Dear Annie: I am a 14-year-old boy and have always wanted really long hair, but my parents won't let me grow it out.
My two sisters are allowed to have long hair, but not me.
So my question is, why can girls have their hair any length they want, but boys have to cut it short? I don't think that's fair. — Dreaming of Long Hair
Dear Dreaming: Like it or not, people judge others by their appearance, and for some, long hair on a boy can seem effeminate, unprofessional or the sign of a slacker. It also is an unconventional look, and this may be why your parents object. You could ask for a compromise — perhaps grow it a little longer. But otherwise, you simply will have to wait until you are out of the house and can grow your hair as long as you wish. But regardless of length, please keep it clean and well-groomed.