Tuesday, June 27

Gwen's hair

When Gwen came to us, she was practically bald <click here to see her referral picture>

In the 9 months she's been home, her hair has grown and grown and grown! It's super thick and glossy and gorgeous but it's also in her face all the time! To make things worse, it grows straight toward her face at a very sharp angle so any attempt to pull it back and contain it with a barrette or clip is really unnatural. It just won't "bend" that way!

We flunked inspection this morning at our local park where Chinese Grandmothers take their little grandkids to play. They know us well and they call Gwen "MiMi". Today, they smiled at her but frowned at me as they made the sign of scissors and pointed at her bangs.

But I am trying! We own so many barrettes and bows and hair clips! I've even attempted to appeal to Gwen's sense of vanity (she has none, apparently) by telling her that I'm putting a "pretty" in her hair. I got that tip from Sophie's mom since Sophie loves to get dolled up and always looks adorable <click here to see how adorable>. But Gwen doesn't care about "pretties" in her hair. In fact, I might as well be telling her that I'm putting oatmeal in her hair because she immediately finds the offending thing and throws it on the floor.

Pigtails are super cute on her but they never last more than two minutes. Sometimes, they've lasted long enough for me to grab the camera but not much longer.

"The Pebbles Doo" (pictured above) seems to be the exception as she'll actually leave this silly thing alone. It's nice to be able to see her face even though she looks like she has a fountain springing from her head! Actually, she blends in pretty well with the tree in the background!

Daddy's not too fond of this style but it's about all we can do until her hair is finally long enough to capture in one ponytail at the back of her head. That's our goal. It's going to be a challenge to ride out this shaggy look between now and then.

I wonder what Maddy's hair looks like.....


Blogger Chris Ayers & Kelly Kline said...

Here's to girls with shaggy do's! We've failed on our last two attempts at a haircut (picture screaming and crying so loud that even Kindercuts refused to serve us!) So, we may be waiting for a single ponytail too, but not by choice!

June 27, 2006 10:07 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

I love the Palm tree! Gwenny you look beautiful, honey!

My Charlotte has the same kind of thick, black lustrous hair. She just loves her "pretties". Of course, Big Sissy really influences what she likes/doesn't like.

I hope for Mom's sake, Gwen changes her mind. Little girls are so much fun when they let you dress them up.

June 27, 2006 10:55 PM  
Blogger Scott Ocheltree said...

Another good reason to have boys. (kidding) we've had Kai's hair cut 4 times now. It finally has recovered from what they do to boys hair in China (look at the little boys in the opening street scene of Mulan)

The first couple cuts were pretty traumatic for him, but now he loves getting his hair cut. Has begged Tina when going by the salon. This morning he made me get out our Wahl electric trimmers and run them over his head - I didn't actually cut any, but let it vibrate his scalp - made him very happy!

I'm actually very impressed with how much Gwen's hair has grown!

June 27, 2006 11:51 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

She does has some fast growing hair so hopefully you'll be in a full ponytail in no time. I say ride it out and you'll be so glad you did.

June 28, 2006 6:49 AM  
Blogger M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

Oooo, it's tough! Your fingers must be itching to pull the hair out of her face. Pretty soon though, the ponytail will work. In the meantime, I kinda like the palm-tree. 'Course I probably have questionable taste, I wore a side ponytail in highschool! *grin*

June 28, 2006 7:16 AM  
Blogger Gracencameronsmomy said...

We have the same problem! Gracie's hair is so thick now, and it is always in her face...and she won't wear barrettes...let me know if you figure something out!

June 28, 2006 7:55 AM  
Blogger Val said...

Awww...I love her little whale spout. Very, very cute! Have you tried two french braids, with a part down the middle? Sometimes that works since you get all the little frizzies caught and worked into the braid. Try doing it wet, as that helps it stay in. Then hairspray the dickens out of it. Good luck getting her to stay still long enough---LOL! Ava's update looks like she just got a trim---so cute! It looks like her FM likes to doll her up. :o)

June 28, 2006 10:30 AM  
Blogger Joannah said...

She looks so different with her hair off her face. What a doll!

June 28, 2006 1:10 PM  
Blogger Kat and Colin said...


