As you get older, the more you start to dread your birthday. After all, it means that you are turning yet another year older! However, kids do not have the same worry and actually feel excited for the big day to come. Kelsey Frederick was one such young person, and she was even more thrilled than most as she was going to have two birthday celebrations. Her divorced parents Christin and Schaffen planned the day to ensure that it was going to go smoothly. However, something unexpected happened!
Two Parties For One Teenage Girl
That year, Kelsey was going to hit an important age. She would be 13 years old, which would make her a teen at last! She was excited about her two celebrations. She has gotten used to this tradition by then.
Kelsey hoped that it was going to be a year that stood out from the rest. The birthday was even more special than the years that came before it. She hoped that the day was going to reflect the big milestone!
There was something else that made her feel excited. Her mom was letting her get highlights on the big day. She could finally join the group of girls at school who had beautiful highlights on their hair.
Off To Dad’s House
She and her mother spent quite some time at the salon. After she glammed up over there, it was time to go to her dad’s place. It was there that things started to go so horribly wrong for the birthday girl!
She’s Not Alone
Kelsey and her siblings are not the only ones to have two separate families. Luckily, they get to spend time with both their mom and dad. After all, Schaffen and Christin had shared custody of the kids!
Each weekend is spent with a different parent. Kelsey is rarely bored for this reason. When it is her dad’s turn, he takes her and her brothers out to the baseball arena. They always have a great time doing this.
Mother And Daughter Duo
A lot of young kids hope that they will get along with their parents. For Kelsey, this is the reality. She and Christin have such a good relationship together. They actually consider each other to be their best friend! Aww.
A Close-Knit Bond
It is the sort of relationship that seems unattainable when you are young. She finds it easy to discuss any topic with her mother. We bet Kelsey is glad that she gets to call Christin her mom. Good for her!
A Different Kind Of Relationship
What her dad? Schaffen and Kelsey do not have any problems getting along, but it is not the same as her relationship with her mother. For one thing, he does not seem to like hearing about her stories as much.
A Family Affair
Her mom Christin and dad Schaffen split up when Kelsey was a little girl. This is never really easy for any of us, but she was able to get through it with the love and support given by her cousins and brothers!
Kelsey has always been interested in sports. This hobby is another thing that helped her stay grounded despite the huge changes in her life. Her folks were glad that she could turn to it during the divorce!
It must have also helped that Schaffen and Christin chose to stay friends. They wanted to keep a good relationship for their children. They also came to an agreement about the way they would raise the kids.
A Little Fish
We know that it does not sound like a big deal, but they also brought Kelsey to Lake Erie each month. The little girl loved these trips before the divorce, so they thought there was no need to put a stop to it.
There was another new development in her life. Her father fell in love with a new woman. Sarah was his coworker at the fire station. Luckily, Kelsey did not mind this since she liked her father’s new girlfriend!
He would go on to propose to her, and they got married at the courthouse. Even though they skipped the huge and expensive ceremony, they dressed up for the event. Kelsey was so excited for her dad!
The Deal With Her Dad
What did Christin think about Sarah? For her, his new wife was not a problem whatsoever. The only condition she set was that she was not supposed to get in the way of how they agreed to raise the kids.
Nothing Would Change
Schaffen agreed to the request that she made. Things were not going to change just because the kids now have a stepmom. Kelsey was at peace with this idea too. She wanted what was best for everyone!
Strong Women All Around Her
A new woman entered her life. It was a good thing that she was used to it by then! Ever since she was small, she has always had maternal figures. She always had her Aunt Kelly and godmother Haylee Ann!
Endless Maternal Figures
Kelsey could rely on these two ladies when she needs advice and perspective in life. She always had a lot of strong women in her life, so she did not feel threatened by the arrival of Sarah, her new stepmom.
We bet that it would have been more difficult on the family if Christin and Schaffen lived further away. As it were, the two of them both lived in Fostoria, Ohio. This made the arrangement more convenient.
When you have a kid that age, it can be difficult to find something that they would like for their big day. Kelsey was more challenging than usual, however. After all, her hobbies were not typical of girls her age.
It was a good thing she gave them a guideline. She said no glitz! Since she was not a “girly-girl,” anything sparkly and pink would not do. Christin knew that the best thing to do was to ask their friends for help.
Not Like Other Girls
She played softball, but Christin knew that she had all the gear that she needed already. The same went for her other great hobby: fishing. Besides, it did not seem right to give her sports gear on her birthday!
