Madonna’s Daughter Shaves Her Head

lourdes-leonMadonna’s 15-year-old daughter Lourdes Leon was spotted recently with a drastically different hairstyle. Sporting a bun on the top of her head, the sides were shaved.

And Lourdes isn’t the only celebrity offspring that has recently shaved her head. Willow Smith, the 11-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, recently shaved her entire head. The Whip My Hair singer will no longer have any hair to whip back and forth.

So, this brings a question to my mind: should children be allowed to style their hair however they want?

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Madonna’s Daughter Shaves Her Head

Heather Montgomery is a freelance writer with a background in Elementary Education and an almost embarrassing need to read celebrity gossip. As a work-at-home mom to three children, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She was married in 2003 and currently resides in Florida. ... More

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  1. Kim says:

    I’ve also died and bleached my oldest daughters hair for her and she’s only 8. It was fun mother/daughter time as well:) And when she was five she had never had a hair cut because I chose not to but then I gave her her own choice whether or not she wanted it cut. She chose to have it cut which I was fine with:) kids need options too so they can grow into good choice making human beings. Even if they make mistakes along the way. And yes as a parent we have to pick our battles!

  2. Kim says:

    Yes, HAIR GROWS BACK! I too have shaved my head before and died,it bleached it, permed it, and shaved it! It grew out every time:) I took cosmetology and we all did some pretty crazy stuff to ourselves including piercing noses:) In class cause the instructor was cool like that:) I don’t see it as a big deal. It’s just self expression not depression.

  3. Ami says:

    Yup hair is hair it grows back and if it takes too long there’s always wigs.

  4. uyanga says:

    ok this one article that i just read it now this lady wrote crazy things but she mostly used bad words wow what a bad mom

  5. gfeld says:

    Shaving is taking it to an extreme so no, I don’t approve of it and wouldn’t let my daughters do it ever!! Cut yes, shave no!!

  6. Lauren says:

    Growing up, I was allowed to pretty much do whatever I wanted with my hair. My mother felt that hey it grows out and dye fades, so there was no real harm. I’ve had pretty much ever single color of the rainbow as hair and a ton of different styles. Now, when I went into the workforce it immediately stopped, I knew there was a time to be professional. So I don’t see any harm in it really unless it hinders a child/persons chances at being able to achieve what they want in life. And yes I did occasionally get bullied for it but I learned to be a stronger person which I feel is an extremely important part of life. So in conclusion, I don’t find anything wrong with it. And, thanks for taking the time to readmy small book lol

  7. Anne says:

    Poor little rich girls get bored so easily. And, having a mother like Madonna has to have its down side.

  8. JessiLoveday says:

    I was giving my beloved boyfriend a haircut one fine day, and when he went to shower afterward, he made the mistake of leaving me alone with the clippers. I shaved my entire head, and my hair was about a half inch long when I was done. Then I dyed it peroxide blonde and rocked it til it grew back. Now it’s down to my shoulder blades and a natural auburn red, all because hair grows back. No one was happy with the cut (including my boyfriend) but they got over it because they knew it would eventually grow back. It isn’t a big deal.

    • Awesome! My boyfriend is such a crybaby. Before we met I was always cutting, dying and bleaching my hair. One of my favorite looks was bleach blonde with blood red tips. Since meeting him I have not had the chance to do something cool with my hair, however this post Allllllmost makes me want to do it anyway. 🙂

  9. JessiLoveday says:

    It doesn’t say she cut it herself, it’s stating that her mother allowed her to have it shaved. And I used to cut my own hair all the time because I know what I want better than the beautician.

  10. JessiLoveday says:

    She really isn’t very consistent is she?

  11. JessiLoveday says:

    I’ve shaved my entire head before, it didn’t mean I was a weirdo. That’s just hateful and close-minded.

  12. Snow Harris says:

    Individuality and self expression when it comes to self styling is an extremely healthy sign of development. It harms neither the child / adolescent, nor those around them in any way.

    I’m shocked that most of the comments [and article] appear to treat this as a problem and offer guidance on how to ‘control’ this apparently aberrant behaviour. Or go out of their way to stress that it was a phase that did not affect the long term success of their children.

    People should be encouraged to be individualistic: society generally follows the ‘norm’ slavishly which does not lead to innovation, empathy with others from all walks or a remarkable life. We are not here to judge, but to participate in life as fully as possible.

    To hold a serious discussion about hair [which grows back], is narrow minded to the extreme.

  13. Brenda says:

    As a mom of three who are now grown up & have blessed us with 2 grandchildren I find you need to pick your battles of which there will be many. Hair is just not one of them. Clothing, if they stayed within the dress code at their school than that was also not one of them. Many days I had to bite my tounge but their hair & clothing in middle & high school did not effect the adults they are today. My oldest is married with a 3 year old son & he is very well employed with a masters degree. He was even called by his alma mater if he would teach a semester. My daughter who is married with a little girl on the way. If any of my kids was out there in an artsy not follow the pack kind of way it was her. The hair color, the clothes none of it affected who she is today. She has her masters degree in teaching and she teaches middle school kids in Rochester, NH. Not an easy job. And our youngest who is well employed but skipped the college scene because it just wasn’t what he wanted. He wanted to pierce his ear at the age of 10. We let him because we knew if he got sick of it he could just let the hole close up. I’m very proud of all 3 of my children & I even enjoy thinking I’d had something to do with it. Of course they’d never admit that to anyone. I’m also a nanny & I do it because I love it. Teaching children helping them grow & learn I could do it forever.

