Braids for Kids for Valentine's Day

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We love the look of braids on our little girls, and this Valentine's Day we sharing ways to update the standard braid with a heart braid or a French braid with tips from Cozy Friedman, author of Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair, you can learn how to create a chic and one-of-a-kind looks that are the perfect touch for a look of love this Valentine’s Day.

The Heart Braid

What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, decorative hair clip, ponytail holders

Step 1: Start with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted) that has been thoroughly conditioned. Try So Cozy Sweet Strawberry Conditioner ($11.95) on your little sweetheart’s hair. An ultra-gentle formula, it brings out the natural body and shine of her hair. So Cozy Sweet Strawberry Conditioner effectively eliminates frizzies, flyaways and tangles, so her hair is left smooth, silky and smelling, yes, so very sweet.

Step 2: Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair. Then, use a fine-tooth comb to part the hair down the middle of the head. Clip one side up right above the ear.

Step 3: On the other side of the part, use the fine-tooth comb to gather a thin section of hair from the crown. This section should measure about two inches from the hairline to the top of the head.

Step 4: Divide this section into three, and begin a French braid at the crown, 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 5: 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 mid-ear – the ends will hang down the back.

Step 6: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process. Secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 7: Join the ends of the braids together in the back, fastening them with a decorative bow or ponytail holder to create the bottom point of the heart.

The French Braid Headband

What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, ponytail holders, jaw clip, decorative bobby pins

Step 1: Start with damp hair (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. 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 the 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. Begin 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. You can tuck it behind the ear and pin it in place with bobby pins. Remove the ponytail holder or jaw clip used in Step 2, and style as you like. Finish by adding sparkly or decorative hairpins through different parts of the braid.

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