Ho-Hum Hair

School goes back in a few weeks, and I cannot be rocking up with the same hairstyle I had last year. Mum’s being so annoying about it, though – I swear she thinks she’s the only person in the world who understands fashion. She thinks she’s so cutting edge because she rejects trends, but it actually just makes her really boring.

I mean, the woman has had the same blue-black bob haircut since 1998 – before I was born – and it’s been out for so long that it’s basically come back in again. Maybe that’s her point, but I don’t really care, to be honest. I’m way more interested in living in the moment, and if that means liking things that other people like, then so be it. If I want ombre hair with a micro fringe, I’m going to get it.

Unfortunately, mum is the one who pays for my hair, so I can’t argue with her – I mean, I can’t afford to go to shell out on a high end hair salon. Melbourne CBD probably has some cheaper ones, but I do actually care about the quality of my cut, which is something my mum doesn’t seem to understand. She’s made this association between trendy fashion and poor quality, which is completely stupid, in my opinion. I think she’s lost touch with the times.

I think what I’ll need to do is find a middle ground – somewhere between my tangerine ombre dream and mum’s vision of me with the ultimate classic coiffure (what even is that, anyway?). Maybe if I got exactly the same cut that she has, but in the on-trend colour I want. I wonder if her go-to Aveda salon can do bright colours? Mum’s blue-black is hardly natural, so I don’t see why it should be a problem.

I know I’ll probably value mum’s taste one day, and acknowledge that it’s cool to have a big-time fashion photographer to personally advise me on my hairstyle. But at the end of the day, I’m a teenager – shouldn’t I be allowed to experiment with what’s in fashion?