Fresh hair for the Mars.

marsMy Marley Mae Apple is 6 years old now. She is sharp, bossy, imaginative, creative, and thoughtful. She wants to be an evolutionary biologist when when grows up, but also a restauranteur owner and hair dresser and an orphanage director and mother of 15. I think she would do great at any of those things, but I keep stressin to her that you have to be a really good listener to be a hairstylist.

Anyhow, she has been experimenting with hairstyling on herself a lot lately. I let her use my hair kit because she is finally old enough to return things to where she got them and keep things semi-organized. 6 is a magical age. Here are her recent hair creations.


Perfect little lady pony haircut.

marsycutMars is growing out her hair. Her white blonde, spider-webby hair. I don’t argue with her, but I occasionally insist on trimming her up. Recently, she needed a good shaping. Here is how I did it.

Without taking length off, I reshaped her hair using 2 simple ponytails .It turned out swingy, sophisticated, and perfecto.

First ponytail was all the hair, brushed tightly and secured in the middle of the crown of the head. I combed the pony straight out to 90degrees and cut 3 inches off the ends.

Next pony was the whole front section of the hair from behind each ear across the top of the head. I secured a tight ponytail exactly where her horn would be if she was a unicorn ( which she basically is) and held the ponytail straight out at 90degrees from the head and cut 2 inches off the ends. BOOM! for more DIY ponytail cuts, check out this post.


#DIYhair Friday!….The Midnight twist and the Bug catcher bun.

This is a post about my daughter Marley (and her hair.)

She is a bright and energetic 6 year old girl who has a big imagination and boundless questions about life. She is putting together the puzzle pieces of growing up in a curious and genius way.

She rarely takes no for an answer, and likes to get to the bottom of understanding the world around her every chance she gets. That is why, when Nikki and I were having a whiskey and grand schemin’ night last month, Marley couldn’t bare to stay in bed and miss out on the conversation.

Now, I don’t usually let my kids stay up late ( Night time is golden kid free time.) But a chance to hang with my 2 favorite Aries girls is once in a blue moon, so we made her some tea and let her hang. I happen to have many wonderful Aries women in my life including my sister, my daughter, Nikki, Amy, and Sage.

IMG_3462So midnight struck, and Marley was in that delirious zone of tiredness where she was absolutely sparkling and hysterically funny. It seemed the perfect time to play with her hair. And so, the Midnight Twist was born. IMG_3448




A couple days later, she dedicated her life to finding and rescuing bugs. It was a warm Sunday afternoon and her hair was falling all over her eyes and sticking to her sweaty neck. Next came the Bug-catcher bun, naturally.IMG_3766

It kept her hair out of her eyes for the rest of the day so that she could focus on bug rescue and relocation (emergency caterpillar habitats.)

Here are 2 perfect hairstyle tutorials for you to try out on your awesome daughter, or yourself. marley’s hair is shoulder length so these hairstyles are great for medium length hair.

The Midnight Twist

midnight twists!. Start by making a center part down the back of the head.

2. Take all the hair from one side, and twist it towards the other side.

3. Bring the twist across and hold it against the head.

4. With the other hand, twist the other side across, overlapping your first twist.

5. Tuck the end of your second twist under the base of the first one, and pin it into place.

6. Tuck the ends of your first twist into the base of the second.

7. Pin it into place.

This hairstyle is meant to be low and loose, so let it be imperfect!

The Bug-catcher bun

marsy1. Section off both sides from the top of the head to behind each ear.

2. Split the rest of the hair down the center of the head, into two sections.

3. Twist the 2 sections around each other, making one long twist.

4. Wrap the twist into a tight bun at the base of the neck.

5. Pin the bun into place.

6. Take one of the side sections, and braid it into a tight braid.

7. Wrap the ends of the braid halfway around the top of the bun, and pin it discreetly.

8. Repeat on the other side.

Two more great kid hairstyles to add to your bag of summer hair tricks!

#DIYhair Friday! HBD braids

happy bMy daughters both have spring birthdays. I have spent the last 2 months hearing about, talking about, planning, worrying about, preparing for and celebrating little girl birthdays. When it comes down to it, I just want to see them blow out that candle and the flickering fire of joy in their eyes. That is a special moment.

In honor of my daughter Marley’s 6th birthday, here is the HBD braid. The braid to help the little gals feel like queens for a day. Next year, I will make one for my little Selah too, but she doesn’t have enough hair yet.

This hairstyle is great for shorter-medium length hair. If the hair is very fine and slippery, prep it with texture spray. Here is my favorite DIY sea spray for adding grip to the hair.

happy birthday crown braid






Here is how to get this look…..

1.Part the hair across the back of the head, from the top of one ear across to the top of the other. Start a french braid on the left side of the bottom section. Braid all the way across the back, and secure the free end with a clear elastic.

2. Make a side part on the left side of the head. Start a french braid on the heavy side, and braid it around the head. Braid in all the hair from the top section. Your braid should end on the light side of the part ( left side, in this case) Secure the end of the braid with elastic.

3. Now take the tail of your round-the-head braid, and tuck it under the beginning of the braid, so that it looks continuous.

4 Bobby pin the tail in discreetly.

5. Take the tail of the back-of-the-head braid and push it back behind the braid and pin it to secure it.

Now, add a headband, feather fascinator, vintage brooch, comb, clip, something pretty and sparkly! HBD, baby.


Cool kid braids.

IMG_1351 My daughter Marley’s hair is finally long enough to braid, after her 4 year old DIY haircut experiment. She is also old enough to have caught on to that silly old gender stereotype that boys have short hair and girls have long hair. So, she only kept this hairstyle in long enough to let me take a picture, then promptly took it out because it made it look like she was a short haired boy from the front. She will learn.

On a slightly different topic, almost 6 is a cool age. Marley is starting to develop a social awareness that makes me proud. Hearing her excitement when she talks about MLK and Rosa Parks and how they stood up for what they believed makes me feel like there must be a bright future for my children. I showed her the Same Love video by Macklemore and now she understands the adversity of people who are not treated fairly based on their sexual orientation. She asks A LOT of questions. She wants things to be fair for all people. And she is a complete bossy know-it-all who will not take ‘no’ for an answer so I like to think that she will grow up to make the world as she wants it.

Cool Kid Braids


Getting back to hair, this braided hairstyle is super easy to do and it is perfect for medium length hair. It consists of 3 little braids and a bun. Here is how to do it.

1. Section off both sides of the head, from behind each ear, across the top. Part section down the middle. Make a small dutch braid on one side. secure with a small clear elastic,

2. Repeat on the other side.

3. Join your braids together at the back of the head with another clear elastic. Remove the elastics from the ends of your first 2 braids.

4. Braid the ends of your first 2 braids in with the rest of the free hair. Secure the end.

5. Roll that braid upwards, and pin it to secure.

6. Arrange the bangs or lady parts.


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