Survival Guide for Moms of Girls Lesson 1: Preventing That Hair … There

I wish someone had told me that mothering a girl would come with a learning curve. The way I saw it, I am a girl. I already know you wipe front to back. What more would I need?

OK, so that’s like saying “I know how to type” makes me a good blogger. I get it now! And remember how silly I was just a few short years ago, I’m willing to share the glory of my new-found knowledge. No thanks necessary.

First up:
Good headbands.

Because you will plan to have your daughter grow long luscious, equal length locks. And then you will meet gum. And Zhu Zhu pets. And the scissors that “Dora” used in her hair. And suddenly they’ve discovered “eating” their hair is easy with those hangin’ bangs, and you find hair in … well, unpleasant places.

You do not want to be this mom.

Take it from me, you need real headbands. Not those piece of crapola kind you find at Target (oh, excuse me, it’s Tar-jay when you’re buying clothes . . . sounds so much more like a house of couture). My favorites, hands down, are from The Children’s Place.

For one simple reason: they don’t snap. Not even with what my 6-year-old can put them through. They’re cheap enough that if they’re lost you don’t have a heart attack, but sturdy enough to last.

The Children’s Place even sent me some of this year’s line so I could share my faves:

The Tiara Headband — $9.95

Why I Love It: I’ll go ahead and say it. My kid is a drama queen. Entourage fans will appreciate her nickname: Johnny (the rest of y’all go look it up). This flair for the outrageous provides endless entertainment for those who live with her and those who see her walking into the grocery store gussied up in some insane get-up. Fancy headgear is a must. In one year of kindergarten, she wore: Minnie Mouse ears, a large paper chef’s hat, wolf ears, a tiara borrowed from a former prom attendant, butterfly antennae . . . But this tiara comes perched on a regular old headband, making it out-and-about appropriate and practical enough to hold her hair back . . . something the “real” tiaras lack entirely. And yet, it still gives her that “hey, look at me, I’m a glamour girl” glitz that her out loud personality demands.

Who It’s For: The girl who knows who she is and isn’t afraid to share it.

The Star Headband — $4.50 (or 2 for $6)

Why I Love It: I’m always uneasy about plastic headbands because they lack the comfy padding of a fabric-covered band, so I asked my daughter to wear this for a day and report back. At 6, trust me, she tells me when something hurts. And I didn’t get a single complaint from her. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the plastic is sculpted to wrap slightly around the ears.

Who It’s For: Face it, what are the options for little girls? Hearts, hearts, and more hearts. . . usually. But stars are a nice change. They can be uber girly or work for budding scientists who love to spend the night out staring at the sky.

The Rosebud Headband — $4.50 (or 2 for $6)

Why I Love It: Like I said before, I’m a sucker for the fabric-covered headbands. Although they slip more than the plastic variety, they aren’t prone to the “this hurts, so I’m taking it off” problem. I loved this one in particular because the rosebud was dainty and sweet. Gaudy flowers may look fashionable, but they take away from little girls’ adorable faces.

Who It’s For: I’d say any girl, but the flowery motif means she’s got to be a tad bit on the girly side!

What hair goods have saved your Mom butt? 

Disclosure: The Children’s Place sent me a small sampling of their headbands to facilitate this review. I did not receive compensation nor was I directed on what to write. The bands were put through rigorous testing — aka actually worn by my 6-year-old — and the three best showed up on here!

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