Whenever one of my daughters (ages 11, 9 and 5), wants to cut their hair, I only let them cut a few inches at a time. Of course I would make an exception if one of them wanted to donate to an organization like Locks of Love but in general, I like them to take it slow. Really slow.
Because cutting hair (and especially cutting too much hair at one time) can be a highly traumatizing event. I know. Because I have had some epic haircut emotional breakdowns.
Like in elementary school, I looked like this…
But then I decided I wanted to look more like Dorothy Hamill.
So I cut a hundred million inches off and ended up like this…
It wasn’t a great style for me. First, because I had pin straight hair so it didn’t stay feathered and secondly, because the haircut didn’t improve my skating at all. There were a lot of tears. Like gasping for air tears.
After letting my hair grow back a bit, I had a new plan. There was a girl at my school who had the most amazing feathered hair. I knew if my hair could look like hers, my life would be perfection.
(By the way, I found this girl on Facebook a few year back and told her she was my 5th grade hair goddess idol and she was like – who are you again? So I obviously had a huge impact on her life.)
Back to my feathering plan. I had the straightest of hair and desperately wanted to look like this…
Obviously, the solution was a PERM.
(FYI: a perm is never the solution.)
But it did make my hair finally feather. I guess.
Did you have trouble figuring out which photo was Farrah Fawcett and which one was me?! And I really stuck with this style for awhile…
Wow. It’s hard for me to even look at that picture without wincing.
After going through some very awkward hair choices in my middle school years, you would think I would have laid low in the whole hair department from then on.
But no, I decided it was a good idea to get an asymmetrical haircut. This is when it’s long on one side and short on the other and sort of diagonal in the back.
Yup. I really did it.
I remember going to school with my new haircut and heard a boy say to his friends, “Did she do that to her hair on purpose?!”
But I wasn’t apologizing to anyone for my new, super cool hair. Did Madonna apologize for her cutting edge boldness? (Yes, I’m now Madonna in this scenario.) But I did have regrets.
By the end of high school and college, I had pretty much decided to keep my hair long to avoid severe emotional turmoil and have never cut it super super short again.
By the way, that’s my dad on the right who obviously knows how to rock the curls (no perm needed).
So due to all my hair trauma over many years, I’m incredibly cautious when letting my daughters cut their hair.
Yes, hair grows back.
But it takes a very very very long time.
Anyone who’s had to grow out big 90’s bangs knows that.
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