As you may have seen from my instagram and facebook page recently, Arjun’s luscious locks have got a life of their own all of a sudden! We will be keeping Arjun’s hair like his grandfathers and his daddy for religious reasons and when he is older, he will wear a turban – the Sikh crown.
You may be wondering why Sikh’s keep their hair? I’m no self proclaimed expert in Sikhi and nor am I a perfect Sikh, but I adore my faith and the principles it beholds.
The 5 K’s in Sikhism are five articles of faith that baptised Sikh’s wear at all times as ordered by the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. The 5 K’s form the external identity of a Sikh. The hair (kesh) is one of the 5 K’s (if you’d like to read up on the other K’s, you can do here).
Sikh’s keep their hair as a symbol of respect for God’s perfect creations. Throughout history, hair has been regarded as a symbol both of holiness and strength in the Sikh faith. Sikh’s believe that the hair channels strength and spiritual energy. Sikh men are distinctly recognisable by their crowns – their turbans worn to keep their uncut hair clean and tidy. Many Sikh women also wear turbans for the same reasons and as I’ve stated before, they radiate pure elegance.
I adore Arjun’s thick brown locks. To me it’s a part of his character and who he is – I don’t think I could bear to part with them! But his hair is at that stage or is quickly approaching the stage where it’s soon going to need a bit of taming. It definitely has a life of it’s own!So like many Sikh mummies with little boys in the same predicament as me – which way do we keep their hair through that “middle” stage between baby hair and them wearing a turban when older?!
There are so many signature hairstyles that little baby boys rock – some typical of Sikh boys. I decided to get my followers involved by putting together a little light hearted montage of what some of those “middle” hair styles are. I’m sure many mummies can relate!
A big thank you to Nicky, Tanveer, Hardeep, Jagdip, Kiran, Harnam and Ameet for participating and sharing pictures of your gorgeous boys! x
1. The Famous “Telephone Wires”: This is typically a Kenyan style and one that all my cousin brothers had when they were younger! This hairstyle involves plaiting the hair on either side and using ribbon to tie them together at the back. Who said boys can’t rock ribbons?! From the front, they look like telephone wires hence the name!
2. Man bun aka Joora: A hair style that I think Arjun looks adorable in but as his hair is still quite short, it isn’t one that he does often. This involves a little bun at the top of the head. How adorable is it?!
3. Patka: This is typically done on boys with a little more hair than Arjun where a bun is tied at the top of the head and a small piece of cloth is used to wrap around the head and the bun. Check out Aval posing with his patka on :).
4. Pig tails: Boys with pig tails look absolutely adorable. They exude some kind of innocence with their hair bunched back! How cute does Aarav B look?
5. Pugh: These kiddos melt my heart! Donning the Sikh crown at such a young age is so admirable. A pugh makes their little cheeks look even cuter! How adorable does Bachittar Singh look?!
6. Clip: Good ol’ kirby grips or snap clips often do the trick if you still want to showcase your little one’s gorgeous head of hair. I often pin Arjun’s hair back to push it out of his eyes. Imaan looking gorgeous with his hair pinned back at the side below!
7. Fountain: Like a pony tail but on the very top of the head. Forget the fountain, how cute are Ekaras’ cheeks!?
8. Ramaal: A ramaal is a piece of material that is used to tie around the head, like a bandana. It’s different to a patka as a bun doesn’t need to be tied and it isn’t wrapped around the head in the same way. Here’s Arjun enjoying his langar at Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji’s samagam where he managed to keep his ramaal on!
9. Pony tail: Exactly what it says on the packet! There’s the signature side pony and also the top pony. Here’s happy Aval wearing a side pony..
10. A headband: doesn’t Kulpreet look like an adorable mini Argentinean football player?!
11. Free spirits: And some boys just rock their natural state! … Curly, straight, full of volume, slick!
How do you keep your son’s long locks?x
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