My twin daughters are absolutely determined to start the new school new with edgy new haircuts. Justine wants a serious dye job – pale pink and tangerine ombre, no less – while Vanessa is set on a some sort of half-baked faux hawk she saw on Pinboard. I’m not one to tell my kids how to do their hair, but part of me kind of wants to let them know they can do better.
It’s not that I think these looks are bad, but more that I think they’re already old hat. That’s the problem with opting for something so fashionable – it’s bound to be going of fashion before you’ve left the salon. Trust me: I work in fashion photography. I guess I’ve only got myself to blame, really, having primed them for fashion-consciousness since they were in nappies.
The least I can do is book them in with a genuinely creative hair stylist. Melbourne is a fashion-forward city, and I think the girls can get away pushing some boundaries that their peers have not yet discovered. In other words, if they’re not going to go classic, they should at least be setting trends with their tresses rather than following them.
Sure, they’re teenagers, and now’s the prime time for them to learn through experience that trends are not the same as style. But I do think they’ll thank me for my intervention when they’re older. Not every kid has access to the best South Melbourne hairdressers, or the opportunity to be advised on their choices by a leading fashion photographer.
Honestly, though, I have my doubts that they’ll listen to me. They get that I’m a big deal in high-end styling, but as far as their world goes, I’m probably pretty boring. I wonder if they’d feel differently if I wasn’t their mother. I’m sure that the haircuts and colours they want to get represent a kind of rebellion. What they don’t realise is that I’m disappointed in their restricting themselves to popular trends.