My daughter has long hair, which she loves, 99% of the time. But that other 1% is probably her least favorite part of the day. When it’s time for detangling, she runs, bargains, pleads, procrastinates, flat out refuses, and does just about anything she can to escape the misery of having her hair de-knotted.
I can relate. As a long haired kid, I used to dodge the brush so aggressively my mom just gave up and let me walk around ratty. Being on the delivery end of this kind of pain is one of my least favorite things about being a parent, just like being on the receiving end of it was one of my least favorite memories of being a little girl: The confinement (“If you move away from me, you’ll just make it worse.”) The yank on my scalp, always inevitable but somehow still shocking every time. And knowing that tug of discovery was only the beginning of the tedious teasing-apart process to come. A bad knot could take days. Is it any wonder girls rail against this with all their might?
Which is why I fell in love with “Don’t Brush My Hair in Knots”. That, and the fact that the RAGING three year old girl in this video could well be the antidote to every shy, ingratiating, flirting, pandering princess your daughter holds in high esteem.
Check her out.
This video is a perfect example of the use of punk rock as a communication device for children. What better way is there to express that you’re mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore? Why wait until you’re a self-conscious adolescent, then have to go through the effort of digging into your psyche to connect with the raw emotion of childhood? Just form a band when you’re three. The boy on drums is her brother, a parent plays guitar.