Well, I did it. I finally took Annabelle to get her hair trimmed. It took a lot of courage - on my and Annabelle's part - and complete denial from her father. But her hair had grown to straggliness. Those beautiful curls were in some places inches longer than others, and it was just time.
Lucky for me, I have a friend who cuts hair. And her daughter is one of Annabelle's best friends. So it wasn't as scary as it could've been. I promised her that we'd only cut a little, and Ashley told her how healthy hair can grow longer quicker, like Rapunzel's even.
She opted to not wear the shield, but she sat bravely through the whole thing. And truly, her hair looks AMAZING. So soft and shiny and pretty now. Her hair is a little bit of a mystery. The new growth at the front of her face is full of tight curls, , but the long hair in the back is a mix of wavy and curly. I think if we layer it up, most of the curls will bounce up. But if we layer it, she can't do all the fancy up dos and braids she requests these days.
These are all pictures of her hair wet, but scroll down to the earthworm pictures. That's her hair trimmed and pretty and down (and not at all styled, my favorite thing about naturally curly hair).
All in all, a brave success.