Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

Ever since Little Miss OMG burst into my boys world I’ve made a deliberate effort to avoid gender stereotypes as much as possible.

You can read that post here, as well as other gender related ones like this and this.

There is one area that I know I’m not as open minded about when it comes to Little Miss OMG. Her stunning Red hair. Don’t get me wrong I’ve nothing against girls and women with short hair, or even shaved like Geraldine at Over Heavens Hill has done. In fact I think she looks great.

I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s. Our TV’s and magazines were full of pictures of supermodels with long hair. My first celebrity crush was Claudia Schiffer. Then of course there was Friends and “The Rachel” cut. Hairdressers became as well known as Fashion Designers.

Even the men got in on the action. I remember David Ginola saying that immortal line.

“I’m a footballer not a movie star”

As he advertised L’Oreal. Women wanted to be with him and I wanted to be him.

I had posters of models flicking their long wet hair as they broke the surface of the swimming pool on my dorm room walls.

I know if the day arises and Little Miss OMG walks in and announces she is getting her hair cut I’ll be ok. It is her hair after all. It is an area that many femminists see as a way of going against the norm, and standing out as individuals, against male ideals. I won’t lie though there will be a small part of me that hopes she always keeps her hair.

Let’s face it if she takes after me in that line she will experiment with all sorts of weird and wonderful hair styles. I shaved mine all off. Grew just a little quiff at the front that was dyed blonde, purple and Lord knows what other colours. Thankfully Facebook and Social Media were unheard of so there is very little evidence of this phase of me development.
I’m sure though that there are many employers who wouldn’t see beyond a woman with a shaved head in a job interview. As sad as I would be to see her hair all cut off, I’d be delighted if she took a stand and shaved it all off. If it’s good enough for Demi Moore it’s good enough for her.

What do you think?


9 thoughts on “Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

  1. When I was 15 I had a pixie cut (it was all the rage back then!) But I threatened to do a sinead O’Connor and my dad said, ” if you do that you are not allowed back in this house”. Now my dad was never one for the threats so I believed him and didn’t do it. So I paused my rebelling until I was 34 ๐Ÿ™‚ but our little miss who is four, asked if she could shave my head after i came home bald and i wondered what kind of an example was I setting for her. She thinks it’s cool and loves it but obviously at 4 she won’t be going to the barbers for a number one. She has gorgeous curly hair and I think I’d be sad if she chopped it all off later on in life. But it’s her hair and when she’s old enough she can decide. Shes a tomboy too and i can see her testing the limits later on in life. Like you say, we all experiment and our hair is one thing that helps us define ourselves.
    Thanks for digging my do btw or lack there of ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. She will definitely try all sorts of things to develop her own style.. I hope she has the strength of character to do whatever with her hair, it’s a fun form of self expression. Having said that, my son, now 20, had the most gorgeous thick, near black curls. They didn’t get cut unless he insisted and as a young adult he hates them and keeps his hair short.. Despite me telling him that women love to run their hands though a man’s hair (well I assume they do and it’s not just me). X

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  3. I think they will do what theyโ€™d like with their hair as a form of expression. I know that my little Miss will want hers cut one day. We do get it trimmed, but I do love it long. I think since I have mine for so long. Sheโ€™s a strong character, itโ€™s a good thing x

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  4. I think my husband may cry if our eldest had her hair cut short but to me it’s just hair, it grows back. Tattoos and piercings now that’s a bit different, I’ll probably “try” and be quite strict lol! #KCACOLS

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  5. She will probably go through stages where she experiments but her hair is gorgeous, I’m sure it will look lovely however she styles it! Thank you for linking up with #KCACOLS hope you can join us again next time ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. I;ve gine through many a coif in my lifetime, and I always land back at the pixie I had when I was 5. Now, I am actually growing my hair out to donate. It is probably the longest I have ever had it and I need just a few more inches. Hair is an expression as much as anything else! #kcacols xoxo

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