Mommy and Me Braids

A How To from Salon Bloom

braid band salon bloom!

By the time Miss Doll Face is cleaned, combed, and out the door, your hair-maintenance energy is depleted. Hello, greasy ponytail day four.

We asked our favorite stylist Kristi Marshall, co-owner of Salon Bloom in Claremont (the hike inland pays off in the form of high-style services without big city prices), to pick a style you’ll both want to rock.

Moms and doll faces, meet the braid band.

You’ll need:
A comb or brush
2 rubber bands
4 bobby pins

1. Part your daughter’s hair down the middle with comb or brush— a little loose and messy is a good thing.

2. Start braiding one side section, keeping your hands at a 90-degree angle to her head. Braid all the way to the end and tie with rubber band. Repeat on the other side.

3. Wrap one of the braids around her “headband” area and cross pin it (pin with one bobby pin, then crisscross another pin to lock it in place).

4. Wrap the other braid across, gently nuzzling against or overlapping the first braid, then cross pin in place.

5. Handle any little-girl fly-aways with a quick comb and set the braid band with a spritz of hairspray.

6. Repeat on your own mane.

Salon Bloom, 969 West Foothill Boulevard, between North Regis Avenue and North Mountain Avenue, Claremont (909-447-0250 or salonbloomclaremont.com).

Photo: Courtesy of Salon Bloom 

this week in los angeles!

Harlem Globetrotters

What: The legendary team makes hoop dreams come true with playful tricks and athletic feats.
Why: Be a good sport.
When: Sun., noon & 5 p.m.
Where: Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., at W. 11th St., Downtown (213-742-7340 or ticketmaster.com). $20-$250.

Mardi Gras at the Original Farmers Market

What: Bring the kids to make puppets, string beads, and dance to live Zydeco bands  at this weekend-long festival.
Why: Don’t miss the mutti-gras costume pet parade Saturday at noon.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., at Fairfax Ave., West Patio, Fairfax District (323-933-9211). Admission is free.

Staples Center
1111 S Figueroa St
@ W 11th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Salon Bloom
969 W Foothill Blvd
bt N Regis Ave & N Mountain Ave
Claremont, CA 91711
6333 W 3rd St
@ S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036