Two hair braids for girls this Thanksgiving!

With holidays on the horizon, you and your brood have plenty of parties to attend, and you know what that means—picture time! This holiday season, it’s easy to keep your little angel looking cute, coifed and camera-ready with simple yet stylish hair looks from Cozy Friedman, author of Cozy's Complete Guide to Girls' Hair .

The French Braid Headband
Besides being a great fuss free style, this braided band makes its own accessory. Girls can wear it with their hair hanging down in back, or with a ponytail. Complete this look for the holidays with fun beads or barrettes.

The French Braid Headband

Props:
Wide-tooth comb
Fine-tooth comb
Ponytail holders
Jaw clip
Decorative bobby pins

Step 1: Start with damp hair (either towel –dried or misted) and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.

Step 2: Use a fine-tooth comb to draw a horizontal line across the crown from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. From the line, comb the hair forward to the face. Pull the hair in back of the line into a ponytail holder or jaw clip so it stays out of your way.

Step 3: Choose which ear you want the braid to start from. Tilt the head so the ear you’ve chosen is facing up toward the ceiling. With your child’s ear tilted up, being making the braided headband using the hair in front of the part.

Step 4: Once you’ve reached the other ear, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If you like, tuck it behind the ear and pin it in place with a few bobby pins. Remove the ponytail holder or jaw clip use in Step 2 and style as you like. Finish by adding sparkly or decorative hairpins through different parts of the braid.


The Heart Braid
This is a must-have look for the holidays. To really make this look extra special add a clip to the end of the heart that coordinates your child's holiday outfit. You can also use a colorful ponytail holder at the end or add decorative beads in the braid.

The Heart Braid Compressed
Props:
Wide-tooth comb
Fine-tooth comb
Decorative hair clip
Ponytail holders

Step 1: Starting with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted), use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.  Then, using a fine-tooth comb, part the hair down the middle of the head.  Clip one side up right above the ear.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4: When you reach the center part at the back of the head, secure the braid with a ponytail holder.  If the hair is very long, end the braid about midear; the ends will hang down the back.

Step 5: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process.  Secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 6: Join the ends of the braids together in the back with a decorative bow or ponytail holder to form the bottom point of the heart.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.socozy.com.

THE BACKGROUNDCozy Friedman is the creator of the So Cozy product line and founder of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids. She is an expert authority on cool, childhood style and recognizes – and celebrates – that children today are more style-conscious than ever. Decades ago, getting a child to take a bath was a challenge but now, thanks to places like Cozy’s Cuts for Kids and product lines such as So Cozychildren are embracing grooming from a very young ageCozy has coined this trend the “metro mini” phenomenon and believes that encouraging it in a healthy way allows children to be expressive and self-confident.

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