I mentioned many times how my 11-year-old daughter, PickyKidPix, wants to learn to be a hair stylist in order to earn money in high school. What I didn’t realize was how sneaky and persistent she has been to learn.
In the beginning, she would invite her friends over for a playdate and let them watch TV so they would sit still while she styles their hair. Her friends would leave with elaborate braids á la Katniss. And, after she received flat irons and curling irons for birthday gifts, with straight and/or curly hair; the opposite of what they came in with.
She’s watched over 200 hours of YouTube videos on how to style hair starting with Cute Girls Hairstyles and then branching off into Style and Beauty YouTubers including Michelle Phan, Kandee Johnson, Hey Kayli, and Bethany Mota. I hadn’t heard of any of these beauty Vloggers either, but since my bedroom has the best WiFi, I can now recognize their voices!!
I believe in If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them so after realizng this was not going away, I got her a beauty school synthetic hair wig of for Christmas along with a How To book and tools. My son named the hair mannequin “Leslie” and PickyKidPix gave her a classic bob.
Wendy at Safar in Boston. She’s been cutting my hair for the last 16 years!
Because PickyKidPix could only convince her friend Lily to let her trim her hair (it turned out really well!), I decided to let her trim my hair right before I got my hair cut. I had let my hair go for a few weeks longer than I should have, so it hung limply in my face. I told PickyKidPix to layer the front and this is what she did:
My hair stylist Wendy from Safar sympathized with PickyKidPix and kindly decided to help her by making her a video on how to cut the more difficult part of my hair: the back.
This is the back of my hair after Wendy cuts it.
She said that PickyKidPix was a natural and did a very good job on the front! I knew my daughter would not believe me that Wendy had complimented her work on my hair, so it’s included on the video! Honest, no prompting from me!
Wendy also sent my daughter instructional videos to help her learn hair cutting technique.
After hearing my daughter’s woes about finding clients willing to sit in her chair, we told Wendy that our boxing trainer Marc offered to let her cut his hair. PickyKidPix hesitated to seize this offer because she didn’t know how to layer the top of his head and blend it down the shorter sides.
Wendy also sent her this video to show my daughter how to cut men’s hair using clippers. My daughter would use scissors instead.
Hair Styling Picture Book Giveaway
I wouldn’t leave you with a book choice!
Birdie’s Big-Girl Hair (Birdie Series) by Sujean Rim
This adorable picture book also tells a mommy and me hair styling story, but in this case, young Birdie goes to the hair salon after deciding on a special hair style! [picture book, ages 3 and up]
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I get my hair cut every 8 to 10 weeks, so I’ll keep you posted on the next hair cut I get from my daughter that will include the back. In the meantime, she will watch those videos over and over again (she really is obsessed!) in order to learn these hair cutting techniques.
Do your kids want to learn a skill that doesn’t really excite you? Please share! I’d love to hear!
p.s. Serge Safar, founder of Safar, did the hair and make up for the recent Milly show at New York’s Fashion Week a few weeks ago. PickyKidPix says she knows how to do that ponytail look!
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