The Grinch Put Candy in Her Hair

My 7 year old daughter, Iris, started brushing her own hair now. The other day she came out and asked me to help her, stating, “I have too many CRINKLES in my hair.” We started laughing and she brought up the days of CRINKLES! I had almost forgotten about those days and couldn’t believe she remembered.

Back when she was 3 years old, she had snarly hair and screamed and whined when I brushed it, much like many little girls with long hair, including myself. My mom struggled with me as a child, combing my unruly hair. After years of frustration and lack of cooperation on my part she finally gave me the Dorothy Hamill haircut. Many girls my age know about this style of haircut because like me they fell victim to their mother’s years of frustration and got all their hair cut off too!

Me in Kindergarten


Me in 1st Grade

The CRINKLES Iris was referring to was a sort of game I came up with when she was 3. When I would go to brush her hair in the morning I would begin by examining her head. Next I would act shocked, surprised, and put my hand over my mouth. She would ask what the matter was and I would tell her the Grinch (yes, from Dr. Suess’s The Grinch Who Stole Christmas) must have sneaked in her room at night and put candy all throughout her hair! The Grinch was the only character I could come up with that I knew she knew and that would possibly sneak into a child’s room and do such a preposterous act!

I would begin by combing her hair and if I found a tiny knot I would say “I’ve found a little crinkle!” (I quit calling them snarls because they had such a bad connotation at this point.) If I found a BIG knot I would say, “Oh my goodness, I’ve found a Tootsie Roll in your hair.” I would work on the knot and when it was all out I would hand her an imaginary Tootsie Roll and we would both pretend to take bites of it and laugh! We would find several more pieces of candy in her hair and have us a smorgasbord early in the morning!

This system worked well! It got to the point where she actually looked forward to getting her hair brushed every morning and hoped there was snarls (I mean CANDY) stuck in her hair!


Now, if you were hoping to get some advice on getting real candy or gum out of your child’s hair you’ll have to keep searching. That has happened to us a couple of times and I just cut it out. Hair grows back! I only mess with the imaginary stuff!

25 responses

  1. what a gerat idea! I got all my hair cut off in 3rd grade, because the lady at the haircut place thought it would look “good”. Without even asking me!!!! I am still traumatized. lol

  2. One of my daughters had very curly hair. IT was impossible for me. Finally, her older sister took over when she was about 8 or 9. After many years, my daughter, with the difficult hair, finally figured out what hair products to use, and how to cut it. Her husband has curly hair too. I can’t wait to see their child’s hair (if they ever have one.). I wish I would’ve played games with her. Instead I’d have to chase her around with a hairbrush. She knew I wasn’t a natural at hair styling!

    • haha!!! It sounds exactly my mom and me!! I went through phases where my hair went from curly to straight in my childhood. Now it’s just naturally curly and still unruly. I am lucky my kids got straight hair. It makes it a little easier to comb but not a lot!!!

  3. I too sported the Dorothy Hamill in grade school and passed on tangly hair to my daughters. Wish I would have read this when they were little. Tootsie roll eating is so much more fun than, “If you want long hair we have to do this.” Mom-Fail!

  4. Cute idea! I should try this with my daughter. She has waist length hair and I’m always trying to brush it while she runs away. Although, knowing her, she’ll want the real thing. I don’t know if she’ll settle for imaginary candy. 🙂
    As for how to get real gum out of hair – Peanut Butter. The oils break it down. Yes, very messy, but it works! I also had super long hair as a kid and a jerk of a brother that liked to stick gum in it.

  5. Thank God for De-tangling spray! Best $1.88 I ever spent, it’s saved so much heartache and headache trying to tame my daughter’s super fine, slightly curly, extra snarly hair. And thank you for this great post, it’s a laugher for sure

  6. This made me laugh. My poor sister ended up with that Dorothy Hamill haircut! She had such thick hair that the other kids used to call her “mushroom head”. Poor thing.

    On another note, I am always surprised by what my son remembers. As a baby, he used to babble the following phrase: “bitte bitte bee!”. He is now 3. The other day I brought it up and he totally remembered it and said it in the exact same intonation he used to use. So odd.

  7. great idea. I’ve just bought a special ‘tangle’ comb that is supposed to deal with my daughter’s unruly curls effectively. So far so good, but a game like yours would be much more fun! Thanks for visiting my blog recently.

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