Mom-of-two Breana Naylor heads upstairs, suspicious that her two children Colt and Kimber aren’t making any noise. Alas, she walks into a disaster zone: Colt’s got his hands on a pair of scissors and snipped off most of Kimber’s hair. Breana’s only option is to call in somebody with the expertise to save the day: her hairdresser friend Jen Bullock.
The Naylor family live in Queen’s Creek, Arizona, on the outskirts of the San Tan Mountain Regional Park. The town is noted for having a strong sense of community spirit. And that friendliness came to the forefront when Breana sought out her neighbor Jen to assist with the crisis her little boy had created.
Jen, originally from Ohio, works for the organic hair-care company All-Nutrient. She’s a member of their design crew, in fact. On its official company Facebook page, All-Nutrient advertises itself as having “set the standard for delivering the finest and naturally derived products in the beauty industry.”
Jen also has a social media channel named “jenerallyspeakinghair,” and on her YouTube account she posts videos about the finer points of caring for your tresses. So it’s safe to say she’s exactly the sort of person you’d want to have the phone number of after discovering your daughter’s hair scattered all over the floor.
Moreover, Jen absolutely loves her career. In April 2019 the hairdresser wrote happily on her Instagram account, “I’m soooo thankful to be in a position to meet sooooo many amazing people and to be on a journey with like-minded, positive, loving, optimistic seekers of the good, simple things in life.”
Take a quick glance at the account and you can tell Jen is extremely good at hair transformations. She often posts before-and-after pictures of her clients, for example. “When you listen to the hair and cut it right, curly hair can be short toooo!” she wrote in February 2017. “Wow, what a difference! That inner glow is able to be seen!”
Jen works to highlight people’s best features by carefully styling their hair. “What happens when Thirsty Thursday has you thirsty for change? You use this beautiful smile as the inspiration and make the hair point right to it!” she explained in May 2018. And her clients expressed their sincere approval in the comments section.
Jen also works to transform the hair of children and teens. “One hour of being in the chair, she went from baby girl to young lady!” Jen wrote of a client in February 2017. “How does cutting over a foot of hair off her do that!?” And the Naylor family would soon witness one of her creations up close.
Breana spoke to the Daily Mirror in October 2019 about discovering what her son had done. She and her husband Michael, a demolition worker, noticed their children were playing in Breana’s wardrobe. However, the kids were also strangely quiet – and any parent of can tell you that’s a warning sign they’re probably up to something.
Moms and dads simply can’t watch their children all the time, of course, no matter how good they are at child-rearing. And while kids love to play games with their parents, siblings will naturally play with each other, too. This is a good thing – play is one way in which a child learns to interact with the world around them.
“When your children are playing together well, reinforcing the idea that it’s a good thing can help encourage similar behavior in the future,” the website Early Childhood Education advises. “If you notice your children playing happily together of their own accord, then make sure that you compliment them on their game and let them know how good it is that they’re playing well together.”
However, although Colt and Kimber were being quiet and not fighting – every parent’s dream – Colt’s behavior wasn’t exactly ideal. He’d found some scissors, in fact, and used them to cut off most of his younger sister’s hair. Breana’s wardrobe was now covered in the stuff, and some of her dresses had been snipped as well.
Generally, children and scissors aren’t a good mix if left unsupervised. However, allowing a two- or three-year-old to use safety scissors to cut paper is actually a good thing. Though some parents may flinch at the idea of letting their kid near something sharp, using scissors can help improve a child’s motor skills.
In addition, seeing as how most people will use scissors at some point throughout their lives, it’s a good idea to get children used to them early. Manufacturers these days have invented scissors specifically for children to use, of course. And some of them are intended to only slice through paper – not hair.
Alas, this wasn’t the case with the scissors Colt used. “My son was holding the scissors up to Kimber’s head, and she was sitting very still and being patient with him while he cut her hair,” Breana told the Mirror. “She was completely calm and still and was just letting him do it.”
This is far from unheard of with younger siblings. Sometimes they’ll simply follow directions from an older brother or sister with no objections. According to Dr. Pamela Varedy, who spoke to Parents Canada in 2019, younger kids in a family “want to look like [older siblings], act like them and mostly want their approval.”
Occasionally, however, this can lead to difficulties. Dr. Varedy explained to Parents Canada that children of a young age don’t understand what’s going on around them the way an older sibling might. As a result, they look to them for guidance – but a slightly older child may not be the best teacher for a younger sibling.
Although Dr. Varedy observed that “older siblings can be taught to not let their brothers or sisters do certain things that they do,” younger children find it hard to realize why you shouldn’t let older kids be boss. Some “are getting more attention from siblings than even their parents, so siblings become vital to them for their sense of self.”
Thankfully, Breana and her husband were quick to swoop in and correct Colt’s behavior. “We explained that we don’t play with scissors, and you could tell Colt felt bad,” Breana explained to the Mirror. “We had him vacuum up the hair that he’d cut off.” And this is a good move when it comes to misbehaving kids.
Whenever a young child does something wrong, it’s appropriate to make them calmly face the consequences and encourage them to make amends for it – such as by asking them to help clean up the mess they made. This helps the child understand they’re the only person in control of their actions.
“I’d also found the dresses they’d been hidden behind had rips in them,” Breana told the Mirror. “Not only had he been hacking away at Kimber’s hair, but he’d been destroying my dresses. I had to put one of them in the bin… I think he’s learned his lesson – he won’t be doing it again.”
