Cute Kids Haircuts Biography
Like all the other parents I was wondering when it is time to give my baby his first haircut. As usual, I was getting conflicting advice
from different people, but you know me - I never do as I’m told unless I have the reasons and I started to “investigate” all the reasons
why people delay the first haircut.
There is a bunch of old wives tales, myths and superstitious beliefs about giving the baby his first haircut before he’s 12 months old.
Some people say it brings bad luck (can’t explain why thought), some say it will cause balding (pretty silly because genetics is the only
thing that counts in that respect).
Another myth is that if you shave a baby’s hair before 12 months of age, it will grow thicker. The hair will grow thicker anyway because
it’s a constant process throughout the childhood and shaving is not the reason here. Apparently I am not the only one believing
so,Someone asked if it was true that you could shave a baby's head in order to encourage the hair to grow back thicker.
After much research where I found accounts of many people claiming that this really does work I established that this is just an old
wives tale. When the head, or anywhere else for that matter, is shaved it does not cause extra hair to grow to replace the hair that has
fallen out. Unlike the case if the hair were plucked, follicle root and all, the existing hair merely continues to grow from the existing hair
folicles. Hair is dead tissue and removing the dead tissue will not effect the living hair follicle.
This does not mean that other hair follicles may not also also "sprout" new hair, however, these would have "sprouted" anyway even if
the other hair had not been shaven. Consequently, when the hair grows back to the length which it was before the shaving took place it
may indeed appear to be thicker and, if new hair follicles "sprouted" new hair, it may actually be thicker. However, the thickness is due
to the natural additional active hair producing follicles and has nothing to do with the shaving process.
To see this in perspective it is useful to think in terms of a timeline. Lets say that a baby reaches their 1st birthday, has their head
shaved, and then, 6 months later, they appear to have a thicker head of hair than they did at 12 months of age. For the sake of this
example let us imagine that this baby's hair grows at 6 inches per year. Had the baby not had their head shaved at 12 months but
rather maintained monthly haircuts which kept the hair at a length of 3 inches, i.e. 6 months worth of growth, then at 18 months the
unshaven baby and the shaven baby would have identically full/thick hair.
Unfortunately this myth, or old wives tale, will continue to persist since the only definitive proof against it would be to experiment on a
baby such that one side of their head would be shaved and the other merely cut to a constant length. The problem is that those who
believe the myth would be worried that their child would grow up to have asymetrical hair growth. Consequently, the believers would
probably not wish to submit their child as a test subject. Those who do not believe in the myth would probably not want their child to
look ridiculous for 6 months simply to prove a point and so without test subject the experiment would not take place.
Meet my almost 5 year old daughter Marley Mae Apple. Like many young girls, she went through the Princess Phase. If you are mother
of girls you probably know what i’m talking about. Dresses, high heels, long hair…..
I was over it from the get-go but tried my best to let her have fun with it, hoping she would pass through it quickly and with no long-term
harm done. Soon after her baby sister was born, Marley took the liberty of giving herself a haircut. She cut her longish bright blonde
hair into something I cannot even quite describe.
I feigned speechless shock as my mind reeled to find the appropriate reaction. Deep down, my pride for my daughters willful creative
experimentation warmed my heart and I tried to keep from smiling. Also, the look on her face and her butchered hair was enough to
make me almost explode into laughter. But this was a serious moment between us. She looked at me like ‘oh shit. ???? ??!!!’ The
next 3 photos are Marley before self-chop, right after, and after I fixed her up.
My first thought was that we would just have to shave her head and start over. I mentioned this to her and she panicked, not ready to
accept the consequence of such a quick decision. I inspected her hair and mulled it over for a little bit and decided to try to salvage the
situation by just giving her a super funky choppy short haircut.
I got to work, and in minutes, she had a totally bad ass little ‘do. Why not give a little girl a cool little crop, instead of that shoulder length
bob and straight across bangs like the rest of em? This was a total right of passage for her as she accepted her fate of being the
shortest haired girl in preschool. The Rapunzel days were over, and life was an open road again.