The mother of a nine-week-old baby boy whose hair is ‘bigger than he is’ says that she wants to avoid cutting it for as long as possible.
Renzo Henderson’s hair is now so long that his mother, Shannon Kaitell, 24, jokes that it is longer than her own natural hair.
Shannon, from Gravesend, Kent, said the doctor delivering Renzo was so startled by the sight of his dark locks that instead of informing her her baby’s head was visible, he said ‘wow – he has a lot of hair’.
Shannon and her fiancé Chris Henderson, 33, love their baby’s thick locks, which his mum said has already made him ‘super popular’, and revealed they have no plans to give him a trim.
Renzo Henderson (pictured) is just nine-weeks-old but already has a full head of thick, black hair – to the delight of his parents Shannon Kaitell and Chris Henderson. Mother Shannon, from Gravesend, Kent, said that she had never seen a newborn with so much hair
Renzo’s hair even surprised doctors who commented during labour: ‘wow, he has a lot of hair’.
At just 20 days old, Renzo’s hair was already inches long, his mother said.
Now, at nine weeks old, Shannon jokes that Renzo’s locks have almost outgrown her own hair when she’s not wearing extensions.
Mother-of-two Shannon said she bathes and washes his hair every day to keep it soft and clean, but admits that it ‘does what it wants’ when she tries to style it.
Shannon said that her older son, Rome Henderson, four, also had long hair when he was born, but she’s never seen hair as long as Renzo’s on a newborn baby.
She said: ‘I haven’t actually ever known a baby to have hair like it. I do think he’s definitely up there as one of the hairiest – his hair is bigger than he is.
Mother-of-two Shannon said that doctors were stunned at the amount of hair her son has. She says that she washes his hair every day to keep it soft and clean, but admits that it ‘does what it wants’ when she tries to style it. Pictured are mother and son
‘When Renzo was born it was really long, especially at the back. When I was in labour they didn’t even say if they could see the head, it was just ”wow, he’s got a lot of hair”.
‘There were quite a few people in the room and quite a few shocked faces.
‘The first thing they said to his dad when they took him to see him was ”look how much hair he’s got”. It’s been long since birth, but since then it just keeps growing.
‘It’s not until I look back over the pictures that I realise how fast it’s grown.
Even at just 20 days old, Renzo’s hair had begun to extend a few inches down his back. Now, at nine weeks old, Shannon jokes that Renzo’s locks have almost outgrown her own hair when she’s not wearing extensions. Pictured is Renzo at nine weeks
‘I’ve never actually measured it, but it’s inches long, especially at the back. It’s really long. His hair is almost longer than mine without my extensions in.
‘The only thing I can think of to describe it is like a long haired cat once they’ve been brushed and it’s like fluff. It’s so, so soft. I’ve never felt hair like it.
‘He gets compliments constantly. Four days after I had him I went out and there’s constantly people stopping and asking to touch his hair. He’s super popular.
‘I didn’t really realise that babies with hair is such a big thing but then it’s not until you look that you realise that most people’s aren’t actually born with hair or that much hair, and then a lot people say their baby’s falls out.
‘I’m hoping that Renzo’s doesn’t. My first son’s didn’t, so I’m hoping it will be the same with Renzo.’
Shannon revealed that the first thing the doctors told father Chris (pictured) was that his son had a lot of hair. Chris is said to be delighted at his son’s thick locks and cannot stop laughing. In the picture, you can see Chris with his son
His mother also said that people seem to be unsure if Renzo is a boy or a girl.
Shannon, a stay-at-home mum, said: ‘I quite enjoy him having long hair. I don’t plan to cut it. I will definitely save it as long as possible.
‘People haven’t mistaken him for being a girl but they do ask first, ”boy or girl”?
‘Whereas with my Rome I never had anyone mistake him for a girl because he just looked like a little boy. People do ask about Renzo.
‘Chris just laughs at Renzo all the time. He finds it hilarious.
Shannon also said that her eldest son Rome, four, also had thick hair when he was a baby, although she admitted that it doesn’t compare to Renzo’s locks. She also revealed that some people have to ask her whether Renzon, pictured, is a boy or girl
‘Renzo will be down for a nap and he’ll go in and just see this big black circle and it is Renzo’s hair. Every time he walks in there he’s just like ‘he’s just like a big ball of fluff’.
‘The hair pretty much does what it wants. I do bathe him and wash his hair daily and then after his bath I always comb his hair and use the baby brush on it as well.
‘But then the top and sides will stay down, but the top back of his head will just be sticking up within 20 minutes. And if he has a nap it’s game over.’
Even though both her sons have been blessed with thick hair, Shannon admits that she doesn’t know where they get it from.
Shannon said that Renzo’s hair ‘pretty much does what it wants’. After daily baths she always combs his hair but even though the top and sides usually stay down for a little while, they are quick to stand back up soon after
She said: ‘I don’t think I have particularly nice hair myself. I’m half African and I don’t actually have afro hair but with my ethnicity our hair doesn’t grow that well.
‘Mine is naturally curly but I straighten it so much and use so many heat treatments it doesn’t ever grow that much.
‘I think men’s hair always grows quicker, but I never expected for my newborn to have that much hair.
‘Rome’s hair was long at birth but nowhere near as long as Renzo’s. It was quite shocking.’
The mother admits that she isn’t sure where both Renzo and his brother get their thick hair from. Shannon says that her own African ancestry means that her hair grows curly rather than straight – something that doesn’t affect her boys