As an adult, you’re within your rights to get just about any kind of hairstyle you want. Braid it up, loc it up, relax it, get a weave. Whatever makes you happy, go for it. But what about when you’re a kid?
I’ve asked the question before, and I must ask it again: How young is too young for a certain kind of hairstyle? I ask, because this clip from popular TLC reality show ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ — via Clutch Magazine — left me feeling all kinds of disturbed.
For any of you who don’t have video, 3-year-old Kayleigh gets a sew-in weave from her grandmother Joyce.
“This is the first time we’ve done this, we normally do hair pieces,” she explains as the little girl squirms and says “that hurts.”
“Kayleigh, she doesn’t realize it, but she’s a diva in training, and she’s very vain,” her grandmother says, and Kayleigh rebuts, “I’m not a diva, I’m Kayleigh.”
At the end of the clip Kayleigh says “My hair is longer. I look pretty.”
I can’t help but wish that she felt that way before she was wearing makeup and a weave. At three years old. And I can’t help but lament the things we’re teaching our children to believe at such an early age. But that’s just me.
What are your thoughts?