When Arthur Patel was born, he already had a full head of thick hair.
Now 21 months old, it’s just kept growing and growing.
While most babies are at least one before they have their first hair cut, Arthur had to have his cut at 12 weeks old – and he’s had eight more haircuts since, despite not even being two.
His mum, Anna Barnard, 33, a teaching assistant, says that even the midwives were surprised when he was born and people still stop her on the street to comment on her son’s stunning hair.
She said: ‘He was born with a full head of hair.
‘When I was pushing for hours, all the midwives and doctors just kept telling me: “we can see his hair!”‘
Normally newborns need to wear a hat but Anna, from Stevenage, Herts, says she was told not to worry because Arthur already had so much insulation.
‘I was more surprised on how other people reacted, like “oh my God, look at his hair”- everyone at the hospital, the midwives, anyone I came across was like “wow”.
‘It was then when I thought it’s probably unusual.
‘I took him to the hairdresser when he was only a few months old, maybe three or four.
‘The hairdressers were so surprised- now he goes to the barbers that my husband goes to because he needs a proper haircut.
Anna gets asked if the old wive’s tale about having heartburn during pregnancy means a hairy baby – but she says she didn’t have any at all.
She adds :’When he was younger people thought he was a girl, purely because of the hair.
‘I get stopped in the street all the time and people are always commenting on his hair.’
It seems like the ‘hairy’ gene runs in the family, as Arthur, who was born in September 2017, has the same hair as his dad, Richard Patel, 34, a monitoring officer.
And even though as he gets older, he doesn’t enjoy the barbers appointment, his mum has found a trick to make it easier for him.
She added: ‘We know it’s time to have his haircut when my mother -in- law puts a clip in his hair- it means it gets in his eyes.
‘He doesn’t really like going to the hairdresser- we’ve found that letting him watch Peppa Pig on my phone is the only thing that works, otherwise it’s quite traumatic for him.
‘His hair is quite hard to tame; we put gel and try to style it.
‘It’s getting to that point when it starts to go in his eyes and then goes really long at the back, like a mullet.’
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