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The Very Bad Haircut

Posted by Patience on May 18, 2009 at 7:17 AM
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Jack had been asking me to go to "The Haircut Place" for weeks. That would be the "Salon" to everyone else, to Lucy, it is "The Haircut Store". I had been avoiding this because it is an errand I particularly hate. It's hard to predict if it will be awesome or disastrous.

Lucy hopped up on the chair and told the stylist exactly what she wanted. The stylist was trying to talk the three year old out of a bob, too short she said. I felt certain these two could come to an agreement so I moved on to Jack. I told her just a trim because he has such beautiul curls and showed her with my finger how much we were thinking. She smiled and I asked if it would be okay for me to run next door to get a drink. Lucy's stylist shushed me out the door and assured me all was fine.

I returned ten minutes later to find EVERY curl had been cut off of Jack's head. Every. last. curl. Part of my mother heart died in that moment. "It's just hair, it's just hair...." I said on repeat in my head. The worst part was she was STILL cutting. I literally walked over and very cheerfully said I thought it was fine and we probably were good. I wanted to cry. She shrugged and said she just wanted to make sure it was even.

Jack jumped out of the chair and looked at me. I was speechless. Josiah saved the day.
"Jack, you look like a college student!" he said. "Awesome!" Jack said. He did look like a college student, the one that passed out before everyone else, if you know what I mean.

I finally came up with, "Do you feel older buddy?" I said. He smiled and was already climbing in the car. It was a total hack job. Not even a good haircut by regular standards. In some weird way, I think it was good. Haircuts invite you to a new stage in life, a new identity. Jack is happy and I'm just praying his curls return. After all, it's just hair, it's just hair.

Tell me your worst haircut stories friends! I know you got 'em! Spill it in the comments.

11 Comments

tracey writes...

omg. it's so goes beyond 'just hair'. it's a symbol of so much more. when my daughter almost knocked out her front teeth people kept saying, 'they're only here baby teeth'. ONLY? it felt like someone had stolen my baby from me with no warning. i know exactly how you feel!so, from one mama to another, i say take a little time to grieve it a bit. it's our right as moms.
but, he is a stone cold fox!

Amber writes...

My 9-month-old son has this crazy long hair. It's wavy and a little curly and it gets in his eyes. I probably should have it cut, but there's no way I can bring myself to do it yet. I want him to stay my baby with the crazy hair for now. I so feel your pain on Jack's haircut.

As for my daughter, about 3 months ago she took the scissors to her own head. That is the original bad haircut. It was made worse when I, with no hair cutting experience, attempted to 'clean it up' myself while holding a crying baby. I tell myself it makes a good story, if not a good haircut.

Ick writes...

If you lost your son in a park and experienced that brief monent of extreme anxiety, and for a second you think that you're spotted your child. The only angle that you have is of his back; what is it that makes you know that is your child? Its the curls, they are the most destinctive detail. So keep them!

anne writes...

Okay, so when my daughter was in fifth or sixth grade, she and her friend decided it would be fun to shave the hair above the nape of their neck. My daughter cut her friends first- just a little. Her friend then proceeded to use the clippers all the way up to her ears, like inches of shave! Oh she thought she would die! (i'm still laughing) fortunately her still on top of her head hair covered it somewhat as it was long, but if the wind blew :) and it took quite awhile to grow back out. But truth is, motherhood is full of these "shock" moments when we just have to take a really deep breath, cry a little, and then thank God that it was only hair. Way easier said then done.

Carol writes...

I went to an expensive (for me) popular spot here in Sacramento. I said "Don't cut my bangs. Otherwise, I don't care." She cut my bangs. Short. I have bangs to my eyebrows. I have a high forehead. She cut them like my mom used to when I was 5. Awful. Now when I get my haircut I tell them if you cut my bangs short I'm not paying you. Emphatically. Haven't had a problem since.

Jess writes...

Okay so this is my story but shortly after getting married was my husband's birthday. I work as a waitress and and one of my regulars was a stylist down at this super trendy salon down the road. She told me that they were having this day where you could come in and they would do a free haircut, sort of a public service day. Normally I'd NEVER be able to afford to go to this place so I set up a time to go thinking this would be a great way to make sure I looked extra great for his first birthday as a married man.

So I go...my hair was probably 6 inches past my shoulders when I went in, they literally sat me down put my hair in a pony tail and lopped off the pony tail and called it a hair cut. Nothing else...that was it. It looked awful.

I ended up at my regular stylist less than a week later and it took her probably 3 haircuts to totally fix my hair from that awful haircut. Good thing he loves me anyway.

Fd writes...

I just cut my two daughters waist length hair very short like a boy My girls did not like their very short haircut but my girls very short haircuts I will keep my girls very short from on

Gwen writes...

OK...THis believe it or not was the much needed lift. I was devastated earlier this week when my 4 year old son took the scissors to his 2 year old sisters head!!! All I did was go to the washroom and wham. My little girl's hair which was all on length went to looking like Joe Dirt.short on the top long in the back....a mullet on steroids!!! How could I react to this, I couldn't get angry or upset. My 4 year old thought that he was doing a fantastic job and praised his sister for being such a good girl and sitting still. My daughter thought that it was fantastic that her brother cut her hair....so, instead I got the camera and made a memory that I will kep close to my heart...lol. I'm sure that in years to come, she's not going to think that he did such a great job, but oh well. I'm enjoying little Joe dirt while I can, all too soon it will be makeup and boys. I'm certainly not happy about the haircut, but she loves it...so, I will deal with it and the scissors went way high up where my son cannot reach :)

Ash writes...

I feel for each of you. Our 2 1/2 year old son had the prettiest hair...the shaggy look with lots of curls. Took him in to have a TRIM....came out with something horrible. All of his curls are gone, and I am literally grieving. My husband keeps telling me it will grow....this new haircut is just NOT him. I know it's only hair, but a little piece of his identity is missing I feel like.....I guess in this case time will heal...and grow his hair back :o)

Monica writes...

My son was born with ALOT of hair, which according to my mom, explained the really bad heartburn during my pregnancy. He had his first haircut one week after he was born to even out the shag he had going. He is now almost 5 months old and his hair had begun to grow into feathery wavy/gorgeous curls. My mother-in-law had been telling me to get it cut due to the summer heat here in Southern California and she said she could do it. Long story short....his hair now is short, uneven, and feels like rough little bristles. I am so mad at myself now for 1) not taking professional pictures when he had his gorgeous curls and 2) for not speaking up when it was obvious she did not know what she was doing. I get a lump every time I nuzzle his hair and started calling him bristle-head to laugh it off instead of crying. My question now is -- will the texture of his hair change after this bad haircut? So Ash, I feel your loss!!

Monica writes...

My son was born with ALOT of hair, which according to my mom, explained the really bad heartburn during my pregnancy. He had his first haircut one week after he was born to even out the shag he had going. He is now almost 5 months old and his hair had begun to grow into feathery wavy/gorgeous curls. My mother-in-law had been telling me to get it cut due to the summer heat here in Southern California and she said she could do it. Long story short....his hair now is short, uneven, and feels like rough little bristles. I am so mad at myself now for 1) not taking professional pictures when he had his gorgeous curls and 2) for not speaking up when it was obvious she did not know what she was doing. I get a lump every time I nuzzle his hair and started calling him bristle-head to laugh it off instead of crying. My question now is -- will the texture of his hair change after this bad haircut? So Ash, I feel your loss!!

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