A nine-week-old boy could be one of Britain’s ‘hairiest babies’, as his hair is almost longer than his mum’s. The baby’s hair has grown so long that now, at nine weeks, his mum jokes that it’s almost outgrown her own hair when she’s not wearing extensions.
Renzo Henderson’s mass of jet black hair was the first thing ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs commented on during his birth, with one ‘sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ’ ᴏʙsᴛᴇᴛʀɪᴄɪᴀɴ telling his mother ‘wow, he has a lot of hair’ before they could even see his ʜᴇᴀᴅ. Renzo’s mother Shannon Kaitell, 24, has joked that her younger son’s impressive mane is already ‘bigger than he is’ at only nine weeks. Not to mention the fact that baby Renzo’s mop is longer than her own hair without her signature extensions. Talk about hair envy. Unsurprisingly, the little lad has proved popular around his local area of Gravesend in Kent where people are ‘constantly’ complimenting him.
Although her older son Rome Henderson, four, also had hair when he was born, Shannon claims she’s never seen hair as long as Renzo’s on a newborn baby. Shannon 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. When Renzo was born it was really long, especially at the back. When I was in ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ they didn’t even say if they could see the ʜᴇᴀᴅ. There were a few people in the room and quite a few sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ 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. I’ve never actually measured it, but it’s inches long, especially at the back.”
Shannon says her son’s hair is a bit like ‘a long haired cat once they’ve been brushed and it’s like fluff’ when she touches it. She said:”It’s so, so soft. I’ve never felt hair like it.” Apparently, Renzo gets compliments constantly, with people always stopping to ask to touch his hair. He’s very popular. Shannon said:” I didn’t really realise that babies with hair is such a big thing. 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 hair 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 and her husband Chris Henderson, 33, love their baby’s thick locks and plan to avoid cutting it for as long as possible. Shannon said: “I quite enjoy him having long hair. 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. Chris just laughs at Renzo all the time. He finds it hilarious. I don’t think I have particularly nice hair myself. I’m half Aғʀɪᴄᴀɴ and I don’t actually have ᴀғʀᴏ hair but with my ᴇᴛʜɴɪᴄɪᴛʏ 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.”