Sunday, September 23, 2007

Mane-ly Amanda

Amanda and I went up to visit my good friend and favorite hair stylist Trisha the other evening in order to get something done with our hair. I can't exactly remember when we'd had our hair done last (do you think if I bought a stick of IBM memory and installed it in my brain I might remember things better??) but I know that mine was looking pretty bad and Amanda's ... well, let's just say that Amanda's was in desperate need of a cut.

I don't know where she got it from but that child has got the thickest hair I have ever seen and if she doesn't get it thinned on a regular basis it gets way out of control. Generally by the time Trisha is done thinning Amanda's hair, there's enough on the floor to make a good-sized throw pillow! My hair isn't thin, it's probably average, and her father's is virtually non-existent but Amanda - well, Amanda has hair!

One of the biggest drawbacks to having such thick hair, though, is that a lot of the styles she'd like to have aren't really possible. Not only does she have a thick mane of hair but it's got a natural wave to it also that drives her completely nuts most of the time and again makes some of the styles she'd like out of the question. It's enough to make a 15-year old cry!

Amanda's hair was a constant argument between her father and I, one thing of many, as he insisted that she keep it long "in according with God's wishes". I always told him that God wasn't the one who had to deal with it but that never mattered to him; he wanted it long and so she kept it long and hated it. When she came out to live with me two years ago one of the first things she wanted to do was cut her hair and so I took her to see Trisha. Since then she's had a lot of different cuts and several strange colors but at least now she has some say in what her hair looks like. My mother generally tends to look at it and shake her head in disbelief but I give Amanda a lot of credit for not only wanting to be a little different from everyone else but daring to be so. She's creative and artistic and I don't want to squash that in her like her father always seemed to do. I'm not sure if that makes me a pushover as a mother or not, I hope not.

When we left Trisha's this time I really liked Amanda's new hairstyle and she was quite happy with it also. She's going for a certain look that is going to take some time to achieve because it needs to grow out more in the back but her hair grows very quickly so that shouldn't take too long and in the meantime, I can actually see her eyes and her face! Trisha and I both tell her she's got a very pretty face but just like when I tell her that her artwork is good, she doesn't believe me. Gee, I hope we run into Gerard Way again sometime so he can tell her it looks good and then maybe she'll believe it!

Amanda's Latest Style


  1. my word linda, she is gorgeous!!! what part of that doesn't she get? shake her a little... ha ha

    smiles, bee

  2. Love it, love it, love it! Those eyes are beautiful!

  3. its a great style on her and I love the colors....we do a lot of coloring here

  4. I love the Color Amanda... It really brings out your eyes. Best hairdo I have seen you in. Keep it real girl. Looks wonderful. Really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Anonymous5:24 AM EDT

    Them eyes... knockout!

  6. Amanda looks great! Love the colour. :)

  7. You're not a pushover mom. You are allowing Amanda to be Amanda. She's an artist and she is expressing herself!

    I also like the new 'do. Your daughter looks great ~ beautiful eyes.

  8. I love it...looks great.

  9. She is a beauty, the hair, not so much. Oh well, I am old and I remember what my mother thought of duck tails..........

  10. Amanda has style. You have a very pretty daughter here, Linda.

  11. Amanda looks great, but this similarity business is getting totally out of hand.

    My daughter has naturally wavy hair in a quantity large enough for three heads that she has been trying to control in some fashion for the last 40+ years.

  12. Anonymous8:56 PM EDT

    That is simply amazing! I love her hair!!!

  13. Amanda looks great. She has a nice smile, and the hair looks good as well. At least if you have thick hair (Patti's and mine is), the stylist will have many options. If you have little or no hair, the stylist can't add back hair to style...

  14. ok, 1st off. you won! go see!

    next, you are one of the most supportive moms I've run across! kudos to you! Personally, I'd rather weirdo hair than revealing clothes!

    The cut looks great! I'd noticed that in all her pics you can only see one eye...I kept wanting to mail you some barettes! The color's too weird for me...but I'm OLD!! ;-)

    I also have terribly thick me a headache to put it in a ponytail, unless it's been thinned recently.

  15. oh yeah, and I'm sorry, but unless he has a beard down to his waist I don't want to hear about how "God intended" my hair to be worn! YOU live through 100+ degree summer with long hair that you can't pull up (see previous comment)


  16. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the color, if I had hair that would actually look good some crazy color, I would so do it!

    I love the cut too.... that's a great picture of Amanda!

  17. It isn't worth much, but my own personal opinion about length and color and style of hair is this...there are more important things in the life of a child and the relationship of parent to child than fighting over hair.

    Amanda sounds like a good kid, whether her hair is blue and short or natural and long. It wouldn't be my choice, but I'm not a 15 year old girl trying to be secure in my own identity.

    Good for you for allowing her to be an individual.

  18. Anonymous5:33 PM EDT

    she looks really good!! I LOVE the blue green in her hair! And being a great artist? I second, third, and fourth that!


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