Hairstyle Ideas for Girls: Creative, Cute Hair for Your Little One

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It’s easy to keep your little angel looking cute, coifed and camera ready with simple yet stylish hair looks featured on The Today Show from Cozy Friedman, author of Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls Hair.

The Heart Braid

Cozy’s signature style, this is a must-have look for the holidays – and beyond.

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What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, decorative hair clip, ponytail holders

Step 1: Starting with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted), use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.  Then, using a fine-tooth comb, part the hair down the middle of the head.  Clip one side up right above the ear.

Step 2: On the other side of the part, use the fine comb to gather a thin section of hair from the crown.  This section should measure about 2 inches from the hairline to the top of the head.

Step 3: Divide this section into three, and begin a French braid starting at the crown and curving toward the temple, then toward the back of the head, like the top lobe of a heart.  You will be lifting hair into the braid only from this side of the part.  Leave no loose hair in front of the ears.

Step 4: When you reach the center part at the back of the head, secure the braid with a ponytail holder.  If the hair is very long, end the braid about mid ear; the ends will hang down the back.

Step 5: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process.  Secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 6: Join the ends of the braids together in the back with a decorative bow or ponytail holder to form the bottom point of the heart.

 

The Present Bow

This adorable style will make your child’s hair the talk of the town.  It’s an easy style that can be used for everyday wear as well. Note: the hair should be long enough to create a bow.

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What you’ll need: Brush/wide-tooth comb, spray bottle of water, fine-tooth comb, hair spray, spary-on hair glitter, hairpins

Step 1: Starting with dry hair, brush or comb the hair to smooth and detangle it. Lightly mist it with water so it is slightly damp. Using the fine-tooth comb, part hair in the center.

Step 2: On one side of the part near the hairline, pick up a 1-inch section of hair to create a long strand.

Step 3: Repeat on the other side of the part, to create a second strand of hair. Join the two strands together by creating a loose knot. Spray the knot and pin it in place. Then loosely create the perfect bow, tying the two strands together. Pin each bow in place and spray with hairspray to secure the bow. For a finishing touch, cover the bow with spray-on hair glitter; be generous with the glitter if you really want your bow to sparkle!

The French Braid Headband

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Besides being a great way to keep hair off the face, this braided headband makes its own accessory. Girls can wear it with their hair hanging down in back, or with a ponytail.

What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, ponytail holders, jaw clip, decorative bobby pins

Step 1: Start with damp hair (either towel –dried or misted) and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.

Step 2: Use a fine-tooth comb to draw a horizontal line across the crown from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. From the line, comb the hair forward to the face. Pull the hair in back of the line into a ponytail holder or jaw clip so it stays out of your way.

Step 3: Choose which ear you want the braid to start from. Tilt the head so the ear you’ve chosen is facing up toward the ceiling. With your child’s ear tilted up, being making the braided headband using the hair in front of the part.

Step 4: Once you’ve reached the other ear, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If you like, tuck it behind the ear and pin it in place with a few bobby pins. Remove the ponytail holder or jaw clip use in Step 2 and style as you like. Finish by adding sparkly or decorative hairpins through different parts of the braid.

 

The Braided Bun

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This simple way of scooping hair up always makes girls feel grown-up. And the braided bun is extremely versatile – it can be adorned with a fun clip or headband to dress it up, or worn alone as a stylish and effective way to keep hair off the face.

What You’ll Need: Ponytail holder, bobby pins, beaded/decorative pins, decorative hair band.

Step 1: Gather hair in a loose ponytail. Make a braid with the ponytail, tying it off with a ponytail holder.

Step 2: Twist the braided ponytail into a tight rope, coiling it around itself at the base.

Step 3: Tuck the ends of the coil into the ponytail holder at the base. Then secure the bun by pushing bobby pins into the hair at the bun’s base on all sides.  Lightly spritz the bun with hair spray or spray-on hair glitter to lock in the style.

 

The Quadruple Twist

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A quick flick of the wrist creates this cute coif that only looks complicated. You can fancy it up with pretty beads or barrettes to go with your child’s special outfit.

What You’ll Need: Spray bottle, fine-tooth comb, hair clip to section hair, small ponytail holders, mini- clips, hair gel or light styling cream

Step 1: Mist the hair with the spray bottle to make it damp but not wet. Part in the middle with a fine-tooth comb, and gather a section of the hair on one side of the part, from the part to the outer eyebrow.

Step 2: Divide this section in half, with one half near the part and on half away from it. Clip the half closest to the part out of the way.

Step 3: Hold the remaining half and begin twisting it on a diagonal path toward the part. Twist firmly, gathering additional hair as you twist, but not so tightly that it hurts. Twist till you reach the part, then secure the end with a ponytail holder, letting the excess hair hand down.

Step 4: Unclip the half-section closest to the part and mist again. Using the same method, twist this section firmly in the direction of the part. Secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 5: Repeat the process on the other side of the part to create tow more twists, for a total of four.

Step 6: Attach pretty clips to the ponytail holder on each twist, be creative with these as it’s a holiday style. Rub a pea-sized amount of gel or light styling cream between your palms and scrunch the curls to finish.

To see Cozy talk about these fabulous styles on The Today Show please visit: http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/49917555
For more information on Cozy Friedman, So Cozy products and more, please visit www.cozyscutsforkids.com

Or check out the book!

