A mother who thought all newborns were bald was shocked to find that her little girl already had thick hair in her womb.
Alexandra Jechorek, 21, was amazed when her daughter Maya had a shiny mane before she was born.
The Dublin woman was born bald, just like her office worker Lee Bond (23) and her son Kadin (five).
As a result, the mother who stayed at home believed that all babies came out of the womb this way.
She said: “We had already found out that we were expecting a girl during the previous scan. At 34 weeks we were just curious to see how much she had grown.
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“To be honest, when the midwife turned the screen, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
“There was this little baby with full hair on the scan. I just thought: ‘No way, that can’t be possible’.
“To be perfectly honest, I thought all babies were born bald. My oldest kadin came out bald, so I just thought babies were like that when they were born.
“But once I recorded how much hair she had, I was all the more excited to get to know her because Maya already looked like a real little person.”
Six weeks later, on June 9, 2019, Maya was born at Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin, weighing 8 pounds 9 ounces.
Alexandra laughed: “As soon as Maya arrived, I couldn’t take my eyes off her hair.
“I was expecting her to have hair because of the scan, but seeing this beautiful baby with that thick jet black hair was amazing.
“It had grown so long that it was past her ears.
“Even the nurses and doctors turned to me and said they had never seen a baby with so much hair in all the time they had worked in the hospital.”
Soon Maya’s incredible mop caught attention everywhere.
“We couldn’t leave the house without someone complimenting Maya for her hair,” said Alexandra.
“Many people would ask ‘how old is she?’ They were shocked when I told them that she was only three months old and had so much hair! “
While Alexandra has never measured her daughter’s locks, she says that she is now one year old and is long enough to fly over the top of her diaper.
She said, “I’ve never had my hair cut. I think it’s absolutely beautiful and I want her to let it grow as long as she wants.”
With such long hair, Maya has been able to experiment with a variety of styles.
Her mother shows her on her own Instagram page, where she already has 300 followers.
“Maya is really good, she always sits still and lets me do her hair,” said Alexandra.
“I do it in braids and sometimes I tie it in a ponytail.
“I love to put bow clips in her hair. I have different colors like pink, blue, red and yellow to match the different outfits she wears.”
Maya’s beautiful hair means that her mother, despite her tender age, subjects her to a demanding regime.
“I shampoo and care for her hair every day,” said Alexandra.
“Then I brush it through and spray on some conditioner and dry it with a towel.
“It takes about 20 minutes, which takes a long time considering I am doing the hair of a one year old.”
With her growing Instagram profile, Alexandra now hopes to one day bring Maya out as a baby model.
“People love to look at pictures of Maya – they can’t get enough of their hair,” she said.
“I usually post pictures of her different hairstyles or her playing with Kadin.
“But the comments are always about how great Maya’s hair is.”
With no family history of babies with hair, Alexandra says Maya’s amazing mop is a complete coincidence.
She said, “I asked my family and Lee if anyone else with hair like Mayan was born, but everyone said no to me, so it just had to be a coincidence.
“And it is strange that she had such dark hair when Kadin was a baby, he had such fine blond hair.
“I assume I have fairly dark hair, so she must have got it from me, but still – I definitely didn’t have thick hair until I was much older.
“While the reason for her voluptuous curls remains a mystery, I love it and find Maya really beautiful.”