I suppose my hair got too long and my mom got too busy with brushing out my knots that she made the decision that tending to my hair daily was not something she wanted to do anymore. From the moment her decision was made the instructions for the hair cutting lady was 'Give her the Lady Diana cut.'; aka a boy haircut.
Obviously by looking at this picture my hair did not and never did look like Lady Di's hair. It looked like a sloppy mess. For a while I did not mind the style of cut because I was a kid, I didn't know any better, but then random people started mistaking me for a boy! You may look at the above picture and think, 'She doesn't look like a boy', but take a look at the picture below.
Yep, that's me. I was born into a family of two sisters, but was mistaken as their brother many times. I remember selling candy with my sisters for school and the old man at the door said, 'Who's your little brother?'. One of my favorite memories was when we went roller skating and it was time for ALL GIRLS SKATE. After getting on the rink to skate, one of the employees stopped me and said, 'Hey it's all girl skate.', but 'I AM A GIRL!' I told him and went on and skated.
Finally, in 5th grade I was allowed to choose my hair style.
I can giggle at this now and make fun of myself and laugh, but when I look back at my childhood, when it comes to hair, I know the importance of asking my girls what hairstyle they want. What hairstyle makes them comfortable and makes them happy. From my childhood I learned that being forced to have a certain hairstyle really sucked, especially when it causes random people to think you are a boy.
Do you have any stories from your childhood that makes you look at how you style your kids today?
Written by: Aimee Fauci