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Hairstyles for school

I mentioned early last year, that my kids have not had nits in their hair. Thankfully they didn’t bring any home last year and my fingers are crossed  ’touch wood’ they won’t be coming home this year either.

My tips on possibly why we haven’t been struck with nits:

  • I make our own hair detangler, recipe can be found here. I use this in the girl’s hair each morning purely to help me brush out the knots but possibly the conditioner deters the nits away.
  • They wash their hair once during the school week and most nights on fri-sun.  An extra wash if they are really sweaty or if they have swum in the pool.
  • I always put the girl’s hair up at school, never down and try to plait the ponytails if I can.

Below are some up-do hairstyle ideas

Gorgeous ideas from Lisa, Life as we know it blog

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000686586571 Tracey Mills on Facebook

    Sure they aren”t off to get married?? Sorry but who has time for that in the mornings? I use a condtioning mousse and simple ponytail or plait and we have no problems.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670621398 Rhiannon Creamer on Facebook

    Wow! They are amazing! How did u learn to do that?????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1385570242 Alexus Black on Facebook

    I use tea tree oil&water in a spray bottle and thank fully never had them either. My daughter is going to love these styles! Thank you :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kirsteen.murray1 Kirsteen Murray

    These hair styles are so pretty. Content as I am with my four sons, you almost have me wishing for a daughter so that I could get the chance to do some fancy hair! :0)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=702008862 Nikki Doube on Facebook

    They look great but how long does it take to do their hair of a morning?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555000425 Lyndall Johnston Leonard on Facebook

    Love the ideas! Thanks :-) I keep all our red school hair ties, clips and headbands together on her spray so they are easily found. Other hair CLIPS on a long ribbon that is attached to her wall, so you don’t have to go searching and she can easily clip it back, once used.

  • Christy

    Hi There, Does anyone know of any good books on girls hairstyles? I’ve been looking for one for my littlest Step-daughter who loves having her hair in ‘dos’. A book would be great for her to transport between homes. Any suggestions? Many thanks!

  • julie mcdonald

    Aww, I miss doing my girl’s hair! We used to have a ‘topsy tail’ device to flip a ponytail and they looked so cute! Memories!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=635982409 Fiona Ries on Facebook

    wish I knew how to braid hair!!

  • Heather

    Awwww, So pretty. I used to do all these sorts of pretty hair styles in my daughters hair. Now she’s in high school and never lets me touch her hair. I miss it so much!

  • J Bolderoff

    I have 3 kids at primary school, 2 boys and a girl. She has long hair and loves to wear it down, she never gets nits. However my middle boy is the one that gets nits at least twice to three times a year. I have found that he tends to play in close quarters to his friends, head to head, and it’s the same circle of friends he has had since he started kindy. I don’t know if one of the mums does not treat their kids hair or it’s just because they get so close to each other. I have found that by allowing my boys to style their hair with cheap gel has helped dramatically. Nits do not like dirty hair or hair products. A thin layer of gel seems to be enough to put them off, since doing this he never gets them anymore. Even if the school has restrictions on hair styles you can still add enough to deter the nits without needing to do a crazy spiky style.

  • kazza

    Great ideas ! Just what I need for school :) I could do with some instructions for those braids !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=787030746 Nadia Rimmer on Facebook

    It probably wouldn’t take longer than ten minutes from start to finish to do most of those hairstyles :) There are some great ideas there, thanks x

  • Karen

    I wish I could braide well like you… I have two very fair head girls with thin hair.. We also have done well thus far with no nits… I use the detangular spray but then when hair tied back in similar designs to Lisa I spray them with hair spray… This is a perfect block for nits… And keeps there hair looking nice all day… In saying that I wash my kids hair every second day but during the week everyday as with the hair spray it needs to be washed out… I wish I could upload pics of our hair clip drawers! We have a heap!! My hall stand has two large wide drawers, that where everything fits to do there hair, drawers are divided up with little plastic baskets… Then the ones that aren’t used so often are stored in bathroom in a fishing tackle box with compartments..

  • Nicole

    Great ideas just wish I could braid :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=605967822 Rabecca Smith on Facebook

    i braid my girls hair too most mornings, i like that their hair looks so tidy,and it doesnt take any longer once you have got it mastered. Love the pics!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1052971890 Gaye Susanne Murphy on Facebook

    I enjoy braiding my daughters hair but they say I pull it too tight! I also took a moment to look at the related hair tie organiser blog post – AWESOME idea! I’ve been struggling with how to keep track of & “find when I need them” hair ties & head bands – <3 the re-purposed!

  • Mell

    i have 5 daughters (9yrs-9mths) an for the life of me, i just can’t get the hang of braiding …… i o keep trying, but does anyone have any tips

    • Donna

      Practise with towel dried hair when learning. You have more control over the hair

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1120251192 Rachel Bradley on Facebook

    I have one daughted with a head full of long hair.. She is 6 & there is absolutely NO WAY I could braid her hair, if I ever have a morning where there is no whinging & moving around (just to brush & pull up in a pony tail) is a miracle.. I also do the tea tree spray 4 both my girls and got thru the whole year with out nits.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=774929364 Libby Hobson on Facebook

    My eldest(9) did her own and her younger sister’s hair like this yesterday and asked could she do it for school!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=623696301 Cynara Stalenhoef on Facebook

    Love the styles will try one now as we are going down the beach today!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625361385 Michelle Nurse on Facebook

    Your girl’s hair is just beautiful! As a teacher I love the styles little girls come in with in the mornings. And I appreciate the effort mums like you Katrina put in to making their children well groomed :) not easy in the mornings but as you say, a nice way to have a chat before they head off on their day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1390678241 Carlene Jager on Facebook

