What does your kids haircut say about you?

Katherine - posted on 02/02/2011 ( 79 moms have responded )

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We just got back from the kiddo haircut spot, and my daughter is stoked. Not about her hairstyle, but about the free toys they give "good" kids, and the glitter they sprinkle into her hair after the styling is complete. Her haircut -- she could care less about. In fact, if we never took her to get her haircut, she'd be totally fine with that as well.

I, however, have some very specific ideas about my kids and their hair. Which might, in some circles, qualify me as a helicopter parent. Or, if you saw my son's current 'do as he rocks a mullet, a hipster parent. Probably a little bit of each of those stereotypes is true, and it shows up in my kid's hair.

Want to know what your kid's hair says about you?

Buzz Cut

In boys (hopefully not girls, until she's old enough to make this punk rock choice herself), this usually means mom is a) too tired to mess with it, b) preparing her kids for military service, or c) lives in the South, and it's summer.

Styled Mullet, Mohawk, Dreadlocks, Bowl Cut, Prince Valiant

Hipster

Long & Flowing

In girls, mom or dad values feminine traits. The little girl with Rapunzel hair probably wears her fair share of pink and thinks outside play is icky. The opposite is true for boys with the flowing locks. Your parent is a free-thinking, non-conformist. For the boy or girl who lives in the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco, or Woodstock -- your mom is a hippie.

Bieber Hair on Boys/Girls With Bangs

Whether you're type A in everything may be debatable, but making sure your kids have the latest hairstyle before they're able to clamor for it themselves means you feel your kids are directly representing you. And you want to look like you're on top of your stuff. Also, your kids might be J.Crew models.

Big Chunk Missing

You foster independence in your kids, and you will pay for it.

What kind of haircut does your kid have?

Long and flowing whew!

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Krista - posted on 02/03/2011

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Toni, they're what's also known as a "fringe", depending on what part of the world you're in. :)

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Medic - posted on 02/09/2011

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@stephanie- I just put her hair in pig tails so it looks like she has two pom poms on her head.

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ROTFL @ "white girl afro"!!!! That was me when I was a kid! Then I grew up and found that some genius had invented goops to tame my fro so Ive been keeping them in business for the past 20 years lol. ; )

Medic - posted on 02/08/2011

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My son is 4 he has had a mohawk, a buzz, long surfer looking hair, spikes, he really does get to do whatever to his hair. Its beautiful and strawberry blonde I would like for him to keep it long but he tends to grow it out for summer and then cut it however in the winter. He even has colored hair gels to put in it. I can't say much I have had every color from hot pink to blue and green to normal colors and had it down to my butt and I have had a buzz cut. My daughter is 1 and has wildly curly blonde hair like mine and people keep saying I "need to clean it up" but its cute.. we call it her white girl afro. When she is older and decides she can do what she wants with it...afterall it is only hair. (don't tell her daddy that, he just about dies everytime I cut my hair off).

Valerie - posted on 02/08/2011

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This post made me laugh. I cut my daughter's hair myself, and she almost always has the same haircut as me. I guess that means I am both cheap and vain! But practical too - a bob in the winter so it does not get mauled by the toque (static + hathair sucks), and grown out for summer to tie up away from the goopy sunscreen.

Petra - posted on 02/06/2011

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Well, so far dude's rocking a bit of a mullet. He's only 14 months old and has never had a hair cut - I've given his Papa the decision making power over Tor's hair. I'm hoping for a mohawk or a buzz come summer time :-)

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Take a look at my side pic and you can see my daughter's hair. It's now far past her butt cheeks to about mi-thigh level. But, she loves to play in the dirt and mud and do anything a boy would do. Everyone asks me how I take care of it since it's been down her back since she was 2 years old. Patience! Patience is key and making sure I do things to keep it from getting out of hand, like braiding before bedtime. It does take some time to wash and brush out and I use adult strength conditioner and infusium to help get the brush through it. She doesn't want to cut her hair. She has a super sensitive head so I have to try to be super careful, which is hard, and when she gets upset or complains I always ask her if she wants to cut some off to make it easier and she says no.
My boy was born with a cranial deformity so we had to buzz cut him quite a few times for his helmet. After all that he hated anyone touchig his head or ears so he wouldnt let anyone cut it. Salons wouldnt touch him bc it's against policy to try to cut hair with a kid who wont sit still so I bought clippers and hair scissors to do it myself. Still, he would get so upset that he would vomit. It was horrible. I started trying to cut it in his sleep and in the end it was pretty long- all one length and kind of like a bowl cut where i would just cut around a cirlce from his bangs to the back. Just a few weeks ago I decided to try again at a salon since he's 3 now- thought maybe just maybe it would work, and it did. He sat there and didn't even twitch. He didn't say a word and gave me the "death stare" the whole time lol. He wasn't happy but he was so good about it and for that he got to choose a treat- cheetos and m&m's. Well worth it to him lol. : )

Peggy - posted on 02/06/2011

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well I only read a few threads and I think it is completely clear we choose haircuts for our children that reflects ourselves. We say "what they want", but we condition them to like what we like.

