I don’t know how to create intricate heart shaped braids. I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve curled the girls hair. Most kindergarten mornings, I grab a tiny elastic, wrap her hair in a high ponytail and create a topknot to start the day. It’s fast, adorable and doesn’t take a lot of hair styling talent.
Olivia’s almost six and she’s started to develop her own sense of style. She’s started to request different hairstyles that have required me to watch videos like this fishtail braid tutorial over and over. As simple as the fishtail braid is, I watched that video over and over, learning the techniques to get it just right – and the tenth or so time, it started to look like the video.
Eager to do her hair herself, she’s started to watch these videos – practicing on a mannequin head that my mother had given her last year. One braid at a time, she’s developing her own sense of style. One hairstyle at a time, completed on her own in front of a vanity in her room she’s developing her own sense of style.
Learning to Style on her Own
Interested in styling herself, styling me, and styling her dolls, we’ve found a few fast favorites when it comes to playtime. The new line of Barbie Fashionista dolls includes 23 uniquely-styled Barbies with with 22 different hairstyles, dressed in trendy clothes. Crimped and curly to sleek and styled, Olivia can use the dolls to develop her own sense of personal styles – and we can engage in play together.
To find even more fun with style, you can visit www.besuper.ca to watch the latest music videos, download coloring sheets, and create a lookbook with your favorite barbies from the Fashionistas Collection.
I am a part of the Mattel Play Advocates program and receive special perks for my participation. All opinions are my own.