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#1 of 66 Old 05-16-2008, 06:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My daughter has been asking to dye her hair pink for 2 full years now, so it's not just a phase! I keep putting it off...but I wonder is it really a big deal? It would be Manic Panic, which is a lot less toxic than real hair dye & would fade pretty quick. If I let her do it right after school lets out, it would probably be really light by September when school starts back up again.
Her hair gets really blonde (almost white) in the summer so I'm sure it would take.
What do you guys think?

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Nope, but you're going to do what you think is right for you and DD, right?

I think 5 is too young.

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I probably would How fun to have a little "summer party" with mom and dye your hair after school lets out! Maybe she'll pick a different color every summer. LOL!

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Nope- personally i just wouldn't be comfortable with that.

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What about temporary dye? I would probably go that route.
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What about temporary dye?
That's what I meant to add... so ditto this!

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It's her hair, so yeah, but I'd go for temporary or semi-permanent in case she decided she was tired of it and so she wouldn't have the awkward growing-out thing.
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She could use Kool-aid... I think it washes out pretty easily.
I would let mine, I love dyeing mine, and if it's temporary, that's just fun!
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She could use Kool-aid... I think it washes out pretty easily.
I would let mine, I love dyeing mine, and if it's temporary, that's just fun!
Yeah, I had a friend who used the conditioner route for that. She dumped the color Kool-Aid she wanted into the amount of conditioner that she was going to use and then washed her hair liken normal. When it came time for the conditioner she put it in and let it sit for about a half an hour (guessing here). It worked great, she also had very very pale blond hair.
I think let her do it while she's young and let her have fun. If she's been asking for it for a long time - then it's becoming more and more about her character and expressing herself.
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I've got no opinion on dyeing hair, actually, I guess I do, hair grows out so its a great place to experiment.

But if you decide not to use dye, you could try clip in hair extensions. I have pink streaks that I can clip into my hair. Its easier than putting in a barrette, they stay in place really well, and everyone thinks they are actually dyed because they blend really well and the clips get covered by your own hair.

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I think I might feel sad if my DD wanted to dye her beautiful blond hair at that age but I actually do think I'd let her do it. I mean - I get highlights in my hair and I know how fast hair grows too....what's the harm I guess.

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I tried to dye my daughter's hair pink for her 4th birthday (she wanted a rockstar princess theme so it fit both ) and it didn't work. : We also dyed my son's hair (he was 5 at the time) but it turned greenish brown instead of blue. I think that there may be some different rules in dying red hair because everything would have worked fine on my brown hair. We ended up using a spray-on color for the day, so she was still okay with it. Not nearly as fun as having the real thing, though!

To me, it's just hair and it's temporary.

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I would. Why not? I wouldn't let a five-year-old decide about, say, a tattoo or a piercing, but hair color? Yeah.
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We dyed DD1's hair bright neon flaming red when she was 2.5. She wanted red hair like mommy, so she got it.

We used Wilton's cake dye for her hair. It came out in a couple weeks.
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I tried to dye my daughter's hair pink for her 4th birthday (she wanted a rockstar princess theme so it fit both ) and it didn't work. : We also dyed my son's hair (he was 5 at the time) but it turned greenish brown instead of blue. I think that there may be some different rules in dying red hair because everything would have worked fine on my brown hair. We ended up using a spray-on color for the day, so she was still okay with it. Not nearly as fun as having the real thing, though!

To me, it's just hair and it's temporary.
Oh there's definitely different rules for red hair!! LOL I used to dye mine alot in high school, and every time required my hair to be stripped, then bleached completely white, then dyed the desired color. It was ridiculous!!
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Just be aware that, if her hair is super-light, the "temporary" dye might not wash out completely. A very fair colored friend of mine discovered this, to his dismay, one year after Halloween (we were in high school at the time.) I strongly recomend testing a strand of hair- including attempts to wash it out- before doing her whole head.

I wouldn't let my own kids use hair dye because of an extreme sensitivity to dyes in general- even "food safe" dyes are poison for them. But if your DD doesn't have this problem, then hair dying might be physically safe for her. And if she's been asking for 2 whole years...

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I just took DD (4 1/2) to my salon for a big girl hair cut (meaning something other a DIY bob) and while we were there we decided to go in October for our birthdays and get our hair dyed. DS wants purple and I will do hot pink. Just doing a few strands, not all of our hair (not that it matters).

If you had asked this question a year or 2 ago I would have said she's to little. But now I think she's pretty sure of what she wants and hair does grow out.

It might be relevent that we will be unschooling. No need to worry about dress code or "the man", he he he.

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My son was probably 5 when he 1st dyed his hair (it was pink, too!).

He's also dyed it orange and green.

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Hi Stacy,

Yes, if I had a 5 year old who wanted to dye their hair I would let them.

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I let my 6 yr old daughter dye some of her hair pink last summer. We used Manic Panic and just did the underneath layer of the back and a streak in her bangs. She has really light blond hair also. She absolutely loved it and has been begging to do it again, but last time at the mall Hot Topic kind of freaked her out, lol.

We also used the wash out Herbal Essences colors on her and her sister but I don't think they sell it anymore.

Here is her regular color (after an experiment with sponge rollers!)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...lle/ktc4-1.jpg
Actually, looking at that picture I can tell there is still a little of the darker color left in it...

Here it is after the Herbal Essences:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...lle/katie1.jpg

I don't have one from when it was pink.

The funny thing, we're fairly conservative so I'm not really sure what most people that know us thought.
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my dd had pink streaks in her hair when she was 5. they washed out a lonnnng time ago (we did use manic panic) and it grew out. she hasn't asked to do it again since. i just leave things up to her WRT how she looks. she also had red for a while, and purple.
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I would and I have. She started asking when she was two, and that's when she got her first funky-colored streaks. She's had blue, pink, purple, and green.

My son also asked at two, and had purple hair for a bit.

Go for it, mama!

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For sure I would let them! I really cannot imagine why not.
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We used Wilton's cake dye for her hair. It came out in a couple weeks.
My son's first "dye job" was a self-inflicted blue -- done with Wilton's icing dye, in Michaels craft store.

He dyed half the store while he was at it.

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I got some spray dye for DD and she loved it! Probably not the most healthy thing in the world though. I would probably dye it that way for real too. http://www.flickr.com/photos/25991409@N05/2497480987/
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I totally would!!

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I would let my 5 year old dye her hair pink. I think she'd look adorable, and it would make it a lot easier to pick her out on the playground!

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Sure, why not? I'd probably pick a temporary dye, though, just in case she freaks out when she actually sees the finished product.
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I am fairly conservative about stuff like this but, my girls really wanted pink hair. They asked and asked and asked. I finally let them do it and they hated it. They couldn't wait until it washed out. I don't see a huge issue with it as long as it washes out and isn't permanent.
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As long as it was wash out I would. I dye my hair all the time so it would be odd for me to say they couldn't. It's just hair. My hair is black right now and has been since January and I think I am going to keep it this colour for awhile but if I get bored I will do it red or burgandy or some other colour. My kids will most likely be going to Christian school in September so hair dying would have to be in the summer if it was funky colours.

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