My daughter does so many funny things in a day but there are some little gems of delight that just have to be shared. At nearly a year old, Amelia is an excellent mimic. She will watch what I say and do with great intent and at some stage during the day, out of the corner of my eye; I will see Amelia rehashing what I have previously shown her. Amelia, at the moment, considers herself a great hairstylist. Her techniques are revolutionary and she has graciously allowed me to reveal three of her top styling tips.
A felt-tip pen is an acceptable substitute for a hairbrush. Today Amelia and I were drawing with some Koki (felt-tip) pens. After twenty minutes of creative expression – rendered in the form of lovely red, green and blue scribbles – I put the lids on the Kokis and watched as Amelia contemplated the drawing tools. She then picked one up and started stroking her head with it. In-te-re-sting. My child has recently learned the action of brushing, which she usually enacts with an actual hairbrush, and as I put two and two together, I burst into hysterical laughter as I realised what Amelia was doing: brushing her hair – with a Koki. My little hair guru believes that stroking one’s head with a Koki pen is an effective way to smooth the hair.
Improvisation is the secret to a great hair style. Amelia’s fascination with hair does not stop at brushing it with a Koki. My little lovely loves to play with her hair clips, which come in all shapes, sizes and varieties. I have shown her how the clips clip into the hair, using my own hair as an example, and my little hairdresser has decided that balancing the clips on top of my head is far easier than manoeuvring the clip mechanism into the hair. In so doing, Madame Amelia, stylist to the stars, has come up with some truly avant-garde creations.
Food is the most effective hair gel. Amelia loves to grab her hair. Rather than an obsessive compulsion, I think that hair is rather interesting stuff, especially when you are a year old and have just realised that it grows on the top of your head. What better way to explore this fascinating new toy than to mix some porridge and a bit of stewed blueberries into it? So, Amelia, in a metaphorical nod to the psychedelic-Mohawk-mixed-with-wood-glue-phenomenon, usually has pieces of food glued into her hair. Sometimes she re-imagines the style with some avocado or bolognaise sauce. Banana seems to work wonders and red lentil soup also functions as an effective hair gel.
Amelia offers free consultations and demonstrations. To make an appointment contact Amelia at 0207-my-mommy’s-house. Please note that bookings are limited – Amelia’s 1-year-old creative genius is contracted to only a couple of months