Headbands That Ward Off Hairy Situations

calliope headbands kids!

You’ve got the haircut routine down to an art (eating a popsicle takes sit-still concentration), but regular bang trims? There are some things even chocolate fudge brownie ice cream can’t buy from a 4-year-old.

Time to simplify the routine. Let her bangs grow out and manage the awkward stages (and beyond) with a fabric headband from Oakland-based Calliope. Slip one on to sweep hair out of eyes and conjure Grace Kelly in her headscarf-wearing heyday.

Designer Maria Janeff sews the headbands from Liberty of London’s intricate cotton lawn fabrics (which happen to be perfectly scaled for moppets). A covered elastic strap ensures a stay-put fit without a headache-inducing grip. And the large array of prints (fourteen) will keep her attention long enough for her locks to grow out.

Available at Mabuhay, 1195 Church Street, at 24th Street (415-970-0369 or mabuhaykids.com); RAG, 541 Octavia Street, between Grove and Ivy Streets (415-621-7718 or ragsf.com); Atomic Garden, 5453 College Avenue, between Taft and Kates Avenues, Oakland (510-923-0543 or atomicgardenoakland.com); online at thisiscalliope.com.

this week in san francisco!

Tenth Annual Summer Sailstice

What: A day of maritime fun with music, boat building and rides, and treasure digs, to benefit the Treasure Island Sailing Center.
Why: We’ve got water on three sides.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Clipper Cove Way, Treasure Island. Admission is free.

Angélique Kidjo and Sarazino at Stern Grove Festival
What: The 2010 season kicks off with KidStage (crafts, dance lessons, singing) in West Meadow, followed by the global songstress’s concert.
Why: They’re too young for Make-Out Room.
When: Ongoing thru Aug. 22. Sun., 2 p.m.; KidStage; noon-1 p.m.
Where: Stern Grove, 19th Ave., at Sloat Blvd. Admission is free.

Hayes Valley Farm’s Cardboard Tube Duel Tournament

What: Grown-up knights in cardboard armor and kiddos ages 5 and up get whacky with cardboard tube swords (provided) and silly costumes.
Why: Better here than at home with the baby.
When: Sun., 3-5:30 p.m.
Where: 450 Laguna St., at Fell St. Admission is free.

Photo: Courtesy of Calliope

1195 Church St
@ 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
Summer Sailstice
Cove Way
Pittsburg, CA 94565
541 Octavia St
bt Grove & Ivy Sts
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hayes Valley Farm
450 Laguna St
@ Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
19th Ave
@ Sloat Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94132
5453 College Ave
bt Taft & Kales Aves
Oakland, CA 94618