Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Just a haircut...

I took the GB for a haircut this morning. This was only her second professional one; I've done trims here and there as well. This was the most we'd ever cut, though. Her hair was getting much too long and it was getting difficult to wash, even worse to comb out the tangles after washing. To say this process lacked enjoyability for both of us would be a severe understatement.

So we decided, mutually, to have a haircut. Her hair was nearly down to her waist and now it's just below her shoulders. The hairstylist cut off about three inches. Her hair is much neater now and I'm feeling confident about tonight's bath and hair-washing. I think we can handle this better now.

I wasn't necessarily sad about the actual hair-cutting. It wasn't the first time and I did save a lock of hair after her first real haircut. The GB's hair life has been entertaining, for me. She was born with just a little bit of sandy blond hair which all fell out by the time she was about four months old. Then she was totally bald for a long time. The Bear said she looked like Lex Luthor. Then her hair slowly began to grow in, white at first, and has darkened to a sandy color again, just like her father's and brother's hair.

In fact, they all have the same hair-growth pattern too. Pin-straight, fine hair, lots of cowlicks, a natural part on the left side and the front section grows straight down over the face. No problem on a boy, just keep it short. On a girl, this translates to keeping the hair back by any means necessary. But the fineness of this hair means that very few hair accessories will stay in for long. We tried every kind of band, tie and clip on the market, I think. And while her hair is still very slippery, it's also thick enough that some items are just too small now.

As part of the haircut milestone, we agreed that we would part with the "baby" hair items and buy some new ones. This afternoon we spent some time organizing. I keep all of her hair items in a caddy on top of her dresser. She was surprisingly cooperative, but we had gone to the store first to pick out the new assortment, which provided a fair amount of incentive.

We filled a good portion of a gallon-size storage bag with "baby" hair things. I think I'll see if any friends might like to have them for their daughters.


We arranged the new clips and barrettes, stronger and bigger for a big girl's hair, very neatly in her caddy. We're keeping some of the old things, like the elastic bands, which are good for ponytails and pigtails.


She has plastic headbands too, but we keep those in a drawer. I felt nostalgic for our very first forays into hair decoration, so I decided to keep a couple of things that I felt represented her little-girl hair best. I settled on this clip with a bow attached and these tiny red snap-clips. The bow was the first thing she wore in her hair, at about eight months, and the clips were worn between one and two years; this pair was worn with a red dress in a portrait taken at Christmastime.


I put them in a keepsake box in my bedroom. They'll remind me of her baby hair. My feisty, nearly-bald baby girl.

Her hair is lovely. The cut gave it body and fullness and the ends look fresh and clean. She's been pondering aloud whether her friends at preschool will notice when they see her tomorrow. I put it back in a bigger clip and admired the way the clip is staying in and keeping her hair neatly back and off her face. This will be especially helpful at mealtimes. And I have to say I'm a little jealous of her natural highlights, which are easier to see with the front pinned back; grown women pay a lot of money for hair like this.


So. It's just a haircut. Hair grows. Children grow. My sentimentality grows...endlessly, it seems.

8 comments:

  1. Oh her hair is beautiful. It does look like the clip is secured well. The new flowered barrettes will look really cute on her. Those little red clips are so precious. I would not be able to part with them either. I think she will get some attention at preschool. If her friends don't notice ( I bet some of them do) surely her teachers will and give her some nice compliments. I hope she has a great day. :)

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    1. Oh, thank you, Softie! That's so nice of you. I'm glad to say that her hair is a lot more manageable now. I'm glad we did this. :)

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  2. Some of our first hair clips were those tiny bows too. So cute.

    Now we're all big ponytail holders, sporty headbands and electric hair stuff - flat irons, curling irons, and blow driers. :)

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    1. Hi Jenny! Oh, I can only imagine what I have waiting for me down the road. Her brother is not going to enjoy sharing a bathroom with her, I suspect.

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  3. This made me smile because today, after school, Bella and I sorted out her drawer containing all her hair bands and tidied it, and we threw out her baby ones. I saved the little Peppa Pig bobble I remember her wearing when she must have been about three, and have put it in my baby box, or "sentimental" box as John calls it.

    Every time I put Bella's hair up in a bun or top-knot at bathtime I marvel at her natural blond streaks throughout her light brown hair - what I would give for hair like that now!

    Gillian x

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    1. How funny. I think we're living parallel lives, Gillian. :) I'm glad to know you get it...these changes are hard!

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  4. I'm jealous of her highlights, too. :)

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    1. Hi Kristen! I know...totally gorgeous and natural. Lucky girl.

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