J.G. asks from Riverbank, CA on January 11, 2009
Do I Cut, Style, or Leave the Hair in Her Eyes?
I feel silly asking, but I'm at a loss on what to do about my 14-month girl's hair! It's straight and some of the front has grown down over her eyes. She had little hair as a baby and I want to grow her hair longer. I just figured it would start going to the side once it got long, but it's always in her eyes. I've tried sweeping it to the side with barrettes, but she immediately rips them out. Pigtails work somewhat, and she doesn't mess with them, but they're not easy to do every day. And I'm not fond of the Pebbles look (the pigtail going straight up on top). What else can I do? Do I need to cut bangs? I'd love to hear how other moms dealt with this. Thank you!
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W.W. answers from Sacramento on January 16, 2009
Just cut it. Since she isn't ready for barrettes yet. You can still put the barrettes in the side of her hair and leave the bangs down. That way she'll start getting used to stuff in her hair. Just remember to save a lock of hair for her baby book! Good luck!
A.C. answers from San Francisco on January 12, 2009
My preference is to keep bangs (easy and managable) until the hair comes in thicker. I'd keep it shorter until the baby hair thickens up then grow it out. MY daughter didn't really have hair till she was 2, but she is 6 now with long beautiful, hair. Don't feel rushed. It will come. Keep it simple for the both of you.
J.C. answers from San Francisco on January 12, 2009
I cut both of my girls bangs to keep them out of the eyes. Both of them (ages 28.5 mo and 15.5 mo) were born with full heads of hair that grew fast. Both of their hair still falls forward into their faces even with the bangs cut. Good luck with hair accessories. I continue to try all the time sometime with luck and other times they get taken out within minutes.
Good luck in whatever you try :-)
J.W. answers from Sacramento on January 12, 2009
My daughter is 14 months too and has the same problem. I don't want to cut her hair because the hair that gets in her eyes grows from almost the crown of her head, too far back. So when we go out I play the clip game. I put it in, she pulls it out, I put it back, and on and on. Normally what works is to distract her right after I put it in and she forgets it is there so won't pull it out right away. Then most times at home I just let her go wild with hair everywhere, her hair is curly in back so she looks like a mop headed child, cute at that age.
N.C. answers from Sacramento on January 12, 2009
Cut bangs until she is old enough to want cute barrette's, ribbone etc in her hair.
W.M. answers from Sacramento on January 11, 2009
I did the front up in pigtails, all up in pigtails,
and a barrette with it pulled straight back. Then about
2 years of age we cut them some bangs....my mistake was we went to far back on the head. I would have preferred them to be lighter, and not so heavy. Both of my girls also had a ton of hair by the time they were two. They never really had that whispy baby hair.
C.T. answers from Sacramento on January 12, 2009
Try not to cut just yet. I am not a stylist but I asked a lot of these questions with my daughter and learned that new layers of hair come in until age 5~for us, that award look softened at age 2 ish...meaning the bangs hang beautifully off to the side.
I did trim her mullet look into a bob to even things out. She turned 3 last week and has the most beautiful page boy look, with new baby hair coming in. My daughter has wave in her hair. My friend cut her daughters hair that fell forward and is now growing it out.
Also, my daughter was a bow, barret puller outer too! Keep trying, wet it, gel it to the side, try soft headbands (they sell some at target, to start with) she can take them on and off and they are harder to lose than those over priced bows they hate at that age.
B.M. answers from San Francisco on January 12, 2009
I have a little boy, but I used to cut hair for a living. And I always thought "what's up with the Pebbles Flintstone thing?" Until my friend had a girl. Yeah, there's a reason people go with bangs! Baby hair is too fine and wispy to get it to stay anywhere, especially off to the side.
If you don't mind dealing with clips all day, then go ahead with them, but if it's driving you crazy cut some bangs. Just don't do it yourself!
If you have a hairstylist you love she might do it for you. I really didn't do children's hair generally, but for clients I would often do baby haircuts for nothing if they had their baby with them. It only takes a minute. But your stylist may not be as generous. :) Ask how much she would charge. Don't be offended if she tells you that she doesn't do children's haircuts- it's much more stressful and people want to pay a lot less!
Find a place that does kids hair- don't do it yourself unless you have to. If you have to do it yourself part the section you are cutting *very* carefully, clip everything you aren't cutting off to the side, and check to make sure the bangs aren't going to be too thick or too wide. Take your time. You may end up staying with bangs, you may end up growing them out. But yeah- I vote for bangs! Good Luck!
S.B. answers from Redding on January 12, 2009
If your daughter won't wear hair pretties, then you should definitely cut her some bangs. Have you tried the soft elastic headbands?
She's not a diva at 14 months. I hope. Get her bangs out of the way.
O.S. answers from Sacramento on January 11, 2009
I'm always getting my daughters hair out of her face too:) But she let's me style it and doesn't take it out, so maybe bangs would work for you. And I bet it would be so cute!