Something A Bit Cheaper
It was not a secret that Kelsey had been dreaming of a Mia Hamm jersey of her own for a long time now. However, Schaffen and Christin found it too expensive. They needed something that suited their budget.
Kelsey was starting to feel like it was taking a whole lifetime for her birthday to arrive. This is normal when you are 12! When you are at that age, it feels like becoming a teen is the most important thing.
An Important Milestone
Christin, meanwhile, could not believe that her sweet daughter was growing up so quickly. She was shocked to realize that it had been 13 years since Kelsey was born. “Time flies,” as the saying goes.
It was a huge milestone for Kelsey, so Christin wanted to give her a meaningful gift. During the previous years, she always tried to surprise her daughter. This time, she was letting Kelsey pick her own gift!
A Beauty Queen
Like a lot of girls her age, Kelsey likes doing her make-up and hair. This was the reason she always liked weddings. She knew that it meant glamming it up! Christin was aware of this since Kelsey used her stuff.
Highlights For My Birthday
In response to her question, Kelsey replied, “Mom, I want to get highlights for my 13th birthday.” She was hoping to spice her hair up with blonde highlights. Was this going to be okay with Christin?
There was nothing odd or unusual about this request, but mothers will always be shocked to hear that their baby wants a makeover. On top of that, she wondered if Kelsey felt insecure about her looks.
Like Her Mother
Even if this was the case, she reminded herself that she also got highlights in her hair when she was young. It wouldn’t hurt to let Kelsey have this, right? Maybe it only meant that they were very similar!
Even though she felt shocked, there was no way she could take back her offer anyway. How could she refuse Kelsey on this? On top of that, she did notice the way Kelsey’s hair darkened through the years.
A Great Big Sister
Christin had one more reason to agree to her daughter’s request. Kelsey was the eldest kid in the family. She has younger brothers and serves as an awesome role model for them! Her mom was proud of her.
Mom And Daughter Bonding Session
This was why she was ready to give her firstborn a great experience on her birthday. They had no idea what to expect at the salon, so they agreed to turn a nerve-wracking procedure into a bonding session!
It was a good thing that they could go to the local salon for manicures, pedicures, and massages as well. They were in for a relaxing day! Christin was a regular customer at the place, so she got a discount too.
Matching Mom And Daughter
The two of them agreed to get matching mani-pedis! This is how you to do twinning, folks. So far, so good! Even if they had a great time together, it did not mean that the rest of the day will be like this…
A Relaxing Day
The two of them waited for the moment of truth. Was Kelsey going to like what she saw or not? They spent a long but relaxing day together. At last, Christin showed her daughter the mirror. Did she like it?
Could Not Believe Her Eyes
Kelsey was in a state of disbelief. There was no way that the person in the mirror was her… right? The highlights changed how she looked. Christin felt the same way, but her daughter’s smile was priceless!
A Surprise Up Her Sleeve
There was more! Kelsey was surprised to hear that this was not the last step. Now that they were done with hair and nails, Christin also wanted to get her daughter’s face done. Off to Sephora they went!
Christin did not fail to take a photo of Kelsey when they were done with the treatments. She also went online to post it on Facebook! Of course, she wanted everyone to see how gorgeous her daughter was.
Next Stop Is Dad’s Place
Kelsey was excited at the thought of showing off her new look to her pals. However, it was the weekend and she was supposed to go to her dad’s house. It was now Schaffen’s turn to celebrate her big day.
After this, it was time for Christin to bring her daughter over to Schaffen’s house. The agreement was that Kelsey would stay at his place the entire weekend. This was not an issue at all since it was only fair.
Kelsey did not use her phone when she was over at her dad’s place to make the most out of it. Christin did not have a reason to hear from her daughter but woke up with a horrible feeling the next day.
Christin told herself that there was no need for her to worry. In the end, it was revealed that a mother’s instinct is always right. The minutes went by very slowly as she waited for the weekend to be over.
Who Was She?
At last, she heard the doorbell ring! However, something unexpected took place. Christin found a girl on the porch. It was her daughter, but she was shocked to see how swollen and puffy Kelsey’s face was!
What Was It?
There were many things racing through her head. Was Kelsey safe? Did she get into a fight with Sarah or Schaffen? Maybe he took her to the firehouse since he had to work. Still, why was she crying so badly?
