No matter how cute toddlers are, there can be days when they need to look just a bit smarter than normal and it's a real struggle to brush their hair. It's not just boys who like the messy look, many girls refuse to go near a hairbrush too.
Some question why bother, if they won't stand still and it ends in tears. But besides cosmetic reasons to brush hair, there are practical reasons too. It loosens any dirt that may be lurking, it's good to get their natural oils working to the ends of the hair and its good practise for that special day coming up (a wedding or family photo event!) when you need them tidy.
Here are a few tips:-
Styles: keep long hair up in plaits or pony tails to avoid knots and hair twiddling (which makes it unbearably tangled).
Tools: use a natural bristle hair brush and be gentle! Deal with a little at a time and take it slowly. You don't have to untangle the whole head in one go, so take it bit by bit and work through the whole head gradually.
Lice: don't share brushes to reduce the chance of getting lice, which are a pain to deal with! Make it easy on yourself by getting each child their own brush and wash it in warm soapy water frequently.
Play hairdressers: making it fun does take the pain out of brushing their hair. Set up a stool and a few hair clips etc and role play going to a hairdressers. Add a mirror too as kids love staring at themselves.
Decorations: go shopping together for some new clips and ribbons. Keep them somewhere special and make a big fuss of how beautiful she looks when her hair is done.