This is absolutely true in my case.. while they are little and I am the one taking care of their hair..(except for when they are about 5 and say they like something different...as long as it doesnt require CRAZY daily maintenance) but once they are old enough to do the styling then they can do whatever to their hair, okay not whatever... there is that "fine line" that cant be crossed.. lol

Mabel - posted on 02/05/2011

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Devin has the I am a professional working man in the office look.Long on top so he has a long wisp of bangs and short on sides and neck.He has the cutest little neck and I like to be able to grab him as he runs by for a quick smooch from mommy=)

Peggy - posted on 02/05/2011

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And I forgot to say in my post that when my 1st daughter was little I had a lady who made hair bows ... she had a custom bow for each and every outfit.... oh and when she was using a pacifier, it had to match the color of her outfit!... I was sad when my 2nd daughter didnt have a lady to make bows for her outfits .

Rosie - posted on 02/05/2011

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clippers on the sides and back and blendit up on top with the scissors...what does that say about me?? lol. that my boys are little clones of each other and don't mind it? i really have tried to convince my older two to just leave the hair after she shaves the sides and back, kindof like a skater hair cut, and they won't.
my kids hair grows like mad. my youngest was born with a head full of jet black hair, and he had to have 3 haircuts by his first birthday or else he looked like a hippy, not my thing, lol.

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Well i gave birth to a little me, literally. She has the same personality traits, good and bad...agh.
So i think its not me conditioning her to like what i like. Its part of her because she is so much like me.

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I actually want a haircut right now and have been talking about how it needs done for the past couple of months. Just haven't managed to get it worked out yet.

His 3.5 year old cousin (whom he adores) has super short hair (likes to be like his Daddy and insists on getting it cut again when it's not even an inch long), but my son does not care and does NOT want it short. Both boys know what they want and why.

Lindsay - posted on 02/05/2011

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Haha well good for him, I know usually kids aren't progressively seeking certain syles until at least 5, maybe even older. I think it will change though with our society and the direction it is taking. I think again it is probably something he learned from others. Do you like getting your hair done, or growing it out?? I could be wrong, he could be way more self-sufficient than his peers.

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I've come to like my son's hair the way it is and am trying to convince him he needs it cut again. He's not even 3 yet, but he WANTS it longer......

Lindsay - posted on 02/05/2011

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well I only read a few threads and I think it is completely clear we choose haircuts for our children that reflects ourselves. We say "what they want", but we condition them to like what we like. I am guilty too! I love my little blonde boy to have long hair, and now so does he! It isn't because his 3-year-old self image is complete with long hair but because we have reinforced the idea over and over again. Either way we love them no matter what.

LaCi - posted on 02/05/2011

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Yeah, I found one great stylist over my 25 years, I've followed her to every new salon in whatever city she ended up in. I hope she stays local. I ended up with so many massively crooked, horrible haircuts before her.

Meghan - posted on 02/04/2011

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when I let his hair grow out he has curls...which are super cut but start to get tangled and straggly...then I have it cut into a fauxhawk! He is a handsome little dude either way ♥

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The girls have hair about 2/3 of the way down their back. They had bangs as toddlers, but after one butchered her hair at 3.... we stopped doing the bangs and let it grow.



My son has had 3 (or 4?) haircuts in his life. He is NOT a fan. During his first haircut he screamed like he was being murdered the ENTIRE time. Way too torturous for him, me, and my friend (who does all the haircutting for my kids). His latest cut of several months ago was a partial buzz.... only cuz it's so thick that after about 10 minutes w/ a pair of scissors my friend had made NO progress. So she got out the clippers and put them on the longest setting. He screamed the entire time. He's ok w/ it, but likes it long. So do I, but like I said.... so thick that it is a nightmare to cut and there's no way I'd attempt it myself or his head would get royally screwed up.

Nikkole - posted on 02/04/2011

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@LaCi haha thats so true i have NEVER went to anyone other than my mom because she has gotten such bad hair cuts from her co workers and stuff i have been afraid to go near them :P

Nikkole - posted on 02/04/2011

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@Janessa I just asked my mom why it is more difficult (she was a beautician) She said if you cut black/mixed people's hair and its really curly she said if you cut it dry it seems like it just keeps growing as you cut it, she said what they should do is wash it dry it and straighten it and then cut it and it would be SO much easier! She was on her sleeping medicine so thats all i got out of her tonight LMAO ill ask her more tomorrow for more detail!

