When it comes to competition hair, a simple ribbon is an inexpensive and simple way to complete your “look”. Hair accessories add colour and turn the simplest of hairstyles into something special. Take a look at how ribbons, bows and headbands can do just that!
Are There Rules Regarding Hair Accessories?
Yes. Double check with your teacher if you are unsure of the rules regarding hair accessories. It is important that you, as a parent, are familiar with them. Sequins, feathers, patterned ribbons and flowers are not allowed and will be removed from competitors before being able to go on stage. This is the last thing we want your young one to experience on her big day! Part of the reason for this kind of rule is to prevent debris on the stage which can be a danger as well an inconvenience. Imagine the stage needing to be swept every 15 minutes between heats! Keep it simple. Plain satin, grossgrain or lycra ribbon without embellishments is perfect. A bow should not be so big that it dominates your daughters head. Some bows are best left for decorating your Christmas presents! And remember, ribbons are optional.
Where Can I purchase Ribbon?
Ribbon can be purchased on a roll at your local haberdashery or craft store. Spotlight and Lincraft are two of the larger retail outlets that stock ribbon supplies. Alternatively, you might like to visit an independent store in your local area or jump online to place an order. Be aware that postage may be more expensive than the ribbon if you are only purchasing a small amount.
What’s The Best Way To Prevent Ribbon Fraying?
Using very sharp fabric scissors, cut a diagonal line from the edge to the centre of the ribbon and continue to the other edge creating a v cut as shown in this Quick Tip by The Crafty Mummy. You can also use clear nail polish on the ends of ribbon to prevent fraying.
Satin Ribbon can be matched to most physie leotards and can be tied directly on the hair. You may prefer to make your own bow or purchase one already made from a speciality store. Bows can be secured using bobby pins, alligator clips or barrette’s.
When Is Ribbon More Than Just A Ribbon?
You can use ribbon to create bows or headbands for physie. Purchase a headband and hot glue gun the ribbon to it. Use pinterest or online tutorials like those found at The Crafty Mummy to learn how to create a ribbon hair bow. Try positioning the bow to one side of the head or add more than one bow depending on your daughter’s age and hairstyle. Be sure to have a practice run to be sure the hair accessory is secure.
Short on time? Purchase Physie hair bows. A number of physie parents actually make and sell bows to match leotard colours! These can be found on physie facebook chat pages or ask your club members for suggestions.
As A Matter Of Ribbon
Keep your eyes open for what other competitors choose to do with ribbon and how it looks from the stage. What suits your daughter and her hairstyle? Could the bow be placed higher or lower? Could it be bigger or should it be smaller? Does it assist in keeping her hair secure or does your physie girl feel like the bow might fall out? Will you use ribbon the same colour as the leotard or is there a complimentary colour you would prefer?
Why Do I See Diamantes and Sequins In Some Physie Photos?
Team Competitions are a little different to Champion Girl. Often in a team there may be rules that allow more than ribbon only. For example, a club may be presenting an end of year showcase where they are able to wear costumes or additional accessories in their hair. Senior Physie girls have more freedom in what they can wear in their hair. Once again, get to know the rules and check with your teacher if you are unsure.