“Let go of my hair!”
We’ve all said it. Whether your little one is a boy, girl, toddler, or infant, they have without a doubt grabbed your hair and refused to let go. I can speak from experience when I say that it is extremely difficulty to pry open those little hands once they’ve clung on like a baby monkey hanging from her mother’s back.
So what’s the secret to getting your luscious locks out of their paws and back on your head where they belong?
I’ll tell you. It’s based on a Kinesiology principle called “passive insufficiency” and it’s really, really simple.
Here’s what you do:
When your little one is grabbing on for dear life, position your hand like the one in the photo below so you can stabilize their forearm with your hand and have one of your fingers free (thumb works well) to place on the back of their hand.
Apply pressure to the back of their hand so you gently bend their wrist forward into a flexed position. This will cause their fingers to automatically open up and release whatever object it is they are clinging to.
That’s it. That’s all there is to it!
Don’t believe me? Try it on yourself. Grab onto an object like a spoon or pen and see how long you can hold onto it with one hand while you push that wrist into flexion with the other. At some point, your fingers must open. They have no choice. It’s science.
Cool trick, huh? You can use it for stuff other than your own hair, too. Try it out when they grab the spoon from you while you’re feeding them in the high chair or when you see they are determined to rip out their play date’s hair just because it’s there.
Let me know what you think of this trick. I hope it helps you keep more of your hair…and your sanity!