SOL 22: cut or keep

I’ve written several posts over the years about my daughter’s envious hair. This one contains a myriad of her favorite styles. And here I wrote about the donation that made me cry. She only gets it cut a couple times a year. Always by my sister at her home salon or beauty salon when she was working in one. Once when Covid first began, we missed a appointment and my sister cut it in our kitchen.

It’s long again. I would say a couple inches below mid back. She’s debating between cutting it near shoulder length or letting it grow. She likes the idea of both. Cutting it would remove a lot of t weight on her little head. But it would also lose some of the versatility that she loves so much. French braids, Dutch braids, rope braids, Elsa braid, high pony, low pony, side pony, unicorn pony, piggies, piggy buns, regular bun,,, the list goes on and on. and don’t even get me started on accessories.

Honestly, I’m not sure if she should cut it or leave it long. She doesn’t brush it often enough. I end up detangling the knotted bird’s nest a few times a week. I end up washing and conditioning her hair. It’s as thick as a horse tail—not even an exaggeration. But with longer hair, she I can pul it back and it’s done. With shorter hair she will need barrettes or headbands to keep it out of her face.

And there’s the question of donation. At 8 inches we can donate. That’s up to her chin right now. But if we let it grow longer she can cut just to her shoulders. Would hate to cut all that hair to have it send up in the salon floor.

So…thoughts? Cut or keep? 
I am writing for the 15th annual Slice of Life challenge presented by Two Writing Teachers.


  1. I think you went for the trim, but my opinion while reading was YES! Cut it! One of my regrets is not being more adventurous with my hair. My whole life it has been the SAME. The great thing about hair (especially on a young person) is that it ALWAYS grows. Also, since your daughter is a young girl, she will be cute no matter what!


  2. These are the decisions that my now 18 year old daughter and I used to have to make two times a year. Although she hasn’t made a donation in a few years, I’m pretty sure that she used the experience as one of her college application essays. Your slice brought wonderful memories.

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  3. First of all, McKenna is so beautiful. Secondly, I have hair envy! From these pics, I can tell she really has thick hair. I love that you have already donated her hair once… I rememeber when I cut my hair short. I thought it would some how be easier. I was wrong, it feel like longer hair is easier (aside from the tangles!)? Decisions, decisions!

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