Baby’s big hair gets lots of notice, Halloween troll costume

This Nov. 1, 2016 photo provided by Alisha John shows her daughter, Areea John, in Elton, La. John says her 3-month-old daughter has such a full head of hair that strangers stop to admire it, and she dressed the baby as a troll for Halloween. But John tells the American Press that she and her husband, Dakota John, don’t have long to play with baby Areea’s hair. That’s because Dakota John is a member of the Coushatta Indian tribe, which shaves babies’ heads as part of a blessing ceremony when they’re four months old. (Alisha John via AP)

ELTON, La. (AP) — A southwest Louisiana woman says her 3-month-old daughter has such a full head of hair that strangers stop to admire it, and she made the baby a Halloween troll costume.

But Alisha John says she and her husband, Dakota, don’t have long to play with baby Areea Sue Oiba John’s hair. That’s because she’s a Coushatta Indian, and the tribe shaves babies’ heads as part of a blessing ceremony when they’re 4-months-old.

She tells the American Press in Lake Charles that her older children — a 3-year-old girl, and boys aged 4 and 7 — also were born with a lot of hair. But nothing like Areea’s, whose blessing ceremony will be held on Nov. 25.

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