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You know that saying, “you are what you eat?” Well, there’s no denying it’s true, and what goes in your child’s mouth also affects his or her hair. If you’re looking to add life to your kid’s locks, the key is to be patient. While eating nutritiously can make an immediate difference with skin and nails, hair tends to take longer.
With that said, move over, shampoo and conditioner, it’s time to fuel up inside and out. Consider the hair-raising benefits to the following foods, next time you go shopping:
Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids are great for preventing dryness in your scalp (so long, dandruff and flakes!). Stock up on salmon, sardines, flax seeds, avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
Pros of Protein
If you’re not getting proper amounts of protein, your hair can become dry and brittle. Make sure you’re eating enough turkey, chicken, eggs and other protein-rich food.
Pump in the Iron
Some hair loss has been traced to low iron levels. Iron-rich foods include red meat, spinach, prunes and raisins, beans, lentils and artichokes.
You thought you were just taking your vitamins to ward off illness? There’s a vanity element, too: great hair! Vitamin A (sweet potato, carrots, leafy greens, squash, melons) keeps your scalp naturally conditioned. Vitamin C (bell peppers, chili peppers, kale, pineapple, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, citrus) helps strengthen hair. And Vitamin E (nuts, seeds, tofu, shellfish) helps protect it from the sun.
What Condition Is Your Conditioner In?
Feeling impatient? If you’d rather put natural items on your hair, or your kid’s, for quick fixes, consider the following: eggs and honey are naturally moisturizing, yogurt helps return shine and beer—yes, beer—adds body.
For home remedies and recipes for hair, check out this piece from Woman’s Day.
When the pumpkins leave the porches and begin making their way into pies, we know the holidays are upon us. First there’s turkey, then there are gifts and before we know it, a giant ball is dropping in Times Square. In the U.S., we have our own ways, both as a culture and within families, of celebrating the holidays, and those traditions are different than many other celebrations around the world.
Here are some fun holiday traditions that are happening right now, across the globe.
Chinese New Year. This 15-day holiday is filled with family, fireworks and food. January 31, 2014 begins the Year of the Horse. Families everywhere will put out oranges and tangerines to symbolize wealth and prosperity, make their own dumplings, light Chinese lanterns and more. “Gung hay fat choy!” (that means, “May you become prosperous!”).
Christmas. During Christmas, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Families decorate Christmas trees, bake cookies and spend time with their family. Children hear tales about Santa Claus, a jolly fat man in a red suit, who flies around the world on a sleigh pulled by reindeer. Santa climbs down chimneys and places gifts below the tree.
Hanukkah. Hanukkah, which is known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish celebration. Children receive a gift each day, and each night, families light the candles of the menorah. Popular foods eaten during Hanukkah are potato pancakes (latkes) and delicious jelly donuts (sufganiyot).
Kwanzaa. This African harvest festival, celebrated Dec. 26 – Jan. 1, embraces family and unity. Each day, a different candle on a kinara is lighted to observe the seven principles of the holiday. Parents and children exchange gifts—often of an educational or artistic nature—on the last day.
Three Kings Day. As part of the 12 days of Christmas, Three Kings Day is observed as the day that the three wise men met Jesus, surrounding him with gifts. The day is celebrated differently in various regions. In Spain, children often get to open their Christmas gifts. In Puerto Rico, kids sleep with a box of hay under their beds, as a way to welcome the gifts. In France, they celebrate by eating King cake, which has a small toy or coin hidden within.
The Yule Lads of Iceland. According to Icelandic tradition, there is not one, not two, but 13 Santas, known as Yule Lads, and they place small gifts into children’s shoes. Starting on December 12, kids place their best shoe on the windowsill of their bedroom so the Yule Lads can fill it. The Yule Lads are also known for playing tricks, and are named accordingly: There’s Þvörusleikir the Spoon-licker, Gluggagægir the Peeper, Bjúgnakrækir the Sausage-pilfer, Hurðaskellir the Door-slammer, and the list goes on. Because there’s no coal in Iceland, children who misbehave will get a potato in their shoe.
Happy holidays from Pigtails & Crewcuts! We’re counting our blessings this holiday season and hope that you are too. At the same time, we know that not everyone is quite so lucky, and a lot of people need help over the holidays. Here are some simple ideas to consider if you want to make a difference in your own community.
Volunteer at an organization that needs help.
Donate food, money or clothing to a local non-profit.
Learn about opportunities for reading, tutoring and mentoring in your community.
