I need advice on how to deal with my son's almost daily hair crisis. He used to have very long hair, down his back. He began a charter school last year and felt out of place with his hair long and all the other guys having short hair, and he wanted it cut. It is his hair, so I let him, although I really prefer his hair long. At first he was very content with being able to spike his hair, and how it looked. Lately, he's grown tired of how his hair looks, and of using all that gel, and having to work to make it behave. I have also grown quite tired of it. The last thing that I want to hear first thing in the morning is someone freaking out because their hair doesn't look right. I don't even fuss over my hair like that, ever.
Not that I want to convince my son to do what I want with his sense of fashion, but I want to know how other mothers deal with this situation. I try to show him easier hairstyles, and only one time helped him experiment with the looks he can do with his haircut as is, but how do you deal with not only the hair issue from his point of view, but also from the parent's side?