Thursday, November 13, 2008

To Spike or Not to Spike--That is My Question

One of the reasons that I thought a boy would be nice (this is just ONE of the reasons) is because I have a lot of girl hair to do on Sundays. My girls are getting better at doing their own hair, but where hot curling irons are concerned--they still need some help. I was happy that this new baby was not going to add to the "Hair" time required to make everyone presentable. I was thrilled to know that this baby's hair was going to be LOW maintenance. Anyway, the other day, I came home from a neighbor's house and my girls had DONE my baby's hair. How, you may ask, could 3 girls DO a baby boy's hair? Well, they spiked it--gel, hairspray and all. I didn't like it at first, but my husband thought it was just fine. So I am putting it up for your thoughts--which way DO you like better? How DO you DO your boys' hair? DO you DO boy's hair? (Should I capitalize a few more DO's?) I have added some pictures (of course) of both hair styles. No laughing--I am not an expert at boy hair.







BTW: I am going to start watermarking my images since I have of heard people having their images stolen or used inappropriately. I am hoping a watermark will discourage this.

13 comments:

davidandnatalie said...

I think either DO is very cute! But I think it really depends on the boy's personality. My Derek is definitely not the "DO" type of boy. A comb to the side is more his style. But I could see Taylor sporting a "DO". I am just too lazy to put gel in, since it would require a nightly bath to get it out. :)

Jana said...

I think they are both incredibly adorable and you should use both depending on your mood!! He is so very cute!! :)

Laurel C. said...

I have always said that your boy is one seriously handsome little man. He looks so sweet and perfect, and spikes are not sweet and perfect. I am going to have to vote for "no spikes" on this one. They detract from his GORGEOUS and stunningly beautiful eyes.

I try to do the hair-do thing on my boy, but gel and hair putty has a way of rubbing off when he mooshes his head in the carpet to play Matchbox cars! So we just wet comb it to the side and call it good. He looks fine for about 5 minutes.

Mom and Camera said...

What the heck are all you ladies doing up so late tonight! I think my vote leans towards yours, Laurel. I hesitate to put my vote in yet, though. The gel and hairspray do not hold a full day--maybe half. All he is doing right now is rolling on the floor and being "cared" for by his sisters. When HE is playing matchbox cars on the floor and running wild outside, the spike "DO" would require some form of hair cement.

Mom and Camera said...

And just an FYI, the time on my blog seems to be an hour off. I really don't think 9:43 is late, but it really means 10:43 our time. Is that a setting I have to change somewhere in blogger? Anyone know?

Michelle and Jason said...

I am with Laurel, I think they are both cute but I lean more towards down. He is getting so big!

Stephanie said...

Hey, but when you have one of those outfits (we called them "cool guy clothes"), you just have to do the spikes. Otherwise, I'm with you - down is much easier at this stage.

When Dallin (who did not have his hair spiked) was in nursery, there was another boy named Stockton (now, a name like that should say it all). One Sunday while the kids were around the snack table, one of the other workers (a young 18 year old) said, "You can tell which ones are going to be popular when they grow up," and she points to Stockton who had spiky hair and "cool guy clothes" all the time. Well, there sat my "nerdy" unspiked, uncool clothed boy, and the other worker (much older, wiser, seasoned mom) looked at me and felt like she needed to cover for the younger worker's comment, and said, "Yes, but when you are a mom you realize that there are more important things than your kid being popular." I wanted to give her a hug. I knew my "nerdy" two year old was doomed with that hair-do and "Kid-to-Kid" clothes, but I was doing my best.

I've thought about that incident quite a bit. It has been 9 years and I remember it like it was yesterday. I try to evaluate my kids' clothes (especially on Sunday) and make sure they aren't too small. There's nothing worse than floods and 3/4 sleeve dress shirts to label a kid. Now, I know I shouldn't be worried about appearances, especially when they are so young, but come on, who wants their kid to be the "nerd?"

So, Gayle, I say do the spike every now and then to prove to young nursery workers to come that your boy ain't the "nerd".

Rachael said...

