When Olly was a baby he had the most beautiful head of hair. In his early years, from age one onwards, he grew the most amazing blonde curls. They were absolutely beautiful, framing his face with perfect strawberry blonde ringlets and they were a real talking point. Everyone used to comment on his hair. The old ladies in the supermarket, other passengers on the train, we literally couldn’t go anywhere without someone talking about his curls.
It was a sad day when we had to get his hair cut. It had grown really long and the curls didn’t sit neatly on his head. They blew around in the wind and it got to the stage where he just looked bedraggled and scruffy with hair all over the place. Washing his hair was a nightmare as the curls got tangled together and bath time was becoming a bit too much as he didn’t want us to wash his hair and of course, we needed to. As a parent you have to pick your battles wisely with your children and we could all do without tears at bedtime.
Fast forward to 3 weeks before his fourth birthday and yesterday I took Olly to get his hair cut. His hair grows so quickly, he’s got beautiful thick hair like his Daddy with my blonde colouring. With Olly being at pre-school now, we like to keep his hair relatively short and neat but after a couple of months growth, I can see the start of his curls coming back. I would love to let them grow but it’s not really practical for pre-school anymore with the threat of nits and playdoh rice (I’ve already retrieved several strands of bright orange playdoh from his hair this week.)
How grown up does he look with his short new haircut? Every time we get it cut he looks so much older. My curly haired little toddler has grown into such a beautiful little boy. He sits alone in the chair chatting away to Amy, our hairdresser, sitting still and moving his head in which ever direction she asks him to.
The appointment at the hair salon is now such an ordinary moment for some, but not for us, it’s one where I leave with a little boy who grows up a little bit more whilst we’re there; growing in experience, independence and confidence. And I’m so proud!