Dear Crazy-Haired Child,
You’ve got some mighty crazy-looking hair. It’s half-blond, half-brunette, and intensely curly, while having a nice balance of frizz and a dash of rattiness (fortunately only at the end of the day). Of course, if your parents were different, we might consider abandoning family tradition and cutting it off so that you could look a bit more kempt and slightly less “mad scientist”. But as luck would have it, you’ve gotten us as parents along with the custom to grow a boy’s hair until he’s three – and you’ve also gotten some pretty unique genes that have given you hair that’s MUCH different than your siblings had.
But there are a few upsides to the madness: firstly, you don’t have to wear a ponytail like your older brother did, and as a result, people rarely confuse you for a girl. Secondly, you don’t have to worry about anyone confusing you for a sibling. EVER. Thirdly, there have been some extremely awesome people who have had your type of hair.
Like Art Garfunkel. And Richard Simmons. And Will Ferrell. And a whole bunch of other people (ahem, Michael Jackson) that one day you’ll tell me were so old-fashioned. And maybe they are/were. But it just goes to show you that your crazy hair doesn’t have to hold you back, nor should it be a cause of embarrassment.
I wish someone had told me when I was younger that having bad hair wasn’t a curse for all eternity. I wish someone had told me that instead of spending hours trying to tame the frizz, I should embrace it. Maybe someone did mention that…but I was too vain to hear it. I grew up in the era of the Japanese hair relax, the flat iron and the invention of Frizz-Ease (which doesn’t work, by the way), and I wanted to try ALL of them.
My promise to you, as your mother, is that I will always encourage you to feel confident and comfortable with your natural beauty (or in this case, handsomeness). To be proud of your crazy hair, and to spend your time trying to improve more important things (like the state of our government or the illnesses ravaging the world). After all, you don’t likely have the baldness gene, so hopefully you’ll be stuck with this hair for quite a while.