This is cute, right? You should have seen it 5 minutes later. It lasted exactly 1 minute, then she completely dismantled it, color-bugged out, and then gave herself a spray bottle shower. I was busy with a client and felt powerless as she dripped purple water off of her face all over the floor. This, I remind myself once again, is why I shouldn’t bring my kids to work with me.
I do it every once in a while, with this vision of little helper-girls, serving tea, passing out cards, and charming people by telling them how nice their hair looks. What usually happens is that a colorful mess is made somewhere, she gets hungry, she wants to sit in a clients lap for a story while they are getting their hair done.
I know it is hard to say ‘no’ to a cute little girl, but sometimes I wish more people besides me would. My oldest daughter responds well to ‘no.’ But if you don’t tell her no, she will push every limit there is. Sometimes kids need to hear no.
Anyhow, I will keep trying until the day that both my daughters are old and composed enough to be my shop helpers. Until then, I will play with their hair (when they want me to) I try not to push it on them. This particular day, I had beehives on my mind, and Marley was happy to let me experiment, as long as I didn’t get too attached to the hairstyle (Never a good Idea) because usually when I do her hair, her will trumps my will and she ends up re-doing it to her own liking.
Such was the case yesterday (Halloween day) I gave her a cute beehive, and put some orange color-bug in her bangs. Then, she redid it herself. I had to completely hose her down to bring her home, because Grandma was visiting and we didn’t want to scare her.
She ended up dressing up like a spooky witch that night, with a black hat and long fingers that we made out of construction paper. I used the rest of the weave from my long faux braids for her creepy witch hair. We trick or treated down the hill and through the projects, which was lively and fun.
Trick or treating in South Fayetteville Arkansas is a bag of tricks and treats in itself!
Here is how I did her cute beehive.
Then I twisted all the hair in the back up and criss-cross pinned it. I back combed through all the hair in the front in sections. Then I took all the front hair and gathered it at the ends, gave it one twist, and pinned the ends into the chignon. Then, I smoothed over the the top and sides gently with my comb, and gave it a little spray with KM session spray.
Something about living in the south and back combing my kids hair and hair-spraying it feels kinda right and kinda wrong. But hey, it was Halloween.