Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Learning new tricks

I played basketball and softball in high school. When our team traveled to away games we would braid each other's hair. I was the only girl on the bus who didn't know how to braid. I would get my hair braided, but could not return the favor. No one seemed to mind. I didn't considered braiding a life skill, so I never learned how to do it.

Flash forward to today. My four year old comes to me with a comb and hair ties. She wants me to braid her hair. Suddenly braiding is a life skill.

My first attempt was a simple braid starting at the nape of her neck. The braid was rejected immediately. Belle wants her braid to start at the top of her head.

Like a French braid.

Yikes!

This is serious level two braiding we are talking about here. I can't tell my four year old that I don't know how to braid hair. So I sucked it up; tried to remember how my softball buddies preformed this complicated task; and went for it.

I was pretty impressed with the results.
Belle was not.

She wanted the pony tail on the top of her head to be braided.
Like this:


Hey, I'm getting pretty good at this. Now all I need is one of those doll heads to practice on.



20 comments:

Liz said...

lol! I learned to french braid my own hair (as in behind my own head) before I could french braid anyone else's hair :) But my hair is waist-length too, so I had to learn out of survival.

E said...

I was a a braid failure. You are doing just fine. I had wild curly unmade bed hair and braids weren't in my cards. Then I got a blond staight haired girl who wanted all manner of braids and hairdos. It was like playing dolls only way harder.
Yours look pretty good from here....

Melissa said...

I think you did a great job. I cannot braid at all either, I dread the day when I have to do it to Katelyn!

carrie said...

isn't that ironic! here I am the master braider and my daughter wants nothing to do with them. I braided barbie hair, people hair, dog hair, whatever I could get my fingers on as a kid. I also crimped my barbie's hair, but that didn't go so well....

themommykelly said...

practice makes perfect!

Cute pics of Belle. No, she doesn't look pleased with the first version. I can just imagine the whine....

Kelly said...

You are totally stressing me out. I have no idea how to braid, either. Okay, I figure I have a year or two to learn, right? How can I be so smart at some things and so darn clueless in others? If you saw my own hair you would probably understand.

Kelly said...

I think it looks lovely.

Meg said...

How sweet are those pictures? I miss my daughter being little and getting to braid her hair, lucky you!

OHmommy said...

Yup. I obviously did not read that chapter in "Raising a Daughter" and have no idea how to braid.

You did a great job! :)

The Sports Mama said...

Once again, the universe has reminded me of another reason I am thankful I have boys. I can't braid, either!

I thought your efforts turned out rather well, actually! :)

Amy said...

HAHA! I am in the same boat with you! But four girls, you would think I would know how to do some hair by now! Luckily my oldest is quite a whiz with it, so I just delegate down. American Girl Library has a really cute Hair book with step by step instructions. You should get it, it's a lot of fun.

LunaNik said...

Oh I'm with you here girlfriend! I just cannot French braid! I never learned how! Man, I wish I would have because I'm damn sure my girls will someday ask me to braid their hair and I'll be all....ummmm, sure, honey...hehehe.

Kimmylyn said...

What adorable pics and you did a great job!! I never learned how to braid my hair... so imagine how happy I am that I have boys..!! LOL

louann said...

Looks great and I am sure you will have more years of practice =)

Motherhood for Dummies said...

I still can't get french braids down. I can never get the end part to look good

Nap Warden said...

I'm pretty good at french braiding, now if I could just get Miss Peach to sit still:)

lattemommy said...

Pretty impressive for a first effort! I'm not the world's best braider, but I think I could swing it if necessary. However, the Princess flatly refuses to stand still long enough for me to put in a ponytail, let alone braid her hair. I think I have a couple of more years to practice. Can I borrow your Ariel doll?

Lisa said...

I learned how to braid on a My Little Pony when I was six. So glad I learned....2 french braids are all the rage around our house....
PS - Your little lady is a doll!

Huckdoll said...

I've just started braiding the girls hair, too! I'm a Master Braider when it comes to the normal braid, but french braiding is torture...especially on squirmy two year olds. I bet youtube has a few instructional videos :)

Stephanie said...

HA! I can't braid either. Everyone else but me could. It's really pathetic. You're braid looks pretty good to me. I need a book or something...though the doll head is a good idea too.... :)