Hi! I am a friend of Tara Eddington's and she directed me to your site to look at your beautiful pictures. I have to say you have quite the eye for photography. Several post ago you asked if anyone was interested in you doing "how to" posts for photography and asked for suggestions on topics. Here is what I want to know. I am not a pro photographer but I love the crispness and clarity of professional portraits. All photographers have to "edit" their pictures before showing them to the client. My question is this (I really do have a point here): Are there standard edits that you do to photos that you would be willing to share (are they closely guarded secrets?)? Or is the "editing" just cropping and things like that. I have photoshop, but really have no idea what to do with it to make my images better. I would love to get a pro's advice.

Mom and Camera said...

The biggest "secret", if you can call it that, is to start out with a good, crisp image straight out of the camera. That takes a few things: a good camera and lens, a good focus (this has taken a fair amount of practice--just ask my kids :D), and a good exposure. If you have those things, then you don't have to do a lot in Photoshop.

That being said, I do some standard things to most pictures: 1)I shoot in RAW, so I develop my picture in Photoshop's "developer" AKA Adobe Camera RAW. I have CS3. Adobe Camera RAW comes with Photoshop versions CS and above. Here I adjust my exposure a little if it isn't perfect and adjust my white balance if necessary. I sometimes play around and adjust some other sliders, but those 2 sliders are ones I check on every picture. From here I open into photoshop. 2) I sharpen. Digital images tend to have a little haze and sharpening helps with this. 3) From here, depending on the image, I process it a little more. I might enhance the color a little (RAW images tend to be a little dull on purpose) or change it to BW.

I am not exactly sure where you are at with photography or what kind of camera you have, but I would recommend any of Scott Kelby's books--specifically his Digital photography one or the 7-point book (can't remember the full title). Just search his name on Amazon and you can find the titles. He will really get you started with what you need to know in Photoshop to edit digital pictures. Hope that helps.

Rachael said...

Wow! Thank you for your response. I didn't even know I had Adobe Camera RAW and had never used the RAW setting on my camera until yesterday. I can't believe all the things you can do to a picture! I'll have to check out the books you recommended. I can't wait to go take some pictures of my kiddos and test everything out. I am just starting in the world of photography, I LOVE to take pictures but haven't taken any classes or anything like that. My camera is a Canon Digital Rebel XT. I have 2 lenses right now, the "kit lens" and I just recently got a 50 MM 1.8 lens that I am loving. Anyway hope this comment isn't too long and thanks again!!

Mom and Camera said...

Have fun shooting in RAW. I am guessing that you won't go back. CS3 does also allow jpgs to be edited in ACR--just not at quite the same level. The great thing about making adjustments in ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) is that the adjustments don't affect the picture in any way. Changes that are made in Photoshop do affect the quality of your photo. I tend to do as much as I can in ACR before importing it to Photoshop. That doesn't mean that I change every slider--just that if it can be done there and give me good results then that is where I do them. I don't know what version of Photoshop you have. Adobe is putting a lot of their efforts into upgrading the ACR features. CS3 added a LOT of features to camera RAW that I love and was willing to pay the upgrade price for. The new CS4 has added some also but I am still deciding if the features are enough for me to upgrade. Check the internet for tutorials on using ACR. I am about 98% self-taught in Photoshop. There is a LOT on the internet to you can learn from--just Google what you want to know. Seriously, Scott Kelby's books will give you a good jump start, though. Your library might have a copy.

Mom and Camera said...

Thanks so much for all your thoughts. I am guessing that we will do some of both hairstyles. When I am in charge, it will probably be more down than spiked.

Tara said...

Wow! I think that you and my friend Rachael were talking in Japanese! I can't understand any of that! hee hee

Love the hair both ways. I think when he gets bigger (and if he's anything like Tyler) with more "attitude" you might want to do something different. I know that Tyler has some curls and I had to switch from the combed look to a little gel in the curls 'cuz as soon as I was done combing, he'd rub his hand in it and mess it all up. (hey, it got a reaction!) So now, the "messy" look is working for us...that is when it's not in a hat. That's the easiest!!