‘She just likes wearing trousers and running and jumping’: Mother’s shock after two hairdressers REFUSED to cut her five-year-old daughter’s hair short – telling her ‘you can’t do this to her’
- Nelly Thomas of Melbourne has two daughters, a five and a ten year old
- She says that her youngest doesn’t fit the stereotype of being a little girl
- The mum-of-two says when she took her to get a pixie cut, hairdressers refused
- Ms Thomas has now written a children’s book called Some Girls to help others
A mother has spoken out about how two hairdressers refused to cut her youngest daughter’s hair short.
Nelly Thomas, a Melbourne-based comedian, has two daughters, aged five and 10, and while the older one is into more ‘girly things’, her youngest doesn’t quite fit the mould.
‘She’s a very normal, happy and well-adjusted girl,’ Ms Thomas told FEMAIL.
‘She just happens to like wearing trousers and running and jumping. I was the same as a kid.’
Ms Thomas’ youngest daughter before she had her hair cut into a pixie crop
This is what her five-year-old daughter’s hair looked like after she had it cut shorter
Ms Thomas said that she didn’t realise there was as much pressure for young girls to fit a certain ideal until she tried to get her youngest daughter’s hair cut short.
The mum-of-two said she was shocked after two hairdressers said they wouldn’t cut her daughter’s hair, and one actually said in front of her ‘you can’t do this to her’.
Ms Thomas said the response by the hairdressers was the first indication she had of how difficult it still was for girls who didn’t fit a feminine stereotype.
The mum-of-two said she was knocked back by two hairdressers when she asked to have her youngest daughter’s (pictured) hair cut shorter
She said she eventually found a hairdresser who was willing to cut her daughter’s hair, which was half way down her back, into a pixie cut.
While the experience is one that left her reeling, it also prompted her to try and find books or movies showing other young girls who embraced an individual approach to life.
But Ms Thomas said much to her surprise there wasn’t much available showing young girls doing non-girly things, and so she decided she would create something of her own.
Nelly Thomas (pictured) found a way to turn her daughter’s experience into one that helps other young girls with a more unique approach to life
‘I wanted to find a book that showed lots of different kinds of girls, she said.
‘In the end, I decided to just write it myself.’
Ms Thomas’ new book is a celebration of all girls and their differences
Some Girls – illustrated by Sarah Dunk – is a picture book that is a celebration of all girls and their differences.
The book features girls with long hair, short hair or no hair. It shows girls who are into maths and puzzles, and those who are into dancing, sport or playing princesses.
There are girls from different ethnicities, with different skin colour, as well as one character who is in a wheelchair.
‘It’s about finding the confidence to be themselves, whatever that might look like, Ms Thomas said.
‘I wanted to feature girls who looked different from those we usually see in kids’ books but I didn’t want that difference to be the thing that defined them.’
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