Friday, May 21, 2010

First off, click right here to hear me run my mouth with my main man Aaron, about all things NBA related.

A few weeks ago when my son was last here to visit me, he was sporting the type of haircut that only Soul for Real or Craig Mack could truly appreciate. I asked him if he wanted to get a haircut, and he said he wanted to let it grow, and at the time I didn't put up any opposition. The boy will be 13 in August, and he's certainly entitled to a relatively small piece of autonomy where his looks are concerned. Plus, we left for the Penn Relays early in the morning, and returned kind of late, so the barbershop wasn't open anyway. Round one went to my son.

Yesterday I called him and discussed our weekend itinerary, and I asked him if I needed to include a trip to the barbershop. Once again, he told me, "Dad, I'm trying to grow it out" and I cringed, but I told him that was fine..but I'm lying. I can only imagine how long and unruly his hair is now, and as a person who grew up getting those warm weather/summer haircuts between the months of May and September, it is going to gnaw at me if I have to sit by and watch this. He promised me he isn't growing cornrows, which again leads me to wonder what the hell he's doing. His mother of course, is taking the hands off route, so any opposition to this growth will only come from me.

So the way I see it, I have only three options.
1)I could just leave him alone and let him do what he wants with his hair
2)I could take him to barbershop, and get his hair cut low the way I usually did it before this new phase
3)I could compromise and just cut it down a little

I gotta tell you I'm strongly leaning towards the first option, but I'm [slightly]open to suggestions.

Patti Dooke - De La Soul featuring Guru

7 comments:

Checkmymelonie said...

You have a 13 year old son?! WOW!

He's at that age where he's old enough to bear the consequences of his personal appearance decisions, lol. I say...let it grow! Let it grow! Let it grow!

rashad said...

I do indeed have a 12-going-on-13 year old. I got started early (22).

Sab D said...

He's going for the Huey from the Boondocks look. Play along a little, at least convince him of the benefits of a good line-up. Then on the hotttest day - doing a gang of outdoor activity to test how committed he is.

Truth About It said...

I say you bargain with the guy.

Surely something is going to come up that a 13-year old really wants his father to get him ... and that's when you really teach him the meaning of "IF"...

Jazzbrew said...

Growing it out is cool but like Sab D said... he's gotta get it edged up. Long is fine but it's gotta be clean. Sharp corners baby...

Redbonegirl97 said...

My son turned 13 last week and loved his braids, I hate them but he thinks they are great as he doesn't have to do anything to his hair but tie it done and add a moisturizer to it. My other two, get their cuts very low, but me youngest who is only 10 wants to grow his out because his hair is soft and curly. The middle child has soldiers with their fists up, so he always has to have a hair cut.

Peace, Love and Chocolate
Tiffany

Miss. Lady said...

If he is going to let it grow he at least needs to keep it tamed and looking presentable. Try convincing him to get it lined up and evened out.