Shovel a neighbor’s walk.
Foster or adopt a dog or cat in need.
Walk dogs at a local animal shelter.
Cook a meal for a family or organization in need
Inquire about opportunities to help out at a local nursing home.
Adopt a family and brighten their holiday with food and gifts.
Write a letter or send a package to a soldier.
Buy a stranger’s coffee or meal.
Throw a holiday giving party and request donations, rather than hostess gifts, to share with a local charity.
Buy local and keep your cash where it’s needed most—your own community.
Make a commitment to continue giving back throughout the year.
Fall is in the air, and all of the little goblins and ghouls are getting ready for a hair-raising holiday!
Hair makes the outfit, whether it’s Halloween or any other day of the year, and our Pigtails & Crewcuts team of hair experts is filled with ideas for you and your little pumpkin. Whether you’re teasing yourself into a tizzy or rocking the faux hawk, get your scare on with our ideas for Halloween hair.
Tease it out. Ready for your hair to stand on end? Hold it straight up and then take a comb and gently tease it down until it stands on its own. Spray with hair spray (or, better, color spray) for staying power. Whether you’re teasing one section or all of the hair, this is a great way to turn heads on Halloween.
Spike it up. Want to look rough and tough? With Jacques’ Hair Jam, by Circle of Friends, you won’t get any funny business. This texturizing hair wax is perfect for creating high hair art, whether you want a faux hawk, spikes or just a wild, vertical ‘do.
Slick it back. Go greased lightening! Slick that hair back, with the best of ‘em. Whether you’re dressing as Superman, Dracula or even a slick politician, you need goo. We suggest Circle of Friends Luc’s Lemon Lime Shine Hair Slicker, which is also great for smoothing out or spiking up hair, year round.
Color, color and more color. Whether you’re a zombie or a clown, a monster, mermaid or minion, every costume is better with color. Consider using hair chalk, hair color spray, hair feathers or hair tinsel for an eye-catching splash of brightness.
Go beyond Pippi with pipe cleaners. Pipe cleaners are a Halloween hairdo’s best friend. Whether you’re looking to make sticky-outy braids like Pippi Longstocking, or something less extreme, these tools are inexpensive and easy to use. Simply section hair into pigtails or ponytails and braid or wrap the hair around the pipe cleaner. You can form them into simple cat ears, bumblebee antennas or other styles.
Twist those cinnamon rolls. Do you have a little Princess Leia? Those cinnamon roll buns are key! To form them, make pigtails above the ears. Braid both pigtails, placing a small rubber band at the end of each. Then twist them into buns, and use bobby pins or hairpins to hold them together. May the force be with you!
Add some flair to your hair. Look around you for inspiration. Flowers or leaves make beautiful accents. Going for a scary effect? A few plastic spiders will really ramp up the creep factor and make just about anyone’s skin crawl. With a supply of bobby pins in hand, you can attach just about anything to your hair.
Keep it simple. Sometimes, a little bit of Halloween goes a long way. A simple themed hair clip or headband is a great way to show off some Halloween spirit. Plus, you won’t have any arguments about washing it out.
What’s that you hear? School bells? Already? Yes, the long, free-wheeling and wonderful summer is coming to an end. Kids everywhere are trading in their swimsuits for backpacks as they prepare to tackle their ABCs and 123s. As summer fades away, here are nine ways for moms and dads to help kids (and parents) transition.
1. Take a tour. Many schools will invite students in over the summer to get familiar with the facilities and even meet the teacher. By taking advantage of this, you’ll help take some of the mystery and anxiety out of the first day of school—while also cueing your child in on valuable information, like where the bathroom is.
2. Gradually adjust your schedule. So long, late nights, hello early mornings. Start easing into your school-year routine a couple of weeks before school starts, going to bed earlier, waking up earlier and serve meals around the same time that you’ll be having them when school begins. That way, the change in schedule won’t be so drastic.
3. Be positive. Ask your child, “What makes you nervous about school?” “What makes you excited?” Be open in your communication and try to help lay to rest any fears. Tell your child about all of the fun, friends and new lessons that lie ahead.
4. Rekindle friendships. As school approaches, set up play dates with kids in your child’s class so that they can reconnect. This is a great way to ease worries and solidify friendships before the school bell rings.
5. Out with the old. Work together to give your house a clean sweep. Get rid of old clothes. Organize lunch options and snacks so they’re easy to grab. Establish a clean, well-lit place, free of distractions, where your child will be able to do homework. By getting rid of physical clutter, you also cut down on mental clutter and will be able to better focus.
