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Her Hair Is Hers

Courage by Michele Yulo

Defying all the stereotypes. Fearless--

with a henna tattoo on her right arm

that means courage, my girl

got her buzz cut. She smiled and giggled

through the whole thing. And rubbed

the back of her head with a satisfied smirk

that said, "Thanks Mom." I smiled too.

Because I know that hair grows. And she will too.




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Courage is the absolute right word. I spent years wanting a buzz cut or to shave my head. I talked to friends about it, I talked to family about it, and nobody had anything positive to say. I have 4 brothers, and they all got one EVERY summer, but I never did. My one uncle told me that he heard of someone who shaved their head, and their hair never grew back.... There was no support, no person to tell me that "It's just hair!"
Way to go on the hair cut. It looks great, it's perfect for summer, and let your daughter know that she is an encouragement to me to let my hair decisions to be just my own. I just got a short cut for summer, but maybe I'll go bold and shave the sides... and then if I like that I'll shave the whole thing!
Thank you for encouraging ALL girls to be everything they want to be.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Thank you for truly walking the walk. I'm not sure I could be so, what is even the word, flexible? But like you say, it's not my hair, and it grows back. But the fear of the looks, comments from kids and parents alike that she would get despite my continual protests that "I don't care what people think!" would hold me back from the buzz cut probably. Thank God there are pioneers like Gabi and her Mom to move us forward in the fight for real equality.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I have three dreads, a buzzed undercut and the rest of my hair long. It took me until I was 20 to be brave enough to do what I wanted with my hair. This article genuinely made me cry. (I also keep henna tattoos on my left hand so this really rung a bell!) Much love <3

August 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRiver

This is very true just today I allowed my 7 yo daughter to get a very short boy cut . Immediatley we came home and her 2 yo sister called her a boy. I explained to the younger child its just your sister Isis and she likes her hair this way. Im okay with her being non gender conforming , my question as a parent is, does it indicate a sexual preference as an adult? I do not care either way because she is our daughter regardless ...

August 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSyreeta H.

Thank you so much for posting this. I hated my long hair even as a young child in the 70's. School pictures, actually any pictures all show this unkempt mess of brown stuff that sprung from my head. My mothers favourite moan was always that my hair was 'messy'. Eventually swimming saved the day for me (hair management swim caps hadnt been invented then!) and it was easier to manage short, very very short. My hair stayed very short until my late teens and my competitive swimming career ended. Sad to say I bowed to social pressure and grew my hair to a more acceptable longer length. My husband also prefered me with long hair. Given that I have worked most of my life in Aquatics Coaching/Teaching, a few years ago I considered how daft this is. My hair is never dry. It took 4 trips to the hairdresser to persuade them to cut it as short as I wanted and my husband still asks when will I grow it again. Im much happier. I no longer go to my mothers and in my 40's get nagged for having 'messy hair'. Ive never been someone who enjoys 'doing' my hair. When I have to brush it its too long. My hairdresser says the overall condition has improved too.

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

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