In the spirit of Valentine's Day, you can dress up your little one and show the world how you feel about love with this heart braid design by children's hair expert Cozy Friedman, as featured in "Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls' Hair."
What you’ll need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, decorative hair clip, ponytail holders
1: Starting with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted), use a wide-tooth comb to detangle. Then, using a fine-tooth comb, part the hair down the middle of the head. Clip one side up right above the ear.
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.
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.
4: When you reach the center part at the back of the head, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If hair is very long, end the braid about mid-ear; the ends will hang down the back.
5: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process. Secure with a ponytail holder.
6: Join the ends of the braids together in the center of head and secure with ponytail holder. Finish with a decorative clip.
There's a lot of braiding being shown on the New York runways for adults as well. Here are images from the Rodarte show:
John Frieda photos
Added Feb. 13:
From the Badgley Mischka Fall/Winter 2013 Collection preview:
Hair by Peter Gray for Moroccanoil
Photos by David Webber for Moroccanoil