DD wants to dye her hair.....green

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Registered: 04-12-2013
DD wants to dye her hair.....green
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Wed, 04-24-2013 - 11:24am

I have a 12 year old daughter (turns 13 next month) who has just informed me that she'd like to dye her hair green. Sigh. I asked if maybe she just meant green streaks? Nope. She wants all of it green. Um, okay. Told her I would need to think about this. I guess there's nothing technically wrong with it but all of it? Green? Do they even sell over the counter green hair dye?!?

Thoughts?

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 04-24-2013 - 11:49am

LOL!  Oh yes, they do.  Its a temporary color, so honestly I wouldn't be too worried about it.  My ODD has never wanted a drastic hair color change, she's done purple tips, regular high lights, blond underneath, her normal dark brown over top, etc.  This is just my personal opinion, but I am much more open to hair color changes than to anything else, especially at that age, such as piercings, etc.  I would put conditions on it, obviously she would have to wait til school got out for the summer, as I am assuming its against school dress code, and it would have to be back to her normal hair color when school or any school related practices started at the end of the summer.  I think by restricting stuff like that, you set yourself up for more rebellion farther down the line.  My ODD came to me a few days after her 18th birthday and asked if she could get her belly pierced.  She gave me all the pros and cons to it, showed me how she had thought it through, figured out timelines for piercing based on healing time and events she had coming up etc.  I chuckled and told her I was not opposed at all, after all I have one, how hypocritical would it be, and frankly, she was 18 now, she could do it without consulting me.  But I appreciated the fact that she still asked my permission and asked me to go with her to get it done.  Another poster said it once and it has always stuck in my mind, there are bigger hills to die on in the rearing of the teenager (though I know she said it more elequently than that).  This is not a hill to die on IMO.  (now if I could remember that when I am struggling with my 3 year old at bedtime and she is laughing at me...)

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