in the bath, get her out put on her diaper and add some of whatever product/oil I want to use, and then mostly it's simple box plaits using these at the root to keep them neat, and a small barrett at the ends.
Plaiting her hair is drama, she'll scream her head off, and she's loud one neighbor (we live in a town house) gave us funky looks one Sat after I combed her hair, so you get the idea, lol.
I just turn on noggin (sp) and give her a TON of toys, bribery at it's best I have toys that she gets only when I'm doing hair, and if it gets bad daddy can hold her and dance, I try to finish up while dancing along, lol

It will get better, surprisingly you'll find she will hold still for others rather than you, so a MIL or friend who is willing to help braid every once in a while would be great.
post #11 of 29
I cried and screamed when my mom did my hair until... Well until I started doing it myself. I was very tender-headed as a little girl. Anyway, ds2's hair constantly tangles into itself. I tend to just keep it short but when I have it longer I have steps I follow.

In the bath, wash AND condition. If your dd is crying that hard about getting her hair brushed, she needs more than a classic 2-in-1 kids' shampoo. I wash with the 2-in-1 and then I rub in a LOT of conditioner and comb the hair with a very wide tooth comb, the widest tooth I can find. I let that sit while bathtime goes on. At the end of the bath I rinse out the conditioner. After drying off I rub in more conditioner and comb it through. The drying off is important too, pat the hair dry to get most of the water out, don't rub. If you then have to do your dd's hair later or the next morning having done all this will make her hair easier to comb.

When not in the bath, remember to use a lot of water, comb from the ends (start at the ends and work your way up), and use conditioner from a bottle. Leave in conditioner that you spray in isn't very moisturizing. Use the kind that you'd put in your hair after you shampoo.
post #12 of 29
I found a great book at the library yesterday...just happened to see it sitting on the shelf and thought this might be helpful for you and your daughter's hair issues...Its called, "I love my hair" Check it out!
post #13 of 29
I distract her with a sippy cup and her favorite cartoon. and then I gently proceed to do her hair.
post #14 of 29
I'm going to have to ditto the TV or sleeping suggestions- it's the only way I could do DDs hair when she was little.
post #15 of 29
I'm a special needs mama so I'm gonna have to ask if your DD has sensory issues. Maybe her head is a lot more tender than you think or maybe the sensation of water on her face is more than she can take. I was like that as a child and I thought I was just weird. Now that I have a kid with sensory issues I realize where he got them

Your kid doesn't have to be developmentally behind to have sensory issues and it doesn't mean something is WRONG with your child. It just means they process their senses in different ways.


post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by FroNuff View Post
What has helped was to get her products that are made for her hair so that we have less struggles combing her hair -- the source of her issue with getting it done. We use Curly Q products....
Must second the Curly Q products! We use the conditioner and milkshake and they have made it soooo much easier! DD is only 18 months, and she LOVES it when I do her hair. Every morning, I get "Haih-bow's, Haih-bow's Mommy?" and while she moves, it's because she's looking around, there is no pain involved. They're reasonably priced compared to something you would buy in a salon, and the effect is priceless!
post #17 of 29
We have been doing the Curly Q's too. I used up the sample pack I got and re ordered some 32 oz bottles of the shampoo and conditioner and some more spray. I love how you earn points and can use it to discount your next purchase AND with every order you can request up to 3 samples of some of their products.
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by LaffNowCryLater View Post
We have been doing the Curly Q's too. I used up the sample pack I got and re ordered some 32 oz bottles of the shampoo and conditioner and some more spray. I love how you earn points and can use it to discount your next purchase AND with every order you can request up to 3 samples of some of their products.
Hmm, I knew about the points, but not about the samples. I'll have to remember that!
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by MamaEli View Post
Hmm, I knew about the points, but not about the samples. I'll have to remember that!

Just add it in the comments section when you place the order.
post #20 of 29
Ooohh! I'm going to have to check out the curlyQ stuff. Ds has a very tender head and hates, hates, hates to have it combed. It gets bad and then I have to cut it. He screams if we come near him with a comb. He does like the spray bottle though. We live in Oregon and he loves the rain, so I hold it up over his head and say "It's raining!"
Neither dh or I really like the way he looks with his hair cut really short. We'd really like to do locs-he'd be so cute! But we can't handle the stress of getting his hair long enough for locs. Oh well. He's only 3, so my hope is that when he gets older and can help more, he'll want to.
Ds3 on the other hand, still has very soft, large curls. It's a breeze to take care of!
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