Shave to grow hair?

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As promised in my last entry that I’ll share more on my little research if there’s any truth to this little shaving tradition.

The tradition, practised by most  Indians & some Chinese, is to shave their baby’s head at 1 month, if not 6 months. This is done with the purest intention for the new hair to be thicker, stronger, blacker and more ‘even’.

We don’t know for sureee if that is true, but well, I have strong, black, and very thick hair since young. And guess what? No shaving. I’ve checked around with some frienys, they’ve confirmed that their beautiful hair is not a result of a shaven head during infancy. However, I do have a friend who claims that his premature balding is due to the failure on his parents part in observing the tradition. So yeah, there’s no real facts and figures that shows that shaving will help hair grow OR NOT!

I guess all parents want their little kiddo to have beautiful hair. Here’s some tips from various sites – some based on research, some on traditions.. just like shaving:

1) Wash baby scalp with an all natural shampoo

2) Apply oil on baby scalp twice daily as moisturize. Jojba oil is recommended to prevent dry scalp without causing an oily head or face.

3) Avoid bad chemicals on baby’s head. These includes Vaseline, inarl oil.

4) Apply good coconut oil – heat it slightly and massage it on every alternate day.

5) And this is the WEIRDEST of the lot – grind curry leaves into fine paste and apply it on hair! To be eaten raw too! (?!?!)

As to WHY shaving may not help.. here’s the best explaination I’ve found so far..

“After you shave body hair, it may feel coarse or “stubbly” for a time as it grows out. During this phase, it may be more noticeable — and may appear darker or thicker. But it’s not.”

” Hair is dead keratin pushed out by hair follicles under the skin. Cutting/shaving hair does not affect the hair follicles–the dead hair has no mechanism for sending a message to the hair follicles saying, ”I just got cut! Grow more!” Hair can’t talk.”

So there you have it. For more beautiful, thicker and more even hair, there’s more to just shaving..!


For reading leisure..

http://searchwarp.com/swa231154.htm

http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1477113.aspx

http://parents.berkeley.edu/advice/babies/hair.htmlhttp://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hair-removal/AN00638

http://www.snopes.com/oldwives/hairgrow.asp

Bald & Beautiful

It is a tradition in some cultures to have a baby’s head shaved at 1 month! Apparently, it’ll help the hair grow thicker and stronger. I’ll write more on this myth/fact later..

 

Initially, Avin & I were reluctant to comply as we thought Liesl had beautiful hair! But as the months passed, she was sweating so much, causing rashes, we thought perhaps this may be good for her. Though very very reluctantly.

 

So there you go – the journey of the bold parents and their bald & beautiful (perasan) baby!

 

WAKEY WAKEY

Best hair day for the last 5 months, I must say…

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AT THE BARBER

Earlier in the week, my in laws surveyed the housing area and found a barber from India in one of the shops nearby. Since this is an Indian tradition, we thought someone from the land would be the best candidate for this daunting task. We were sooo wrong!

 

Here’s the barber. I insisted that daddy must hold baby cause I’ll be too heart broken to hold her. Think I would have just held her and ran out of the shop! =)

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She was quiet.. and looking funny (like einstein!).  He used a razor to get rid of the long BEAUTIFUL hair..

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Then it all went downhill.. she was crying and screaming.. there were tears! If she could talk, I’m sure she was scolding the barber! Instead, she blew bubbles in protest!

And Avin & I almost cried seeing her tears and pitiful face!

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Our attempts to distract her.. in vain!

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MUMMY TO THE RESCUE!

Yes, I walked out of the shop with her!

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 Finishing touches!

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Finally it’s over. Poor girl, there were cuts on her head! I was soooooo upset with the barber!What made it worse was he said the cuts was because there were pimples on her head!! PIMPLES on a 5 month old?!!! PIMPLESS!!!! What’s wrong with him?!! I should have punched him and gave him a huge pimple on his face!!!!

 

HOME REMEDY

Here’s some flour thingy we put on her head as antiseptic.. Cant remember what exactly that is. Just add some water and it becomes paste-y. Apply it on her head, it will dry off within the hour.

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THE POST TORTURE 

Though I hated the process and the entire idea of going bald, I’m must say I kinda like her new look – Sexy! =))

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1 WEEK LATER

Thank God her hair is growing fast!

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And here’s with Uncle Leroy.. Aww guess we know who looks sexier bald!!

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Can’t wait for her hair to grow again!

 

p/s: I, Elisa Dass, promise I will never ever ever let Liesl-Mae Avin or any of my other children go through the torture again!

Is it just me?

Is it just me or is it true that..

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  • wearing diapers is not as easy as it seems.. cuz it leaks all the time!
  • PAMPERS is a horrible brand! It leaks & it tag’s made of hard plastic that scratches baby’s skin!
  • sometimes, you feel you’re more of a cow than a mother? =)
  • waking up countless times in the night is done with a smile rather than a frown
  • you still feel awake the next day despite the VERY interrupted sleep
  • you feel silly-ish proud that your 3 month old baby did not cry at her vaccination appointments
  • you drive a tad bit faster that usual when going home from work
  • when deciding how long you’ll be out without the baby, the deciding factor relies on the milk supply in the fridge
  • you feel super pressured & sad when milk supply drops!
  • baby bath time is not about being clean, it’s about balance & having fun!
  • it’s sooo difficult to decide between joining the gym to have a chun body AND to spend time with baby & have a tummy! =)
  • you can’t wait to have the next one and experience pregnancy and the joy of a newborn all over again!?

It’s not just me. It is true that babies are a BUNDLE OF JOY & BLESSING!

Shower Time!

She’s DONE IT!

THREE MONTHS already???

Many asked me how’s motherhood been. Well, I’m totally LOVING it! =)

First time mother, first time baby.. and many first time experiences!

Here’s her FIRST trip OVERSEAS on 23 Feb!

SINGAPURA HERE I COME @ 2.5months old!

Her 1st FLIGHT!

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Her 1st TRAIN/MRT RIDE!

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Her 1st BUS RIDE!

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AND… Her 1st accidental roll-over!

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The 2-year old wifey

On 6 Jan, Avin & I celebrated our 2nd year wedding anniversary.

SO fast, and we already have a little one with us! We didn’t do much except for my O&G checkup and a movie.

The checkup was disappointing. Found out that I have to undergo D&C to remove some stubborn placenta membranes stuck to the walls of my uterus. We did the procedure on the  7th and Dr Subra managed to get 95% of it out. The other 5% is too attached to the wall and can’t be removed in fear of damaging the uterus muscle. So, I’m given some antibiotics to kill the bacteria and it’s a waiting game for  it to naturally ‘evacuate’ during menses.

Doc said it’ll probably reoccur in my next pregnancy. For as long as it is not infected, it is fine.

After the bad news ,  we rushed home to Klang so baby can go to bed.. while we go for a movie in AEON Bukit Tinggi. Watched ‘Australia’. Prettycute, feel good show. I’d recommend it. But I wont recommend watching it in Bukit Tinggi Klang. The show started 30 min later due to some technical error!!

So,  that’s my celebration!

The many faces of Liesl-Mae

Ready or not, here I come!

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Happy always!

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Ok..not always..

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Dozing off..

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Dream, dream, dream…

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Rascal in the making..

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Tough Chic

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Daddy’s thinking look

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& BLESS YOU!

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More photos here:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=187192&l=bd76b&id=838950536

http://www.facebook.com/p.php?i=838950536&k=XVA34VS6T4WMXBLBVCVUX