In the words of Benita who does Anna's braids, "that girl has deceptively long hair!"
Exhibit A: Freshly washed hair
Exhibit B: A Curl (remember this?)
Exhibit C: The Same Curl, Stretched Straight
|Her hair goes well past the bottom of her shoulder blade.|
Exhibit D: Hair in 2-strand Twists
I am definitely getting better at doing Anna's hair. This style, from freshly washed to all twisted, took a little over an hour. It helped that her had had been combed out before the wash as well as during the conditioning. It made combing it out to style very easy (which can be a main time-eater when styling hair that is Anna's type.) We keep it in protective styles that preserve length (mostly small braids, hence going to a professional braider), and her hair grows like a weed.
Sadly, Anna has been telling us that she wants to cut all her hair off. Like, shave her head. She loves that look, and has seen several brown ladies with very short hair which she admires. For the time being, we aren't letting her cut it (we do trim, but not cut), but soon we probably will allow her to have more input into her hair. There is so little one can control at this age, but if she wants to wear her hair short, I guess that is not the end of the world.