One thing that makes doing hair in our house relatively easy is that we have a very consistent routine. Friday night is hair washing night, and Saturday morning is usually when I'm setting hair for the week. However, Boo's first day of preschool is on Tuesday and I would prefer that her hair look newly styled, not a fuzzy-couple-days-old! So the way that we've come up with to address the issue of having a "new" style on a "non"-hair day is to do the style over the period of a couple of days. Yes, it does mean that I have to style more than once a week, but the time devoted to doing so is usually divided in almost half, which makes Boo a lot more cooperative when it comes to sitting to have her hair done.
Thanksgiving is a perfect example. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, nowhere near hair day. So I set part of the hair on the Saturday before, and the rest of the hair the morning of. The cornrows, which I knew would last easily until Thursday, were the part that I set first, leaving the back free.
On Thursday morning, I put 2 puffs in the back. Puffs usually don't last for days on end looking fresh, so I waited to do them until Thanksgiving morning. I braided the ends of the cornrows, neither clipping nor banding them, weaving them into a cool pattern into the puffs I had just made. Although the style would not have been time-consuming to do all in one day, it was a matter of preference; I wanted that "just done" look for the special occasion. Styling over a couple of days helps me achieve that, while still maintaining our hair routine.
Boo does have some new hair growth on the front of her head, which makes the hairline look a little fuzzy. It's not breakage, it's just her hairline actually filling in, and there's not a whole lot I can do about keeping it looking anything other than how it is. I try NOT to include the new hair into styles because I don't want to tug on it too much. I keep it moisturized and try to smooth it back as well as I can. Overall, however, the finished product was exactly what I had wanted!
Another time that I styled over days for a special occasion was Valentine's Day. The past two years I have done the same style for that day, and so I knew exactly how I was going to do it. I only styled one day ahead on this one, parting the heart into the head on the first day:
The next day I put the braids in along with all of the beads and the ponytail balls:
Styling over a couple of days is not only convenient when you want to have a "fresh" style on non-hair days, but also when you're first starting out. If you are new to a certain technique (e.g., just learning how to cornrow), it might be good for your sanity just to do parts on one day and then do the cornrows on the next day. Or do the front of the hair one day, and the back of the hair the next day. Styling over several days can also be a useful tool when you're first teaching your child to sit for hair. If it is new to you, is very often new to them. There is a gentle balance between getting the job done while keeping everyone happy and this tip might be just what is needed to help ease into a styling routine.