I was nodding my head on this post. I fear that Sophia is following Gwen's example. First of all, she came with very little hair and 6 weeks later, we see no change. Secondly because she objects to any attempt to adorn her hair. The pretty bows that Aunt Kimberley sent were in her hair long enough to get a few photos and she adeptly plucked them out of her hair and looked triumphantly at me.

Still, I can't believe how much Gwen's hair has grown, especially since we lost saw her in March. I bet she will have a legit. pony tail by the time we see her in September. Keep it up!

Kat, Colin and Sophia

June 28, 2006 2:05 PM  
Blogger Shana said...

Ha! You are so funny! First of all, be thankful that Gwen has such thick, luscious, beautiful hair! And even when it is in her eyes- she looks great! I think the Pebbles do is cute (you would laugh if you saw that style on Sophie- she looks ridiculous- her hair is so thin and her head is so huge!) I think the reason Sophie loves her "pretties" is that from day one, she always wore at least one. Hats and headbands, on the other hand, are ripped off her head the second after I put them on! As for Maddy- well, just like Gwen, she is so amazingly beautiful that her hair won't make any difference (although from the photos- it looks like she has gorgeous hair too!) I hope you find out SOON!!! :)

June 28, 2006 2:48 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

OMG she is soooo cute. I love the pebbles do, it has character

June 28, 2006 3:03 PM  
Blogger asiangarden said...

lol, I wish kai-Li would hurry up and grow some hair...Chinese people think that if a childs hair is too long it will be heavy on their head and when they get older they will get headaches...lol
Most of the Chinese people in my family want me to shave Kai-Li's head again so it will grow in thicker...that is probably why Gwens hair was so short. I let them shave it once and I'm not letting them do it again!!

June 28, 2006 3:28 PM  
Blogger Ed and Lisa said...

Awe she's so cute! The "pebbles" look almost matches her up with palms behind her! : )

I had the hardest time with our son when he was Gwen's age.... I finally had him sit on my lap and let the hair stylist work that way.. yeah... it was loads of fun! LOL... I am proud to say we no longer use those tactics and Josh doesn't mind having his ears lowered... LOL... seriously, after a couple of times on my lap he was good to go.. a bit reluctant but eventually got the hang of it.

Lisa : )

June 28, 2006 8:00 PM  
Blogger Rina & John said...

I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your posts. Sometimes I swear we could be sisters...you certainly think the same way I do :)

June 28, 2006 8:14 PM  
Blogger Jana said...

Look at that BEAUTIFUL face!!!! She is an absolute doll and such a happy little girl. I love the way her ponytail matches the palm trees too...that's too cute!!

June 29, 2006 7:41 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Eva will let her nanny create the most elaborate and tedious of hairstyles... complete with small rubber bands and many ribbons. I put anything in her hair and it is immediately tossed.


June 30, 2006 8:04 AM  
Blogger Eileen said...

I guess I am lucky that Lindsey leaves everything in her hair! She's never pulled anything out. I just put it in a pony tail almost every day (easiest) but sometimes other "styles" (the days of the palm tree are gone though). It's fun buying different little hair things. So I hope Gwenny will keep things in soon!

Btw, someone (not mentioning names to avoid getting in trouble, but it wasn't me or hubby or Lindsey or Ben *G*) gave Lindsey a trim gone bad and now it's much shorter than I want. Thankfully it's hair so it will grow, but it was getting so long and now it's a bit shorter than I would like.

June 30, 2006 11:50 AM  
Blogger TimandKim said...

My mom always tells me I have to "train" the hair to grow the way I want it. It kind of does help to make sure you comb it after a bath into the direction you want it. I comb Katie's to the side each night. If not it does tend to grown forward. We are trying to not cut in bangs too, so I use hair clips and ponytail holders a lot.
I buy the small ouchless ponytail holders at Target. They don't have the metal crimp in it. They are just big enough to go around my finger if that tells you how big they are. They go perfectly around Katie's hair about 3-4 times. Her's is thinner than your daughter's probably. Also, when you put the ponytail holder in, kind of roll the top part of the elastic back so the hair points back instead of up. That is how I do Katie's and it lays flat way better.
Good luck! Hope it grows out fast. Keeping from cutting bangs in it is so hard!

July 02, 2006 9:42 PM  

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