From the soft peach fuzz on a newborn baby's head to the wild curly locks of a toddler to the freshly cut 'do of an ever-growing big kid, hair is a part of a child's appearance as they grow. Some kids like it free and flowing, others prefer it neat and tidy — and some might change their mind about it from day to day!
National Hair Day is Oct. 1, a day to celebrate the diversity of hair types and styles around the world. Whether big and bold or neat and slick, everyone is unique and so is what's on their head. Hair is a part of your child's personality and it becomes an important representation of their age in school pictures.
How to style your child's hair for school pictures
Before picture day, caregivers often wonder how to style their kids' hair to get that perfect shot. The truth is, any hairstyle works for school pictures. There's no right or wrong as long as it's not too messy. Oh and that cowlick? Don't worry about it. Just like a missing tooth becomes a cherished part of a photo, a cowlick or unique hair trait is something you'll look back on years from now and smile.
Hairstyle tips for picture day
The experts at Lifetouch offer some tried-and-true tips for great hair on picture day:
Haircuts: Many people opt to schedule haircuts a few weeks ahead of time so hair can grow back a little and look more natural. However, if you prefer a fresh-cut look, feel free to schedule a few days prior.
Shorter hairstyles: Hair at the chin or shorter can simply be combed and you can tame flyaways with a bit of gel or hairspray.
Longer hairstyles: Long locks can look beautiful in images, but you'll want to make sure hair doesn't cover your child's face. You want him or her to be the true star of the photo!
Hair accessories: Bows, clips, headbands and hats can be wonderful additions to your child's look for pictures. These can also help pull hair back away from the face so your child's smile is the focal point of the image.
Styles and 'dos: Feel free to use braids, ponytails and other styles as you see fit to make your child look outstanding for school pictures.
Anxious about messing it up? Don't worry about making a picture day mistake. The photographer, teachers and picture day helpers can assist in last-minute adjustments to your child's look, including fixing any wild hairs or untucked shirts.
Bottom line: Just choose a hairstyle that suits your child and you're sure to be happy with the results. For more tips and tricks, read "How to get ready for picture day."
From the soft peach fuzz on a newborn baby's head to the wild curly locks of a toddler to the freshly cut 'do of an ever-growing big kid, hair is a part of a child's appearance as they grow.