That my son has wanted to get designs shaved in his head....FOREVER!
I have always said "no" because I knew I couldn't do it, and I thought it was sort of a waste of money to pay someone else to do it when I figure it will grow out pretty quickly.
If you all recall, when I posted about my experience with doing boys hair in the past, I told you about the time two years ago when the Young Man had grown his hair long enough for me to cornrow. It was finger cramping work trying to get his short hair into cornrows that reached from front to back but I did it. ONLY to have him turn around and take them out the next day! I was so upset I shaved his head!
A few months ago he started growing it again, saying he wanted me to braid it again. I kept saying..."are you crazy?" Well, it is starting to get VERY warm here in Michigan and my boy really works up a sweat during a soccer game under normal conditions. I figured he should shave his afro so that he wouldn't be so hot. (I don't really like the way he looks with an afro anyway, I think he is much more handsome with short hair!) I thought maybe bribary would work. My money hungry son took the bait! He would shave his head for $20!
He went to school the day after we made this deal and came home with a new plan. He would be happy to shave his hair off if he could use the money to get designs in his hair. DARN IT! He got me! I didn't really feel I should say no. I want him to be able to express himself through his hair as long as he isn't asking for something inappropriate. So here is the result -
My husband has a friend that doesn't have a barber license yet but is practicing cutting hair in his house. He did a great job. Young Man C LOVES it and got plenty of attention at school with this new style! My sisters response was, "Katie, you could do this!" I agree, I could do this, if I had the proper tools. But even the hair cut and line up that C got from this friend is so much nicer looking than mine. I just don't have the fancy top of the line clippers and trimmers! Nor can I afford any new ones!
Young Man C has all sorts of plans for future designs that he would like in his hair. His club soccer team just took second place in the WHOLE STATE OF MICHIGAN, and is headed to regionals in Wisconsin in a few weeks. He might be sporting a new design for this very important event!