Whoville Hair How-to?

My first attempt! :)

Updating: I’m posting the best ideas from the comments and other experiences up top. Please add your own ideas, below, too, if you’ve got them. Different ideas work for different hair lengths and textures. :)

– For height, tease the hair or mold it over a cup. You could also try making a bun with some of the hair, then shaping the other hair around it.
– For color streaks, try rubbing a small section of hair with oil pastels or brightly colored chalk.
– For curls in hair that doesn’t want to hold them, spray a brush with hairspray, brush through. Let it dry then brush it through again. Wind the lock around a curling iron, and then wind it back up in a foam curler (or around your finger) until it’s cooled off. Then, don’t brush it. :) Give it one more mist of spray when it’s in place!
– Floral wire and pipe cleaners are your friend if you want to braid around some fun shapes!
– Not enough hair to make it work? Try adding a fake-hair ponytail holder, or braiding in some thick yarn ribbons.

For shorter hair and LOTS of hold, my favorite product is Got 2 Be Glued.

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Both of my kids have straight hair, and mine is anything but. If you’ve got a curly head kid, or even a wavy head, try using a thin gel/curl setting lotion over all over sopping wet hair. Don’t comb it and don’t try to rub it dry. You can scrunch some of the wet out with an old t-shirt if you’d like and use a diffuser – dry with the hair upside down and you should get a wild mane of curls that be touched up with a curling iron if needed, tied up with ribbons, colored a bit with oil pastels, or done however you’d like – just don’t brush it unless you want it to look like a bit of fluff the Whos lived on. As for which sculpting lotion to use? I LOVE my Ouidad climate control, but it’s expensive. Sally’s has a few choices for lotions that will work smashingly. You can also check the ethnic haircair aisle.

Got pics? Send them on and I’ll post them if you’d like. :) I’ll see if I can get some one ones of my kids tomorrow for Dr. Seuss’s birthday. In the meantime, enjoy this video. The quality is poor, but it makes my heart giggle.

Back to the original article :) —–

I’m looking for ideas for making who-hair. Google hasn’t helped me much so I’ll appeal to my lovely readers. So my daughter’s school just loves Dr. Seuss and decided to have a Grinch play. But the little girls were supposed to look like Whos — down to the crazy who-hairdo! So I’d originally posted this:

If you know of a whoville hairstyle trick, please drop your how-to on this page. And in the meanwhile I’ll be trying to figure something out, and will post what I did if it works out :)

Alright, well that was short notice and not enough time to land it in google. But I’ll tell you what I did, and what some of the other mothers did. You can use these ideas at a Seuss party, plays, halloween, Christmas, or any other Seussical occasion.

Easiest idea, IMHO, came from my friend Jen: wrap the hair up over a pantyhose egg and add a fake-hair clip in a fun color. Easy peasy and there’s no mess of hairspray or hair paint to wash out.

This is what else I noticed:

I would say most of the moms actually put a plastic drinking cup on top of their daughters head, then pulled the hair up and around it. Some of them curled the ends, some fluffed them out, and some braided them with pipe cleaners and ribbons to make funky shapes.

Mary’s hair was a bit too fine and thin for all that, but I did want the grinch-movie type height on her head. So instead of a cup, I used the taller half of a large plastic easter egg, and made a top-of-the-head pontyail just above that. Her hair covered that easily — well, I did have to use lots of thinned-out spiking glue to make it hold up.

I tried, really, to braid a pipe cleaner into her hair because I wanted to make a spiral with it. Alas and alack, my sister is so talented with braiding, I’ve never really learned how to do it well for myself. So I tried curling mary’s ends with my curling iron, and I learned that very fine smooth and shiny hair like mary’s does not cooperate with a curling iron.

Still, the egg under her hair gave her head sortof a hershy’s kiss shape, and it was cute. A teacher added a bow for her (something I couldn’t find in my craft box at home) and she ended up looking very cute. If only she weren’t so petrified about the performance.

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9 comments on “Whoville Hair How-to?
  1. Jen-bo-ben says:

    Hey Velda-Melda,
    I have seen ponytail holders that have hair extentions in them in the girl section of Wal-Mart, Kholes, etc. Usually the extentions are pink, blonde, etc. You could do the "who do" with the egg or cup, tie it at the top with the pony tail holder with the hair extentions, and then wax, braid, curl, whatever… the fake hair.

  2. Velda says:

    There’s an idea! Thanks Jen :)

  3. Phase 1 says:

    Next time I would suggest back-combing, shaping the hair as you go. use a lot of firm hold hair spray. I personally like bed head products but really anything will work. Then, using the back of a paddle brush, use just the sideof the brush to lightly comb just the outside of the hair to give it a smooth look.

  4. phase 1 says:

    I can send you pictures of a contest that I did in school that didn’t require the use of a cup or anything like that. We won first place.

  5. Velda says:

    Thanks. I tried backcombing but I’m sure half the problem was that all the hair products around my house are not for baby-fine, smooth-folicled, straight hair like hers, given that mine’s the exact opposite: thick, heavy, wavy/curly, but as long as I give it a little freedom and a good dose of anti-frizz gel, its fairly easy to coax into different styles. And I’ve always thought Mary’s perfectly shiny, smooth hair was so enviable (At least to girls like me?) that I never really do anything to it. So we don’t really have any very hard-holding products around here, except my son’s spiking glue. My products seem to slide right out of her hair.

    We’re going to try to give her Princess Peach hair for halloween. I’m guessing I’ll need a good semi-stiff body-building type hairspray for that one.

    And I would totally love to see the pictures. I’d be happy to post them here too with your permission.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Hey have you tried Floral Wire??? It works great, especially for the curvy pig tails

  7. Velda says:

    Elizabeth – good idea! How do you get the hair to cover it up?

  8. Squishy says:

    If you use pipe-cleaners or long wires, you can braid your hair around it and it’ll hel it hold straight up.

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