“When I saw them I was shocked, but I thought it was funny,” Breana added. “I started laughing. My husband came in and he was a little angry at first – until he found the humor in it, too. He was upset at first that his little girl’s hair was now all scattered over the floor.”
“Colt had definitely had a good hack away at her hair, but Jen came to the rescue,” the mom continued. In fact, Breana had already talked to Jen that same day. She’d wanted to get her own hair done, but as is often the case when children are involved, her own plans had to take a sudden back seat.
The Naylors were fortunate to have a talented hairstylist so close by. Breana recalled, “I messaged her to say ‘forget about doing my hair, I need you to do Kimber. Help.’ She said she’d be right over. Jen saved the day. We discussed some options and looked at some pictures on the internet.”
Jen was also interviewed by the Mirror. “My first thought was be calm and make lemonade out of lemons,” she admitted. “I said, ‘Okay, we’re going to make this cute. We’re going make sure she still looks like a little girl. I’m gonna figure out what I’m going to do with those hard lines, and we’re gone make lemonade out of this.’”
“Once I went over there and looked at it, it seemed like the only way we could embrace this with ‘lemonade’ was if we embraced the lines, straightened them out, and added a few more,” Jen continued. “I wasn’t sure if Breana would be on board with it, so I nervously asked. But they were completely on board and completely joyed that this disaster could actually [end in] a fun little result!”
Jen is a parent herself, too. “I’m married to my HS sweetheart and we’re on our 25th year together,” she posted on her Instagram in August 2019. “We have 3 kids, (2 boys and a girl) ages 22, 17, 15 and they are cooler than us, of course.” So it’s probably safe to say she’s seen her share of disasters, too.
“It sure seemed that the entire energy about the situation was completely elevated at that moment,” hairdresser recalled. “I got the clippers out, had fun with that right side, created a cute shape to her full cut – and the rest was history!” As a result, Kimber now had a fantastically stylish hairdo.
In fact, Kimber looked so cute that her mother was a tiny bit envious. “It turned out great,” Breana told the Mirror. “I love the new hair cut – I’m a little jealous and wish I got to rock something that rad-looking. Kimber is very happy, and so am I. Even my husband loves it now – he thinks it’s adorable.”
Breana also spoke to the website Mom.com in September 2019 about her daughter’s hair-raising experience. “I’m not sure if Kimber realizes how rad she really looks,” Breana said. “It’s as though her hair matches her spunky personality now, or maybe she’s more spunky because of her rad hair.”
The mom added that her children often did “typical toddler things” such as jumping off furniture. However, following the hair incident, Breana reported that there hadn’t been “any other heart-attack-inducing behaviors.” And both kids had been forbidden to use scissors without a parent present again.
What’s more, the story went viral after Jen posted it on her Facebook page. “HOUSE CALL!!!” she wrote. “Big brother decided to be a barber on his lil sissy so I decided to be an artist and help sista out!” And Jen tagged the message with, among other things, “#weveallbeenthere #kidsdothedarnestthings.”
And people definitely seemed to approve of Jen’s work. Indeed, the post racked up in excess of 20,000 comments and close to 90k shares – and the compliments flowed. Some people had scissor stories of their own as well. “That’s a great haircut and what a save,” one wrote. “I had to shave [my] youngest girl cause her sister cut her hair so bad.”
It seems that Jen’s been training for a long time to give a haircut so successful it goes viral. In 2018 she was interviewed for the All-Nutrient blog and said she’d been fascinated by hair since the age of 19. “Everyone in my family has this eye for color,” she explained. “My father and grandfather both work as colorists in printing and my grandmother is a seamstress.”
And by the time Jen was just 12 years old, she’d begun cutting the hair of her family and friends. “It’s funny to think back now as an adult, because I would never let my friend’s 12-year-old daughter cut my hair!” she admitted. Jen persevered – and started to learn how to do make-up as well.
However, despite studying cosmetology at school, Jen didn’t think she would ever be able to pursue a career in hair-styling. “I didn’t want to not like doing hair, because I loved doing hair,” she explained. “But I thought maybe it was more of a hobby and at the time didn’t fit that white-collar job description.”
As a result, Jen decided to study dentistry instead while keeping hair-styling just as a hobby. Once her three kids were grown up, though, she decided it was time to switch careers. Jen signed up to a cosmetology course and began working in salons to build her skills up, sometimes even doing jobs for free.
And it all paid off eventually. “I’m still so crazy about hair, I don’t know why I didn’t go into it at the beginning,” Jen told the All-Nutrient blog. “I’m still on the honeymoon of it all! It’s amazing what you can do when you have a license in your hands. I’m always thirsty for more and more education.”
“To me, hair is all about the balance between art and science, because that’s what we [stylists] do all day long,” Jen added. “You can’t achieve the art and have that predictability if you don’t understand the science behind it. And that was my first fall-in-love moment with All-Nutrient.” Although Jen made hairdressing look easy when she styled Kimber, it’s far from the truth.
When speaking to the Mirror, Breana said, “I’m not sure if Colt is destined to be a barber. Every time I get the buzzer and scissors out to cut my husband’s hair, he’s always begging me to let him try it.” And judging by Jen’s story, that early interest could indeed spark something – even though he’s not allowed to use scissors solo anymore.