This story begins long before the cute short haircut…
In fact, my daughter has always gotten a lot of attention because of her hair. When she was young, her wispy blonde curls were the talk of many a conversation. Her father and I both have pin-straight hair so her curls were particularly curious and of course adorable. So much so that everyone wanted to touch her hair. Friends, family, and yes, perfect strangers. I remember one day a small voice asked me, “why does everyone touch my hair?” I realized then that I needed to be more protective of her and more mindful of how much I, we, and she valued her “beautiful curly blonde hair.”
Fast forward many years later and my now teenaged daughter STILL has amazing hair. Long, blonde, thick, textured and wavy. It’s the kind of hair that dreams are made of. And over the years, it’s become her outer-beauty signature feature. Everyone loves, OK covets, her hair. And the other day, she had our hairstylist gather it up in a ponytail and cut it all off. 10 inches of her glorious locks gone in a few snips.
People asked me if I cried, which I have to say, made me laugh. It’s only hair folks! Although in the back of my mind, I was kind of worried she might cry, but it wasn’t like that at all, for her or for me. I was delighted to watch her reinvent herself just in time for her Junior Year! And what was even better was witnessing her enjoy the process and revel in not only her brave decision but in her new look.
Enough of me blathering on. I should really let the pictures do the talking.
For more about Tracey and how she elevates the everyday, visit her at traceyclark.com.
For the story about how she and her teen got here, take a peek at their first post at Reframed.
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