By Diane Ako
This kid cracks me up. Our family's hairdresser, Ryan Sales, gave Olivia bangs at her last haircut. She had never had bangs before and has disliked it since the day he cut the bangs.
Often enough, she'll complain, "I hate these bangs!" and pull them up with the palm of her hand, so as to expose all her forehead.
I thought she'd get used to it, but it's been over a month, and no. We all tell her she's cute, to no avail.
She loves my friend Paul Drewes; one day when he came over, I even had him "spontaneously" notice her new 'do makes her look like Tinkerbell. Alas, Tink is not a real princess.
I ask her why she hates them, and up till recently, she would only answer, "I just do!" Last week, she finally said it's because 1) all the (Disney) princesses lack bangs, and 2) when it comes to hair, she specifically wants to look like Rapunzel. I'm instructed to never cut it again.
Recently, we were in our morning beauty ritual (I do her hair and apply sunblock to all exposed skin. If she's good and we have time, she gets to choose lipstick.) Her bangs were getting very long and brushing against her eyelashes. It was bugging me.
"Honey, can I cut your bangs so they don't fall into your eyes?" I asked. Yes, I realize she has expressed dislike for the bangs, but then again, she is four. She changes her mind with the wind most days.
"Yes!" she exclaimed.
I was taken aback by this very cooperative spirit. "Well, OK then!" I said, and went to get the scissors.
"I hate these bangs! I wish you would cut them all off!" she continued.
I stopped and laughed. Oh, poor thing. She doesn't realize cutting it higher will extend the life of her bangs. How to explain patience to a preschooler?
But I did. "You have to wait a while for it to grow out, and in the meantime it'll be in your eyes. Or you can let me trim it now and not have to keep brushing it back all day," I said.
I also showed her how I had bangs when I was her age. It made a difference!
"You had bangs before, too? OK, you can trim it," she allowed.
Yay, Mommy beat the Disney princesses. Take that, perfect hair girls.