Christmas is right around the corner and I know so many mamas are looking for a new style for their daughters. Instead of using heat, why not try out flexi-rods?
Flexi-rods are inexpensive (mine are $2.50 per pack of 7) and easy to use! I work on dry/damp hair and apply a little shea butter mixed with coconut oil (unrefined) on each section, then I put some alcohol free gel (I used ORS Lock & Twist Gel this time around) on that section and start rolling the hair on to the rod.
Try spacing the hair out as you roll it on the rod to add more length when you take them out. I also find that working on stretched hair seems to have better results. The flexi-rods don't get too close to the roots so stretching the hair out a day or two prior with braids/cornrows/twists should get you better results. Here is a short flexi-rod pigtail tutorial we made. 'A' would not stop talking, lol.
You can do a variety of styles with flexi-rods.
Braid the top and do a flexi-rod set in the back:
Braid pigtails half way down and put the flexi-rods on the end:
Princess Tiana Bun with flexi-rod bang:
You can do flexi-rods all over, or just one ponytail, you get the idea. Have fun and be creative! These styles can last up to 1 week if your child sleeps with a satin bonnet.