Sunday, August 23, 2009

Haircuts!

I've trimmed the boys' locs twice before. Last year around Thanksgiving, and the year before around Thanksgiving. They say that they want their locs long (the longer the better; they love being able to wear them in a ponytail, and they absolutely love the look of black men with long locs), but, really, in reality, they need them short. I want to oblige their long-loc desires. But the rational sane mother that I am tells me otherwise... they are very active (subtle code for WILD and CRAY-Z) little boys who swim in the pool all summer long (one word: chlorine), play in the sandbox 12 months of the year (dumping sand on their heads), roll in the grass/snow, and jump in the puddles (every.kind.of.puddle.imaginable.). They need short hair. And Kyle-- the little perfectionist (verging on obsessive compulsive) personality that he is... well... his hair starts to bug him the minute it gets into his eyes or onto his face. And I can't stand watching him constantly trying to push it away from his forhead. I got it into my head that I wanted to trim before Thanksgiving this year-- preferably before the start of school-- and when I suggested we trim their locs they (and Braydon too) were surprisingly receptive to the idea. They are adament about keeping their locs ("forever!!!!!! and ever! and ever!!!"), but they aren't opposed to trimming them. And so, today, during Meera's nap, we did it. This is a whole thing folks (for those of you who don't know black hair, believe me, it is a big thing). We washed, re-twisted, and trimmed... all in the time it took K & O to watch 'Finding Nemo'. Braydon and I consider this a major achievement. As soon as we were done, we took the pictures below. As you can see by the looks on their faces, the boys are thrilled with the results (as are we parents). We went out to lunch after-the-fact and at one point I noticed a black woman with gorgeous natural hair (braids) admiring the boys' hair from a distance (always a big ego boost for a white mom of black kids). Then, a couple minutes later, as we walked past her, she gave the boys huge smiles and said, enthusiastically, "I like your dreds!" Owen shouted, "thanks!" and kept going, but Kyle stopped and turned around to face her (he happened to be holding my hand, so I too turned toward her). She repeated herself, "I like your dreds!" He said, "Thank you very much! Actually, I just got a haircut this morning. My MOMMY did it." She looked at me, smiled hugely, and said, "Wow. Well, it looks GOOD!" And then Kyle skipped off (literally-- skipped). And later he said to me, "Mom, did you notice that black lady liked my hair? I think she thought it looked GORGEOUS!" Honestly, this whole hair thing is such a huge part of our life. It is a lot of work, but it is soooooooooooo woooooooooooooooorth ittttttttttttttttttttttttttt.






13 comments:

Anonymous said...

How long do the locks last, i.e., how often do you need to do them? Each time you wash their hair, monthly?

Christina said...

They look GREAT! :-) You guys did a far better job on K&O's hair than I do on my own locs.

And, thank you for calling the hairstyle "locs" and not "dreads." It's a tiiiiny little thing and obviously not every black person feels the same about this. But I just wanted to mention that I appreciate it and your sensitivity comes through in your use of language.

Haitian-American Family of Three said...

Hair is such a big thing with our kids & community-I was just thinking about your kids the other day when we saw a little girl with locks. They look so proud and happy, good job on the haircuts!

mayhem said...

They do look great! I fairly often enlarge pictures that show K&Os hair, just so I can see how their locs are doing!

Sparkle just had his hair loc'd about two weeks ago. He loves it, I love it, and it's only going to look better and better as they mature. He has two favorite locs, which I think is awesome. Really, some of them seem to have their own personalities!

Thanks for the hair update!

Glady said...

I love love love the locs...I too have locs ann I m very protective about cutting them LOL, my husband "hinted" on saturday that I should cut them shoulder lenght, I ve been sleeping with one eye open :)

Great job Heather.

wanted to send you an email regarding some tickets but could not find it for the life of me :)

Glady

Mom 4 Kids said...

They look great! I love the last pic. Your husband and your son sit exactly the same way. :-)

Heather said...

Glady-- my email is
hbj2 (at) lehigh (dot) edu

Anne said...

Have you seen the trailer for this movie?!

http://festival.sundance.org/2009/film_events/films/good_hair

Shannon- said...

Gorgeous! Sharp for the new school year! Good job parents!!

Asiaha said...

Their hair looks great!!

M and M said...

GORGEOUS is right. I personally think the Obama shirts add the right detail, too.

Life in Fitzville said...

I am glad I am not the only one who judges hair success by the length of a program/movie! The last time I retwisted Pipo's locs, I finished before a 1 hour animal planet show was over... I was SO proud!

Jonez said...

That is too cool!