Hair ties, headbands and headaches

January 6, 2012 in activities,girls and beauty

Two girls. A new package of 25 elastic hair bands. A new brush. Happy momma who purchased both hair items on clearance to replace the ones that had gone missing. Fast forward six months.

Hair brush is missing. Momma’s brush is the only one that can be found and on this particular day, momma’s brush is buried under a quilt on Bird’s bed. Only two hair bands are in the hair accessory drawer. That morning even those two are inaccessible because my husband is in the bathroom when the girls want to do their hair for school. The girls pull out their doll bin and start flinging hard and soft dolls out of the basket. The dolls have stolen the hair bands. One of the Groovy Girls, well she made her hair into four pigtails and used four of our hair bands. No wonder we can’t find them. And Barbie, well she took a hair band and piece of cloth and made a dress. And in the car, three bands are shoved in a little hiding place in the handle of the door. Probably deposited there after a soccer game. And in the basement, there are four scattered in corners or under couches. Bird shot them at Bug in a moment of playfulness, or maybe revenge. There are two more in the pocket of Bug’s coat; she generally departs for school with pigtails or braids and returns with her hair down. Three of the bands broke or were mysteriously stretched past the point of usefulness.  And the last four, well those went to the land of missing socks and lost buttons.

Photo taken by my friend
Stephanie at Triptych Photo

Over a year ago, I decided to tackle the lack of responsibility regarding hair accessories. While I could lay ground rules, like no using momma’s brush, I needed to help the girls get organized. My first attempt was a hobby box, with all the barrettes and bands sorted by color. Ours is now defunct but you can admire Amy’s over at The Idea Room.  I wish we were organize-by-color kind of people but really we too spontaneous to be good at organizing.

We live in a small house with one full size bathroom. By modern standards that bathroom is tiny. It has three 7-inch wide drawers for storage and a big space under the cabinet and that’s it. The girls’ room is also tiny. There was no drawer or  any place safe to keep the hobby box so we set it on top of the nightstand. It made sense. The nightstand has a mirror above it . But the box would get knocked off and the lid rarely got latched. And then we had hair accessory vomit. And still the girls removed their hair accessories long before bedtime and deposited them wherever. Plus the hobby box didn’t help with the multiplying headband problem.

So the search for organization continued. This summer I emptied out an oatmeal container and a container of powdered Gatorade. I cleaned them out and glue gunned blue zebra stripe scrapbook paper to the bins and a bow ( the girls LOVE animal prints). The oatmeal container was perfect for headbands. Hair clips attach to the edge and brushes or elastic headbands go inside. So does the purple carabiner that holds all the elastics bands. This system works for us, though it isn’t as pretty as a the color organized hobby box, it fits our personalities. Now, it’s time to establish some habits about putting the hair accessories away…any suggestions?

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Marie April 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

I know what you mean about lost hair accessories and then some. My girls have a drawer where they are supposed to be kept, yet they stilll end up all over the house, in the car and really, who knows where else. It’s like they don’t even noticed that their hair accessory even fell out! Bangs covering their eyes and they still don’t notice. Lol. I don’t think I was organized as a child either so I just can’t blame them! 🙂


Heather Graham April 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

OH MY GOODNESS! You have no idea how desperately I needed to see this! My poor daughter’s hair accessories are ALL OVER THE PLACE – it’s ridiculous, and so frustrating when we are in a hurry, and I’m trying to fix her hair. Thanks so much for sharing!

Also, would love for you to link it up at my linky party! My readers would love it…



cheapcraftymama April 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Very cute and easy idea- thanks for sharing! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at “Pin It & Win It Wednesday” at!


Onna April 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Very creative! I can never find any of my hair things, I totally need to try this out!


Sandy December 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Reading this after searching high and low for hair accessories just this morning! It’s fate I tell you!


pruningprincesses December 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Sandy, I am happy to report that these simple organizers are still functioning perfectly after a year and half of daily use. You should definitely try them. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


OneMommy December 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Love the idea of the oatmeal container for headbands! We are just starting to get into headbands here…. And all our little hair accessories fall out of the cabinet all the time. Definitely going to try this!


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