Big Girl Hair Cuts & Stuff & Things!

When Ava was born, the first thing I noticed as she crowned was the huge mass of dark hair she had. Then shortly after she was born, a lot of it fell out (except the hair on her crown) and then it all started growing like crazy again. In the past year, I have cut her hair 4 times as the hair at the base of her neck started growing down her back, making it some kind of a version of a baby mullet, something neither Walter nor I were keen on.

Her hair has changed quite drastically over the past 11 months, its definitely started to get curlier and in places it is quite fair, so I suspect she may land up with curly, golden hair like her birth mom (and much like my own “natural” hair).

Her crown still has that very thick, very dark hair she’s had since birth and its been getting longer and longer and messier and messier and so this weekend we decided it was time for her to pay a visit to the hairdresser. We decided to take her to Chop It, a specialist childrens hair salon close to our home on Saturday afternoon after her Kinder Music Christmas party. When we arrived, there were lots of screaming toddlers and children and I was sure we were in for the same. But our little sausage surprised us by sitting quietly throughout her haircut, happy to play with the toy she was given and watch Barney on the TV in front of her.


Getting started...

All done!

And the certificate to prove it:


The Proof!

Its taken some getting used to seen as her hair is now the shortest it has ever been, even when she was born. But now all the baby “fluff” if gone and its just real hair left behind.

And to prove she’s a big girl, here she is sitting in her big girl chair with her big girl hair:


Such A Big Girl!

Ok, so Mom’s, here’s the question, which shampoo do you use on your babies/toddlers/children with lots of hair, not the baldies. Because I’m finding that the Elizabeth Anne’s and Johnson’s is too drying for her very thick, somewhat curly hair?

I’ve also been very emotional the last few days, every time I hear Christmas carols I start crying thinking back on this time last year. And yes I know my life is perfect, gush, gush and all that, but I will be doing a series of posts on “this time last year” starting today.

This time last year, I was VERY depressed. We’d sent off our profile two weeks earlier and hadn’t heard anything. I’d just gotten my first “normal” period after my miscarriage. Christmas was fast approaching and we were once again, facing the festive season, childless, with all that that means. We went shopping to buy our Christmas gifts and in the process I managed to convince Walter to buy an outrageously expensive LCD, big screen TV. My motivation? We’d received his retrenchment package and our bonuses and had all this money stored up and were no where nearer to having a child, so why the hell not spoil ourselves. I remember walking through the mall with our TV in a box on a trolley being pushed long with us and being excited about getting home to set it up. Little did I know that in less than 24 hours both Walter and I would take a turn at phoning the retailer and BEGGING them to let us return the TV and get our money back, money we’d sorely need for maternity leave!


  • lolly

    December 6, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Hey Sharon!
    Its such a very special time for you! Gush away! I struggle not to gush, but that’s a great sign! Gushing is great 😉

    I’ve always always used Annique baby shampoo! Its awesome. Wondeful for all hair types, and the bottle lasts ages! With my 3, a bottle lasts 3months.

  • tzipieastwest

    December 6, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Oh Sharon, I remember this time last year…it was sad and I guess it is a good thing to express these sad memories as they resurface. I do not think that IF can be “cured”, as completely over. We learn to live with it and heal but some wounds leave scars !
    This being said, Ava’s beautiful litle face makes me smile and yes, she is such a big girl already !!

  • jonivdw

    December 6, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I love the new haircut soo soo cute! We use Paul Mitchell for Kids on Adam’s hair as it doesn’t dry out his hair or scalp and makes his hair nice and soft!

  • zamom

    December 6, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I use Woolies Natural baby shampoo for my girls. Zoe absolutely LOVES going to the hairdresser but she’s also desperate to grow her hair long so she’s very torn and for now just settles to go and visit Gabbi (her hairdresser) for a hug. Her hair is also curly, so it’s actually much longer than it looks but all she wants is a ponytail all the way down her back. If she sees me using my GHD then she asks for her hair to be straightened as well. She also likes to play hairdresser, hairdresser with me so I get the most delightful hairdo’s and she can’t understand why I don’t go out with it all in place – ponies in all directions, numerous clips, Chris’s wax, you name it. Chris has forbidden me from cutting Ava’s hair as I cut Zoe’s the first time and he was horrified.

  • ani007

    December 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Sharon, she really is so adorable, i’ve recently started using Tonic line (R80) a nourishing shampoo & after the 3rd wash the dryness had just disappeared.

  • darylfaure

    December 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    She is such a lovely little Girl Sharon! What a blessing.

    I use Johnson’s baby shampoo on Dylan and don’t have any problems. How often are you washing her hair?

  • Mash

    December 6, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    So cute! She looks like my niece actually, who also has a hair fountain coming out of her crown 😉 I wouldn’t have a damn clue what shampoo to use, but I’ve heard other mom’s complaining so you aren’t alone.

    Tears in my eyes about this time last year. Love that you got a baby instead of a TV!!!

  • marina1605

    December 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Claudio also has a big mop of hair, but his is dead straight! I use Johnson’s baby wash, not the shampoo, it’s the white one, not sure what it’s called exactly. Anyway, I love the smell, and doesn’t dry out Claudio’s hair at all and I wash Claudio’s hair every day. I love Ava’s hair cut. She’s so pretty! Claudio also sat still for his first hair cut and he’s going for another one today 🙂

  • ldr1604

    December 8, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Sjoe Ava is getting to be a big girl already! No, say it isn’t so! I bet Ava rocked the baby mullet 🙂 So much can change in a year… from total heartbreak to Mom of a little girl with a real haircut in 12 months – amazing.


I LOVE comments, leave yours here:

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: