“Would ya just watch the hair?Ya know, I work on my hair a long time and you hit it."
–John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever
I’d say about half of my
childhood battles with my mother involved her refusal to let me wear
high-heeled shoes. The other half of the battles involved my hair. (I understood what
was worth fighting for at a very early age.)
I always knew just how I wanted my hair, and I would not settle
for anything less (and my hairstylist Marc Mena, pictured above, knows I haven't changed one bit). Back then we didn't have the products and Web sites to refer
to; but, thankfully, we
are living in a whole new world where the answer to most of your child’s hair
issues is just a click away.
Here are some go-to sites
for the best products, accessories and YouTube tutorials:
These few products will
save many tears and frustrations. Where
were the magical Wet Brush, the plethora of detanglers and natural hair gels
when I was growing up?
The Wet Brush:It’s called the Wet Brush, but it can be used on wet or dry
hair. Buy one for yourself as well. You’ll thank me.
Sparkly hair bows and
bold flowers are the easiest way to make a simple hairstyle into a statement. I
am a fan of two great companies: No Slippy Hair Clippy and Ladybugs and
Lullabies. Both were founded by mothers who were looking for hair ties and clips
that would truly stay put without damaging their daughters’ hair. Because no such items existed, these women
created them. Click below to see their
fun collections of chic bows, barrettes and headbands:
Many of the hairstyles I've
seen girls sporting on the playgrounds of Manhattan are fairly simple—lots of
ponytails, side ponytails and braids flourished with a great bow or barrette.
I know we are all capable of pulling hair into a ponytail and adding an
accessory; however, for the slightly more complicated styles, YouTube is your
friend. Here are a few of the best hair
tutorials I have found, all from the Web site The Beauty Department:
For mothers of boys, the
road is usually a bit smoother (but talk to me in a couple of years and I might
tell you differently). With boys, it
really is all about the cut and having some good hair gel. There are not nearly
as many YouTube videos to guide you through the process of styling boys' hair,
but I suggest you bring a photo of your favorite hairstyle into the salon and
ask the stylist for his or her best tips. Two of my favorite looks right now:
Messy Spikes: Rub a dime-size amount
of hair gel on your hands and then run it through your son’s hair. Move your hands in an upward motion until
you achieve the desired effect.
The Faux Hawk: Ask the stylist to
leave your son’s hair longer in the center so you can spike it up with your
fingers to create this punk rocker look.
Tell me, readers: What are
some of your go-to products, accessories and YouTube tutorials? Share your secrets!