Kate CP - posted on 02/04/2011

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Some stylists just aren't trained to cut curly hair. Some are. *shrug*

Janessa - posted on 02/04/2011

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Can I ask a question for you white folks. WHY is it so hard fo white people to cut curly hair? I mean my son has beautiful curly hair and took him to get it cut 6 months ago the white women had no idea how to cut curly hair. I mean he is mixed but has soft white person type of hair and my boyfriends step dad also has the same type of hair.How is it so hard to cute curly hair? I know not all white people haev straight hair you guys have all different types from staight,curly to weavy. Also his step dad has to call around making sure someone knows how to cut curly hair. Anyways can someone please answer my question because I do not get it.

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Well my son has beautiful curls that people always comment on. He is 20 months and still get mistaken for a girl. So I let his natural hair go not wild but natural and neat.

Kate CP - posted on 02/04/2011

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My four year old daughter has a page boy because she wants long hair like Mommy's but I don't want it in her face. *shrug* She's a girly-girl but that's her choice, not mine. :P

Peggy - posted on 02/04/2011

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I have 2 girls.. both girls were born with a head full of hair and never fell out... my first one I got bangs cut when she was around one or so and kept them until about 2nd grade when she wanted to grow them out .. when we cut the back of her hair for the first time.. it was down past her bum and we donated it to "Locks of Love" she has pretty much had long bangs since and let her hair grow to the middle of her back.. sometimes she has highlights sometimes not but she is 16 now. now my youngest has never had bangs (pain in my butt to grow them out) she got her first TRUE hair cut when she was 5.. her hair was also past her but and we did a "bob" a little bit above her shoulders and donated it to "Locks of Love" also.. she kept that for a a year and decided she wanted long hair like her sisters so it now 1/2 way down her back. I have always done their hair in ponytails, braids, bows, ect. I can NOT stand a head that looks like a "rats nest". It gets washed and conditioned almost every night.. winter time I might skip a night ( I do a sniff test..lol), summer time it gets washed every night.. the smell of a head that has been sweaty gags me and we are also swimming almost every day (we live in Miami). Yes they are both very girly but my youngest one will stay out all day and play.. making mud ponds, riding her scooter playing with freinds. I always had long hair growing up and was a out playing football with the boys and making mud pies ect.. I am okay with a little bit of highlights, rather its a girl or boy but not so much of crazy colors or styles.

Merry - posted on 02/03/2011

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Erics haircuts are done by me!

It's quite simple, when his hair gets in his eyes, I cut the bangs shorter, when the hair gets to his ea lobes I cut it up towards the top third of his ears, and when the back starts curling every different direction it gets cut so it layes semi flat!

I guess it ends up looking like a beiber cut, but it's not a fashion statement, I just like boys with long hair, but not long enough to look like a girl!

For a girl, we are thinking long, no bangs, utilizing side parts and a clip, or center part with two clips......

Nikkole - posted on 02/03/2011

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I grew up with my mom being a hairstylist so she ALWAYS had her hair a different color and i started at about 8 or so maybe younger but I have had my hair SOO many colors its not funny now its dark brown so i can't really tell my kids NO you can not color your hair i I mean i can do that but i feel hair styles are a form of expression and its just hair it will grow back and color will fade!

Sherri - posted on 02/03/2011

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I wish I had a little girl her hair would be to her butt and would be done up every single day in all kinds of fun styles and hair pretties.

My boys are not allowed to have mohawks and no coloring except their natural colors until they are old enough to move out on their own.

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I did want to add though, I usually let her choose how I style it. Her favorite right now is a side ponytail. She also picks out the bow, within reason. I usually give her a few choices that at least halfway match her outfit.

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Eliza has had one trim....just to even things out a bit. I'm thinking about taking her for another. I'm hoping it will help it to thicken up. But I want her hair long, until she's old enough to have an opinion. I want her to look like a little girl!

Charlie - posted on 02/03/2011

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Hahaha I really do live in the south ( of Aus ) and it is summer so I shaved Coopers head !

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@Sal, My daughter cut her own hair herself. She never used to have a fringe but now does and it drives me insane because i can't keep it up and it gets in her face and then she complains thats it's annoying her :(

My sons hair in the classic longer on top tapering to shorter on the sides and back and clean around the ears. During winter we let it go for longer but because it's summer he just sweats up a storm and can't sleep.

Nikkole - posted on 02/03/2011

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My 3yr old son came up and asked if he could have a blue Mohawk so we gave him one and yes im going to put blue on the tip of his Mohawk i have to go get the blue this weekend! My daughters hair is getting long and curly im not cutting hers till her first bday.

LaCi - posted on 02/03/2011

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Yeah, that head and shoulders commercial with troy polamalu, that what my hair does if I brush it. I run my hands through when it's wet and then just let it go wild. Fortunately the kid has awesome hair, so his just never tangles up on me. I have no idea where that came from. Must be something in daddy's side.

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Buzz cut for reason A!

