What kind of hair gel do you use? We considered hair gel, but I'm not a huge fan of putting tons of chemical's on my kid's head. It probably doesn't hurt to put a little hair gel, but if I was using it everyday I would want it to be pretty organic/chemical free (we use all natural and dye free/scent free soaps and shampoos as well because my son has kind of sensitive skin).
Our 13 month old is just about to the hair in the eye stage, growing through it!
Four boys: Corey (11) , Aiden (8), Simon (5), Timothy (2). Shh! Surprise no. 5 in October 2012!
My 6yo has shoulder-length blonde hair that still curls into finger curls in the front. It's only wavy in the back now. You can see him at just-turned-3 in these pics - he'd never had a haircut. Within six months *everyone* was calling him a girl. We finally trimmed it up a little sometime around 3.5 years and have continued to trim it now and again. But even if we hadn't, it would NEVER have been way down his back! Here he is a couple months ago before the most recent trim: http://gallery.mac.com/hvbarrett#100...&bgcolor=black
The baby in those pics - and, yes, all of mine have been nearly bald at birth - now has SUPER curly hair - just covered in ringlets! His hair has never been cut, either, and when stretched out it's now longer than the 6yo's! The little guy will be 3 next week. A decent pic of his hair a couple of months ago: http://gallery.mac.com/hvbarrett#100...&bgcolor=black
And all three of my boys have been called girls at some time or another. My younger two (the longer-haired, curly-tops) get called girls frequently even though they're always dressed in pretty clear "boy" outfits. I generally just nonchalantly interject, "Oh, he's a boy. Yep, they're all boys!" and get big eyes and lots of "Wow!"s at the fact that I am out and about with three boys.
Thankfully with the curls we haven't had to deal with needing to hold their hair back, but that IS why we eventually cut DS1's hair at 18m. His preschool teachers kept telling us it was in his eyes, and so we finally made the leap. I did keep it on the much longer side, though. He's 8.5 and has had ONE clipper cut, ever, only because he decided he wanted to try something shorter.
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.