Well...he decided to cut it after several sections of his hair broke off above his ears. Yup, broke off.
Let me make it clear that this was not in any way my fault.
Lord, how I wish that were true.
Apparently, I misread the directions when I applied a straightener to his hair.
It's the second time he's asked me to do this for him. The first time was sometime last year; it went great and he loved his hair. I, personally, like his hair better wavy, but I do remember being a teen and hating my wavy hair, so I'm glad to do it for him. Until this time...neither of us are glad that I did it this time.
Back to my 'apparently'. Apparently you are suppose to rinse after putting the straightener on before adding something called the neutralizer. Yeah, well...I missed that rinsing part when I read it. So, he never rinsed the straightener out before I put on the neutralizer (on top of the straightener), leaving the straightener on his hair for about twice as long as it should have been in for. His hair was fried immediately and we have spent the last two days conditioning it with everything on the market. That didn't work. This morning I told him that his hair looked like it was matted and to run a brush through it. It wasn't matted, it was broken off in several areas. It wasn't easy getting him to go to school today. :)
Through all of this, Charlie has never held it against me that I'd made such a big mistake. When I first told him about my not having read the instructions correctly, he said "Don't worry about it, Mom", and he's never brought it up again. I've apologized several times, and he keeps telling me not to worry about it. What a kid.
So, in memory of my long haired Charlie, I give you the last picture I'd taken before the 'accident'.