I knew there would be some bad pun-age when talking about hair, but that was about the best I came up with. I’m just not on top of my game today, apparently.
Anyways. Rebecca and I have a hair situation going on. Specifically, hers. After a slow start, it’s really starting to grow in. She is mistaken for a boy much less often now, and it really makes her look older and different.
The problem with her unintentional quasi-mullet is that it’s constantly in her face and her eyes. Heck, we’re in the middle of cold season, so sometimes it ends up practically adhered to her nose and upper lip. I know, gross and annoying. She also just ends up looking like an unkempt little ragamuffin. An adorable one, to be sure, but still…
But God help me if I attempt to put in a barrette to keep it out of her eyes. Hot fricking pokers, people, that’s what I’m trying to stab into her head if you believe the screams of protest. Not an adorable, ribbon-lined little barrette. Attempts at a small pigtail went no better. She allows her hair to be brushed and combed, and that’s about it. Any attempt to further manipulate it, no matter how gentle, is met with screams of rage and feigned pain. I am determined, however, to get her to allow a barrette in her hair, especially the ones I want to win: super-adorable Little Miss Clips being given away at 5 Minutes for Mom!
I only wish I had started the barrettes earlier, in her marginally-less-opinionated days, even though she didn’t need them. I would have been mocked, but maybe she would have just gotten used to them and it wouldn’t be such a big deal!
Any suggestions? So far, I’m simply trying a sort of de-sensitization approach. I keep on trying the barrettes, and try to make her leave them in for longer stretches of time. I think we made it to a whopping two minutes yesterday, because I distracted her and she momentarily forgot about the hated thing on her head.
Honestly, I want to avoid getting her hair cut as long as possible. For one, having had them as a child, I have no interest in cutting her bangs if I can avoid it. They can be really cute, but I hate maintaining them. Plus, the hair that falls forward into her eyes is long hair from about the middle of her head, which seems to grow forward, so would make for very weird bangs. Also, if she freaks out when I attempt a barrette, I can only imagine the scene she would create if we took her for a trim.
What do you think, moms of girls? Any ideas, or do I just have to wait it out until it’s long enough for real pigtails?