I realized today that you can tell a lot about the girls' personalities from their hair. Both girls have long hair that nearly hangs all the way down their backs. The difference is in the way they style it.
The blond twin likes her hair free and flowing. She ocassionally wears a headband or pony tail, but usually her hair is just tucked behind her ears. She's our thrill-seeker (or wild child). She is up for any adventure, especially if it involved high speeds or steep drops. A few weeks ago we were at a summer festival. There was a 30 foot tall inflatable rock climbing wall. She climbed to the top and asked the man below, "How do I get down?" He said, "Just hold on to the rope and jump." So she did. When she arrived at the bottom, she said, "I want to do this again."
The brunette twin puts her hair back in a purple headband every day. She started doing this when she was about three-years-old. Someone gave her a purple headband and she wore it until that headband was disgusting. I mean it was filthy. We finally convinced her to give up the old purple headband for a new purple headband. When that broke I actually sent the babysitter with the girls to the mall to find a new one. Mornings around here are rough when she cannot find a purple headband. This summer she added a pony tail to her hair options. She taught herself to do it so she could control whether she wears it or not. And, control is a big part of her personality. She's cautious until she has her bearings. Until she understands something -- whether how to swim or why the school bus doesn't go right to school -- she's a bit reserved.
The funny thing is the girls handle their own hair. They brush it and we check it. They decide whether to wear a headband or pony tail or nothing.
Now, of course, I wonder if this translates to other girls and adult women. I will have to start my own social sciences experiment to see if my theory applies.