Toddler Bangs and Hair Trimming. :)

Updated on October 16, 2011
R.. asks from Cleveland, TN
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1. Do you grow out your toddler's bangs, or keep them trimmed?
~I like to trim my DD's. I think she's adorable with bangs, but everyone else I know has let their toddlers' bangs grow out. So I'm just curious.

2. I have noticed that the hair I am trimming seems to grow quite a bit faster than the rest of her hair. I am tempted to trim the ends of the back, and see if that makes it grow faster. BUT... I have heard that cutting a baby's hair can make it lose the cute 'baby curls'... and I LOVE my DD's baby curls. I don't want to cut it if it will straighten them out! I have noticed that the hair that I DID trim a few months ago, (it used to lay forward and blend in with her bangs, until I started letting it grow out long enough to brush back.) is straight, so that makes me even more wary of trimming the ends. My MIL claims that my SIL's hair was like that (curly on the bottom, straight on top) naturally... but I don't want to cut it and regret it. So I am also wanting to know if you have ever trimmed your baby's 'baby curls'. If you DID cut them, did the hair grow back differently?

I guess it really doesn't matter either way... no matter what my baby is still the cutest little girl in the universe ;)
... but I still want to know.

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answers from Kansas City on

my dd is almost 5 and has never had a haircut. I think bangs are too much trouble, so I've never bothered. She didn't really get much hair until she was almost 3 and it's still not very long, a few inches past her shoulders. I've thought about getting a trim to get it evened out at the bottom, but she doesn't want it and it looks nice enough the way that it is that I haven't fought it.

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answers from Portland on

My granddaughter was born with a head full of beautiful curls. She's now 11 and still has them. She's had many hair cuts. I suggest that whether or not the hair goes straight is dependent on her genes. Cutting the hair doesn't make it go straight.

As one mother said, her daughter's hair is straight with curls on the bottom. We lose our baby hair and I suggest that is the cause of straight hair. The hair grows in straight. Not because it was cut.

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answers from Dallas on

I loved the baby curls so much that I didnt' get my dd's haircut until last week and she's almost 4. She had so many split ends by this point though that I had to get it done. We got about 5 inches cut off and yes, goodbye to those adorable curls. :(
And yes, I have trimmed her bangs for 4 years. They are adorable.

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answers from Austin on

Believe me, if it is going to be curly, trimming will not make a difference.. Our daughter is now 21 and still has curls. And TONS of hair.

We did not do bangs for a long time. She still just does layers. She has so much hair..

I used to put it up with clips or pony tails for daycare, just to keep it out of her eyes,, plus it is so hot down here, all of that hair always made her hot.

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answers from St. Louis on

quite often those curls disappear after the 1st haircut. :(

future cuts depend on the texture & condition of her hair.

bangs depend on whether or not you like the look.

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answers from Minneapolis on

Unless you find another way to keep her hair out of her eyes, do trim the bangs. I tried with one daughter to keep barrettes or pony tails in, but she started to pull them out. So I cut her hair.



answers from Oklahoma City on

Healthy hair grows differently because unhealthy hair breaks off more easily, so it just looks like it isn't growing as fast. Even when kids are older, if their hair is scraggly and terribly worn out looking it never seems to grow. If it is kept trimmed and healthy it looks like it grows inches each month. That's the difference.

As for curly vs straight.

As each and every one of us age our hair changes with our hormones our nutrition everything we do has an effect on our cells. When we got to a certain age the hair on our legs turns darker and is more coarse. It does not matter if it is shaved or not. It turns darker and gets more thick and noticeable over time. The older you get the worse it gets too.

DNA is what will determine her hair curl or lack of. The hair growing thicker and becoming more coarse is making her hair look straighter. The lighter the hair weight the more curl it will have. If you look at people who have curly hair, if it's long it looks more wavy, more bouncy. The people who keep their curly hair cut shorter, even in layers, then it looks curlier, lighter means more curls and more bounce.

If you want her to have bangs have bangs. She will outgrow them soon enough and want them grown out so she can wear pony tails and have all her hair off her face.

Hair can also change due to meds. A friend who did chemo lost all her hair. When it came back in it was a total different color and it was curly. She had sort of reddish brown hair and it wouldn't hold a curl unless she put a perm in it every couple of months. Her new hair was black with super



answers from Springfield on

Cutting hair doesn't change whether its curly or straight. Genes determine if it'll stay that way or not. The reason people think cutting the hair changes it is because baby hair is different, texture wise. Its more fine.

My daughter had a lot of hair (starting at birth) so she had several haircuts before her baby hair turned into the older, mature hair when she was a toddler. So, yes her curls returned after those first several haircuts because she was still a baby and was growing baby hair. Her curls didn't disappear completely until she was around 3.

As for bangs, I never liked them personally. Only because they're more high maintenance. They need to be cute more often or they get in the little one's eyes. The growing out process is a drag though. The in-between stage is a pain and it feel likes forever before the bangs are long enough to pull back into a ponytail or blend in with the rest of the hair. My daughter has been growing her's out for 2 years and they're finally done. YEA!

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