23 May 2011, by Jaime Teo

Renee’s First Haircut!

Ok, I should add a disclaimer to that. I really mean her first paid haircut. I’ve tried my hand at cutting her fringe a few times. She usually ends up with an asymmetrical fringe… (but isn’t that all the rage now? hehe) but thankfully it grows out quite quickly…

Her crowning glory has been much talked about from when she was born. First it was because she had a nice full head of hair.

After that it was because her nice full head of hair was gravity defying.

And when her hair finally fell nicely to her sides at about 6mths, everybody we oohed and aahed at how nice her natural ‘cut’ was.

 As she grew older, my mother thought we should clip her hair up since she was so hot all the time.

But this wasn’t a long term solution. Renee would pull at the clips and rubber bands from her hair within minutes — yeah, long term refer to minutes in baby-time =p It also doesn’t help that she perspires very easily. We’d go to the park and she’d return with her head drenched. We’d play under a fan and still you can see beads of perspiration on her nose and forehead after a while.

I had wanted to let her grow her hair really long because I thought little girls with long hair look super adorable. Also, I didn’t get to keep my hair long until after I turned 16 so I wanted her to have what I didn’t (don’t most parents!)…. But *sigh* I realise it’s so impractical it cannot be.

So Dan and I decided that we’ll get her hair professionally cut at EC house at United Square. We’ve walked by a few times, always looking in at the cute toy train inside for kids to sit in while they get their hair cut.

I was surprised at how quickly it all went. It helped A LOT that there was a steering wheel on the train cos she Really likes steering wheels. Oh and the mirror in front of her helped cos she Really likes mirrors too =p

The hairdresser put a cloth around her neck and then a big colourful plastic wrap which she ignored because she was only interested in playing with the wheel. She only got frustrated when we had to interrupt her wheel time to hold her head steady to cut her fringe.

I must be a really easy to please mother because I was so proud of Renee for not crying — you have to understand, this is the same little girl who sometimes screams at the top of her lungs at a restaurant for no apparent reason. When that happens, Dan and I either ask our helper to bring her out for a walk, or pretend that we don’t know her. (no, not really. It’s hard to not know a baby sitting at your table)

Plus she just sat there quietly while the lady vacuumed her head. Yes, that’s what that elastic tube does. She kept looking at the mirror as if wondering her friend in the mirror is a different friend…

 She now looks like she is ready for play school because she looks like every other little girl I see in play schools — either with a pigtail or a china doll cut.

And it feels like my little girl has grown just a little bit more with this milestone… *proud mama smile*

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Posted on : May 23, 2011

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June 29th, 2011 at 10:31 pm    

i also dont knw, my MIL kept my elder daughter one, so i kept for my daughter no.2.
yes, some ppl went to make bruhes but for me, i just kept it in an ang pao.
maybe its just keeping for memory… 😉

Jaime Teo

Jaime Teo

June 15th, 2011 at 1:57 am    

Chloe : The impact of our childhood on us! It makes me more mindful of the impact I’ll have on Renee… :p And yes, being in someone else’s shoes makes all of us more sympathetic!

Jasmine : Thanks!! =)

sherry : No, I didn’t! It’s not really her first real haircut – I’ve cut her hair before…. What do you do with the hair? I’ve heard of ppl who make brushes with it. Hm….


May 27th, 2011 at 11:04 pm    

hihi, 1st haircut..did you keep some of her hair ? coz my MIL used to keep my elder daughter 1st haircut and then i started to keep my daughter no.2 haircut too ! think its tranditional ba ! 😉
Renee look so sweet and can i pinch her cheeks! ;p


May 24th, 2011 at 8:26 am    

Pretty Renee! 🙂
Does looks so sweet in the new hairstyle. 🙂


May 23rd, 2011 at 3:44 pm    

Yes, yes, I’ve tried the we-dunno-this-baby trick and it doesn’t quite work. So we now adopt the we-didnt-hear-any-baby-screaming trick. Gotta be really thick skin lah ;D

ok ok, my hubb and i take turns bringing the baby out for a walk too.

Becoming a parent has made me more sympathetic and understanding toward other parents who have young kids making a din in public. Sometimes it really isn’t within our control.

Anyway, I didn’t have long hair till I was 16 too. When I was younger, my mum said it’s troublesome for a kid to have long hair. Entering secondary, my sch forbid long hair except girls in chinese dance group *grumbles*. Thereafter, I never had my hair any shorter above my shoulder. 🙂

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