When I was a kid my parents and I had huge control issues over my hair. Really, the fights were epic. I like my straight hair long, free, and in my face. They hated it. They wanted me to tease my bangs and wear French braids like my sister; I refused.
The result: years of pixie cuts.
You've seen my photos. My round face in a pixie cut is NOT cute.
Basically what I'm saying is that until I "took my hair" back in seventh grade, I hated my hair. And I promised I would NEVER get into control issues about hair with my kids. Short? Fine. Purple? No problem. Mohawk? Whatever floats your boat.
The past few months M.E. has wanted to cut her long, flowing, beautiful hair. I've been resisting. Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure? I'm pretty sure M.E. is tried of hearing that question!
I kept thinking she wasn't old enough to make that kind of decision--that I needed to be the protector of her hair.
What I realized is that we were having control issues over her hair. It is true that I can't put the hair back on once she cuts it off but it is equally true that it will grow again. And it is true that she is a lovely, delightful little girl no matter what her hair looks like.
I want M.E. to know that who she is on the inside matters more than what her hair looks like on the outside.
I want M.E. to know that I trust her to make decisions (and to live with the consequences).
I want M.E. to know that who she is is all right with me (even if I think she needs a tweak here and there).
So on Saturday, M.E. cut off ten inches of perfectly healthy beautiful hair. She loves that it is short and doesn't get into so many tangles. She hasn't mentioned once that it was a mistake. And even though I wanted her hair long, I'm diggin' her new look!
You know what is really ironic about this whole situation? I'm NOT emotional about my hair. It has been long, short, platinum, black, brown, red, orange, straight, permed, flipped, teased, ironed and mayonnaises.
I hereby resolve to hold on to my original plan: when it comes to my kids' hair, what they want is fine with me!