A hair cut matters. We (meaning most women and some men) know that a good hair cut can, quite literally, change your world. And so can a bad one. And knowing this, I’ve been letting 10.25 do what he wanted with his hair for some time now. It’s been getting longer, and then it was blue, and then it was purple. I saw the looks, and I heard people telling me that I was awesome for letting him do him. But I wondered, you know? We live in a relatively conservative area. This is the Main Line, not urban hipster central. He didn’t look the part, and kids can be tough when you work to look different. So I was surprised when he told me he wanted to cut it. But I said okay and told him to figure out how. And we spent a couple of weeks and narrowed it down to Bellamy Blake or John Murphy on The 100.
And then I made the appointment with Lindsey at Ame Salon in Wayne because no one was making him Murphy for $8 at Hair Cuttery, and we were taking no chances with this production.
He declared even more awesome that he already was as the God of Awesomeness. And he insisted that he now be called Murphy and be allowed to be an asshole who usually does the right thing, just as Murphy does. Questionable, given that his current hero is a character on the teen-favorite CW, but I wasn’t going to argue because look at him. The mini-Kraken. And of course, Deanna decided that she has to be his Auntie Wanheda because the show is filmed near where she leaves and Clarke is ultimately cool. That left me as Octavia, which is okay because she’s a badass and slays when she has to. And that’s how 10.25 renamed all of the adults in his life.
The next day, he went off to school with his new ‘do. He was a little apprehensive. Me? Not so much.
Me: How was school? Did your friends like your hair?
10.25: OH MY GOD. I never had to say thank you so much in my life. Two girls asked for my phone number, one wanted my gamertag and then she laughed when I said I’m SweetCrab62, and Nick says that somebody else him asked if I had a girlfriend. AND, some boy on the bus like likes me and wants me to be his boyfriend and hang out. This was the longest day ever. It’s just a haircut.
Me: The right haircut can change your life, child. Remember that.