We’re headed to Disneyland in a few weeks for Calvin’s first trip to the parks. It will be Eva’s second trip, but the first since she was old enough to walk on her own, so she’s pretty excited. I know that not everyone likes to take their kids when they’re this little, but I know she’s going to love it so much!
I wanted to add something special to our trip, so we looked into the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, which is a little beauty parlor in Fantasyland where girls and boys can get the royal treatment (glitterizing and such). I’ve seen girls around the parks who had been to the boutique and always thought it was going to be so fun when our kids were old enough.
Turns out, it starts at $55. Yikes! That’s just for hair, accessories, and makeup (which I’m not crazy about for the two year old). The princess dresses and all of that are extra, which is fine because Eva will be packing her own, so I couldn’t really stomach the thought of spending that much money on a hairstyle she wouldn’t remember getting (since a big part of the price is the pampering and princess treatment). I’m not saying that we’ll never do it, but I don’t think it’s one of the things that makes sense for our family when our kids are so little. Plus, I wondered if we could do it ourselves?
Here’s the secret weapon:
Sock bun! Take a sock (smaller the better if you’re dealing with toddler hair like we are). Cut the toe off and roll it up into a sock donut.
Get your kid’s hair wet and apply mousse throughout. Pull it into a high, tight ponytail and then slick it into a big spike. Take a photo of your kid’s panicked face since she thinks you just lost your mind.
This is the tricky part…or rather, this seems tricky but it’s not tricky at all. Take the sock donut, place it at the top of the spike (ring toss style), and start rolling the hair over it so that the hair is coming up the middle of the donut and rolling back down over the sides. Don’t worry about covering the donut completely as you roll – I usually roll it in two sections and then spread it out later. As you roll, it might start to get a little loose and crazy, but you can gently pull up on the donut and the hair will tighten around it so you can keep rolling. By the time you get to the bottom, it should be tight with all the hair rolled consistently. Then you can spread it out so the donut is covered. Add a little glitter if you want and use hairspray to set.
(Was that wildly confusing? Try this sock bun tutorial from Hopeful Honey.)
Isn’t she cute? We don’t have all the fun princess accessories that the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique gives you, but we can probably find a little something at the local kid store (I bet $55 buys you a lot of clips and tiaras.) The next time I do it, I think I’ll use multicolored glitter or maybe a glitter hair spray. I grabbed the closest thing – Christmas glitter – and it’s a little gold and chunky for my taste. Eva didn’t mind.