Help! My daughter won't have her hair cut
The hairdressers is off limits in our house due to my scissor-happy antics.
My daughter, aged 7, flatly refuses to go to the hairdressers. Even a mention of having her hair cut throws her into a panic. This would not be a problem if I had a natural talent for cutting hair, but I don’t, which means her hair is getting longer and longer.
The fact that she won’t tie her hair back in a nice neat pony tail makes it all the more obvious that she is in desperate need of a good cut and style. Her anxiety at visiting the hairdressers seems to be more of a phobia than just plain stubbornness.
The cause of this lies largely at my door, after I decided to cut her hair myself one morning before school some years ago.
It seemed a good idea at the time. Her shoulder-length hair was becoming unmanageable and out of frustration I decided to trim the ends. The mistake I made was using a very sharp pair of household scissors – best suited for cutting thick cardboard – which made it all too easy to suddenly discover I’d cut two inches off one side of her hair.
All I could then do was continue to cut all the way round her hair in an attempt to create something that looked like a ‘bob’. The little girl who doesn’t like change suddenly had a dramatic new haircut. An emergency trip to the hairdressers after school was necessary to repair the damage.
Over two years later, my daughter is still refusing to have her hair cut, which is hardly surprising. But once again it is getting increasingly difficult to manage. Washing and drying it is a long and tedious task, she often gets paint in it at school and I am dreading the day she arrives home with nits.
This month she starts swimming lessons at school. A nice neat haircut would be perfect. Something tells me that’s not going to happen.
Is my child the only one reluctant to have her hair cut? If this is something you have experienced do let me know how you coped.
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