Saturday, December 22, 2007

Why Chloe will not be getting a beauty cutie for Christmas

I found out what Beauty Cuties are. They are those doll heads that come with lots of hair accessories and combs and brushes and scissors. You can style and cut their hair, and it will even grow after you have cut it apparently. Very cool. But none of my children will be receiving one of these things this year.

They do love to play "beauty salon," though. I mean, they are girls after all. They don't love me to brush and do their hair for them in the morning, but when they are playing this game they love to do each other's hair in crazy concoctions, they love to use all the styling products we have and they especially like to see who can use the most hair pretties in the other's hair.

Even Sophie loves to get in on the action. She will often bring me barrettes and things and the spray bottle and ask me to do her hair, Then she goes around the house taking out the barrettes because she is so enthralled with her prettiness. Then she comes back to have me do it again. A never ending cycle. But a cute one. Just in the last few months her hair has finally grown long enough for me to put it in a little pony tail on the top of her head.

Yesterday, Chloe asked if she could do Sophie's hair, and I said that would be fine. I could hear them happily playing in the bathroom and when Chloe came out to show me how cute Sophia looked I ooohed and ahhhed over her gel spiked hair and then went about my business.

A couple hours later I went into the bathroom to clean up a little. All of the combs and brushes were in the bathtub, and I figured Sophie probably threw them in there as that is something she enjoys doing. But then I found chunks of hair in there as well. Sophie has much blonder hair than my other two and so I knew immediately these locks belonged to her. I quickly ran to get her and examine her head. Sure enough, all those places that were finally longish were gone. Totally cut off....all 3-4 inches of it, some of it all the way down to the scalp. She was even missing a couple spots in her bangs too. No more pony tails for this baby.

I called for Chloe and tried not to be upset with her, but I was. She at first denied it, but then she fessed up. I asked her why she did this and she said she wanted to pretend she was at the beauty salon giving Sophie a haircut. I told her it most certainly wasn't a pretend haircut, it was very real and she was going to have to do a lot of jobs to make up for it, and that she wasn't allowed to use scissors for the rest of her life.

The saddest thing about it, is that I don't think I have a single picture of Sophie in her cute little pony tail. Even though she loved to have them, she didn't keep them in very long. I'm going to have to search through all my pictures and hope that there's one there, and if there isn't, I'm going to have a really good cry.

And that is why Chloe will not be getting a Beauty Cutie under the tree...

...not that she was going to in the first place.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Oh. Honey. I'm so sorry. xoxo Misty

  2. I had a doll, the kind you hold her hand and she "walks" with you, when I was a kid. I gave her a hair cut. Well! My mom had a cow! I told her it would grow back and she informed me that it wouldn't, because Linda was a doll and doll hair didn't grow back. Mom was all kinds of mad about that hair. So, after thinking about it, I went into the bathroom and dug out my mom's fall (this was the 60's and she had a few hair pieces and wigs) anyway, I glued the hair to Linda's head and then showed Mom. "See", I said, "I fixed it!". Damned if she didn't yell at me for putting hair ON the doll's head. Some mommy's are terribly hard to please...sigh.

  3. oh, my! no pony tail anymore? but think positive: it will grow...
    on the other hand, I've got a new camera from hubby as a Christmas present, and now I am eating your photography posts on bread, since this camera is a Canon EOS 400d, so lots of things to learn, although is an entry-level one... still have no clue how to change shutter speed - help!
    I wish you all the best for the Christmas and the new year!

  4. A) Beauty cutie is a disgusting name, so I'm glad they're not getting one ANYWAY.
    B) Conner cut our curtains with scissors.... when he was about 2. Curtains don't grow back. Maybe that will help you to feel better.

  5. I am totally laughing right now, but would be crying had it been my little girl.

    It just seems that this is just a rite of passage among childhood siblings. (IE: Sean chopping off my shoulder length locks at two years old hence my Israel passport photo where I look like a boy)

  6. You must be a very patient mother to "ooooh and ahhhhh" then go about your business!
    My Bria did that to herself twice. The first time she just did it, to do it! She ended up getting her hair cut rather short to accomodate! The second time, she did it cuz she wanted bangs. She actually did a pretty good job!
    Fun times huh?

  7. I feel your pain, I do.

    Does it help that all my Christmas pictures aren't going to be quite what I imagined since Becca has a large red welt along the side of her face?

    I know there's not much comfort in the fact that it will grow back... so, I'll just be sympathetic.

  8. Oh, that's not good. Zoie uses my decorative scissors, and I've been ok with it because I have convinced myself that they are not as sharp as real scissors. She seems to understand what is ok to cut, and what's not, but I should probably be more careful.

  9. OHHHHHHHHHHHH I'm sooooo sorry.. :( You know.. I never had this problem with my daughter.... however it was a BIG problem with my son... finally one night he got up and did this.. I made him go to school looking funny!!!! grrrr...

    I feel your pain!!!

  10. Ohhh no! Knock on wood, my kids have never cut their own hair. Kenton had his cut by the babysitter's little girl, but he's a boy, so we just buzzed his head and all was well. I'm so sorry to hear about Sophie's "new" hairdo.

    And I agree with Hilary - Beauty Cutie is a disgusting name!

  11. Oh my gosh! I would die. I would just die. I am so sorry.

  12. We all have these moments - more than once! :(
    Sad but true!!
    Keep in touch!!