Hair-curling, hair-raising kid-raising

I guess you could subtitle this post “I am almost a hairy-hairy.”

I’ve always had straight hair. As in “useless, you cannot do anything with this” straight hair.

Actually, that’s a lie. For the first year of my life, I had no hair. I have a copy of my first “letter to Santa” in which it’s very clearly written, “Daddy said I should ask for some hair.” For my first birthday, my mother stuck a bow on my head. Not a satin bow, but the bow that had previously been stuck to one of my presents.

Eventually hair did grow, and it emerged straight. Fine and straight. I didn’t like that. I wanted it to curl, but to no avail. Curling irons did nothing. A perm did nothing. I got used to it.

Over the years, the only change in my hair has been that the more kids I have, the thinner my hair has gotten, and the longer it takes to grow, but otherwise it’s still been the same. I’ve donated twelve inches to Locks of Love three times, but that’s pretty much the end of my donations now. It’s too slow-growing and too fine now to be of use to anyone.

Yep, not even bald kids want my hair.

And then, I noticed something midway through the pregnancy with Kiddo#4. My hair was curling.

Not all of it. But the lower layers of hair, nearest my neck, are curling. They’re ringlets. They bounce. They curl.

I’m in shock: at least 25% of my hair is now “naturally curly,” like that little girl in Peanuts.

There’s still not much hair there. It may be that I changed shampoos. It may be hormones. It may be that someone put a hex on me because I took her favorite parking spot. Overall I’m baffled, and I’m not sure how to handle this. Do I go ahead and have another Kiddo in an attempt to make all the hair curl? Dare I get my hair trimmed, only to discover what grows back won’t curl? Or should I just hang out and enjoy that little bit of bounce?

This has been going on for months now, and I’m still surprised whenever I look in the mirror and see ringlets. It’s as if this is no longer me.

And I guess that’s fair enough. I knew parenthood would change me. I just didn’t expect having kids would curl my hair.

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6 Responses to Hair-curling, hair-raising kid-raising

  1. blueraindrop says:

    are you putting all the top non-curly layers into a pony tail leaving the rest down to show its curliness? lol all mine usually does is frizz.

  2. philangelus says:

    That’s a thought. 🙂 I can try it in the privacy of my home and then when it looks strange, no one but me, God, and the household guardians will be able to laugh ourselves senseless.

  3. ivyreisner says:

    Have you changed your diet? Increasing the quality of the protein you eat will do that. Good proteins (and adequate zinc) strengthen your bones and help your hair and nails grow faster and stronger. This is true in most mammals. When we switched Candy’s diet (good proteins are also easier to digest) her coat became shinier and softer.

    I wish I could box up some of the curliness from my hair and send it to you. I fight with straightening irons and gels and specialty shampoos to beat it into some form of control. Seriously, if I let my hair air dry and then run a comb through it, I have the ideal 1980s hair do, four inches up from the top of my head and everything.

  4. Kit says:

    My hair thinned so much after #2, it scared me. Pre-kids and after #1, it was very thick and, if left alone, curly. Fortunately, I had way more than enough to lose after #2, but the difference was staggering. It became very fine, too – still wavy, but nothing like it had been. #3 has given me some back, and it’s regained some of its curl…but sadly, my hairdresser says it’s more likely a result of the increased number of thicker, coarser, curlier greys (which are a lovely shade of fake brown with tasteful golden highlights for summer, thank you very much…). Ah well. It’ll do.

  5. Sheila says:

    Was just reading your post and the EXACT, IDENTICAL thing happened to me. Towards the end of my pregnancy my hair in the back part of my head started to curl! Never, every had a curl in my head before. As a teenager in the ’80’s i’d have to pay for 2 or 3 perms to get one to take. My hair was as straight as an Asain persons. I’ve been baffled, and the really frustration thing is that it’s not all over! 2 years after the birth of my daughter it’s still there! I’m expecting #2 now….we’ll see what happens!

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