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to think school's shouldn;t be able to ban certain hairstyles?

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whichwitchisthis Thu 07-Jan-10 09:59:17

just wondering really

the headmaster at ds's school has started a new thing saying they can't have spiked hair at all now and is making kids that have gel in wash it in the toilets even though it's minus something outside

Can they do this? now I'm talking short back and sides and no more than an inch of spikes....not a massive mohawk or anything

aibu grin

Meglet Thu 07-Jan-10 10:00:38

they always banned it when I was at senior school (20 years ago). Not allowed tramlines or No.1 haircuts IIRC. No silly earrings or make up either.

nickytwotimes Thu 07-Jan-10 10:00:49

Seems a ridiculous rule to me.
No idea how enforcable it is.

Molesworth Thu 07-Jan-10 10:02:55


What has hairstyle got to do with education?

I'd be furious if my child had been made to rinse their head under a tap at school, especially in this weather.

Ridiculous angry

TheWhiteStuff Thu 07-Jan-10 10:03:04

stupid idea, whats wrong with a little bit of sticking up hair.

Tramline things on the other hand are awful, simply awful.

pagwatch Thu 07-Jan-10 10:03:17

How old are we talking about?
Personally I think anyone who styles a small childs hair for school is very sad and unreasonable

My dses primary school introduced a rule against using gel that set hair into hard spikes, in case someone got injured by a spike of hair in their eye. It seemed to me to be more about being uber-safe than about preventing a likely accident, but maybe the school had access to statistics about the number of eye injuries caused by hard-spiked hair.

peacocks Thu 07-Jan-10 10:04:15

yes, course yabu smile

or is it restricting their freedom of expression

<curls lip>

Tee2072 Thu 07-Jan-10 10:05:53

Seriously Staying? A spike of hair could cause an eye injury?

Well, gosh, so could a pencil. Maybe we shouldn't allow them to write.

Oh wait, they could trip and a book could get thrown and give someone a concussion. Time to ban all books as well.

H&S has gone mad in this country.

TartanKnickers Thu 07-Jan-10 10:05:58

My youngest DS's hair sticks up in spikes constantly - no gel or styling

He would need gel to keep it flat.

rainbowinthesky Thu 07-Jan-10 10:08:44

In ds's school they make them wash their hair if they have gel. I have no problem with this rule at all. It's a secondary school. Part of the reason I chose it was because of it's strict uniform policy.

whichwitchisthis Thu 07-Jan-10 10:08:49

I'm talking about between the ages of 7 and 11 it's a primary school

I personally think that ds's hair looks a lot neater with a little bit of gel in it, otherwise it would be stuck up all over the shop he gets terrible bedhead

No he's not actually said anything about all the tramlines and skinheads the kids were sporting this summer though

whichwitchisthis Thu 07-Jan-10 10:11:25

his exact words I believe were "no flashy hair"

there is actually nothing in the "rule" about hair as far as I know, school policy is just uniform no trainers and to appear smart

so really it is a tad unfair to start making kids wash their hair at school if there has been no warnings about this new rule

pagwatch Thu 07-Jan-10 10:11:26

<<Pag shoots herself at the notion of a mum gelling a childs hair for school>>

Boys under 11 are supposed to have bed head hair.


CarmenSanDiego Thu 07-Jan-10 10:12:53

YANBU. I would withdraw my children from a school which made them wash their head under a tap in cold weather for any reason.

Molesworth Thu 07-Jan-10 10:14:59

Ah, the well known perils of "flashy hair" hmm

The headteacher is an idiot

Yes Tee - it didn't seem logical to me either!

pagwatch Thu 07-Jan-10 10:16:46

grin at Tartan

rainbowinthesky Thu 07-Jan-10 10:17:44

THey won't melt washing their hair which would take a few seconds and dry in a few minutes because they've broken the school rules!

nickytwotimes Thu 07-Jan-10 10:18:51

I agree with pag wrt gelling wee kid's hair at all. I prefer the scruffy look myself.
However, no need to ban it.

seeker Thu 07-Jan-10 10:19:46

I would ban hair gel from primary school because I can't bear the thought of 7 year old children of either gender spending more than a nano second thinking about their appearance in the morning. Save the gel for parties!

Starbear Thu 07-Jan-10 10:24:31

Told by a hairdresser that hair gel blocks hair follicles & some people lose their hair with over use. So my boy will not wear it until he becomes a pain in the neck teenager.
Otherwise if you can't have mad hair at school when can you. It's not like a tattoo

WastedYouth Thu 07-Jan-10 10:26:02

My DS has naturally spikey hair! if he didn't gel it, it would look like it hadn't been combed for weeks.

Ridiculous rule, if it's clean and tidy, why should it matter?

thisparachuteisaknapsack Thu 07-Jan-10 10:28:22

I think there have been studies which showed that when beutifying products are banned then the children do learn better as they are not overly focussed on appearance. Wasn't there a school which removed all the mirrors to stop girls missing lessons to put make up on?

Goblinchild Thu 07-Jan-10 10:28:40

I don't mind what their hair looks like, shape/style/colour although if it's long it needs tying back or it gets in the glue and in their food.
What I do mind is grooming in class or toilets like a demented baboon troop. Product should stay at home.

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