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towhead, n. -hed, -hĕd> -First showing up in 1830, towhead is a colloquial name for a human being - especially a kid - through light blond hair. This is acquired from the procedure of tow-spinning in which farmers separated the long, thin fibers the were usable in flax native the coarser, lighter fiber the were no as useful. Tow is a noun meaning "coarse, damaged fibers that hemp, flax, etc..." and has been in use through this spelling because Middle English, probably prior to 1387. It likely originates from Old English tow "spinning" and may it is in cognate v Old Norse to "unworked fiber, tuft the wool for spinning" and also Gothic taui "work, doing."
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i have never heard of that! and i"m rather surprised that their hair is so bad that a different cut won"t deal with it. However looking at the picture, i think i"m beginning to see why...
Wow. Who new? Thanks.My sister and I to be towheaded and also heard around it a lot. I lastly know wtf civilization were talking about.
lol! aww, ns wish they"d simply come out and also talked to you guys around it. So do you mean that you"re no towheaded anymore? exactly how did you carry out that?
I think estrogen dishwaters out blonde haired girlchildren. My boyfriend has really light blonde hair still and also his fraternal pair sister"s hair has actually been dirty blonde because that years. The same happened to mine fairy tale blonde hair. I"m not certain if my concept is true though.


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Heard this speak by my mother around my nephew and then one of my sons. Ns remembered this and told a Hispanic friend that and they had never heard that saying about a small blonde kid. So i googled simply to it is in sure since my mother is no longer with me. Love Google for the memory gift right. Miss out on my mom