The Girl has long hair. It is
orange a beautiful shade of red. She has been growing it out in the hopes of donating it to Locks of Love. She tried once before - years ago - but her hair stopped growing at around 7" below the nape of her neck. She needed a minimum of 10" below the nape of her neck to be able to donate. Fed up, I cut it short. It was adorable - cut just below her chin. That was the summer before she turned 7.
Now, she is trying again. It has been a long process (her hair seemed to stop growing for a while again). This time, she is 10. We measured her hair and it was about 11" below the nape of her neck. Perfect! We could cut 10" off and it'd be just below her chin.
We went, on Wednesday, to get it all cut off. I, of course, had my new camera in hand to document this momentous occasion. With gymnastics competitions coming up, the long hair was getting to be a major pain. She has to have "competition hair," which means it must be all tied back neatly with NO hair in her face and nothing too long that she might tumble on it. When we got it cut, I knew I wanted to make sure I could still pull it back out of her face.
We got to the salon and the stylist put The Girl on the chair. She took a long look at The Girl and The Girl's hair. After a few moments, she turned us away. She said cutting now could prove traumatic. We don't have a good idea of what The Girl's hair would look like too short and it has changed some in the past three years. The stylist has a 12-yr-old daughter at home. She said, "You remember your first AWFUL haircut, don't you?"
Oh, do I remember! I was in 3rd grade and my mom wanted my hair short - so my grandmother, who lived in Miami Beach and whose clientele was 95% old ladies, cut my hair. Oh. My. God. It was awful. I had to wear it like that for a week before she went home and Mom could take me to a salon to get it fixed!
Together, the stylist and I agreed not to do that to The Girl. She (the stylist) told me to wait at least one more month, if not two, to get it cut. I promised I would. At this point, I will wait until after all the competitions are over before cutting...which puts us sometime in March. Maybe we'll get it cut during Spring Break!
The Girl was bummed she could not do this for someone for Christmas but we explained it would take such a long time that it would not have ended up a Christmas present this year anyway. With that, we went to the grocery store and bought a bunch of groceries for the local food bank. We both felt better after that.