It was then that she did a doubletake and stopped in her tracks. There was something odd about her daughter’s hair. It looked very different from the last time she saw it just a couple of days before this.
Where did all the expensive highlights go? Kelsey had long gorgeous locks, but they have all disappeared since then. Did Kelsey realize that she did not like it and cut it off? It did not make sense to Christin at all.
A “Chop Off”
She could see that her daughter’s hair got sabotaged at one point in the past few days. One hair stylist said, “What they did to that poor child, it’s a “chop off”, it’s a boyish cut with no styling whatsoever.”
From Extreme High To Extreme Low
What truly broke Christin’s heart was the way that her daughter hid her face by cupping it in her hands. Kelsey did not want her mom to see like this. She was clearly humiliated. Christin was angry, of course.
Can you believe that the haircut turned Kelsey from a confident and happy girl to one with shame and low self-esteem? It only took moments for this to happen. Even worse, this happened on her birthday.
She was getting no explanations from her daughter, so why not approach the source instead? She got in her car and took the road to her ex’s place. She was angry the whole time! How did he let this happen?!
How Could You
When she got there, this enraged mother went up to the door and began to give Schaffen and Sarah for what her daughter was going through. She also asked them why they failed to contact her about this.
It turned out that they were no fans of the haircut and punished the poor girl for this. For them, the highlights were much too precarious for that age. “Actions have consequences,” they explained.
Against Her Wishes
Sarah and Schaffen clearly did not know that this was going to bite them in the ass later on. The police would soon get involved! The chief said, “The mother was upset at how her child was being cared for. The haircut was done against the child’s wishes under the direction of the girl’s father and stepmother.”
Smile No More
Kelsey was no longer the smiling young girl that they knew her to be. It pained Christin to see her child like this. She had a hard time believing that Schaffen acted like this. It was only blonde highlights!
Taking Her Frustrations To Facebook
Who can blame this mom for feeling frustrated? In the end, she had to vent a little. She did this by going online and writing a post to shame her ex! Perhaps this will make him understand why it was wrong.
Christin hoped that her ex would feel the same pain that he made their young daughter feel on her big day. She hoped that by doing this, she would let Sarah and Schaffen feel the same pain that Kelsey felt.
When You Go Viral
It did not ever occur to her that the post was going to go viral! The only thing she was after was to get validation from her friends about the way that her ex behaved. She was shocked by the reaction it got.
In No Time
She had no clue that it was going to go further than that! It wound up reaching a lot more people than she thought it would. People from all over the country expressed their disapproval at the punishment.
People Were Outraged
It actually got shared 24k times and received 33k reactions in just one week. The users did not mince their words when it came to expressing their thoughts about the incident. Check out this one response.
A Little Too Much
Unfortunately, Kelsey was not really pleased by the post her mother made and the attention she got from it. Soon enough, it became too much for her! Let us not forget that she was barely 13 years old.
Outrage From Strangers
Her mom made the post to get support, and she got that. However, it was all more than she bargained for. Strangers from other parts of the globe called Schaffen and Sarah “disgusting” and “ridiculous.”
Stand For Your Kids
One of the strangers said, “What a cruel thing for a parent to do to their child. So sorry that happened… beautiful no matter what!” This is a lovely thought, but Kelsey was still unprepared for all the attention.
Middle School Woes
She was just not ready to go to school and have her friends see her. The haircut was already bad on its own, but now she had to suffer from the attention that Facebook post earned. She was just a kid!
Like Nothing Had Happened
Her little brothers were having fun at school, while her stepmom and dad just went on with their lives as usual. However, this young girl was hurt and angry. How could they just act like nothing happened?
Theories And Speculations Abound
We are not surprised to hear that the readers of the story were critical about what happened. However, a user thought that there was more to it. Maybe a controlling and impulsive dad was not the issue here.
Everyone Had An Opinion
This was the theory that person had: “I think the daughter was unfortunately in the middle of a get back at you between both parents fighting.” Who knows? It is definitely not outside the realm of possibilities.
Jennifer McVay, a hair stylist, said, “Your hair is what really makes you feel good. If your hair looks good, you feel good. She had beautiful long hair, that beautiful little girl is now walking around embarrassed.”
A Fine Line
She added, “Another person, aside from the father, is at fault. The one holding the scissors. But, back to the father, why would they want to humiliate their daughter that way? That was crossing a fine line.”
