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what age to you let them take charge of their own haircuts

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eatyourveg Tue 11-Dec-12 17:43:02

ds3 (14) want to have his hair shaved. (not off completely but a very short squaddie style Number 2 sides number 3 on top) Just interested to know in a quick yes or no. Would you let your ds decide themselves?

nagynolonger Tue 11-Dec-12 17:51:00

The only thing I wouldn't let them do is dye it a 'not natural' colour (green etc) because they would be sent home from school. If they had very long hair they would have to tie it back in science.

Mine have very short hair. It is their choice.

MrsDmitriTippensKrushnic Tue 11-Dec-12 17:53:29

My DSs have pretty much been deciding for themselves (within reason as I'm the one who has to do it) since they were 7 or 8 how their hair was, and tbh it was only that late because they didn't care that much before then. I think your DS at 14 is more than old enough to choose how to have his hair, and what you're describing is short but not 'getting into trouble at school' short as far as I remember (used to do DSs hair that short when they were little)

AtiaoftheJulii Tue 11-Dec-12 18:36:46


Why would you not?

notMarlene Tue 11-Dec-12 18:42:00

Yes. But, if he's taking charge of how and where it's done he should probably pay for it himself. presumably you'd need to adjust pocket money to make that feasible.

notMarlene Tue 11-Dec-12 18:43:06

yy wild dye jobs need to be planned for the longer holidays

talkingnonsense Tue 11-Dec-12 18:44:57

Always as long as within school rules.

lljkk Tue 11-Dec-12 18:48:25

Yes as long as school finds it acceptable.

mumblechum1 Tue 11-Dec-12 20:04:48

From about 10 or 11.

flow4 Tue 11-Dec-12 22:50:22

Yes. For as long as they have expressed any kind of opinion about it.

BackforGood Tue 11-Dec-12 22:56:52

From when they moved to secondary - well, I suppose some "discussion" before then. As long as they are within school guidelines, then my thinking it, it's their head, so their decision.

eatyourveg Wed 12-Dec-12 21:35:37

lljkk why would school finding it acceptable carry more weight than me finding it acceptable?

Think we are going to go for a compromise with 4 and 7. I'd rather no clippers at all and just stick to the scissors but he's raiding the piggy bank to get it done himself tomorrow when he gets off the train from school so I figured rather than a flat no - I'd at least show willing to meet him half way with the offer to pay if he goes for something less severe. No idea what a 4 and 7 looks like though

colditz Wed 12-Dec-12 21:37:05

My six year old decides on the length of his hair, it strikes me as hyper controlling to be deciding a fourteen year olds haircut.

colditz Wed 12-Dec-12 21:38:22

You finding it acceptable shouldn't even be on the radar, for gods sake he's old enough to get married in two years!

mercibucket Wed 12-Dec-12 21:46:13

I've let mine decide since 5. It's their head, why not? They can't do things that would get them into trouble at school, that's the only rule - so no dyeing hair, and braids and tramlines are saved for holiday times only. It's really controlling at 14!

AtiaoftheJulii Wed 12-Dec-12 21:47:00

Serious question - why does it matter to you what his hair looks like?

Asinine Wed 12-Dec-12 21:51:06

My dd has been going to the hairdresser on her own from age 13. It never occurred to me to have an input as to what she had done as long as it was under£10

BackforGood Wed 12-Dec-12 22:40:56

Because the schools find anything acceptable that's not "extreme" - pink mohecan say - whereas it seems like you are trying to dictate the 'style'. Obviously what we as parents like isn't going to be likely to be the same as what 14yr olds like ~ tis the way of life, but, long before he got to 14 my ds was able to decide what hairstyle he wanted.

steppemum Wed 12-Dec-12 22:50:00

Gosh, mine are 10, 7 and 4 and all choose their own haircut. Why shouldn't they have input?

I do guide them and one or two things I have said no to as they have to be practical for school (eg either short or able to be tied back for girls)

But, it is only hair, it grows again, why not?

eatyourveg Thu 13-Dec-12 08:36:23

AtiaoftheJulii it does matter to me what his hair looks like. ds3 is on the autistic spectrum and as such, is not as socially aware as NT teenagers. If he wanted to go down the town or to school wearing clothes and a hairstyle that he loved but which most teenagers would laugh at, I would feel wretched. As a parent I feel it my responsibility to do what I can to make sure he avoids making himself the object of teenage taunts.

I don't want my kids being the ones who walk around town wearing their favourite jeans which happen to be 3 inches too short so showing off their favourite disney socks underneath - its asking for trouble. Likewise I don't want my child having a haircut that is too severe and would stick out as being different from his peers. You may come back and tell me that a number 2 and 3 haircut is quite normal these days - perhaps it is, but its certainly not in the FE college where I work where most boys wear their hair well below the collar. His school is an independent one where the rules on hair are very strict. Can't remember the exact wording but in the code of conduct (which infuriatingly I can't find) it states that hair must not be below the collar and not shorter than a number x - just don't know what the number x is. Going for a 4 and 7 is a compromise which won't draw attention.

I do think it important that he can be an individual and have free will to express himself but within boundaries. Incidentally ds1 had hair to his shoulders at 16 - no problem with that as it didn't make him stick out like a sore thumb. if a dc can hold their own in any environment then I'm quite happy for them to express themselves however they want but when its setting someone up for a fall - its down right irresponsible as a parent to let it go unchecked

Thanks for the responses -

shrimponastick Thu 13-Dec-12 08:45:46

I have always insisted on when and how DS has his hair cut.

He suits it cut on a no. 1 all over (he is mixed race).

However he has been growing it out since summer, and tbh looks a dick. I don't mention it now, and just Hope that

he wants it cutting soon.

He is 14.

AtiaoftheJulii Thu 13-Dec-12 08:55:18

eatyourveg and there you demonstrate the pointlessness of quick yes-no questions when it comes to parenting!

I understand what you're saying, but I wouldn't think that a grade 2 and 3 would be enough to get him laughed at? My dh has a very responsible professional job, all smart suits and cufflinks and so on, and he has a grade 2 all over and looks perfectly acceptable, lol. You must live in a very different part of the country to me!

tabulahrasa Thu 13-Dec-12 08:59:51

DD is 12 and currently has fluorescent pink ends on her hair (her school cares not what her hair looks like) because she can judge what's socially acceptable and if she goes off it it can be gone in one haircut.

DS is 16, had AS and would like his hair shaved too...I don't let him, I let him get it short, but not shaved as with him it's not about self expression and he's not capable of judging whether it's socially acceptable - once he's left school he can do what he wants, but he's had a pretty rough journey through school and I see it as my job to try and ease that a bit by not letting his appearance make him stand out.

I know other patents disagree with me about that though - so I don't know that asking on here is going to help you massively.

oddslippers Thu 13-Dec-12 09:02:44

I think it's really important for kids of any age to be confident in their own choices and you should support them to do this, particularly when they are teenagers. They know best what's 'in'and what's not, what would have between a big no no when we were young is probably uber cool now. I agree that things must comply with the school rules but beyond that anything goes.

TantrumsAndBalloons Thu 13-Dec-12 09:03:48

shrimp my ds1 is the same age. Used to have a number 1 all over.
Has now decided to "grow it out" for what reason I don't know, I think cane rolls
It looks awful.

However, he pays for the haircuts, takes himself to the barber so I say nothing, although I had to stop him this morning as he had an Afro comb just stuck in the top of his head and was about to leave for school?!

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