Nobody ever taught me to cut hair. Sure, I butchered my Barbies' locks as a tyke (didn't we all?) but my experience with barbering humans has been sadly lacking.
It's a good thing my girls are tolerant of my experimentation!
I started with Rose because I'm a cheapskate and didn't want to spend the money at a salon. With Joy, I'd rather fight any sensory battles at home than in a salon. Plus I'm still a cheapskate.
Here is the progression of hairstyles that started when Joy was pulling out handfuls of her hair in the spring of last year.
Somewhat shorter so as to provide less target for grabbing:
Buzzcut so as to provide no target for grabbing (and let it all grow back in evenly):
How the beautiful layers looked this summer after growing out of the buzzcut for a year:
How the layers look now, after my educational first attempt at a layered cut, so that we don't have the combing battles that the lovely long hair was starting to produce:
It could have gone better. But it could have gone worse. Joy wears it well no matter how I botch it. And, like the buzzcut, it will grow out and I will have further educational hair-cutting opportunities in the future!