Yes it happens in real life, and it's usually genetic. There are often siblings or at least more than one person in the extended family with tight red curls. It's easier to take care of boy-short (layered, such as with Aileen's wig) than kept longer (hair care can be a headache...shudder).
I think Little Orphan Annie of the comic strip had short hair because she was originally a boy. Little Orphan Otto or something like that.
Posted on Dec 29, 2008, 6:13 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199