 Cozy's Complete Guide to Girls' Hair (Spiral)
Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair (Spiral)
$15.95, Target.com (Get Target Coupons here.)
Presents a comprehensive guide to maintaining and styling hair for girls, including guidelines for identifying hair type, instructions on hair maintenance and products, and tips for hair styles and cuts.

Cool Things – A Random Book about the Power of ANYone

Here’s a new book to check out with your kids:

A Random Book about the Power of ANYone
A Random Book about the Power of ANYone

When Talia Leman was just ten years old, she rallied students from four thousand U.S. school districts to report more than $10 million for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.  Then she founded RandomKid, a nonprofit organization that brings youth together across the globe, providing them with tools and resources to create positive change.

Today RandomKid has unified the efforts of 12 million children bringing aid to four continents. In Talia’s new book A RANDOM BOOK ABOUT THE POWER OF ANYONE, Talia Leman – now seventeen and a senior in high school— shows readers how to find their passion and make room for life’s surprises, demonstrating that everyone has what it takes to make a difference for anything that matters to them.

Passionate about the potential we all have inside us, Talia writes, “The truth is, our power comes from being who we are, exactly as we are, and doing what we do, exactly as we are compelled to do it! When you spread value—by generously giving it away from the genuine place of you—people sit up, wake up, and pay attention.”

Writing with enthusiasm and humor Talia shares her secrets for being greater than you know how to be, including:

·         Sideways is a better way to go forward

·         If life gives you lemons, lemonade is just one option

·         Too many cooks is the right number

·         Purpose happens by accident

·         It’s not about thinking outside the box; it’s about not having a box at all

Read more about A Random Book about the Power of ANYone at amazon.

Cool Baby Things: Nap Nanny Chill + Coupon

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Does your baby seem to sleep best in her car seat?

She’s not alone. Many babies sleep better when inclined, and now there’s a comfortable and safe little infant recliner designed just for them.

Created by a mother of two, the Nap Nanny Chill is much like a car seat in design – featuring a 30 degree angle for incline and support –  but it’s soft like a blanket, and stable like a mattress. Plus, there’s a safety harness to keep your baby right where she’s supposed to be.

The Nap Nanny Chill is lightweight and portable, and can be used when your baby is sleeping as well as when she’s eating. playing or just checking out her world.

(Note that you’ll want to stop using the Nap Nanny Chill for overnight use once your infant starts to sit up and becomes more active, usually at around 4 months. As with any baby product, you’ll want to make sure to observe all of the safety guidelines for your Nap Nanny Chill to keep your baby safe.)

You can find this new cool baby thing at specialty retailers across the United States, as well as at Babies R Us, buybuyBaby, RightStart and at www.napnanny.com

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The Nap Nanny Chill in Safari

All you have to do is choose the color and fabric for your washable cover:  blue minky dot, camel minky flat, giraffe, lavender minky flat, pink minky dot, sage minky dot, oatmeal minky flat and platinum minky flat.  (Additional covers sold are separately for $49.99)

Nap Nanny Chill Coupon

Now here’s the exciting part:

The folks at NapNanny.com have generously offered to give Momscapers a discount: for the next three days, use code MSJJ913 at NapNanny.com to save 15%!

 

Cool Things – SpaFinder Wellness Gift Cards

For more than 25 years, SpaFinder has been helping people find just-right spa experiences. Now, they are helping people journey further down the path to a wellness with a redesigned mission: You can now redeem your SpaFinder Gift Cards at not just spas, but at yoga and Pilates studios, as well as personal training locations across the country.

Love it!

At the new SpaFinder Wellness site, you’ll be able to navigate through (and give as gifts) thousands of new ways to enhance the body and mind. You can find, book online, and buy gift cards for thousands of yoga and Pilates studios, fitness clubs, spas, weight loss programs, wellness providers, and more.

Whether it’s a barre class, a boot camp or a spa service, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. You can print the gift certificate instantly, have  a gift card mailed, or email a spafinder wellness gift certificate – so it’s a great last minute gift, too!

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Give the Gift of Wellness!

Redeem your SpaFinder Wellness Gift Card at thousands of spas, yoga and Pilates studies, and personal training locations across the country.

And here’s a coupon code to get you going!

Buy One SpaFinder Wellness Gift Card, Get One 20% Off ENJOY20
Shop through link above and use code ENJOY20 at checkout!
This is an ongoing coupon, but you can always get more SpaFinder Wellness Coupons here.

Cool Things – The Invisible “Conceal Shelf”

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Here’s an easy home decor project out there for you minimalists who love books!

Available online from Uncommon Goods, these two rendition of the “conceal shelf” are oh-so simple in design:

Conceal Shelf
Conceal Shelf
Price: $14.99
Why dust standard shelves or clutter your floor with stacks of books when your books can float on the wall? This powder coated steel shelf designed by Miron Lior becomes invisible behind a stack of books – creating the illusion of a floating pile of tomes. (Available in two sizes: The regular size holds up to 15 pounds. The large size holds up to 20 pounds.)

Or maybe you’d prefer this one, also available online from Uncommon Goods:

Conceal L Shelf
Conceal L Shelf

Like the best literature, this startling bookshelf will have you rethinking the way you look at the world. A new twist on the popular “invisible” Conceal Shelf, your books will appear to rest on a bar of sleek black plywood that bends downward (perhaps under the weighty ideas written on those pages). But instead of sliding off, the shelf’s hidden hardware keeps your books defying gravity and easily accessible for use.

A very cool thing!

See some of our Favorite Gift Ideas from Uncommon Goods.