Hair is a bit of an issue in this family.
There is a lot of it. Some of us have almost TOO much hair. Those of you who have met the family in real life have SEEN the hair. Really, we do try to manage it. It just doesn’t look that way.
Both Caity and Adam have a LOT of hair. Caity’s hair is thick and curly and we can’t figure out if long or short will make it any easier to deal with. Even after much brushing, she pretty much looks like she just woke up and walked out the door without ever glancing at a brush.
Then there is Adam.
Not only does Adam have thick coarse hair. It is now long. He has been keeping it shaggy for about two years now. This seems to annoy many people around us. And I am fascinated by the need for people to comment on his hair.
The other day while picking up the kids from school, the neighbours dad started to comment about hair styles. HE and his two boys (Adam’s school mates) had obviously just had haircuts. All were the traditional Super/Magic/Cheap cuts that most people do for their kids, especially school age boys. He was going on about Adam being able to see properly or look what a real hair cut looks like …ha ha ha ha.
I smiled and carried on and just ignored him…but the more I have thought about this the more boggled I am.
Now we are not talking Rene Charles hair here. We have trimmed and cut Adam’s hair since he was wee. Frankly I was relieved when he told me he liked it long. I was tired of the lack of choice when it comes to boys hair and the cookie cutter look of boys in elementary school. I liked that he wanted to be different. I do realize that a lot of it comes from his sensory issues and dislike of people touching his head….but I like that he was comfortable in stating what HE felt was right for him and not comparing himself to his peers.
Other people obviously feel differently.
People apparently ASK my mom if he has had a hair cut yet. It prays on their minds. The only thing that bothers me is his laziness when it comes to WASHING his hair. That is just gross.
But I am his parent and it is MY responsibility to make sure he gets the hygiene thing.
So what is the deal with boys and their hair. In a world that seems to struggle to get rid of gender stereotyping….why do we still want our little boys to have short hair?