Hair – by Karen

26 Aug

I guess the most spectacular hair in my life is Anika’s. She was born with  a fair amount of hair:

In fact this is more than some lovely babes have two years later. After this newborn hair, subsequent extrusions of hair were blonde, and as it’s never been cut, you can still see reddish tips in her hair that were once dark brown.

In Singapore, she had a devoted fan in our helper Jean, who loved doing her hair and was incredibly skilled at it. She developed a favourite style which became known as The Anika.

All part of the indulged tropical toddler lifestyle


As you can probably make out, this hairstyle formed a kind of golden circlet around her head that was secured by dozens of small elastics. These had the advantage of making it last a good five days.

The disadvantage of this hairstyle is that it was SO REMARKABLE and BELOVED that every single person Anika met would comment on it, in fact, most people she even passed would be compelled to compliment it. So there was a phase of Anika’s life during which pretty much all she ever heard was “I love your hair!”.

This probably isn’t healthy, so even though I have finally mastered The Anika (not to Jean’s impeccable standard, but passing), I use it sparingly. I mean, we can’t have her writing her school report on how she loves her jeans.



6 Responses to “Hair – by Karen”

  1. Beth August 26, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    “Math class is tough” – VOMIT!

    How amazing that her hair was so dark and then became so fair!

    Agreed, Karen! I try to be conscious of not just complementing girls on their appearance, but I hear myself sometimes… “I love your outfit”, “wow, what pretty shoes”. It is hard not to say that stuff when you think it, but it’s so boring that that is so often the first thing out of people’s mouths when they meet a little girl.

    • Karen August 27, 2012 at 4:09 am #

      It is hard, isn’t it, because they *are* so very pretty!

  2. Justyna August 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Almost Yulia Tymoshenko like. There’s ruling a country potential in hair.

    • Karen August 27, 2012 at 4:10 am #

      She did also wear it in the Yulia style, but there’s a lot more skill and a lot less staying power involved in that one.

  3. Tabitha August 27, 2012 at 4:05 am #

    Completely off-topic, how fit and amazing do you look in that photo?!

    • Karen August 27, 2012 at 4:11 am #

      Hahah, thank you! May be some flattering illusory stuff going on there, but I’ll take it! 🙂

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