I Thought Old Ladies Have Blue Hair? Oh, and Coco Cox too

06.13.11


Coco Cox gets blue and purple streaks in her hair

 

Hair dye doesn’t last forever. Does it matter if Courtney Cox’s daughter Coco gets purple and blue streaks in her hair when she’s just seven?

Have you let your daughter color her hair? What age is appropriate?

Jane will be 13 this fall, as much as she would like her hair colored, it’s not on the horizon for her.

 

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23 responses to “I Thought Old Ladies Have Blue Hair? Oh, and Coco Cox too”

  1. Margaret says:

    My daughter is nine.  About three months ago, I dyed a purple streak in her hair at her request. It was semi-permanent dye (no peroxide) and it washes out eventually.  She may want to do it again at some point but for the time being, she’s not interested putting in putting more funky colors in her hair.  And honestly, finding the dye in the fundie-filled tiny town I live in is actually a huge challenge–I had to buy it online.

    My philosophy is that if I take the “taboo” out of it, and let her try it, it’s less of a big deal.  I won’t let her bleach it or use permanent dye, but that’s mostly because of the damage it will do to her hair. 

  2. Kristi Davis says:

    I was 13 or 14 (I know it was in middle school) when I started dying my hair. My hair is (was) mousy brown. I made a comment to my Mom about how I hated it and I wanted to dye it like she did. She said okay. I never looked back.  

    I would probably be okay with it. If it wasn’t because of a boy or peer pressure or something, it was something she wanted to do, why not? My daughter is only 5 though, so who knows. I recently got a feather and I ADORE my feather. It makes me smile and feel fun. I was really tempted to get her one. I also got my hair braided in Jamaica when I was 15. I got several yard brains (what are they called?) when I was younger, and completely dyed my hair orange when I was a Junior.  I was a good kid though. 

    Who knows what I will feel like in 10 years.  However, somehow while I have mousy brown hair and brown eyes, my husband has brown eyes and hazel eyes… My daughter has glorious strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. Not a day goes by when we don’t pass by someone at the store or the park where they ‘gasp’ and say ‘Would you LOOK at her HAIR’. She takes it as her due, which scares me even worse. She is a good kid too. So far. :) 

    I’m also cool with fake tattoos and my husband hates them. I also think it’s okay for my 3 year old boy to paint his nails blue, which my husband threw a fit over.  

  3. The summer before my freshman year in High School my best friend (and her mother) said I HAD to get my hair highlighted.  I don’t know exactly what they said, but something along the lines of not looking so drab.  Anyway, I did.  I thought it would transform my High School experience.  Another friend also said I HAD to get a perm, which I did, a few days before the Senior/Freshman Swim Party (yes, we did that back then).  I was the freshman who stunk up the entire backyard.  

    So listening to others about my hair is a double edged sword, as I am sure it would be if I listened to what other people said I should do with my daughter’s hair (she’s 4 year old and had 2 trims only).  

  4. The summer before my freshman year in High School my best friend (and her mother) said I HAD to get my hair highlighted.  I don’t know exactly what they said, but something along the lines of not looking so drab.  Anyway, I did.  I thought it would transform my High School experience.  Another friend also said I HAD to get a perm, which I did, a few days before the Senior/Freshman Swim Party (yes, we did that back then).  I was the freshman who stunk up the entire backyard.  

    So listening to others about my hair is a double edged sword, as I am sure it would be if I listened to what other people said I should do with my daughter’s hair (she’s 4 year old and had 2 trims only).  

  5. Sky says:

    That’s a negative ghost rider.  I’m not a “stick in the mud” by any means but I’ll be damned if my 7 year old has her hair different colors. 

    On another note, I was at the salon a few weeks ago and a mom brought her boy in (he just finished Kindergarten, she announced) and he wanted blue hair.  She said she talked him out of a mohawk and instead promised blue hair.  WTF, am I the only one who has a problem with this?

  6. Monique says:

    The issue for me would be the chemicals. We let our kids put temporary tattoos on their body. I’m not sure there is a difference between a temporary tattoo and temporary hair color, really. I’d just prefer that it doesn’t have a lot of chemicals that passes through our skin into our bodies. Pick your battles.

  7. I think it’s important to let your kids try something at least just once to get it out of their system instead of smothering their unique desire to be … unique. Knowattamean?

  8. Shop with Me Mama (Kim) says:

    No, I would not allow it on my 7 year old!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I have all boys but I started coloring my hair at 12 and I think that was plenty old enough.  I think hair is the safest form of self expresion and I’ve had my hair almost every shade imaginable and wouldn’t stop my daughter from doing much with her hair.  My boys had had mohawks, buzz cuts and shaggy looks.  Just depending on their moods.

