On Individuality & Styling Tween Hair

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I have a sweet memory of sitting at the dining room table when I was around my daughter’s age while my mother and father collectively tried to French braid my hair with the help of a book.  With several bunches of strands in each of their hands, they truly gave their best effort but were highly unsuccessful.  Luckily, I had plenty of “big girl” neighbors on the block to give me the most coveted hairstyle of the ’80s, even on early mornings before school started.

My parent’s lack of hair-braiding abilities fueled my desire to hone my stylist skills.  With steadfast practice on Barbie dolls and friends, I was able to beautifully French braid my own hair by the time I was in middle school.  I remember dreaming of mothering a little girl someday and putting as much effort into doing her hair as my mother did for me.

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Unlike the thick locks of my childhood, my little girl’s hair is thin and fine.  I’ve learned what works best for her hair and ever-changing styling requests.  I adore how she can go from adorning herself in Olympic-levels of accessories and tulle – to propelling off heights, perfecting her tree climbing skills, and pushing limits and boundaries every single day.  The girl who willingly sits for a proper ballet bun twice a week, also sometimes re-styles her morning ponytail mid-school day – emerging at pick-up looking completely disheveled.  Some days call for elaborate hair-styling requests, and on other days, her hair is the least of her concerns.  I love the complexities and the wide spectrum of interests that make her uniquely who she is.

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When I had the chance to customize a hair-care regime for my creative tween, I knew it would be great fun.  I was already familiar with SoCozy products and their Upper East Side salon, where my former-toddlers would sit in car-shaped chairs for haircuts, while watching beloved Elmo on TV. And I had already been a fan of their detangler spray for undoing the horror of knotty-messes as a result of my daughter sleeping with elastics in her hair.

We’ve found perfection in SoCozy’s 3 in 1 shampoo + conditioner + wash in mango-go.  It smells incredible and delivers the right amount of conditioning without weighing hair down. I’ve also been adding a touch of the SoCozy behave styling cream in deliciously smelling pear-fection to help tame flyaways and keep those reverse French braids in place.

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I’m relieved that I can shop locally for this great hair-care line for kids because SoCozy is now available at BuyBuyBaby, Harmon, and Bed Bath and Beyond retailers.  Click here to find SoCozy products near you and take advantage of their 20% launch promo until February 29th.

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I’m happy to share these products because they work and because their honest and safe formulations are completely non-toxic and made without parabens, formaldehyde, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene or glycol.  They are also free of alcohol, gluten, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts.

Styling tween hair isn’t always easy, but I’ve learned that having effective, simple, fun and multi-functional products in my arsenal helps tremendously.

Thank you to our sponsor, SoCozy.



  1. Angela Saver says

    Can’t wait to try SoCozy hair products! I love that they are made without parables, formaldehyde, sulfate so, etc! That is awesome! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  2. Alpa Dutia says

    socozy is a must try product for my elder daughter as her hair would also not be detangled easily i had to brush it very carefully so that her hair doesn’t fall but now i know where to go so i am going to try out the product.

  3. These styles are so adorable thanks for sharing this one.

  4. I will have to try this shampoo on my daughters hair! It looks like it would do wonders to her hair. Her hair tangles so easily… its so thick and beautiful… but I feel so bad brushing her hair after she sleeps or after the shower. I will defiantly try this product.

  5. I would love to try this

  6. Bobbie Smith says

    My hair is thin and fine, and I too find that conditioners weigh my hair down more. My kids seem to have thicker hair, which I think is GREAT! Love that there is a product out there that won’t weight thin and fine hair down more!

  7. Cute styles. I have not gotten these products before but I have heard of them.

  8. Breathtaking photos! I just looked this up and need the lice prevention for the kids.

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