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Curling a 3 Year Olds Hair!???

Hi Mamas,

This is going to seem like the silliest question ever, but I cannot get my little girls hair to hold a curl. She has naturally wavy hair..and it is not real full yet. I have tried a curling iron and it seems to make it go completely straight...which is crazy to me. I need to put her hair in a curly pony tail for dance on Friday and I am clueless. I also bought one of those skinny(european) curling irons from the kiosk in the mall and that holds for all of 3 seconds. I am thinking my next step is sponge rollers, but have never done this, so if any of you have ideas of how to get her hair to hold curl I would be so grateful!

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I roll my daughter's hair in sponge curlers after her bath and she sleeps on them all night. But if you need it for a night performance you could do it in the morning and let her wear the curlers all day. There are also different sizes of sponge culers so it just depends on how tight you want the curls. If it's for a pony tail, you could put the pony tail up and then curl it with the curlers.

I hope this helps.

When my daughter was that age, I did the sponge rollers to get maximum curl for her (she has very straight hair). Just curl them up slighly damp and blow dry them a little to speed up the drying/curling. Don't forget the hairspray, too :-)

Yes, sponge rollers will work or you can pin curl it. Slightly dampen hair and take a piece of hair and wrap it around your finger push it off of your finger holding the curl and bobbie pin it in place. Then blow dry or wait let it air dry if you have extra time. These curls may end up tighter than you want.
I would experiment a little before the event.

Personally I would never torture my 3 year old by making them sleep in sponge curlers. I can't even sleep comfortably int he things, I don't think they should. My suggestion is to stick with the curling iron, but go about it differently. I know you want her to be fresh and clean for whatever this event is, but her hair will probably only hold a curl if it is not freshly washed. So give her a bath, but don't wash her hair. If you insist on washing her hair right before the event, then after you wash and dry her her you need to rub some mousse through it or spray hairspray all in it in order for her hair to hold the curl. I think those things are much better than making a 3 year old wear the sponge rollers. There is no way she would like that.

I use sponge rollers on my little girl. She has used them since she was 2. I just put them in in the morning and in about 2 to 3 hours they are done. She never sleeps in them and she is okay with them in while she plays or watches tv. Just spray her hair a little w/spray gel or hair spray as you are putting them in. Right before I take them out, I spary a little more and blow dry on low for abt a min all the way around her head. Good luck to you!


I have never tried sponge rollers, but for my daughters dance recital last year I had to get a hair piece thing. The one that goes around the pony tail, because her hair was so thin. It actually looked pretty good!

Sponge rollers are great. They usually work perfectly. My 4 year old daughter sleeps in them (and did when she was 3 also) and had no problems. Just after washing her hair, let it dry a little and when it is damp spray in some gel spray or hairspray and roll. You can do it the night before and let her sleep in them (she'll be fine) or you can do it that morning and blow dry the hair after rolling it to let it dry. Good luck!

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