    WOW. I’m going to share this link with all my friends who have little girls. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1721641362 Kim Sologinkin on Facebook

    Fiona… I’m in the same boat as you, cannot braid, Katrina would love if you could upload a new video to show us your quick 5 min braids!! Thanks :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=787030746 Nadia Rimmer on Facebook

    Yep, I’d love a video too :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=672007323 Michelle Vanderven on Facebook

    I braid mine like that for school too. My kids have never hsd nits either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=760087763 Keri Welter on Facebook

    There are lots of how-to braiding videos on YouTube. I’ve watched them and STILL cannot braid for the life of me. Where do you get this tea tree spray that’s been mentioned? I HATE nits with a passion!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000487630859 Kelly Sayer on Facebook

    That looks good, but my daughter washes her hair with ‘pears’ lavender shampoo and conditioner. She is nearly 9. Still never had nits, thankgod.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690116631 Belinda Irvine on Facebook

    A spray of lavender and cedarwood oils mixed with water each morning will make the kids smell nice and should mean they never get them. All natural works amazingly.

  • Dana Nelson

    The link to the Life as we know it blog isn’t working…

  • http://shambolichome.wordpress.com/ Harriet Archer

    Two boys at my house! We’ve had nits once and once only – and it was from my eldest playing head to head with his best mate (who got it from his cousin), then passed along to my youngest in more or less the same way! The mate and my two boys sported VERY short hair for a good while there; and now their hair is a bit longer, bit of styling gel to make their hair unpleasant for the little critters. And we wash with teatree shampoo when the nit note comes home from school.

    The oldest has a relatively long fringe now, so we’re hoping that the head-to-head play has eased off a bit!

  • Anonymous

    My daughter has long white blonde hair, and all her little friends love to stroke it and play with it, which drove me crazy. She got nits once this year, but luckily I caught it early (they stand out in her hair too). I put a firm stop to hair dressing at school, and we haven’t had a recurrence of the nits. I hope we don’t get them again, as it was a pain!!!

  • Sam

    I also would love to learn how to braid, with 2 girls it is a necessity never had nits though thank goodness, I spray their hair each morning with a tea tree and ginger mix. Life saver.

  • Mel

    My daughter has very fine and curly hair. I would love to be able to braid her hair, but it’s just too fine, I can’t even keep hairbands in it!

  • Natasha Wells

    i LOVE these hair styles i am going to use them especially to showcase my hair accessories that i make http://www.mircat.org/index.php/school-hair-accessories

  • Sascha

    I have 4 daughters and I’m one of 4 girls. My mum never knew how to braid and so last year I you tubed it and now i’m so good!! You tube girls…

  • JP

    Beautiful braiding! I am one of 4 girls too. Being farm kids, we had early bus pickup, so our hair was always short. Mum definitely didn’t have time to fuss with our hair! Sadly, we didn’t get the opportunity to play hairdressers as young girls, so have never been able to braid hair. The closest I got to doing long hair was plaiting our pony’s mane. I have a son who “lets me know when he needs his hair cut”. Our daughter has long, wavy auburn hair which turns to dreadlocks overnight, if not brushed & tied up. I have tried braiding & my daughter loves it when I attempt even a simple braid. I’m all fingers but I’ll keep trying.

  • Butafly Dreamz

    Love all the different ways to do the hair, with my daughter entering school this year i have been practising to get my braids right slow progress! But the hair tie organising is just like our bathroom, i have never seen so many hair ties in my life that i have them all boxed up for and quick use!

  • Davina

    I wanted to let you know that your hairstyles are a hit. I have had heaps of comments on my daughters hair since she started school. I can’t braied but I have been doing the plats and the criss cross one. I give full credit to you so hopefully you will get a few new readers from it. Thanks.

    • http://www.theorganisedhousewife.com.au Katrina

      Aaw, thankyou Davina for sharing. My girls love it when I do their hair up, and secretly I have fun doing it. But then there are day’s they are happy with a ponytail.

  • Jenniferlang

    Thankyou for the great hair idea’s, I’m a hairdresser myself and have not seen some of these, but i do usually ladies hair not kids but will be doing these on my 4 year old daughter! :-)

  • http://facebook Lisa

    I taught myself how to braid on my daughters dolls hair… Barbie’s are great as are stiff ( and don’t wiggle or whine ;)

    I use a spray that is 6 drops of pure tea tree or eucalyptus oil, 6 drops of lavender oil… 1/2 fill a spray bottle with cheap conditioner, add the oils and then fill to the top with water. Shake well and spray on child’s hair every morning ( don’t be stingy). I also spray her school hat once a week.

    Our kindy class has been riddled with nits all year long and my daughter has long hair but no nits as of yet!

  • jenny

    you might like http://www.princesshairstyles.com i use it often to find differnt hairstyles, however my then 6 year old asked me to just do simple ponytails because she was sick of people paying so much attention to her fancy hair.
    Nits… i have just dealt with them for the first time in over 2 years… damn critters even got me!!
    I usually use your detangler recipe, but add tee tree and lavander oil as well to try to keep the bugs away. shame my daughters best friend is the one that always has nits…. tight hairstyles it is for her again!

  • Shell

    If you can plait, you can braid! A braid is just like a plait. Start with a small section on top of the head (or side, depending where you’d like) and section into 3 pieces and start plaiting. When you get to the piece of hair on the top, depending on which side it is (coming in from the left or the right), pull in a piece of hair from that side to add to the hair on top. Continue plaiting, pulling in pieces from each side until you reach your desired length. Then put in a hair tie :o) Hope this helps

  • LeeLee

    glad to see someone else does outie plats! I thought I was the only one.