How to Make An Elsa Braid: A Simple Hair Tutorial

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for SoCozy. I received Target gift cards to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.

How to Make An Elsa Braid - A Simple DIY Tutorial

Now let me be completely honest up front, if you were looking for a super fancy french braid like tutorial, then look somewhere else. Because today I’m going to show you how to make an Elsa braid. But if you’re anyone other than my daughter you may simply see a pony tail with a braid in it. That’s because this is exactly what her Elsa braid is.

I’ve french braided her hair and tried to call it an Elsa braid, I’ve even done a fishnet braid in her hair and tried to call it an Elsa braid. But this girl. She doesn’t believe me. And this, right here, is what she deems as an Elsa braid.

So we go with it. And I save about 15 minutes in the morning arguing about brushing her hair. Because she’ll let me brush her hair if we put it in an Elsa braid. AND if we use her SoCozy detangler.

How to Make An Elsa Braid - the life of a princessHow to Make An Elsa Braid - SoCozy detangler

How to Make An Elsa Braid

What you need: 

  • brush
  • detangler
  • 2 small pony tail holders
  • a head of hair

What you’ll do: 

  1. Spray hair with SoCozy detangler.
  2. Brush all of the tangles and knots out of the hair.
  3. Put the hair into a pony tail by gathering up all of the hair to the middle of the child’s head with a brush. Spray additional detangler if needed for stray or frizzy hairs.
  4. Secure with a pony tail holder.
  5. Section pony tail into 3 sections.
  6. Take one section into the left thumb and forefinger, on into the right thumb and forefinger, and let the middle fall into where your fingers meet.
  7. Bring the left hand side over in between the middle section and the right section. Then bring the right hand side over in between the middle section and the left section.
  8. Repeat until all of the hair is used up and braided.
  9. Secure with the second pony tail holder.

Watch this video tutorial for an easy visual on how to make this hairstyle: 

Before we started using the SoCozy detangler and putting my daughter’s hair in an Elsa braid, I would have to wrangle her every.single.morning to get her to stay still so I could brush her hair.

She’d scream, cry, and complain that I was pulling. I was hurting her. She was going to call Daddy. And then it all stopped and mornings became magical again (cue the Cinderella blue birds). 

Because now we can sit by her wishing well (aka the koi pond) like Snow White, while she wears her Cinderella dress, and smells her Briar Roses – no, seriously… they’re “Sleeping Beauty Roses” to her – and I make her an Elsa braid before we head off to preschool. 5 minutes. Easy peasy!

How to Make An Elsa Braid - quick and simple hair design

Looking for something a little less basic? Check out this SoCozy tutorial on how to make a Braided Tiara for your princess:

These SoCozy products truly are magical. We’ve had great luck with our SoCozy Cinch 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash in addition to the detangler we use daily. Not only does our daughter use it during bathtime but our son uses it in the shower as well.

And with how lazy this boy is in the shower, we need a 3 in 1 product that tackles everything at once so we can douse him, scrub him, rinse him, and dry him without him realizing it! Before we bought this product, he’d just go in, rinse with water, and tell us he was clean.

We’ve had to go back to Target and get more because he is actually using it. And in the end he smells Mango-go fresh and everyone around him is thankful. 

What’s your go-to hairstyle for your little one?

How To Tame The Mane: Curly Hair Tips for Kids

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for SoCozy. I received Target gift cards to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.

How To Tame The Mane Curly Hair Tips for Kids

This girl. She’s full of, spunk, sass, and always on the go. She’s also blessed with a curly mane of hair that has been the source of our arguements every single morning. Until we found the right tools to take care of her hair.

Learning how to properly care for my kids hair is important to me because I want them to know how to properly care for themselves as they get older. Even with this girl that is always on the go, I can find time in the morning to tame her mane with a few simple tools.

Curly Hair Tips for Kids - get a good leave in conditioner and detangler

Curly Hair Tips for Kids

1. Find the right brush – one of my biggest tools in the morning to ensure no tears when we take care of my daughter’s curly locks is our Wet Brush. Not only does it ease the pulling and distress my daughter’s knots and tangles bring, it also feels great in my hand and in hers. That means she can brush her own hair some mornings when I’m still getting lunches packed.

2. Use a good conditioner – in the bathtub the night before I always make sure that my daughter uses a shampoo + conditioner so that her hair is ready for the brushing after her bath and again in the morning. Keeping her hair conditioned and well cared for also makes her curls look better when her hair dries.

3. Don’t skip the detangler – we cannot even go near my daugther’s tangles and curls in the morning without a detangler. And I’m SO excited to have found the SoCozy detangler because it also has leave-in conditioner included as well. That means her hair stays smooth and soft AND the curls look great even when we haven’t just given her a bath.

How To Tame The Mane Curly Hair Tips for Kids - get a wet brush

SoCozy salon quality hair products for children are now being sold at Target. I was able to find our new detangler and the 3 in 1 shampoo + conditioner + wash on the shelves at our local Target in the Beauty section.

Not only did they have these two products I picked up but they also carried the Boo! Lice Prevention Shampoo and Spray. I know exactly where to go when I get the next letter home from my son’s school about a lice outbreak (is your skin crawling?).

We’ll be using our new SoCozy over the next few weeks and can’t wait to share how they work for our family (and yes – my son will be using these as well!). Not only do we need something for my daugther’s hair but for my son’s hair as well.

SoCozy Products in Target

SoCozy is currently running a contest and would love for you to join in on the fun! The contest taking place from 3/23 – 4/30. You can enter here:

What’s your morning hair care routine?

The Ultimate Girls Night Out: Celebrating My 30th in Style

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The Ultimate Girls Night Out - Celebrating my 30th

Last month I celebrated my 30th birthday with the ultimate girls night out. I’ve been talking about how I was going to celebrate my 30th for the past year and finally I decided on an awesome night out with my friends at a great restaurant.

I made sure that everyone had rides to and from the restaurant and that the whole meal was taken care of so all my friends had to do was show up. My husband chauffeured most of us (his idea!) and surprised me by gifting each of my friends a cute favor that was left at the restaurant before we got there.

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Failproof DIY Nail Art for the Busy Mom

Failproof DIY Nail Art

I think I’m in trouble. My daughter is obsessed with all things beauty. And I really need to up my game if I’m gonna be able to impress her with my mad nail painting skills. So I’ve searched high and low for the easiest, failrpoof DIY nail art so I can start practicing now.

After seeing a few blog posts from my friend Staci of 7 on a Shoestring (a self-proclaimed tomboy), including this graffiti nail art how-to, I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel. If she could make fun and pretty nail art for her girls, I could totally pull it off for my two year old.

So when I was perusing the shelves at CVS waiting for my prescription for Vicodin to be filled (ugh… had my wisdom teeth pulled last week and OMG I’m in pain!) I found the display for Sally Hansen nail art pens and couldn’t say no. It just sounded so easy!

I left the store with my daughter’s favorite color, purple, in Sally Hansen’s Tough As Nails Xtreme Wear polish and a white Sally Hansen nail art pen.

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