To shave or not to shave your baby’s hair?

Growing up I would always think of how beautiful my childrens hair would be. How I would treat it so it’s long and beautiful. My husband and I would always say if it is a boy he would have braids and we made a bet on it way before we got married that when we have a girl her hair will be waist length by the time she is five. My husband didn't really believe that can happen for some reason, but then again he's a pro at making bets with me and losing.

My sons first hair cut

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When I had my son I was so excited to take care of his hair and for it to start growing. Many African cultures tend to cut the baby’s hair after their first birthday, it is believed that shaving a baby's first head of hair helps to promote hair growth. And sometimes other beliefs is accompaned with this.

My husband would tell me that we will shave my sons hair when he turns 1. I personally didn’t really believe that his hair needed to be cut. When he was around 8 month I was so sad that his hair started falling and breaking, with bold patches. I was still hoping and believing that it would grow. But my husband was adamant that we needed to shave his head so that it grows properly and strong. So I gave in when my son turned 1, we shaved his hair. It was easier for me to be comfortable with this idea because he was a boy and his hair was looking very messy.

Refusing to cut my daughter’s hair

When we found out we were having a girl, before she was born I went online and started doing all the research that I needed to save her from the 1 year snip tradition. This helped me discover amazing products to care for African natural hair. I was really prepared when my daughter was born. She was born with a head full of hair. I started looking after her hair from the get go. However when she turned 4 months her hair started falling, I couldn’t understand why. Here comes my husband trooping along again telling me "you know we will shave her hair when she turns 1 so that it grows thicker".

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But this time I didn’t want to even think about that. I don’t believe that you need to shave a baby’s hair for it to grow thick.

So I did more research online, put more elbow grease in there and found a good hair routine that worked on her hair. It started growing so beautifully and so thick and it just keeps on growing. My husband can’t believe how much he hair has grown and still growing without us having to shave it.

Does shaving baby hair work to stimulate thicker hair growth subsequently?

Experts say that shaving a baby’s head doesn’t have any effect on how thick and fast your baby’s hair will grow. The reason being, that hair grows from the folly cakes that are beneath the scalp’s surface. So what you do to the hair on the outside doesn’t affect how the hair is forming inside the follicles.

Everyone has their own reasons for shaving or not shaving their baby’s hair. Some people do it because it’s their culture and some do it because they believe the hair will grown faster and thicker. At the end of the day it is the parents decision to do what’s best for your child. Don’t feel like you have to do it because of family members and give in to pressure from others around you. As long as you and your other half are in accordance that’s all that matters.

What are your opinions on shaving your baby’s hair?

Love, 

Yocana