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.