Spring and tangles go hand in hand. It’s a fact of life. Did you know you can actually get rid of tangles quite easily, with the proper treatment? First, make sure you’re using conditioner, to keep hair soft. Next, use a special brush, like Knot Genie, which untangles troubled spots without pain or fuss. Then, talk with your hair care professional about detangling products that will work for your hair. We absolutely love our Original Sprout Miracle Detangler (and it’s vegan and all-natural). Before you know it, all those tangles will tumble away!
When it comes to hair, 364 days a year pale in comparison to Easter. This is the day for hair to shine, the day when one little girl’s bonnet/updo/braid is cuter than the next. As the hair experts, we’re here to give you the tips and tricks you need to give your daughter the best ‘do on the block this Easter.
Daisy chain braid. This braid looks like a pro did it, but it’s actually something you can create at home, making a series of knots along the scalp, like a fun, bumpy chain. Here’s a video that will show you how.
Dutch flower girl braid. Turn your daughter’s hair into a beautiful braided flower by following the instructions here.
Ponytails with Easter eggs. Need a theme this Easter? We’ve got something clever right here. Watch a mom put her daughter’s hair into two ponytails, and then place series of bright Easter eggs into each section. It’s easier—and more adorable—than you’d think!
Easter hair clips, DIY and otherwise. We love these cute, ribbony, purple spring hair clips, with instructions on how to make them, by TheFrugalGirls.com. And the TheRibbonRetreat.com offers tutorials on how to make darling little chick and bunny ribbon clips at home. Not feeling quite so crafty? No Slippy Hair Clippy makes colorful creations year round.
An egg full of accessories. Looking for Easter basket ideas? Fill an Easter egg with cute ribbons and hair ties for a sweet surprise.
Daylight savings time is over, the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. Spring is here! Let’s say it again (it’s been a long winter): Spring is here! Whether you’re looking for ideas to entertain the kids on spring break or just day-to-day crafty fun, these suggestions will help you celebrate the most vibrant of seasons.
1. Plant a garden. Get down and dirty with your kids by planting your own fruits and vegetables. Whether you’re ready to dig up a portion of the yard, or prefer to keep your bounty in containers, gardening teaches kids about food, nutrition, biology, nature and responsibility. Want some easy “starter” experiments? Try tomatoes, strawberries and herbs. For tips, visit the National Gardening Association’s kid-centric site, www.kidsgardening.org.
2. Make your own kite. All it takes to create a kite is a plastic bag, string and tape. This page by National Geographic Kids can show you how. It’s up to you to cover the kite with colors and creativity, and dazzle everyone who watches as you make it soar.
3. Make your own play dough. Those little containers full of mushy modeling material are great, the first time you open them. Then, they have a tendency to mix into ugly colors and dry out, losing all kid appeal. What a waste! Why not make your own instead? It’s easy to do using all natural ingredients you have in your kitchen. You’ll need the following:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cream of tartar food coloring scented oils (your choice, vanilla and peppermint work well)
Put all of the ingredients into a pot and stir over low heat. As you cook, the dough will thicken. When it begins pulling away from the sides of the pan, and resembles the consistency of the dough we all know and love, remove it from the heat and let it cool. If, after it cools, it’s too sticky to play with, simply cook it a bit longer until it has the consistency you want.
4. Build a bird feeder. You know what they say: birds of a feather stick together. And if you’re inviting enough, they just might stick together in your yard. You and your kids can build bird feeders of all levels, from simple to incredibly complex. One of our favorite feeders is actually a wreath made of seeds that you can mold and then hang in a tree. Here’s the recipe if you want to try it at your house.
5. Take a picnic to the park. It sounds so simple, but a picnic with you and your kids’ favorite foods is, truly, the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Especially if there’s a playground, lake, beach or other place to run around and get the wiggles out.
6. Make art out of Peeps. Every year, the Washington Post and other papers sponsor “Peeps diorama” contests, and every year, we get inspired to buy mass quantities of the fluorescent marshmallows…. and proceed to eat them. Still, we love the idea and encourage you to build your own Peeps project. Feeling extra inspired? You can even make your own Peeps! Martha Stewart shows you how, here.
