I saw the idea of a Princess bath a while ago on one of my favourite Instagram feeds @me_and_orla. I tucked it away in the back of my mind, and yesterday morning it jumped back out at me and provided exactly the inspiration I needed when faced with two heads of tangly, matted hair, and two little girls reluctant to go anywhere near the water. They usually love bath time, any playing with water is one of their favourite things to do. But mention the words ‘hair wash’ to them and it becomes a whole different story. I don’t blame them to be honest. I hated it as a child and I hate doing it for them now. Mabel especially has very thick wavy hair, so it needs to be brushed through with conditioner and it takes ages and it has to done regularly, or so much tangled hair gets pulled out with the brushing, that I worry she’s going to be the first ever under five year old to need a hair transplant!
Luckily for me, I remembered the princess bath at just the right moment and I also had a bunch of tulips downstairs just about to turn. In fact, as I went to pick them up, all the petals cascaded downwards and covered the floor and the windowsill. I gathered them all up, sprinted back upstairs and sprinkled them in the bath before telling the girls that their ‘surprise princess bath’ was ready. I also had a sock full of oats floating in the water… sounds odd but it’s amazing for dry skin and stops a bath from being too harsh on my poor eczema babies’ skin.
The girls rewarded my efforts with oohs and ahhs and jumped straight in, while Ernie stood at the side of the bath with his leg cocked up, trying to scale the side and shouting for me to lift him over. Being the funny little thing he is, as soon as his feet hit the water he decided that he didn’t actually like sharing his bath with nature, and had a sudden change of heart about being in there. It was a super quick wash off for Ernie and then straight back out for a cuddle and a nap with Daddy while I tackled the Princesses’ royal manes.
The princess bath didn’t exactly make the hair washing process any easier, but it at least sweetened the deal a bit. I think they are going to become an integral part of our weekly ritual, as much as the flannel over the eyes to stop any water getting in and the ipad to watch while I dry their hair off afterwards.
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