Well, the time has come to say goodbye to Boo's free hair. She's bummed. Now that she is officially sick, all she wants to do is sit around in her sleep cap with her blanket and pajamas, so it's more comfortable to have her hair down rather than in some style with lots of rubber bands. I still haven't decided what I'm going to do tomorrow, but tonight's detangling went remarkably easier than we thought it was going to, especially considering all of the obstacles that Boo's hair faced during the week.
As always, I have to think about what's to come this next week and how much time I will have to set hair tomorrow. On Thursday of next week is Boo's Halloween costume parade at her preschool, and I would like for her to have some hair that is down around her face (in twists or ringlets). She will be wearing a bonnet for her costume and I want for us to be able to see some of her hair. However, we are not going to do another week of free hair, and twists will probably get too fuzzy by Thursday to make them worth the effort. So will probably do something that I can alter easily to get the Halloween look that I want.
Tomorrow is also Daddy's birthday and we have lunch plans at 11:30am. So that will limit the likelihood of doing anything really complicated, as we'll need to be dressed and ready to go before then. So extensions are out! Not like I was planning on doing them, but just wanted to throw that out there. As a side note, if I want to try a really complicated style that will require Boo to sit for a long time, I like to do so when she's sick. It might sound counter-intuitive, but when it comes down to it she is much more compliant about sitting and doing nothing when she's not feeling well than she is otherwise. When I put extensions in her hair, that took two days and she was running a fever both days. She would have just been sitting around anyway, so it worked in my favour to spend the time doing hair. But alas, we will probably end up just doing something fairly simple.
Okay, down to detangling. It went really well. There were a few knots in the ends of the hair, as expected, but the roots of the hair stayed nicely detangled with no matting at all. The biggest issue with taking the style out was Boo being sick. She cried a lot during her bath, mostly because she began to run a fever in the middle of bath time which made her cold and uncomfortable. The other minor issue was the matter of still picking out gravel from the mud in her hair (as discussed in Murphy's Law of Hair: Part II).
When I got to the plaiting portion of the evening I was still picking out fairly large pieces of sand, however I'm almost certain I got them all out now. Daddy decided to start a really long movie this evening so I spent more time parting hair than I normally would; I figured I should capitalize on the extra time she was going to be spending in front of the television tonight instead of doing it tomorrow morning. Even doing so, we still actually finished plaiting and detangling hair in less time this evening than we have all in a couple of months. I think this was partially due to the fact that we knew that she was sick and that we were rushing as quickly as possible through the whole process.
I put two parts in the back for puffs or twists, I'm not sure yet, and brick-patterned boxes in the front for either twists or perhaps a veil style. When all was said and done, Boo's low-grade fever was gone, her hair was ready for tomorrow's setting, and she was in a really good mood. We popped her sleep cap on and then allowed her to go out this evening with Daddy to "Boo" a couple of our neighbours for Halloween. As she was sick today, I didn't want to take her out so we stayed indoors and made our "Boo's" for delivery. She was excited to be able to hand them out this evening, even though we had Daddy carry her the whole time. Our Boo's were made entirely from stuff we already had on-hand, minus the candy which we just purchased yesterday. It was a great way to end our Murphy's Law week!