This weeks prompt in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is “Heirloom.” Our family never did practice the tradition of passing something down from generation to generation. We did however, practice the tradition of ‘Hairloom.” You know, the tradition of saving a locket of hair during a babies first haircut.
That first haircut can be really traumatic. I’m almost 6 years older than my brother, and I vaguely remember going to the barber shop with our mom when he got his first hair cut. He had a head full of red ringlets and being the trooper he is, he never cried.
Other world cultures have their own beliefs about “Hairloom.”
Read here: First Haircut 1
Or here: First Haircut 2
Our family will still just keep the Baby Book with the little ringlet of curl, just can’t find the books.
People have gotten creative with saving baby hair. I really like this one.
You can find it here on Etsy here: