Her Niece’s Hair Was Knotted and Painful From a Lack of Care, but When She Shaved the Girl’s Hair off, Her Mother Was Livid

A woman recently wrote to an online forum to ask for advice after her sister’s inability to care for her daughter’s hair left the woman feeling she had no choice but to take drastic action. Here’s her story.

Little Lexi

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The woman wrote, “My sister has a daughter. She is four years old. Lexi has super curly hair and needs her hair to be taken care of constantly.”

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My sister’s husband ended up in the hospital, and she has been a wreck,” she added. “He has only been in for a week, but she is destroyed, and she stopped brushing Lexi’s hair.”

Helping out

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The woman was visiting with some premade meals to help the family out during their time of need.

Total disorder

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She noticed that the home was very messy and that Lexi’s hair had been neglected, too.

Kind offer

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The woman read the room. She realized that her sister was not doing well. So, she made the woman a kind offer to mind Lexi while she focused on her husband.

Attempted fix

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Lexi’s hair was very matted. The woman tried to brush it out, but she couldn’t make much impact. So, she went to a hair salon. However, they wanted $50 an hour to brush their hair.

Asking permission

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The salon was too expensive. So, the woman texted her sister and said that she would shave off Lexi’s hair.

No response

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The woman gave it 24 hours. When she got no reply, she went ahead and shaved Lexi’s hair. She sent her sister a photo of the cut shortly afterward.

Lexi is happy

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Lexi loved her new hairstyle. She was also delighted to be out of pain.

Furious reaction

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Her sister was furious. She shouted at the woman and asked how she had the nerve to shave her daughter’s hair.

Shooting back

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The woman shouted back that it was not ideal but that she wouldn’t have been forced to make the choice if her sister had brushed Lexi’s hair at some point over the course of a week.

Mitigating circumstances

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The woman understood that her sister was upset. But Lexi was in a lot of pain, and she felt that she could only wait so long before taking action.

Was she in the right?

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Her sister’s reaction was so extreme that it gave the woman pause. She had tried to do her best for Lexi in what were fairly trying circumstances. She wrote to an online forum to ask for advice.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “It’s clear that you did the best you could for Lexi. The hair was causing her constant pain, and she wanted it gone. She’s satisfied with her new hairstyle. You seem to have done everything you could to untangle it first.”

While another commenter said, “I’m probably going to get downvoted, but it’s a pretty extreme situation. You tried everything, attempted to contact her mother on multiple occasions without success over three days, and she was in constant pain. Hair will grow back.”

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