7. Spring cleaning. We could all benefit from emptier closets and cleaner houses. Make it into a game so the kids will get into it. Dress up like maids or butlers, or try a game of “Cinderella” to get them to play along. If all else fails, assign a dollar amount to each task to sweeten the deal. A little bribery never hurt anyone. Then, turn it into a teaching moment and have your kids accompany you to charity to donate the items you no longer need.
Have you heard that Tuesday is one of the best days of the week to stop in at Pigtails & Crewcuts? That’s because beginning in March we will start doing Two Punch Tuesdays. Stop in for a Kid’s Cut on any Tuesday, we’ll give you two punches on your loyalty card. Before you know it, you’ll have enough punches to get half off a haircut. See you soon!
We are accepting appointments for up-do’s and styles on the afternoon of February 28, 2014. Space is very limited so call today to reserve your spot!
We got into the kids hair care business because we love kids—all kids, no matter how challenging their needs may seem. Before we became salon owners, we remember the frustration we went through when taking our own children, kicking and screaming, to get a haircut. Looking back, we, as parents, remember feeling helpless, judged and ashamed.
We opened our Pigtails & Crewcuts salon so that no parent, particularly parents of children with special needs, ever have to feel that way. Whether your kid is screaming his head off or howling with laughter, we’ve seen it all and we welcome everyone.
The talented Pigtails & Crewcuts staff has extensive experience working with children who have physical, medical and developmental challenges. We’ve handpicked each and every one of our stylists because they’re kind, patient and talented. Our staff will do just about anything to make your child’s haircut as easy and stress-free as possible. For some kids, that means cutting hair while the little one sits in mom’s lap, plays with trains or reads a book. We’ll put on a movie that he or she likes, blow bubbles, offer “quiet” appointments before we open or after we close, and do whatever it takes to give every child the wonderful haircutting experience he or she deserves.
Pigtails & Crewcuts puts the customer first, even if that customer is only knee high. Our goal is to work with kids within their world, not try and fit them into ours. And if there are tears the whole time? Well that’s completely normal, too. We’ve all been there, ourselves, and we’re here for you.
Please don’t hesitate to make suggestions to your stylist about how we can best work with your child in a way that makes him or her the most comfortable.
Need ideas for Valentine’s hair? Talk to your Pigtails & Crewcuts stylist, or get great ideas for styles like this, on Pinterest.
Who doesn’t love February, the month dedicated to colorful hearts, thoughtful notes and, of course, chocolate. Have you made plans for Valentine’s Day with your sweethearts this year? Here are some ideas to celebrate with the kids.
Hair with Heart.
It’s craft time! Gather your daughter and her friends and help them make heart hair accessories this month.
- Just Add a Bow will teach you how make a layered heart clip with this video.
- For something even simpler, check out this heart clip video from Bitty Bum Boutique TV.
- These cute, easy-to-make barrettes will just take a few minutes.
- Want to give out extra special Valentines this year? Share any of the above clips with all of your friends.
- Not feeling crafty? Stop by Pigtails & Crewcuts, where you’ll find clips, bows and bands of all shapes, sizes and colors.
Braided with Love.
Set hearts on fire with a heart-shaped braid. You can do this yourself, at home. It’s easier than you think!
- This video will teach you how to create a heart braid.
- To learn how to make a double-heart twist, click here.
- Or stop in to Pigtails & Crewcuts, where our talented stylists can create a heart-shaped braid for you.
If you’re looking for a kid-approved indoor space to host a Valentine’s party, call Pigtails & Crewcuts. We have all kinds of ideas for your next party.
- Craft party. Party-goers can create and exchange hand-made cards.
- Spa party. Luxuriate in our pedi-chair and leave with beautiful, Valentine-ready nails.
- Dress up party. We have all kinds of costumes, so your kids can dress up and play games in their own make-believe world.
We are open from 10a – 7p, normal hours, on Monday, January 20. Happy MLK Day everyone!!