Is there anybody out there that has ever considered getting a wig for your hair-challenged child? I *NEVER* thought that this type of thing would even cross my mind, but the older Kendi gets without much hair growth, the more I think about alternatives.
She just loved the yarn braids we had in for a few months over the holiday season. But the yarn braids did not love her. Her hair continues to get thicker month by month, but we see very little growth. She's 3.5 years and has been home for 1.5 years. This isn't just a matter of her "catching up" anymore. Her doctors agree that this might be a real long-term issue for her.
Certainly hair is not considered a "big deal." That is, unless you don't have it. How much do we girls love to have hair options? How many of us love the option to go curly or straight, long or short? I do. My other daughter does. Kendi does too--but she doesn't have options. Yes, she totally rocks her little mini-fro, palm coils, and tiny twists. I figure her heard can handle yarn braids one or twice a year, tops. The child absolutely adores her play wigs. She wants to have pony tails and braids like most other little girls. And I can't give them to her.
Do they even make good natural looking African hair wigs? Would it be completely silly to consider this as an option for Kendi--for those days when she wishes she had longer hair? Just something I've been thinking about lately. I don't know of any other internationally adopted children who have had the issue of no/slow hair growth. =-(
P.S. To make it clear, *I* do not have a problem with my daughter's gorgeous short hair. But I can see her lack of hair is starting to make her feel self-conscious.