The Highlight Problem
Let us hear from those with kids of their own. Some did not entirely approve of the highlights. They said that they would likely feel upset too if they were in Schaffen’s shoes. Still, his reaction was uncalled for.
Some said that 13 was too young for hair dye. Washout hairspray and wigs for Halloween costumes will be fine. Others said that it was not an issue since it was temporary. None of them agreed with the chop!
Sympathy From Strangers
We are happy to hear that some people chose to send Kelsey warm sentiments instead. These folks paid her compliments and gave her tips for her hair. For the young girl, the support was very comforting.
Making Up For It
The story was getting so much traction that Christin wanted to use the attention to help her daughter. She then made a campaign on GoFundMe to pay for Kelsey’s next hair treatment. Did they hit the goal?
Showing Off Her Daughter
Christin was very surprised by the attention that people gave their story, so she made sure to keep them posted on what was going on with Kelsey. The young girl was still hurting, but she had every right to be.
She No Longer Hid
If anything, people were relieved to see that she was beginning to do the things that she liked doing. She did not hide her face anymore either. Christin wanted them to see how good of a kid her daughter was!
Forgetting About The Trauma
Readers got to see Kelsey picking up softball again and going fishing with her friends and cousins. In the photos, they saw that she still had that unwanted hairdo. There was nothing for her to do but move on.
The users got to learn more about the young girl with the updates. They could not help but be inspired by the way she handled things! It was a good thing that she had a good support system in place as well.
Press And The Police
Soon, the situation escalated further. People reported Schaffen and Sarah for parental abuse! There was no choice but for the authorities to join in on the fun. Let us see what the police chief had to tell Fox8.
The media outfit spoke about the way that they forced a haircut on the poor girl. Police Chief Colby Carroll said, “I’ve been doing this since ’92 and I’ve never had a case I would say that’s like this.”
This meant that they had to pay them a visit too. On top of that, the two of them were put on so-called “administrative leave.” Basically, they were suspended by the Middletown Township Fire Department.
Consequences For Their Actions
They conducted an investigation into the matter. In the end, the judges said that both Schaffen and Sarah must pay for what they did to Kelsey. Online, people argued if this was the right course of action.
Actions & Consequences
Just in case you have forgotten about it, they were the ones to talk about actions and consequences. Even though the case has been closed, this did not mean that the drama was over for them all…
The Court’s Decision
The authorities handed Christin full custody of Kelsey! The mom posted this on Facebook: “After 5 hours of testimony and ‘evidence’ provided by both parties, the magistrate’s decision was for Kelsey to live with mom and her siblings!”
No More Joint Custody
“A huge weight has been lifted off of everyone’s shoulders and we cannot be any [happier]!!” she went on in the post. Even though they were glad to hear this, it also meant that Kelsey needed to pay a price.
Aunt Kelly Helps Kelsey Out
She failed to get her things from her dad’s house before she had to be removed from there. She was not excited to see Schaffen and Sarah either. In the end, Aunt Kelly took to GoFundMe to solve the issue.
It Would Be Different
All of the family members agreed that this was the best result they could have gotten. However, Kelsey and Christin had a hard time accepting that their relationship with Schaffen had to end like this so soon.
Encouraging Words From Strangers
We are sure that they took comfort in the nice words that their followers had to say. It was a good thing that everything was about to get better from then on. Keep reading to find out what we mean by that.
Reaching Their Target Goals
Aunt Kelly only had a goal of $1k in her mind, but they were able to reach nearly double that in no time at all. However, an anonymous person paid a $2k contribution in one go. This made the total $3,543!
They knew exactly what to do with the money they raised. The first order of the day was to get Kelsey a new ‘do! They ended up picking the Lady Jane salon. The staff already knew about what happened!
Going Back To The Salon
The truth was that Haylee Anna went there before the others to make sure that Kelsey would have a nice surprise waiting for her. She was pleasantly surprised when the staff greeted her upon walking in!
The staff had been patiently waiting for her to get there. They were informed of all the things that she had to go through, so they wanted to make her feel better. The staff was ready to make magic happen!
The Sky Is The Limit
They spoke to Kelsey about what she wanted to do with her hair. They told her that the sky was the limit! Haylee Ann stuck around there to show her granddaughter her support. What did Kelsey choose?
Happy Once More
Kelsey knew that there was no way for her roots to instantly grow back. This was why she opted to just wear a wig until it happens. She was happy with the way that they helped her. The end result was fab!
