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Do You Let Your Kids Dye Their Hair?

By marinka |

On the heels of Kacy‘s discussion about when an appropriate age to let your daughter wear make up is, I’ve been thinking about hair color. My daughter is 14 years old and she got her hair colored (ombre!) for the first time this summer. I was completely comfortable with the decision, and frankly, I’d have let her do it earlier if she’d asked.



After all, I had all my hair bleached by the time I was 15 and that was in the Stone Age. What’s the big deal about hair dye? My husband had more of a problem with it. He thought there was no reason for our daughter to alter her hair and he was concerned that in a world that worships blondes she wanted to be blonde too. I didn’t think that was the case at all, as can be seen from the photo. If anything, the ombre accentuates her beautiful dark hair.

What do you think? At what age would you be comfortable letting your child dye his or her hair?


Want more discussion? Check out Coloring My Daughter’s Hair.

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Marinka is a wife and mother of two living in Manhattan's West Village. On her personal site Motherhood in NYC, she blogs about her life in New York City, her kids and family, current events, and the art and science of blogging.

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5 thoughts on “Do You Let Your Kids Dye Their Hair?

  1. goddess says:

    16 or so for natural hair shades. Blue, purple green, pink- when they have a job that permits it and they pay rent or they live on their own.

  2. Kelsi Sandefur says:

    My mom started highlighting my hair when I was around 11-12. I know it sounds early, but I was born blonde and as I got older my hair started turning a really unattractive dirty “dish water” blonde that neither my mom, nor I were crazy about. By the time I was about 13-14 I started going to a hair dresser to have my hair professionally highlighted. I don’t think there is anything wrong with it. I have a daughter and when she asks to get her hair dyed/highlighted one day I will let her. As long as it is nothing crazy, like Goddess said, that will have to be when she’s older and not living under my roof or hopefully she’ll never go through that stage. lol

  3. Tara says:

    I work in a middle school and there are quite few kids with the blue, pink or really black hair. I’d have a hard time letting my boys dye their hair just because I would love to have their natural white-blonde hair myself.

  4. Sara says:

    it is not too drastic so i think its ok and she is a teen, one time my brother’s girlfriend gave my niece highlights, my niece is 4, ugh it was so annoying, if she wants to be ghetto than go ahaed but a 4 yr old?

  5. Megan says:

    My son shaved his head for St. Baldrick’s when he was 7. He has had a mohawk ever since(except when he shaved it off again this year for St. Baldrick’s). That mohawk has been his natural blond, semi-permanent white and green, permanent red, and temporary blue and green. Let him do it now when it doesn’t matter. I’m just proud of him for shaving it off every year for St. Baldrick’s. He never trimmed the mohawk, just shaved the sides, so it was a very high and impressive mohawk when it got shaved off this year.

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