Marcella Marino’s father, cleverly named “Marcello”, styled his 4-year-old daughter’s updo with Lady Gaga precision for a school photo at her reception class. A pretty epic accomplishment for any father, he flawlessly worked her hair into a bow (which he has done more than once).

The fashion police school managed to uphold the dress code to an overzealous extent. The “code” (regarding hair) for the Holy Trinity Primary School requests that ribbons or bows are “made of dark colors, maroon/navy blue/black” and states strictly that “hair braids/beads may not be worn.”

I’m lazy, so the first person to find that on their website gets a discount code for our store.

The fact is, Christian/Catholic schools are a pain in the ass when it comes to this kind of bullsh*t. I know, because I went to a private Catholic school and I also had long hair back then. This was, of course, in the late 1980s. You know, when long hair wasn’t “cool” during the days of Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, and Poison.

I was consistently harassed by the school administration for not having my hair above the tip of my ear. I’m over it now, but I seriously wanted to punch those nuns in the… okay, okay. Not over it.


See, Marcello owns a salon in Ramsgate, Kent, which, for those keeping score, is the 6th better-know-a-small town in England we’ve covered thus far (we think).

“All the children were told to look smart for the day and that’s why I decided to make a special effort. I thought it looked wonderful and Marcella loved it, but when she went for the school photo she was told she wasn’t allowed to wear her hair in that style because of the dress code.”

Marcello goes onto say, “I am so disappointed – I could understand if Marcella arrived with her hair dyed or something, but this is an elegant look which I think the school should be proud of. It isn’t a hair braid, it is quite simply a knot in the shape of a bow, and I should know because I’m a hairdresser.”

Damn straight.

What’s interesting is the school photo was rescheduled for another day for an unrelated reason, so the bow look wouldn’t have made it in the school’s photo archives anyway. WTF.

It wasn’t hurting anyone and it wasn’t out of the realm of tasteful, it’s f*cking hair. There’s MUCH worse things going on world-wide in schools today than a bloody hairstyle. F*CK.