It’s that time of year again, so stock up on hairspray and grab those bobby pins because, Moms, it’s dance recital season. Regardless of the length or texture of your child’s hair, no matter what kind of bun your child wants or the dance company suggests, past recital moms will tell you that it takes years and years of backstage hair-mishaps to truly prepared for recital night. To help you make it through your upcoming recital night, we’ve gathered a few handy-dandy hair tips from moms who have made it through many recital nights. Have a look!
Prepare to Brush Your Child’s Hair!
What kind of hair does your child have? Curly… long… fine…unruly? Chances are her hair is different than all the other girls in her dance class, right? Yet, it’s only tradition that all little ladies have the same hair is they twirl across the stage. While you might think it’ll be impossible to get your child’s hair to dance-recital-perfection, we’re here to you that you’re wrong (sorry, not sorry!). The key to producing a smooth, finished ballerina bun, is to start with the hairbrush that is suitable for your child’s hair; a proper hairbrush will ensure less pain on her part and more manageability for you.
Does your child have thick or unruly hair? To control her tresses, reach for a brush composed of coarse, widespread bristles. The thing is, bendy, condensed bristles aren’t actually going to detangle her hair, and believe it or not, they’re only going to make matters worse by causing frizz.
Does your child have curly hair? Although popular, brushes with those round eraser-looking balls on the end of the bristles should actually be avoided; they’re more likely cause pain and will actually compress and worsen tangles and knots. Much like above, it is best to reach for a brush made of coarse, widespread bristles.
Does your child have thin, fine, soft hair? If so, the brush that will grant maximum benefit for her locks is a brush built with soft, condensed bristles.
Lock It In!
Once you’ve beaten all the tangles with the proper brush, and styled to the dance company’s standards, you’re going to want to lock in the look so it doesn’t fall out with all the twists and turns she does on stage. To do so, you have two options: hairspray or hair gel. Whichever you choose is completely up you, as you know your daughter’s hair best.
If you prefer hairspray: One of the most forgotten thoughts of new dance recital moms is reminding (and teaching) girls of habits that will one day morph into natural reactions. As adults we forget that our parents once taught us to close our eyes, mouth and hold our breath before applying hair spray; unless your daughter is a regular pageant queen, you’ll have to remind her of these things too!
If you prefer hair gel: If you favor hair gel, chances are that you’re familiar with the consistency of it. That said a little reminder never hurts: a little hair gel goes a long way! Also, it is in your child’s best interest to check and double check (even triple check) that you have grabbed the plain gel. Accidents to happen, and the last thing you want is to apply colored hair gel right before she enters the stage.