Real-life Ra­pun­zel

It’s hard to be­lieve these long, lus­cious locks be­long to a two-year-old!

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

She may be just two, but adorable Arya Bil­gin is used to at­tract­ing at­ten­tion ev­ery­where she goes thanks to her mas­sive mane.

In fact, her hair is al­ready so long and thick her mother Gonca can braid it and put it in pig­tails and big curls, mak­ing the tot look twice her age.

“She was born with a full head of hair that cov­ered her ears and stood sev­eral cen­time­tres off her scalp,” Gonca, 32, tells Wo­man’s Day.

“But un­like other ba­bies, our lit­tle girl’s hair never fell out and only con­tin­ued to grow more rapidly. If we brush her hair, it goes down be­low her shoul­ders. It grows so fast and is very thick but soft like baby hair.”

The tod­dler, who hails from Queens­land’s Gold Coast, is used to be­ing com­pared to a va­ri­ety of long-haired icons from Ra­pun­zel to a mer­maid.

Arya’s unique look re­cently saw her signed up by a mod­el­ling agency – and she has al­ready done her first pho­to­shoot.

“Of­ten peo­ple think she’s four years old be­cause of how much hair she has and be­cause she’s pretty tall, too,” Gonca says. “It’s more hair than the av­er­age adult.”

De­spite be­ing born with a lot of hair her­self, Gonca says her and hus­band Ok­tay, 33, and hos­pi­tal staff were stunned when they first laid eyes on their daugh­ter’s full head of hair.

While Arya’s locks are def­i­nitely tak­ing her places, Gonca says she spends hours sham­poo­ing, con­di­tion­ing, blowdry­ing and styling her daugh­ter’s hair ev­ery week to en­sure it stays soft and silky.

“Arya loves flick­ing her hair around her shoul­ders, and it won’t be long be­fore she chooses her favourite styles for her­self,” the full-time mum adds.

“She’s our mini-ra­pun­zel and we can’t wait to see how long it grows in the next year!”

‘Her hair never fell out and only con­tin­ued to grow’

Arya’s mas­sive mane can be combed and fixed into a va­ri­ety of styles.

Gonca says her daugh­ter was born with a full head of hair that cov­ered her ears.

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