My girls ask for "church hair" every day. When they were little I used to just pull it back on each side and put butterfly barrettes over the elastic. Well, those days or over. E told me a little while ago that she NEEDS to have big girl hair for school. Apparently butterfly barrettes are for babies.
I have done a ton of research on "big girl" hair and have come across several hair blogs that are extremely helpful. I am linking to a couple of them. You can find them at Babes in Hairland and Cutie Pie Hair Creations. There are tons of hair blogs, but I like these two the best. They give easy to follow directions and the hairdo's are pretty simple, but look great.
I also have some friends who sell handmade hair accessories on etsy.com and you can find them at Cherry Blossoms Design and A Joyful Baby Bowtique. I love both stores. I think each of them does such a nice job. Again, there are tons of people who offer handmade hair accessories, so have fun looking.
I'm including some pictures of my girls with some of the hairdo's that I have tried from these sites and with some bows and flowers that a friend of mine made for them. Of course they are wearing them with "big girl " hair too. I am currently looking for some online tutorials on how to make your own bows and flowers. Once I find some good ones, I'll post them as well.