Not snapping over snipping
Youthful hair cuts could prove a retirement boon
HAIRDRESSING can be quite expensive, so I’m sure money saving was on my five-year-old’s mind the time she helpfully decided to cut her own hair.
It was bleedingly obvious that my daughter had sneakily taken the scissors to her fringe, given the discrepancy between the left and right side when she slunk down to dinner one night.
“Given ourselves a little haircut, have we?” I gently inquired.
She denied it flat out. I pointed out that half her fringe had disappeared.
This was an inescapable fact, and the five-year-old knew it.
“Um, it must have … ripped,” she ventured.
The sheer unlikelihood of this explanation was increased by the laser-like straightness of the haircut, but I secretly liked her chutzpah so I let it slide.
And anyway, she was going to have to front up to school the next day –a decent life lesson – which she did with all the bluff of a kid who knows they’re rumbled.
Alas for her, later that day I found the other half of her fringe, on a corner of her bedroom carpet.
It was so disappointing. I’d hope a child of mine would at least have the rat cunning to hide the evidence.
Still, most of us did it as children too.
My mate’s niece, who at three (a snippy age) hacked off her hair in protest at the arrival of her baby brother.
Then there’s the matter of kids cutting other kids’ hair: like the time a friend, aged about eight and diligently doing her homework, turned around to find her triumphant three-year-old sister holding aloft the shears and a chunk of her hair.
She never heard the silent attack coming.
Of course, you could encourage it, in the hope they grow into professional stylists who can tend your tresses in your povertystricken retirement.
After all, a good haircut doesn’t come cheap