  14. TerrieEdgar says:

    As kids my parents allowed my sister and I to choose what we wished to wear; we have always been two totally different women. She’s dainty Dorothy domestic, and I… Well, I’m NOT. She grew her hair long & I kept mine short. She was THE height of fashion and I… Was NOT. When my Punk phase hit, my Mom streaked and bleached my "Do" as oddly as I requested. When asked by her peers why she would "allow" it or even do the deed, my Mom laughed and said: "If thats the worst thing she does, we’re doing good!" My colour combination skills have certainly improved since then, but it hasn’t negatively impacted me at all. No drugs, no violence, no anti-social behaviours for either myself or my sister. She still has long hair, and I’ve gone to long and back to short. She’s a Business Woman and I’m a Law Enforcement Officer. Allowing your children some small amount of control over their appearance enables them to see the results of their decisions and to learn from it, with minimal negative consequences. What better way?

  15. Kathy says:

    You know, as a mother of two boys, and a daycare provider to many, many more children over the years, you only have so many control cards you have to play. Choosing clothing that shows their individuality, or a hair style they prefer, is so low on my priority list. I’ve encouraged my boys to have mohawks, or shave their heads, or even let their hair grow out as long as want. I counselled my daycare parents to allow individuality, as long as it doesn’t hurt themselves or others. I’ve explained to my children that how you dress and groom your hair will have others making judgements before they get to know them. I don’t see why any parent should be upset. It’s purely cosmetic, and hair grows back, and clothing can be changed. Due to my manner of upbringing, and my advice to my daycare parents, none of the children have actually done much out of the ordinary. Knowing that they are allowed to try it, often makes it less enticing. My priorities are more along the lines of school achievements, ability to socialize with others and make and keep friends, and dealing with authority in a respectful manner. Allowing children to express themselves in these rather innocuous ways is harmless. It doesn’t change who they are. It’s experimentation. And again, as long as they aren’t hurting themselves, and they are still behaving well, and not disrespecting others, there shouldn’t be any consequences. Done in a supportive environment, it allows them to try on different roles or looks, all the while knowing that no matter what, their parents will love them.

    I think that parents who try and control their children’s every style-choice are simply setting themselves up to deal with teenagers who will rebel over these same issues. It’s not what they look like that matters, it is who they are on the inside, and how they treat people around them.

  16. Stephanie says:

    I grew up in a house with a hair dresser. My mom has always had the motto, hair is hair and it will grow back. My daughters are 4 and 1, and when they get old enough to know how they like their hair styled, thats how it will be. If its not something I would like I will discuss it with them to ensure that is really what they want, but like my mom said its just hair.. it will grow back. its a way for kids to express themselves

  17. aimee says:

    shes a weirdo like her mum!

  18. it actually does make sense. google simian palm

  19. AshaRanga says:

    Being a parent does not mean you get to dictate what your children wish to do with their appearance. Children do not exist simply to be made into an exact replica of their parents, and the fact that you think that your children being a reflection on you is enough reason to try and tell them who to be or how to express themselves, no matter how old they may be, speaks volumes about your character. You don’t own your children. Your responsibility is to make sure they grow up to be smart, respectful adults. By controlling what they do with their appearance you’re reinforcing the idea that how they look is the only thing that matters.

  20. Mary Frantz says:

    First off let me just say that I do not have children. That being said, I would absolutely let my child shave their head. If they wanted to shave it, grow it out, color it pink, I don’t have a problem with that. If they wanted blue hair, I would allow it, though I would try to persuade them to choose a different color since blue fades to a yucky greenish color. Hair is such a small thing in life, yet so very important to the identity of the person. If you cut it, it will grow back. If you grow it out, you can always cut it. If you color it, you can color over it or remove the color, (though that would permanently change the hair structure, but that is a different topic). It is such an impermanent thing, why take that away from your child? Save your influence and "control" for more important things that could effect their entire lives like social skills, education, drugs, and sex. Mold your child into a self confident, good person who will do good things with his or her life. Teach your children self respect and respect for others. This world is crazy, hair is just hair, it will grow back, and they will, quite possibly, grow bored of the attention.

  21. chfacad says:

    She looks like she probably has other body hair that she shaves as well, so what is the big deal?

  22. ducky says:

    you were joking right?

  23. orange says:

    " So, this brings a question to my mind: should children be allowed to style their hair however they want? " …I’m glad someone’s wrestling with this important issue and relieved it was resolved in the next (very long) sentence. "… I am not sure I would allow my daughter to ever shave her head"

    Stick to your guns Heather, it would be a travesty if you let your children be who they wanted, individuality is so ugly in the young.

  24. Ellesar says:

    It isn’t even shaved very much – loads of young women had their hair like that last year when this ridiculous opinion piece was written.

  25. What, no PIC at least of the shaved head in question? How come – you suspect it actually looks good and/or that we’ll like it? Having the guts to go against the grain and/or embracing one’s uniqueness can be empowering, so why deny your kid the chance to feel like a super-hero? Chances are, that fearless feeling will stave off any (existing/potential) bullying too – cuz bullies are generally cowards who prey on the helpless/weak, not just the marginalized…

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