How do I get my 9 yr old daughter to wash her hair and take better care of her appearance?

Tina - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have been struggling with my 9 yr old with washing her hair. She will take a bath/shower and lie to me that she's washed her hair. She will maybe wet it but won't wash it unless I watch over her. Her hair stinks and she has had people tell her her hair stinks. I bought her a new hair dryer, straightner, bows, clips and headbands. Nothing seems to get her attention!!! She doesn't want to take the time to wash her hair because she doesn't want to take the time to dry it or style it. I have done this for her over and over again. Is there any suggestion for me? HELP.

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Tina - posted on 02/08/2010

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Renae,
Thank you for your reply. I think I might suggest that she doesn't have to dry it. She too has very thick hair and I had taken her a few months back and got it cut and had it thinned out but I think it's time for that again. I have thought about some grooming classes and am searching for some in our area. Thank you for the great suggestions. Blessings,Tina

Renae - posted on 02/08/2010

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I was exactly the same! I still hate washing my hair and I'm 30 years old. It is very thick and even when kept shorter it still takes forever and is such a hassle! I wash it simply because I have to. And being so thick it takes forever to style so I never style it. Luckily it has thinned out since having my baby and so can now actually be cut into a shape instead of always looking like a mop on my head no matter what anyone does! Is her hair a hassle like mine? Maybe get it cut shorter so its easier to wash and style? Does she have to dry and style it? I could never be bothered blow drying and still dont. My hair takes at least a day to dry naturally but its better than over an hour blow drying. Can she just comb it and leave it to dry naturally? Does she have to style it, can she just stick it in a pony tail?



My only other suggestion is to enrole her in a kids modelling class. Now before everyone jumps on me... my experience of kids modelling these days is that it is not about exploiting young children and making them into little adults. In modelling classes they teach etiquette, self confidence, grooming, skin care, hair care and lots of other good things for little girls to learn. Most classes dont dress them up and parade them down a catwalk, that's not what it is about now. Maybe find a class near by and see what they teach, it might be just the motivation your little girl needs to look after her appearance.

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