An expectant mother in Hunan who’s been growing out her long tresses since the age of 14 has finally decided to chop off all 1.3 meters of her hair before giving birth.
Zhu Qing said that she read a lot of classical Chinese novels growing up, and was inspired by female leads in the stories who chose to keep their hair long until marriage. She’s managed to keep the shears away from her illustrious locks for the past 13 years, but two months into her pregnancy, decided that it was time to part.
“I will do it for him or her,” the mother-to-be said, explaining that she was worried her long hair would take away nutrition from the growing baby.
While her reasoning may not be scientifically sound, the move is probably for the best. Cai Min, a Changsha-based maternal and child health expert who was cited in a China Daily report, said that an expectant mother’s hair length really has no effect on a growing fetus. Her 1.3 meter-long-mane, however, would likely prove incredibly inconvenient come baby-time.
Zhu braided her hair into 13 parts to commemorate her 13 years with it and watched in tears as they were unceremoniously chopped off.