A mum has said she was left in ‘pure shock’ after her toddler accidentally gave herself a drastic makeover by replacing her flowing fringe with a gaping bald patch.
Maisie Saward managed to escape to the bathroom unnoticed after her older brother Ollie left the child security gate open, and the 18-month-old attempted to mimic her dad by gelling her hair – but picked up the wrong tube.
By the time dad Luke found her and realised she had been smoothering her head with Superdrug hair remover, he put her in a bath to try and wash it out but it was too late.
Maisie’s three-inch fringe was completely removed and hilarious pictures show the tot’s hairline now creeping all the way back to the centre of her head.
Family friends have even compared the new look to It horror film character Pennywise, known for his bald forehead and thick ginger locks on either side.
Mum Kirsty was stunned to see the makeover her daughter had given herself while she was out and she gave partner Luke the silent treatment for a couple of hours, but says she’s now able to laugh at the new look.
Kirsty, from Hampshire, said: “I’d called Luke and he said ‘Maisie’s got no fringe left’, but the phone broke up, so I just thought she’d got hold of some scissors.
“When I got home I was just in pure shock. She came and gave me a cuddle and I just cried for an hour because I absolutely loved her fringe.
“Rather than just shove her under the shower, [Luke] ran her a bath, got her changed and it took about 10 minutes before he even thought about taking it off.
“If I hadn’t been out for so long maybe I’d have been able to deal with it myself. I didn’t speak to him for a couple of hours, but the next day I started to see more of the funny side.
“Maisie found it hilarious and she still does. She was born with a full head of hair, so she’s never been bald. She keeps finding different surfaces to rub it up against because it feels funny.
“When she gets tired, she rubs her bald patch, and every time I go to take a picture she bends her head down so you can see it. She’s loving it.
“Someone even said we should dress her up as Pennywise for Halloween. That would have been a good idea if we could go trick or treating, so we enjoyed laughing at that.”
After the couple’s oldest child, four year old Ollie, had left the gate open in the living room, Maisie and her twin sister Eva seized their chance to explore upstairs.
Luke had tried to wash out the cream with shampoo but clumps of Maisie’s hair were falling out in his hands so he was left nervously waiting for Kirsty to return home.
The mum-of-three attempted to give Maisie a comb-over to hide the bald patch but said it doesn’t last long as the toddler likes to play with her hair too much.
Kirsty shared photo to Facebook, writing: “So my one-year-old twin managed to get hold of a tube of hair removal cream while I was out on Friday.
“Dad, rather than just chuck her under the shower as I would have done, decided to run a bath then change her nappy so he didn’t get it off in time. But thank god she still has plenty of hair.”
The post left her friends and family in stitches, as one said: “Oh bless her! This made me laugh so much. I hope dad has learned his lesson. What a great story, and she looks fabulous in all of the pictures.”
Another added: “This is a picture for her wedding day.”
With the hair slowly starting to grow back after the mishap last week, Kirsty added: “Maisie’s very independent, so we’ve always got to keep an eye on her to see what she’s up to.
“Luke gets ready in the downstairs bathroom and Maisie sometimes goes in with him. The hair gel tube is the same shape as the hair removal cream, so she must have been trying to copy him.
“Somehow she’s managed to learn to unscrew tops off tubes and found the only tube of hair removal cream in the house.
“Me and Luke felt a bit of a failure for not keeping these things out of her way, but once I’d realised these things happen when you’ve got kids we felt a bit better about it.
“Parenting, especially with twins, isn’t easy, and if this makes even one other mum feel better then that’s great.”