A mum has sparked an online debate after seeking advice following her six-year-old daughter’s request to dye her hair.
On popular conversation forum Mumsnet, user Sometimeswinning explained, “So he’s been asked a few times to do this. Any recommendations on what to use on his blonde/brown hair color?”
She continued to ask, “Is there any reason why I shouldn’t do it? If it’s a judgment call, I’m fine, more checking if it’s not worth it. pain because it won’t last or make a difference.”
When it comes to dyeing your hair at home, anyone who has purchased a canned dye will be aware of the many warnings that come with DIY dyeing.
Although there is no specific age for dyeing your child’s hair, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends keeping hair dyes out of reach of children.
In 2017, the UK’s BBC issued a warning about children’s hair dye guidelines, explaining that hair dye manufacturers say they are not for anyone under 16.
Meanwhile, the British Hairdressing Federation, which promotes best practice in the profession, says its members should never apply dyes to anyone under the age of 16.
But the mum’s question sparked a debate on Mumsnet, with differing opinions shared in the comments.
“The answer is simple: no, you can dye your hair when you grow up. I wouldn’t want toxic chemicals on my child’s hair or scalp, I can tell you that. And frankly, it’s not. not suitable,” one Mumsnet user said. .
Meanwhile, another commenter said, “Is there something wrong with the color of her natural hair? No, of course there isn’t.”
“No need to compromise. A simple no is enough,” said one response.
But another reply suggested: “Oh leave it, it’s summer vacation. Just use the chalk or that thing that washes out in a few washes, obviously not a real adult hair dye.”
“I wouldn’t dye a 6 year old’s hair,” said another reply, “But what about a temporary measure like a colored hairspray that washes out easily?”
“I would let her wash during school holidays,” said another Mumsnet user.
Another mum suggested: “Get her some colored clip-in extensions, much easier, she can swap and change colors whenever she feels like it.”
“Jesus, just say no,” said another disapproving commenter, “This is just the start of her dissatisfaction with her appearance. Eyebrows and lips are next.”
Meanwhile, another reply said, “You have to learn to say no to your daughter.”
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