Christin was grateful to see how happy Kelsey was with her new look. “I’d like to thank the ladies…for making my baby feel more like herself!” she said. “We truly appreciate you ladies so much!” this proud mom said. “We truly appreciate you ladies so much!”
Her Very Own Fairy Godmother
Christin knew that Haylee Ann was the one who made it possible. She was glad that she chose the right person to be Kelsey’s godmother. She helped with the fundraiser and supported them through it all!
Happily Ever After
The story managed to warm the hearts of everyone who listened to the story. It was surprising to see how many people tuned in. How nice was it that such an ordeal brought out sympathy in others?
Going Viral Again
A couple of months after this, the post reached nearly 5,000 likes. It got loads of shares and comments too. One person said, “You’re beautiful!” They were right. We’re glad that Kelsey got justice in the end.
Now, we can see why Kelsey was so upset with the chop that her dad and stepmom gave her. However, it was way better than some haircuts people voluntarily get. Take a look at these photos to believe us.
Not everyone can afford Bose headphones, right? If this is the case, you can always do the same thing he did. Instead of shelling out a lot of money, he just went to the barber and got this haircut. How creative!
Like Father, Like Son
Kevin and his dad went to the barber on a beautiful day in April. He had no idea that they were going to pull a prank on him! No doubt, he was not happy that he got the same receding hairline his dad had.
It’s Salvador Dali
What an incredibly unique haircut. We daresay that nothing like this has ever been made in the past. Look at the attention to detail here! Only a talented barber can pull off such an unusual look.
Don’t Pull The Plug
What could he have been thinking when he went to the barber on that fateful day? Maybe he was not even thinking. The top part looks like a whirlpool. The front and back, meanwhile, have braids. Huh.
Who says that you can’t be a member of a shaved head group and still look nice for the weekends at the same time? He did the latter by leaving a patch in the shape of a bowtie on his head. You do you, man.
We bet that you can recognize the inspiration he had for this ‘do. In fact, you might have already used it in a text earlier this day! The poop emoji is iconic, but we would not personally style our hair after it.
If this look was not done on purpose, it means that he got a blast of very strong static electricity. How crazy is this? Overall, it is likelier that the first one happened. We bet they used so much gel for this look.
Miley Cyrus went through a pretty wild phase. In those days, she sported crazy ‘dos like this one. It is a bit of an eyesore, with the bleached ends and its spiky look. It definitely looks rocker girl chic to us!
Don’t you dare say you are a tennis fan if you are not willing to get this haircut. We are just kidding, of course! We do not know about you, but we would not want our head to look anything like a tennis ball.
Oreos are yummy, there is no arguing that. Still, we would much rather just eat them than use them as inspiration for our hair like this woman did. The only thing that would be worth it is to get paid for it!
Ariel Winter Too
Regular folks like us are not the only ones who sport crazy hairdos, you know. Look at Ariel Winter, who is best known from Modern Family. Her bold pink hair is perfect for music festivals!
We have a lot of questions for the guy who got this. One of those would be about how much gel and hairspray he used. He got that Noah’s Ark look going for him. We hope he is happy with his choices.
The Smurfs are delightful, sure. However, we are not big enough fans to get our hair done in honor of those films. This lady did not feel the same way, however. She must be the biggest fan of those films!
He wears his hat on a daily basis. His friends all know this. One day, he decided he should spice things up a little. This is the reason he got his hair done in the form of a hat. How accurate is that? You go, hat guy.
When the presidential elections are nearing, it is time to bust out your A-game. This guy was a big Hillary fan, so he chose to use himself as a canvas for his support. She lost, but he is already a winner with this.
Up Or Down?
We do not know about you, but we do not like using zippers as inspiration for our hairstyles. For her, they were the thing she needed to make her wedding outfit stand out from the rest. Do you like this?
We just hope that her pilot boyfriend was thrilled to see this act of devotion from her. She wanted to surprise him on his birthday, so she decided to get this incredible ‘do. Mind you, the top part spins!
Eyes At The Back Of His Head
This must have been a bet that went wrong. The guy was clearly on the losing team here. This hairstyle is perfect if you want to give kids, and maybe even a few adults, a good scare.
She was part of the healthy-eating bandwagon. What could possibly be better than promoting your advocacy than by using your own hair? Nope, those are not real carrots. They are made out of her hair!