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Back-to-School Prep Step #1: Coloring My Daughter's Hair

By Devan McGuinness |

School starts for my two older kids in just over one week. Speed will be moving onto grade 1 and Raru will be going up to senior kindergarten. It’s not as stressful for me (cause you know, that matters) this year because Raru will be with the same teacher and Speed will be with many of the same students. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out for him going 5 times a week with a new teacher, but he’s likely going to be just fine!

Raru is a little bit shy, and though she will be with the same teacher and most of the same students, she will get a whole new batch of junior kindergarten students in the classroom with her. She doesn’t have a lot of experience being in a group of kids and she has always been shy. Last year was a hard transition on her, but it was made easier by a few things.

She got to know her teacher a bit the previous year as her teacher was working as an aide in Speed’s classroom at a different school. When we learned she would be moving to a teaching position at their new school, we were thrilled. Speed was also in the same class as Raru, so there were two friendly faces and one being her best friend. Speed make it easier for her.

This year he will be in his own classroom and while she still has the teacher and some friends, we wanted to do again this year what helped her last year.

We colored her hair.

Last year she had a purple stripe in her hair. Real hair dye that stayed in for nearly the whole year though faded over time. It helped her feel special and gave her confidence to talk to people and go outside her comfort zone.

With school staring again in one week, we colored her hair again. It’s pink this time and it’s a lot more than just one stripe; we opted for the tips (bottom) to be bright pink with some streaks of purple and it looks great!

We are hoping it helps her with confidence again and well, she’s a kid and what better time to be playful with your hair? I am a big fan of the fun colored hair (I have pink in my hair) and think it’s a great way for her to play it up. Had she asked for something more “traditional” like blonde highlights, I wouldn’t approve — it’s not about her upholding some appearance thing, it’s her confidence and pink hair will give you that (I know it works for me).

:: Would you consider allowing your child to have fun hair color? ::


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Devan McGuinness is the writer of the lifestyle blog Accustomed Chaos. After surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan founded Unspoken Grief, a resource and support site for perinatal and neonatal loss. Read bio and latest posts → Read Devan's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “Back-to-School Prep Step #1: Coloring My Daughter's Hair

  1. goddess says:

    Kindergarten? No. 16 or 17- maybe. Time enough to ruin her hair when she’s older. Not to mention I don’t want her focus to be on her appearance to that degree, at that age.

  2. Megan says:

    I have. My 9 year old’s mohawk has been green, blue, red, and white at different times over the last couple of years. I know it’ll never be for more than a year anyway because he shaves it off for St. Baldrick’s every year.

  3. sofar says:

    When I was her age, I remember clipping fake colored hair strands into my hair. It was a conversation starter, and a huge confidence boost to a shy kiddo like me. I would have LOVED to have my hair colored at that age (I started doing it myself when I was 11). Rock on. I think it looks great!

  4. Devan McGuinness says:

    @Goddess — it’s only semi-permanent and we didn’t use any bleach before hand so I’m near certain it’s not “ruining” her hair. & I agree with you – she doesn’t need to be worried about her appearance (I’m very aware of it), but this is more about giving confidence as a conversation starter vs looking like what she thinks people should look like (which is why i would not approve blonde highlights, for that reason)

    @Megan — awesome!!

    @ Sofar — so glad to hear it boosted your confidence as a kid, thank you for sharing that!

  5. goddess says:

    Hey to each their own, but at least be objective: even semi-permanent strips some hair color and processes it. I started highlighting and things of that sort in high school and it does change the hair structure – so I would make my daughter wait until that age, but you can choose whatever you like for yours. I’m sure my kids have or do something with which you personally disagree but feel is my jurisdiction.

  6. Devan McGuinness says:

    @Goddess — I always appreciate your opinion and input! Thanks

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