“When do babies get hair” is a common question that many expectant mothers and new mothers ask. Babies develop hair all over their body and not just on their head.
When Do Babies Get Hair On Their Body?
The hair that babies develop first is on their body is called Lanugo. Babies usually develop Lanugo around the 13th week of pregnancy. The hair is very thin, soft and is usually unpigmented. The reason babies develop Lanugo is to protect the baby and keep them warm in the womb whilst their skin is thin and they are still developing. The Lanugo is normally gone before birth, however on occasion can still be present at birth, however it will disappear itself a few weeks later.
When Do Babies Get Hair On Their Head
Babies start to grow hair around the 14th week of pregnancy. Tiny hairs begin to show on the hairline at a slight angle however some babies appear to be born with no hair and some babies can be born with a full head of thick hair. Babies born with hair often lose it by 6 months and sometimes the mature hair grows back right away but on other babies it can take a little longer. When hair does grow back it can grow back in a totally different colour and texture. Baby hair and mature hair grow at different rates and just because your baby was born with a full head of hair does not mean that it will grow back any quicker.
Hair Colour, Volume and Texture
In the womb you will not see curly blonde locks or frizzy black hair. The hair in the womb is pigment free and looks bright white during pregnancy. Your babies’ hair will shed and re grow again between months 3 – month 7 however, you will have to wait until your little one is 2 years old before his or her terminal (the hair they will sport in to adulthood) hair to grow.
Eyelashes and Eyebrows
Eyelashes and Eyebrows begin to grow around week 22 of pregnancy. Initially they do not have any colour and are bright white. The eyebrows and eyelashes continue to grow afterbirth.