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Willow Smith (pre-head shave)
So, 11-year-old Willow Smith shaved her head. Okay. And ... so what? Apparently there are some parents out there who think it's crazy to let an 11-year-old shave her head. And this has nothing to do with the obvious concern over Willow not being able to "whip her hair back and forth" anymore. (Sorry, I couldn't resist! I won't mention the song again.)

Look, I know how hard it is as a parent to bite your tongue when your kid wants to drastically change her appearance. I won't lie: If my 10-year-old daughter told me she wanted to shave her head, my gut instinct would probably be to say something like, "You're going to regret this! Do you have any idea how long it takes for hair to grow back?"

But I like to think I would stop myself from making such exclamations. Because parents shouldn't mess with a kid's developing personal identity.

Willow Smith shaving her head was a form of self-expression. Seriously. I know that sounds like a cliché, but it's true. Is it possible (perhaps even likely) that a week or two into having a shaved head Willow Smith will suddenly, desperately wish she never, ever shaved it to begin with?

Yes, but that's just part of the personal identity-forming process. The finding-out-what-you're-not phase. Okay, tried that look on for size ... on to the next one.

When you think about it, Jada and Will got off easy. It's not like Willow asked for piercings or a face tattoo.

Cause even though it always takes longer than you expect, hair eventually does grow back.

Would you let your 11-year-old shave her head like Willow Smith?

 

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