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AIBU to think colouring a childs hair is a bit ugh?

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shelfy74 Fri 05-Aug-11 16:33:59

An old school friend has posted pictures on fb of her colouring her blonde daughters hair bright red with proper permanent dye. Child is 7. Everyone is commenting, saying "it looks fab". I dye my own hair, it's harmless as far as I know, but is it ok to do a 7 year olds?? I really don't know now. But then I'm very tired and it's none of my business so I guess this is a bit pointless really.

GlitterySkulls Fri 05-Aug-11 16:36:34

i don't think it's appropriate at 7, kids usually have sensitive scalps & are more prone to reactions.
but, people will do whatever they want with their own kids.

ditavonteesed Fri 05-Aug-11 16:39:09

not appropraite, I have been really tempted to spray some sun in in dd's hair but told myself how eugh and wrong it was. (they would look cute with surfer style blond bits though.)

Sandalwood Fri 05-Aug-11 16:40:14

Is it harmless? I thought it ruined your hair over time.

There's a lad in DD's year 1 class with dyed hair (bleached or highlights or something) - I feel sorry for him tbh.
Like in some way, he can never match up to his mum's idea of how he should look.

Nagoo Fri 05-Aug-11 16:41:18

Fuck no.

There are some things that you can do when you are a grown up. And dyeing your hair is one of them. You want to tie a 7 year old into permanently dyeing her roots every 4 weeks or looking god-awful while it grows out? Ick.

I say this with pillarbox red hair BTW.

Some people are idiots. I'm judge judge judging grin

SpottyFrock Fri 05-Aug-11 16:42:01

Children are cutest when left as nature intended. They do not need beautifying in any way and that includes hair dyes and piercings. It's nasty, tacky and yuck!

catgirl1976 Fri 05-Aug-11 16:49:05

YANBU. That's pretty grim. Just fail to understand why anyone would do that.

catgirl1976 Fri 05-Aug-11 16:49:23

(to a child) I dye my own hair all the time, but I am a grown up.

Nagoo Fri 05-Aug-11 16:54:21

dita I don't think I'd judge lemon juice.... hmm

Columbia999 Fri 05-Aug-11 16:56:13

dita please don't use Sun In, it's terrible stuff and wrecks your hair!

GetOrfMoiSamsungFridgeFreezer Fri 05-Aug-11 17:00:29

I would judge and think that someone who died their 7 year old kid's hair was a completely stupid MORON.

My gran put sun in on my hair when I was about 5 hmm. I can't remember what my natural colour is (I carried on dyeing it).

<holds up tatty blonde wisps>

GrimmaTheNome Fri 05-Aug-11 17:00:37


And the way to get surfer-style blonde highlights is to get your children outside doing lots of watersports! grin

Maryz Fri 05-Aug-11 17:06:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JanMorrow Fri 05-Aug-11 17:07:32

I wasn't allowed to dye my hair until I was 14 (with henna), but I haven't stopped since! I think any younger is a bit of a no no.

purpleknittingmum Fri 05-Aug-11 17:09:36

YANBU My daughter is 14 and we were told by the hairdresser to not put anything permanent on until at least age 16, so when we do put colours on we make sure they have no amonia and wash out after about 8 weeks

purpleknittingmum Fri 05-Aug-11 17:10:35

Maryz - I would love to know the outcome of that too!!

PhilipJFry Fri 05-Aug-11 17:13:28

YANBU. I started dying my hair when I was early teens, as a matter or routine from 15 onwards, as well as using product and hairspray and everything else. My hair started falling out a couple of years later (when I was still a teenager!) It thinned out horribly and I used to panic whenever I looked at the pillow or brushed my hair and saw all of the long hairs that had come out.

I don't know what did the most damage but I think using dye, hairspray and straighteners all at once taxed it too much. I imagine some people can do it and their hair will be fine, but mine sure wasn't.

SnapesMistress Fri 05-Aug-11 17:17:35

I think the wash in wash out dyes are ok for the kids maybe in the summer holidays. Maybe do some silly colours because why not, no different to sparkly nail polish at that age IMO.

LolaRennt Fri 05-Aug-11 17:17:51

yanbu, but im suprised at these answers i thought you'd get a flaming for being a judgy pants!

Bloodymary Fri 05-Aug-11 17:20:13

What on earth is the child going to do in September?
Cannot see her school being too impressed when she turns up with red hair confused

DooinMeCleanin Fri 05-Aug-11 17:21:55

I let dd1 use Fudge Colour Box occassionally. She is 8, it washes out after about 3 washes usually.No way would I let use permanent dyes.

QueeferSutherland Fri 05-Aug-11 17:24:56

I let my 9yo DD spray her hair bright green at a festival last week; but it was wash out jokey stuff.

Permenant dye is YUCK on children. <Hoiks bosom>

GetOrfMoiSamsungFridgeFreezer Fri 05-Aug-11 17:28:48

DD coloured her hair with shaders and toners crap when she was about 10.

She then started dyeing it all different colours when she was 14, using semi permanent colours. Then she died it bloody BLUE BLACK one day with permanent when I was out. She regretted it hugely and is only back to a decent natural colour (blondey brown) 18 months later.

purpleknittingmum Fri 05-Aug-11 17:36:19

I used to use loads of those toners when I was about 14/15 and coloured mousses

Wow, 18 months to grow the colour out! My daughter keeps saying stuff like 'people keep saying black would suit me....' She has pale skin and I think it would look terrible! I shall tell her of that GetOrfMoiSamsungFridgeFreezer!

CheerMum Fri 05-Aug-11 17:44:52

good lord, judgy pants at the ready ladies???

modern hair colours do NOT ruin hair so i really do not see what the problem is.

what each parent chooses to allow their child to do is surely up to them (within reason - obviously not talking about young weird piercings or tattoo's).

my dd is 10 and has recently had her hair dyed purple - so does that make me an irresponsible parent for allowing it?

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