Learning New Hairstyles!

This was one of the girls favorite activities! I was a cosmetologist before having children so I know a few things about hair. If you don't consider inviting someone in your ward to come talk to the girls about taking care of their hair or use my handout. Young women always like to help as well!
First off when the girls came I had a long table set up with all kinds of hair supplies for doing hair. I had a comb for each girl. There were also flat irons, curling irons, different rubber bands, hair wax, hairspray, and gel. I first shared a few hair tips with the girls on taking care of their hair. This is the hand out I made and gave a copy to each girl as I went over it.


Washing your hair-

First comb all of the tangles out. Next wet your hair thoroughly with warm water to open up the scale like cuticles of the hair. Next apply shampoo to your roots massaging in a circular motion. Rinse and repeat a second time. Next add a dollop of conditioner and work through to your ends. Rinse with cool water to close the hair cuticle and to retain moisture and have shiny hair! For an extra condition after washing squeeze the moisture out of hair and apply conditioner and put a shower cap on. Heat up with a blow dryer for a few minutes and then allow to cool. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse with cool water. Wash your hair no more than every other day.


What is considered the best homemade remedy to dandruff is a vinegar wash. Mix two teaspoons of vinegar with six teaspoons of water and rub it against your scalp before you go to bed, then wrap your head with a towel. Apply the same solution to your hair once again in the morning when you wake up, then rinse it with water. You do not have to worry about the smell of vinegar in your hair, as the smell of vinegar does evaporate eventually.

Dry Hair-

* Placing 1 or 2 drops of safflower oil in your palms and rub them together.

* There should only be enough to make your hands "shine" in the light.

* Carefully take your hair (while dry) and "scrunch" the small amount of oil to the ENDS first and work toward the scalp.

* Leave this in your hair.

* 1-2 drops of safflower oil on dry hair is so small, you won’t notice it is there.

Oily Hair-

Do not wash everyday. The cleaner your hair is the more it can seep into your glands and harder it is to get rid of. The more you strip the oils the more oil your scalp will produce. For a quick fix, rub a little Talcum Powder on your dried hair at the roots. Just make sure you wash it out.

You can also use a dry shampoo that you leave on.

Healthy Hair starts with a healthy body! Drink plenty of water. Eat foods rich in protein, minerals and vitamins. Dark green vegetables, fish, meats nuts seeds, and FRUITS and VEGETABLES!

After I went over this hand out I showed a video clip on my laptop of how to do a fun messy bun on long hair. Then I showed them a fun braid bun on my daughter. I handed out a list to each girl of my favorite hairstyle websites so they could search them for fun styles for their hair.

Here is my list...

Websites with fun hair ideas.








Afterwards all of the girls got their hair done! Me, our other leader and 1 young women, helped to style the hair. If you don't do hair consider inviting several young women to come and help that like doing hair. Just plan on half of them not showing up! (They are busy:)

Here are a few of the hairstyles we created. A couple of our girls got away before I snapped pictures.

Search the websites above for lots of fun braids, messy buns, twisty braids and more! The girls loved this and I even got text messages from Mom's after telling me how much fun their daughters had.

Have fun!



  1. lovely hairs...the girls look so good!! Love it!!

  2. We've been trying to put together something like this for awhile and this outline helps so much. I love helping girls understand how to wash their hair correctly. One question--did you have any girls with short hair and if yes then what did you do for them?

  3. We didn't have any girls with too short of hair but the twisty braids are really cute pinned up with short hair. Just pin them to the side. The last picture shows the twisty braids. Also check out the websites for lots of cute short do's!
    Curls are always fun or show them how to round brush their hair dry.

  4. TIP for girls with very dry hair...I have long thick very dry wavy hair. I wash my hair only once per week and put a nickle size puddle of olive oil thru it after towel drying. If it gets frizzy later in the week, I add a few more drops to the ends, scrunching it in. My hair is shiny and soft all week.

  5. I just got called into AD and been looking around your site for ideas and ways to get our program organized & came across this post! What a pleasant surprise to see my my blog listed! All the hairstles on the girls look so cute! I've done one of these type of activities for my oldest dd's AD class before I actually got called & it was so fun. Thanks for all your great ideas and for your blog. I have a lot to learn!

  6. Dear Mom@babesinhairland, thanks for visiting our blog! I love yours and all the fun ideas! It's so fun to share with each other!

  7. Is there anything you can do for split ends?

  8. Any ideas for adapting because we have African American girls in our Activity Days, and I would have no idea how to style their hair. Also, can you send me to a specific website that teaches how to do the curly hair style you posted a picture of? I'm dying to figure that out.


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