After 4 years of growing his hair(only trimmings). Often trimmings that often led to a big dissagreement. Our neighbor is a beautician and only one time did someone else cut his hair. And they cut his ear. so, she is the only one who has ever cut difficult child's hair. difficult child did mention it earlier. Actually last year they were hosting a fund raiser at school and one of the staff members asked him if he would shave his head for charity. They had over $1000 in pledges just from staff...but in the end he chickened out. He had beautiful thick dark hair. Called me just before I left work today and asked if he can go as soon as I get home. Because he is so impulsive, I had to ask if he thought about this. he said yes, and he knows it will grow back. We went to 5 hair salons. All said you must have an appointment (even though at some of the places nobody was there). ended up going to Great Clips. He got NINE inches cut off. From the top of his head to the longest shoulder length must be about 11 inches. Because he has about 2 inches of layered hair now. I think he looks older. And you know what the first thing difficult child said "I look like a girl now" Just gets nine inches cut off and NOW he thinks he looks like a girl?? I would put it in pig tails when he would let me..just for fun. This was a major step for him. His hair was his pride and joy. Always had to be just so. Spent more time fixing his hair than I spend fixing mine. Hair was such a big issue. I feel relieved. Like he just crossed a mile stone. Then in baseball tonight he hit a triple. They suffered their second loss of the season. He handled it very well. Just had to share. it may seem like nothing to many people, but just getting his hair trimmed was a fight.