Thursday, 30 October 2008


First hair cut and an ethical quandary

Finally, at 17 months, Maia has had her first hair cut. By me.

Before anyone gets too alarmed (perhaps you remember me giving Jamie a Dumb and Dumber cut when he was a baby?), it wasn't strictly speaking a hair cut as it was just the very front. For some strange reason, my children's hair naturally gravitates to a Dracula peak in the front. It seemed to grow ten times faster at the very front, culminating in a 6 inch long, half an inch wide strand that I tucked behind her ear. Or her other ear. Or into her shirt. It was that long, so it had to go. So she's now sporting a rather severe straight line of hair across her forehead, which I think looks rather fetching.

Other than the Dracula point, my kids share one other alarming hair trend... That's right, the dreaded mullet. For those of you who are unfamiliar with a mullet, here is a definition from MulletJunky:

  • A mullet is a hairstyle which is popularly described as "Short on top, Long in the back". Common names for the mullet include (but are not limited to) : The Ape Drape. The Tennessee Waterfall. The 10/90 (the proportion of hair in front to hair in back). The Mud Flap. 7 (shape of the #) The Long Island Ice Teased. Business on Top-Party Out Back. Achy-Breaky-Big Mistakey. Yep-Nope.

Jamie and Maia have very different hair types, so his thick hair become a punky, Davie Bowie-esque mullet. Maia's hair is fine and soft so she has a replendant, flowing mullet. We can reign Jamie in with frequent, professional hair cuts. But Maia is confused for a boy a lot so I'm loathe to lose the length (mullet or elsewhere). I take heed of the warning on MulletJunky though...

  • In the beginning, there was... The Infantullet

    It definitely raises ethical issues. It's a defenseless child, being shaped and "mullded" into a life knowing nothing other than the mullet. It will only be a few years before this poor child ends up just another another category in Mullet Junky.
So... to cut or not to cut??!!


  1. No don't cut. My 17 mth old gets confused for a boy all the time. I just point out the pink shoes and walk away.

  2. I would definitely cut and just let her wear tons of pink! Maybe you could make her lots of little felt hair clips and bows! Could be another opportunity for some creative-ness! Here are some cute ideas! Good Luck!

  3. Deadlock! Thanks for both of your comments, I do have about 150 hariclips that are waiting to be embellished, but she refuses to wear them so far...