6. In with the new. Remember your childhood collections of backpacks and lunch boxes? Your kids will, too, one day. Shopping for items for the new school year is an exciting activity. But it can also be expensive. Many states offer tax holidays soon before school begins. This is a great time to go shopping for new clothes and school supplies. Check and see what your state has to offer and start saving.
7. Plan your route. Whether your child is walking, biking or carpooling to school, it’s helpful to walk him or her through the route in advance so that both of you know what to expect. This will make you aware of the safest path and the amount of time it takes to get there, avoiding any unnecessary rushing on the first day.
8. Bid farewell to summer. Let each child select one activity they’d like to do before the summer ends. This helps them play an active role in putting closure on their school-free days and transition back into the more structured part of the year.
9. Take a deep breath. Different kids feel differently about starting school. Some are nervous, some are excited, most are a mix of the two. But as a parent, you don’t want to make the beginning of the school year a bigger deal than it has to be. Read your child’s emotions and go along with their cues. Avoid going on vacations or over scheduling your kids. Be sure to plan for down time before (and after) school starts to give everyone a little breathing room.
It happens more than you might think. Gum gets mysteriously stuck in Kennedy’s curls. Marker makes its way into Louie’s locks. The ponytail on Eileen goes green from chlorine.
Pigtails & Crewcuts has the same response to all of the above: “We’ve got this.”
As a kid-centric hair salon, we know, firsthand, that not all haircuts revolve around special occasions. That’s why Pigtails & Crewcuts is here for your family in good hair days and bad. Since we opened our doors, we’ve provided what we like to call “disaster relief plans” to kids large and small. In fact, we recently created a video series illustrating a (hilarious) dramatization of the challenges we regularly see. The Donald, Gum in Hair, Mom is a Lawyer, and Uncle Joe.
We know that parents experience an array of emotions when it comes to kids’ hair-don’ts: anger, embarrassment and, eventually, humor (we hope). Many moms and dads will spend hours on the Internet researching a home remedy to take care of the mess, themselves. And that’s ok. But we want you to know that there are options, and Pigtails & Crewcuts is here for you. Our stylists are adept at taking care of business, whether it’s gum, make-up, color, food, scissors or any other common kid-tastrophe—no questions asked.
Next time the peanut butter goes missing or the play dough gets braided in, bring it to the experts. We’ve got this.
Do you have kids?
- Yes, I have three children. Caleb is 10 years old, Jailyn is 8, and Hailey is 7.
Where are you from originally?
- I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama
What Is Your “Secret Weapon” to get a child to stop crying before or during their haircut?
- I try to get at their level and introduce myself, talk to them eye to eye. My first priority is the safety and comfort of the child, as well as giving the parents a sense of peace knowing that their child is being taken care of. Lollipops and animal crackers help too!
How long have you been at Pigtails & Crewcuts?
- I began in August of 2011, so coming up on two years now!
Where are you from originally?
- I was born in Anchorage, Alaska. I grew up in a small town in Ohio.
Best/Craziest/Wackiest/Cutest thing that one of the kids have said or done before, during, or after a haircut?
- While I was cutting a little girl’s hair she was “driving” with her knees and pretending to text on a phone. I asked her what she was doing and she said “I am driving and texting like mommy!”
Do you have kids?
- Yes, I a have a baby girl who just turned a year old.
Your favorite thing about Pigtails & Crewcuts?
- I love the laid back environment. I am thankful that I have a job that I love and I enjoy going into work.
How long have you been with Pigtails & Crewcuts?
- I have been here since the doors opened in 2007. I can not beleive that it will be six years in May!
What made you want to work with kids?
- Before I finished beauty school I was a tutor, and a subsititute teacher. After, I worked in salons in the nursing homes. That kind of patience is needed in these areas and I realized that I had it. Seeing children accomplish goals like their first haircuts or their first time using the clippers is an experiene that could equal up to no amount of money.
Do you have kids?
- No… just never happened, but I have recieved somuch love from the children I see at Pigatils & Crewcuts regularly. I often refer to them as “my babies”
Best/craziest/wackiest/cutest thing that one of the kids has said or done befre during or after a haircut?
- The cutest thing was a child ran ahead of his mom to enter the salon. He bolted through the doors and yelled “Mommy, Mommy! There she is (pointing at me) thats the lady who gives me the best haircuts ever!” It brightened my entire day.