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Old 04-11-2010, 06:13 PM   #1
 
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Anyone else out there with a little baby who likes to grab and pull?

This is my four-month-old's favorite game at the moment, and it's gotten so that I can't pick him up without him grabbing double handfuls of curls (shoulder length, 2c/3a).

I'm just starting CG, and am still fiddling with products/techniques to give me defined, moisturized clumps. I feel like I've got something working somewhat, and then my little stinker goes and pulls my ringlets into stringy strands! (I don't have a very defined curl pattern all over.)

Back before CG, I would just put my hair back in a ponytail or braid, but now that I'm trying to encourage curl, I know that would wreck everything I've worked so hard to achieve. Any suggestions on quick, non-clump damaging ways to put shoulder-length hair back temporarily?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:24 AM   #2
 
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Anyone else out there with a little baby who likes to grab and pull?

This is my four-month-old's favorite game at the moment, and it's gotten so that I can't pick him up without him grabbing double handfuls of curls (shoulder length, 2c/3a).

I'm just starting CG, and am still fiddling with products/techniques to give me defined, moisturized clumps. I feel like I've got something working somewhat, and then my little stinker goes and pulls my ringlets into stringy strands! (I don't have a very defined curl pattern all over.)

Back before CG, I would just put my hair back in a ponytail or braid, but now that I'm trying to encourage curl, I know that would wreck everything I've worked so hard to achieve. Any suggestions on quick, non-clump damaging ways to put shoulder-length hair back temporarily?

Thanks in advance!
either use a headband/scarf..or get that lovely baby of yours some mittens.
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:26 AM   #3
 
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Try a very large jaw clip, and twist your hair lightly into a ponytail, then upwards so it sits on the back of your head, and clip it there. If you make sure it is not a tight twist or if the clip is not digging into your scalp, you should be ok damage wise! Catch stray pieces with barettes/bobby pins/headbands.

Little kids are so cute!

Ps, Don't forget to arrange the little puff of curls that forms on the top, so it looks cute. And this can look formal if you pull curls out, like this:

http://www.youtube.com/user/NatalieB.../3/3R3QhjbNBKY

That's where I learned it from in the first place, but your baby would probably pull on the hanging curls, so you can try to modify it.

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Old 04-12-2010, 09:11 AM   #4
 
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Thanks! I'll give those ideas a try tonight.
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:20 PM   #5
 
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Honestly - I did the ponytail thing until I wasn't carrying mine all the time. It's really just a matter of months before they're not so grabby.

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Pull it back.
I love the flexi-8 because they don't pull or damage your hair.
http://www.flexi8.com/
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My 11 month old niece never used to pull my hair when it was straight. Now that it's curly she can't stop playing with it. Even babies know curly is better
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:31 AM   #8
 
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My boys would twirl my curls on one finger while I was nursing them...
It is natural for a wee one to be drawn to curly hair. If your wee one is pulling and tugging pull your hair back, pineapple, braid, pony,etc..

The Flexi 8 Crimsonshedevil refers to is available from Lillarose @ http://www.lillarose.biz/index.aspx.
I love the Flexi8 they are cute, pretty, smart and easy to use.
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:40 AM   #9
 
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Updos, fancy pony tails, and buns. I have a seven month old that just loves grabbing my curls when I wear my hair down.

The rose bun is my favourite bun "look". You can french braid, or do a rope braid to make your style cute and interesting. I like to pin my hair up first so that some curls flow up and down a touch, then the rest of the hair gets braided. I have a tousled curly look to my style.
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:28 AM   #10
 
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ooo... that flexi-8 looks so cute!

I would totally just pull my hair back, but then when I take it down again, all the curls are stringy and have lost their definition and I feel like to have good hair again I would need to start all over from the co-wash (which I just can't do). Maybe I need to try a new set of products, and then my curl would stand up to being put up and taken down.

Thanks for all the replies! You guys are super sweet.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:38 PM   #11
 
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I wouldn't worry too much. I don't know if there's any product out there that can withstand baby-grabbing. Heck, you have a pretty dang good excuse to not have perfect ringlets all the time.

I've got twin boys on the way, and I am pretty sure that for the first year of their lives my hair will have seen better days.

Another option is to pin back the hair on the sides of your head behind your ears. This may keep it out of your baby's direct attention.

Otherwise, enjoy the time with your little peanut!
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