I used to only let her put in her own clips when we were at home, or going to the grandparents' houses or something. But now I have loosened the reigns and I pretty much let her do it whenever she wants...to the mall, to church, to pre-school, anywhere.
I love that she enjoys doing it. I love that she's p-r-o-u-d of her masterpieces (although when people compliment her on her clip-displays, she shyly hangs her head and will not respond). I love that she is choosing a simple -- and harmless -- way to express herself. And I love that I'm okay with her doing it (I just hope people know that she's the one adorning her head with those clips, not me!).
One day Joelle will be a hairstylist, I'm sure of it. If not a professional one, she'll at least be one who loves doing her friends' hair, and she will always be creative with her own do's. Everyone will wonder how Joelle will do her hair next. She will be a trend-setter. And she will be the kind who looks good in any cut, colour and style. She will become my own personal hairstyle-guru.
Yup. I can see it now.