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To let DS have his head shaved?

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MarioandLuigi · 17/05/2011 10:17

DS is 10. Unfortunately for him he has 2 double crowns, so his hair sticks up a bit like a mad professor if its longer than about 1cm. He really wants to have it shaved but DH and MIL think it will make him look like a thug. He is a very sweet natured boy and not like a thug at all.

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GypsyMoth · 17/05/2011 10:18

does he have the right head/face shape for such a radical change?


squeakytoy · 17/05/2011 10:19

He will only look like a thug if he acts like a thug. Let him have it shaved, it soon grows back at that age anway. You can always have the front left a tiny bit longer so it can be combed down and the look is less harsh.


shinyshoes · 17/05/2011 10:20

Having a haircut will not make him a thug.

Do it, my 2 had it done quite often until recently DS1 is now 13 and wants a style to it.

With the warm weather coming up it'll be cooling for him too. Give him a number 3 and see how it looks if you want to go shorter go to a number 2.


seeker · 17/05/2011 10:20

Depends what message it would send to other kids, parents and teachers. Round here it would meant hat he was regarded with suspicion everywhere he went, and he would look like all the "bad" boys at school and football club. I wouldn't do it.


MarioandLuigi · 17/05/2011 10:20

Its not really a radical change - he has it cut in a number 4 - I am thinkinjg of a number 2 so it can go more than two weeks withou it sticking up like a peacock.

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MarioandLuigi · 17/05/2011 10:21

He had it all shaved off when he was about 3 when he managed to get nits at preschool. Severe excema meant we could find anything that wouldnt flare it up so the hair had to go.

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Buda · 17/05/2011 10:22

You might find it is better longer rather than shorter. DS has the same thing and has his hair short at the moment and it is much harder. He had it longer last year and the weight around the crown pulled the hair down and it didn't stick up. I wish he would grow it a bit again.

It wasn't very long. Think Zac Efron in High School Musical. I loved it on him.


ajandjjmum · 17/05/2011 10:23

DS and a number of his friends had their heads shaved to raise money for charity when they were around 16. He said it was noticeable that when they went anywhere as a group, people started crossing the road to avoid them!
They weren't a threatening looking lot at all! Grin


themildmanneredjanitor · 17/05/2011 10:24

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bigTillyMint · 17/05/2011 10:27

DS had a number 2 for years. He has very thick, strong hair.

He has now grown his hair long. It is amazing how both his behaviour and reactions to him have changed - I'm sure he was perceived as a bit of a thug, whereas now he looks a bit girlySmile


bigTillyMint · 17/05/2011 10:29

What I meant to say is I think because people react differently to him now, his behaviour is more relaxed. Not that he was a thug before, just a lively little boy!


MarioandLuigi · 17/05/2011 10:30

He has had it long before but he has 2 double crowns, one each side so the hair never sits right at the back. He didnt like it long either (although I did :()

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bigTillyMint · 17/05/2011 10:31

DS's had to get really long before it stopped looking like a bush. Mine is the sameBlush


LadyWithNoManors · 17/05/2011 10:38

I think shaved heads look hideous on children. Don't do it.


EvenLessNarkyPuffin · 17/05/2011 12:13

Have you tried taking him to a good hairdresser? Ask them what they can do with it? Someone who cuts really well may be able to make it look better. If he is determined to have it shaved, check with the school about any rules on length before he has it done. He will look like a thug, it does have that effect, but he won't be a thug, and it sounds like he'd be a happier child.


EvenLessNarkyPuffin · 17/05/2011 12:19

From a quick look online, it seems you can work with the spiky-look and let him use a little gel, or get a good hairdresser to manage it and cut it with scissors only, allowing more hair weight over the crown so it sits flatter and cutting with the direction of the whorl.

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