I usually let it grow out in between, my oldest is sporting more of the Bieber look at present (not diggin that look) but as soon as they can't see for the hair in their eyes it all gets shaved off!

Jackie - posted on 02/03/2011

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I honestly have NO IDEA where in hell Allison (2) got her hair from. Her hair is really fine and she has ALOT of it, which IS like mine but she has curls that I have no clue where they came from. So she has a permenate bed head going on right now and she is in desperate need of a first hair cut!

Lady Heather - posted on 02/03/2011

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I run a comb through mine and sometimes hers after washing because I hate tangles. But that's about it. If you brush it it just goes to frizz.

Lady Heather - posted on 02/03/2011

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I trim her bangs (badly) and then just let it grow wild. She has quite the mop for 19 months old. She got my curly/wavy combo so it's always all crazy. I've actually had mothers ask me why I don't brush it. rofl. People are so nosy. It's not like brushing makes a lick of a difference anyways.

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2011

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I took my 16 month old to get his hair cut once. He screamed bloody murder the entire time. AND the salon was packed...LOTS of staring. I was humiliated. We won't be doing that again for a loooooong time. His hair looks relatively normal at the moment. Not too long, not too short. I've put a little gel in his hair before & spiked it in the front & it was pretty durn cute. :)

Desiree - posted on 02/03/2011

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My son sports a short back and sides. (School rules no boy is allowed to sport long hair, mullets, or bieber styles) my Daughter has a bob which suit her most and we visit the Salon every month. School rules take precedence in SA. Long hair is tide up, bangs must be out of the face and children may only wear school colours in their hair. For example Reddam Houses colours are Blue, White, and Gold. Black and tortoise shell may also be worn. African hair must always be neat and tidy. Many braid their hair but not allowed to be loose if its long. But then all children wear uniforms to school, whether private or public, so all kids conform to the rules.

Sherri - posted on 02/03/2011

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My boys don't know what you call it neat clean off the ears. Not flowing, not buzzed somewhere in the middle. It must be kept neat and respectable at all times. They are not allowed much wiggle room with their hair. When it starts to look like they are homeless they are dragged to the barber. They can do what ever they want with it when they don't live under my roof anymore.

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My son's hair goes curly when its long and after a certain point everyone mistakes him for a girl so I let it grow until it gets unruly and then cut it myself I use the buzzers because he likes them better than scissors but I only cut it so its off his collar and isn't getting stuck in his ears. During summer he loves it buzzed right down so we do that, its probably his favourite but I just don't think it looks right in the winter so I let it grow.

When my daughter is born I'm going to let it do its thing until it hits that point where it stops growing because of the baby hair, then she gets a trim and then she wont see scissors on her hair again until I'm in a grave lol. I plan on doing lots of different styles with her hair though to keep it fun and pretty but I don't care how much she wants her hair cut its not happening. The first reason is were going to look alike and I keep my hair long (mini me complex) ;) second if she cuts it what am I going to do with it for styling :( and finally I want my pictures to look nice I want my boy to look like a boy and my girl to look like a girl. Of course I'm not going to be psycho about it if its really that important I'll let her get it cut just none of you ladies tell her that because I will be so sad :(

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So my daughter is only six months has the baby short hair and is starting to grow one curl. Cant wait to see what her hair is goin to be like!! I have long wavy hair that stops at my lower back with two peek a boo highlights. I am a licensed cosmetologist so her hair will always be kept up. i want her to grow her hair long with long layers and it will always be done even now she will not leave the house unless she has a bow or head band on haha. And i will not let her do any chemical alterations to her hair until she is 15 at the youngest. Even then i will advise against it virgin hair is the best hair!! lol with that being said if she is younger and wants a shorter do i will be the one to cut it but it will not be super short like a boy cut or anything and when she gets to 15 and wants to dye or highlight her hair i will also be the one to do it. I am siked to be her personal hair dresser/make up artist!!

Laura - posted on 02/03/2011

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My boys' hair says I'm cheap and cut it myself. And I'm not very good at it so it all gets buzzed one length :) Shorter in the summer and longer in the winter.

However right now it says mommy is to fat (9mo prego) and tired to cut my hair. They really need one bad!!

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Buzz Cut

In boys (hopefully not girls, until she's old enough to make this punk rock choice herself), this usually means mom is a) too tired to mess with it, b) preparing her kids for military service, or c) lives in the South, and it's summer.

I had a buzz cut when I had lice as a kid. It sucked. Anyways...I'm not included here I guess? My son sort of has a buzz cut, it's called a 'ceasar' cut and he wants it because it's just like his daddy. He has god awful unruly hair so it has to get buzzzzzzzzed. Right now it is uncut, and it looks hilarious because he has a double crown so he always has alfalfa head. You know what that says about me? I'm preoccupied and I keep forgetting to get my kid's hair cut. LOL

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