I was still in elementary school when I realized baby hair was a thing. A few people remarked that I had it, in a congratulatory way. And soon I was adding an extra five minutes to my daily routine to brush them out along my hairline, much to my mother’s dismay as she yelled for me to hurry and get to school.
The idea that baby hair is attractive was reinforced in entertainment. There were several stars in the 90s, namely Brandy, Chilli and Ginuwine, who had the look down to a science. They rocked baby hair so proudly and regularly, it became a part of their brand.
Soon, everyone was imitating the look. Black people in particular would grab a brush or toothbrush and brush their baby hair out around their edges. Extra points if you were able to create a swirl when your curly/kinky hair was sleeked down with gel or water.
Some people only brushed it out around their sideburns so you got a glimpse of their baby hair from the profile view. Others were limitless in their baby hair pursuit, creating full-out gelled down bangs along their hairline.
You can’t ignore baby hair was a legitimate beauty fad at the time, but I wonder what is the fascination behind it?
Now that my hair is natural, I often rock it in a top knot protective style. And when I’m brushing and wetting my hair to get the look, there are times where one hair along my hairline falls down and curls up separate from the bunch. I leave it out, perhaps as a subtle nod to those nostalgic baby hair days or maybe because I’m too lazy to brush it back.
And I always get compliments for it. Go figure.