I’m 14 years old and I think I can make decisions for my own, especially regarding appearance, but my mom won’t let me. I’m forced to have my hair long and in two braids like a 2 year old. I’m so insecure and uncomfortable I really hate how I look. Everyone my age wears their hair down and short and I think it’s so pretty and wanted to do the same but when I asked my mom for her permission she got mad and went on about how when she cut her hair short it never grew back and she cried for a month. But if I cut my hair and hate it I would learn, learn to not do that again. I just feel trapped. As if my life is slipping from me and I’ll grow old and have zero memories of expressing myself and not being insecure. When I told her I felt insecure she said I was lying and that I only wanted to do it because my friend’s hair looked like that… but I don’t want to copy her, I want to like how I look. I can’t go out in public without feeling like I need to hide away. I cry everyday.