  10. Cathy H. says:

    Nope. The chemicals are horrible and it’s simply not necessary. I’ve allowed Nick (my now 12 year old) have just about any style of hair he asked for, but I will not be putting any dies in his hair or allowing him to, any time soon.

  11. Melissa says:

    I’m 35 and I’ve never colored my hair. I wanted to in high school, and it’s not that my mother wouldn’t let me… she just didn’t make a big deal of it… and I let it go. That’s not to say I would be pleased if my 7 year old started asking for hair dye. I think kids just grow up too fast, and maybe that sounds old, but there it is. We had our ears pierced at 10 as kids…. we started asking much younger… but actually got them pierced in a doctor’s office at 10. I think that the fact that there was a set date of when the BIG DAY was going to happen made the waiting OK, because there was an end in mind/sight. Even then, we were only allowed to wear studs for about a year. I think hair dye may be the same way (assuming she even asks)… and I’ll probably do the same with earrings (though you didn’t ask)… give a distinct date when it will be allowed and follow through. I may not be OK with it, because it will mean my little girl is growing up, and frankly – I don’t love hair dye… but it grows out. The ideas and stereotypes of beauty the accompany it are harder to shake.

  12. No way!! I am not even a fan of all of that glitter crap in my kids hair. Hate it.

    When I was 14, my mother used to let me put lemon in my hair while I sat out in the sun. Not sure it ever did anything but I sure smelled good. 

  13. I think my daughter was a freshman in high school when I finally let her dye her hair. She was everything from pink to blue to black. I think 7 is a bit early but I also think it’s fairly harmless. (especially with parent supervision.)

    • I think I had a green stripe in my hair at 15, maybe a freshman, maybe a sophomore. It’s probably not the biggest deal in the world, but I find that I’m a much more conservative parent than my own were.

  14. I’d be more inclined to let my 7-year-old get temporary colored stripes in her hair than I would be to let my teenager start down the never-ending road of permanent color maintenance. I don’t have any philosophical ideas about it, but I have a nice hair color and I don’t dye my hair.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I was having an anti-parent moment last year sometime when I had a TON of stress happening…And I pulled up a website that sells really wild colors and considered letting my 7 yr old have pink hair.

    I didn’t do it…but I thought she would like it…and it would make her happy and she would stop crying herself to sleep every night.  I’m pretty sure we all got the flu instead.

  16. shana says:

    I dyed Marty’s hair bright blue when he was 14 (I know, you are thinking, ‘of course you did’). Anyway, it lasted all of two weeks, he was bored of it and too lazy to maintain it… he never colored it again. I still have the pictures, will have to email you one… It’s probably different for girls, though.

  17. From Tracie says:

    My daughter is seven right now, and there is no hair dye on her horizon either. I let her choose long or short, bangs or no bangs….but dye is a completely different thing. 

  18. cori says:

    My daughter is almost six and we died a pink stripe in her hair a few weeks ago. My mother was furious. I didn’t understand what the big deal was. I still don’t. (If she asked to dye her hair platinum like Barbie I would decline, but a pink stripe seems harmless.)

  19. cori says:

    My daughter is almost six and we died a pink stripe in her hair a few weeks ago. My mother was furious. I didn’t understand what the big deal was. I still don’t. (If she asked to dye her hair platinum like Barbie I would decline, but a pink stripe seems harmless.)

  20. Lily says:

    It’ll always come out eventually. Why not let your child express themselves in this relatively harmless way? If it’s the dye you’re worried about, there’s always vegetable dye. And Kool-aid — my mother let me dye my hair with it when I was 8. It comes out faster, too!

  21. Curlyq409 says:

    Hi, I’m 16 and I’ve already died my hair about 5 different colors. All natural though. I first got a couple highlights in which I did myself in the 7th grade. My mom let me. When I was in elementary school though my mom put SUn-In in my hair. I really don’t think it’s a big deal, but just know, dying your hair is addicting. After the highlights my hair was looking a little nasty cause of the color. I’m not a blonde. So I finally died my hair medium brown, and have died it several different shades of brown since. I also died it a dark red over the summer. Now, as a junior in high school, my mom finally let me bleach a piece of my hair in the front like the singer Christina Perri. I never do anything to my hair for anyone else. I do it for me, and to express myself. I brought it up to my mom about an hour ago that I wanted to dye my hair dark brown and dye my blonde piece a light lavender. I think temporary colors are fine at a younger age, but If I had a kid, I’d rather them wait till high school to do the colors. I’d rather have them experience different NATURAL looking colors!

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