BABIES FIRST HAIRCUT AND AFRICAN TRADITION

By Hadassah Agbaps - December 18, 2015




Hi people, what's been on?

So, I was chatting with a friend of mine whose daughter just turned a year. She was telling me how her husband was going to take her daughter out to the barbers for her first haircut.
I was like,
"Why on earth do you want to cut her beautiful hair??? I can understand if it were your son but why your daughter? "

We all know we had our first haircut right around or even before our first birthday and this practice seems to have been around for generations especially in this part of the world and it's almost compulsory!

Weigh in peeps!!!

WHY MUST A BABY'S HAIR BE CUT AFTER A YEAR?

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8 comments

  1. We need to cut out all the ogbanje :p jk

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  2. Heylo!

    In my culture it is believed that the frist hair the baby was born with needs to be cut so that fresh, clean hair can come out. However, it isn't compulsory. The hair that is cut is weighed and charity is given out accordingly. If you decide not to cut, you'll estimate the volume of the hair and give charity

    We usually cut babies hair before the naming ceremony (1 week after birth) so it's not as dramatic as cutting a 1 yr olds hair.

    I didn't cut my babies hair and she's almost two years old. I have no plans of cutting it anytime soon, unless she's old enough and wants it.
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  3. If it is necessary because of uneven growth or a scalp issue... Then I think cutting is good. Otherwise, I think there is no real reasoning behind that tradition.... It's just "what is done".

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  4. I think it's just a matter of tradition. My baby is just four months and already my mum expect me to shave his hair which is a nice afto btw

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  5. I've heard people say you have to cut it so the "good hair" can grow. I'm wondering what is wrong with the hair already there. And the hair'll grow anyway...
    My hair was never cut. Mom doesn't believe all that.

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  6. I've never understood this either. The logic that it would help new hair grow doesn't make sense to me.

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  7. Wow. This is the first time I'm hearing of this tradition. My family doesn't do it.

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  8. My mum in love has been on my neck to cut my daughter's hair, she says 'better and stronger' hair will come out but ive seen cases where hair was cut and it took forever to grow back.. just happy to read that people did not cut and the hair is doing fine with the 'jabbing' lol

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