Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Hair

Tiger's cut her own hair. Dig was in charge, while I went off to Tesco. In mitigation, he was doing his usually frantic last half-hour pack to get to the airport. So paying attention to children probably wasn't high on his agenda.

Mind, he didn't notice last time either, when I was out doing the charity shops on a Saturday afternoon. Then he was supposed to be with them all day long for some daddy-daughter time. He'd crept back into the office. Tiger, at a loose end, and with a pair of scissors in her hand, went and did something about an annoying lock of hair. Well, several locks, actually. And mostly on one side of her head.

I was quite calm that time, when I walked in and was greeted by someone with tufts of hair sticking out over their left ear. I was sort of expecting it. Shark had cut her hair just the week before, and that time I handled it badly. I was walking into the kitchen with a pile of laundry when I saw Shark's hair. I screamed, dropped all the laundry and shouted 'Oh my God! What have you done!' I couldn't help it, it was awful. Bits were sticking up all over her head where she'd grabbed chunks of hair and hacked them off. Of course it was just the wrong thing to say too. Shark's face crumpled in dismay and then everyone burst into tears. So I had to backtrack and make a big thing about how difficult it is to cut your own hair and let's go down to the market square and find out why hairdressers exist.

So Tiger now has a very short fringe. Extremely short. I've tried to even it out a bit, but it's hard, when the hair is about 3mm from where it grows. I've been looking at it a lot, and I've persuaded myself it looks quite edgy, and suits her personality. It's the contrast between the bit which says 'mess with me and you'll be sorry' and the long curly locks on either side of her face. If I stare at it any longer, I might just be tempted to give myself this trendy look. Modern, geometric, low maintenance. Starting to sound ideal. And Tiger's delighted with it. So I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt and remembering that even Vidal Sassoon had to start somewhere.

4 comments:

Michelle said...

We have friends whose children cut their own hair after being taken to the hairdressers!

Really irritating to spend good money on a decent haircut only to see the little darlings have added their own touch to the look!

Michelle said...

I didn't want to mention it in case it triggered a volatile reaction from someone or one of her sisters but the hair looks fine. :-)

grit said...

thanks michelle! you're very considerate! it looks ok, doesn't it? it's very street style!

Michelle said...

I heard this evening that a friend's daughter had her hair tied up in three bunches and her brother hacked off each bunch with a pair of scissors. They went off the the hairdressers who tried to do something pulling some longer bits around to hide the bald patches but in the end Catherine said it's hopeless just cut it all off, so now Emily (age 3) who used to have below the shoulder length hair has a No 2 cut all over and it looks rather odd. Rhian said Emily's been wearing an awful lot of pink recently . . .