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Once upon a time there was a little girl, and she was born with pin straight black hair. This soon fell out and was replaced with a headful of lighter brown locks, and they curled! They twisted and turned and, for a long time, made her resemble a boy Cabbage Patch doll (I have pictures to prove it…) Until one day, it got long enough for ponytails and braids and bows. It grew and grew, down her back, when suddenly it became a PROBLEM. Not because of the perfect curls and ringlets, but from the battle it took to comb it out, daily. It required tears and threats and many minutes detangling hopeless knots. This mama threatened to cut it all off, because the crying was just TOO MUCH, and the tears weren’t always from a certain six year old.
I’ve heard of various brushed out there that are supposed to fix this issue, but they never did. Enter the Goody Tanglefix brush. I picked it, and the Quikstyle Paddle and Half Round brush, up at Walgreens during their Buy/One Get One free event. It fits into the palm of your hand, and somehow seems to effortlessly brush through the thickest, most sleep tangled curly hair ever. Each morning I spray Molly’s hair with detangler, then brush it through in sections with the TangleFix brush. It takes about one minute and we are both sort of amazed that it doesn’t hurt and cause tears (we’ve had some rough mornings with other brushes, I promise.)
After I brush out her hair I ask her what she would like me to do with her hair that day. Often enough she wants a high ponytail, or sometimes a fishtail braid on a fancy day. Since her hair is so much thicker and nicer than mine, I like to look through Pinterest and various websites for fun and QUICK hairstyles to try out on her. My two favorites are this Princess crown braid (see above!), that takes about two minus to do, and this Braided Princess crown. I love being able to do really fun hairstyles on her that don’t take up a lot of time, because she gets squirmy after about a minute or two and I need to get dressed as well. (Why is it that THEY are always ready, and I’m still standing there in my nightgown and slippers?!)
Here are some other trips that make our morning smoother:
1) We get up earlier than we need to, because I like built in time to NOT have to rush. Rushing causes yelling and chaos, and I hate starting my day like that. We eat breakfast together (or they eat, I drink coffee!), then they get dressed while I clean up/get their backpacks packed.
2) Because we have had issues with staying motivated and not getting sidetracked, I don’t let the kids watch any TV before school, ever. I watch the news for the first five minutes for the weather, then I put music on. This makes our mornings calmer, and creates an atmosphere where the kids will color, read books, or play outside before school instead of watching a show.
3) After breakfast, I help the kids get their clothes picked out, shoes placed by the door, and hair done (er, just one of them needs that. Thank GOODNESS.) Again, the Goody TangleFix brush makes the hair process SO MUCH smoother, and I can do her hair in a few minutes or less. I also find that keeping her hair trimmed regularly eliminates all the “crunchy bits” on that bottom that occurs with constant brushing and hair products, and makes her hair more manageable.
3) I often shower the day before, either at night while the kids are in bed, or after the gym while they are in school. On a good day I get about 15 minutes to get dressed and ready from start to getinthecarwehavetoleaverightnow, and on a bad day, maybe five. Not having to shower cuts down this time dramatically. I also set out clothes for myself the night before, or have an idea of what I want to wear. On an easy day I can just wear my workout clothes and go straight to the gym after dropping the kids off at school.
4) I only wash my hair about 2-3 times per week, and style it twice. I tried out Goody’s Quikstyle Paddle brush recently and LOVED it. It is really lightweight, and has almost a towel material built in between to bristles to dry your hair more quickly when blow drying and paddle brushing it straight. This takes that time away when I don’t have time to let it dry a little after washing, you can dry it when it is really wet and it dries more quickly. In the morning I just run a brush through the ends, put a little argan oil on it, then either wear it down if it looks clean, or put a hat on it if it looks dirty. Problem solved!
5) My makeup routine is fairly simple, so I can do a full face in under three minutes. Moisturizer with SPF, Foundation or CC Cream, blush, eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick on a “fancy” day; mascara and a smudge of eyeliner only on a gym or low key day. I find that wearing a bright lip can make me look more put together than any other type of makeup, so that is my go to on a busy day.
Our mornings are busy, but with the extra time built in, and some time to hang out while they eat and get dressed, I find that the day begins with a smile. Not having a battle over hair brushing is a gift to my daughter AND myself, she doesn’t dread it each morning anymore, and I love that. We have more minutes to sometimes read a book or two, or for me to blast a blog post on social media and take care of the little details. The kids can hang out while I put my makeup on, or ride bikes in the driveway a bit. I like that, for the most part, our day starts on a happy note.
Now did I just jinx myself for tomorrow? 😉
P.S. There is a current Buy One/Get One offer at Walgreens running from now until Nov 1st (while supplies last!) on ALL Goody products, including the TangleFix AND the Quikstyle brushes. You need a Walgreens store reward card to partake in this offer, and it is supper easy to sign up for.