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!

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  • Reply lolly

    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 πŸ˜‰

    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.

    December 6, 2010 at 10:59 am
  • Reply tzipieastwest

    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 !!

    December 6, 2010 at 11:22 am
  • Reply jonivdw

    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!

    December 6, 2010 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Nisey

    Sharon, we use an adult 2 in 1 for jaden’s hair because everything else makes his hair dry and coarse….

    December 6, 2010 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply zamom

    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.

    December 6, 2010 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply elna3

    She looks gorgeous with her new hair. All ready for turning one!!!

    December 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply ani007

    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.

    December 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply darylfaure

    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?

    December 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply Mash

    So cute! She looks like my niece actually, who also has a hair fountain coming out of her crown πŸ˜‰ 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!!!

    December 6, 2010 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply aussiekim

    Try this one Sharon methinks you will LOVE it!

    Gorgeous big girl haircut Ava!

    December 7, 2010 at 12:22 am
  • Reply marina1605

    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 πŸ™‚

    December 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply tanyakov

    I love those pics! Where is that hairdresser?
    I use J&J shampoo, and Charlotte Rhys conditioner. Max’s hair is curly, and gets knotty without conditioner.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply yvettene

    I love her haircut, so cute that they give them a certificate. That chair is too darn cute!

    December 7, 2010 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    Love the pics!
    And yes, I can only just imagine how emotional you are at the moment. I use Johnsons detangling shampoo. Love it.

    December 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply ldr1604

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

    December 8, 2010 at 9:18 am
  • Reply evemeyer

    So sweet She has such lovely hair Sharon!

    December 10, 2010 at 11:22 am
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