Cutting Baby's Locks for the First Time
It's just hair, I told myself, it'll grow back. Except I wasn't worried about it growing. It had been growing since she was a newborn. At nearly three years old, scissors had never touched her lovely, scraggly locks. I couldn't ignore it anymore. The time had finally come.
Born With Hair
We start this journey on my daughter’s birthday almost three years ago. She was born with a head of dark hair that she lost rather quickly over the first few months. In fact she developed an old man balding pattern. Headbands didn’t hide it, but hats did.
The Baby Mullet
Her hair started to grow back in and by the time she turned one she was rocking a baby mullet. The growth pattern was strange but we didn’t have a way to fix it without buzzing all her hair off. I decided to let it continue to grow out. It was barely long enough for a real haircut anyway.
No Bows Mom!
I was so excited that she finally had some hair. I’d been collecting pretty bows and barrettes just waiting for a chance to use them. Months ago I gave up on headbands since she always pulled them off. Unfortunately, she didn’t want mommy to do her hair. She’d cry, run away and take it out. I gave up.
Beautiful Long Hair
As she entered her second year, her hair grew in fuller and longer. Out of no where she stopped looking like a baby and looked like a little girl. She still didn’t like me to mess with her locks.
It's Not a Pony Tail
My little girl–my first baby–continued to grow up before my eyes. I didn’t always notice it in the day-to-day craziness, but certain moments stand out like this one. Slowly I convinced her to let me put clips in her hair (which she called pretties). She started asking for headbands. And finally, pony tails. Well, except this one she clearly said was NOT a pony tail. It’s a dragon tail.
Getting Out of Control
My husband and I mentioned haircuts in passing, but I wasn’t ready. Tried asking my daughter if she wanted her hair cut and she screeched nooooo! Yet she complained about her hair getting in her face and how it hurt when I combed out the snarls. It was time to face the facts: her hair was an unruly mess. Sure, it looked fine most of the time, but it was uneven and needed a trim.
The Before Picture
A few weeks ago my daughter showed interest in getting her hair done. She asked where daddy was and I explained he was getting a haircut. I had mine done recently as well. I casually mentioned she should get her hair cut soon as I ran my fingers through her tangled curls. To my surprise she said she wanted to go. Right then and there I looked for a kid’s salon. If she was willing we needed to act on it, right? No more mom stalling either!
The First Snip
I was nervous. Would she sit still? Would they cut it wrong? Would she freak out at the sound of the hair dryer the way she does in public restrooms? The salon was brightly decorated with lots of toys in the waiting area. Each station had a screen for kids to watch their favorite show. Rissa chose Yo Gabba Gabba (no surprise to us). When asked how I wanted her hair done, I wasn’t sure. Just cut it but not too short. Oh goodness are those my baby’s curls falling to the floor?
Fairy Princess Dust
They cut her hair to shoulder length, evening out the crazy layers it accumulated over the past two years. She smiled, sitting quietly. I praised her for listening so well and being such a big girl! Princess sparkles were the finishing touch. It was one time I didn’t care if glitter got everywhere. I think I got something in my eye right about then.
My daughter was so excited about her hair. I tried to ignore how she never sits that still for me when I try to style her hair. Maybe now she will? I couldn’t believe it was over already. It happened so fast once she sat in the salon chair.
First Haircut Award
The kids’ salon offered a baby’s first haircut package which included a discount for next time, a lock of her hair, and an award. This certificate makes it official: my daughter is no longer a baby. She’s a little girl. Getting that first haircut is like a rite of passage or maybe I’m just too sentimental about the whole thing.
Documenting it All
Much like measuring her height on the wall every year, we had to get before and after pictures of the back of her hair. It was a big deal, a big step into big girlhood.
Do It Again Please
With her hair finally trimmed it looked neater and fuller. There have been fewer snarls to deal with making hair brushing more enjoyable for both of us. I stare at her, my beautiful baby girl, and marvel at how much she’s grown. A couple hours after her hair appointment she asked, “Can I get my hair done again?” And so it begins…
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