I've been telling Lilia that I would try to French braid her hair for some time now. The truth is, I have no idea how to do it. Not once have I attempted this. Everyone who played sports in junior high and high school had the fancy French braid. I had the scrunchie covered ponytail.
I knew I'd have to do some online research, so on this rainy night, we both sat in front of the computer, a brush and hair supplies on hand and started the braiding.
On our YouTube search, Lilia noticed there was an online tutorial for the textured French braid of Elsa, from the movie Frozen. "Wait, is that Elsa? Oh, I want my hair to look like Elsa's!"
Okay, textured French braid. Couldn't be too hard, right?
We watched the tutorial and it started with some backcombing. I skipped that part because Lilia has wavy hair that poofs up in front when you pull it back so it has built in texture at this point in her life.
We skipped ahead and twisted top pieces of her hair and secured them with bobby pins like they show in the video. At one point, the stylist tells you to continue with a normal French braid. That's where I hit pause. Where's the tutorial on that? So, we also watched this video.
It took about three tries for me to even get this slightly right. The videos are great so I blame my ineptitude with all things hair.
Honestly, you can't really go wrong with a seven-year-old's hair. I mean, what are you going to do that's going to make them look silly? Nothing! They're automatically cute. That being said, I don't think I did too bad for my first time. Lilia's French braid is loose and textured just like Elsa's and she was more than happy with the results.
Next up? Home perms! Okay, okay, maybe I'll just keep working on my French braids and save burning chemicals for another day.
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