The “BEFORE”. What a bunch of clowns.
My friend Kristi tipped me off to the fact that JCPenney was offering free haircuts to kids in the month of August. You know how I love a good bargain, so I called them up and scheduled my moptops for a back to school trim ASAP.
Before: Just looking at this tangle makes me itch to grab a hairbrush. Or some scissors.
Eliza has been growing her hair long for some time now. The problem is, she has a complete aversion to brushing her hair. Coupled with that is the fact that her thin, blonde locks absorb chlorine like a sponge, leaving her with summer hair that is more rat’s nest than Rapunzel. Every attempt I make to cajole her hair into even the simplest of ponytails is met with so much wailing and screaming, I may have threatened to shave her head once or twice. Thankfully, she and two of her girlfriends decided that they would start 5th grade with matching shorter haircuts. Hallelujiah!
AFTER with friend, Jaimee. Matchers!
Unlike Eliza, Kellan and Larissa were blessed with thick, shiny hair. Unfortunately, Eliza’s hairbrushing melodrama has rubbed off on her younger sister, so although she claimed to want “hair to my toes”, I decided that Larissa is simply too young to handle a full “Crystal Gayle”. She was quite taken by the entire beauty routine. I fear that I may have created a monster. She’ll be expecting French tips and kelp wraps in no time.
Ready for her close-up.
Kellan’s hair doesn’t just get longer, it gets bigger. His head is like a giant topiary that needs a trim. We get endless comments about the luxuriously wavy nature of his hair.
This pic doesn’t do his hair justice as the hairdresser had just combed it out pre-haircut.
His hair was HUGE!
In the end, there were oohs and ahhs all around - as it should be after a good makeover!
Sweet freedom! (for me, anyway)
There was also a drive through Sonic….because while looking good is it’s own reward, a caramel banana malted is even better!
PS: If you’re wondering where Hayden and Weston were….my dad took the older boys for cuts about a month ago…and by “cut” (where Hayden is concerned, anyway), that means the scissors *may* have grazed the very tips of his hair. Don’t get me started…
PPS: MAD PROPS to the stylists at JCPenney. I was a bit worried that we’d be faced with fresh-out-of-beauty-school amateurs with bitter attitudes about having to dole out free haircuts to the ankle-biting set, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Including Eliza’s friend, we had 4 super-professional stylists who gave the kids the full treatment and sweet attention. All four ladies seemed genuinely committed to making sure that I (and the kids) were pleased with the final results. I’d never think to schedule a hair appointment at Penneys, but after this experience, we’ll definitely be back!