Should I highlight the hair of my young child?

Marcia - posted on 03/26/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 6 year old is asking for highlights in her hair. I'm thinking about trying something with temporary color. Any suggestions? Is a 6 year old too young for highlights?

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Michelle - posted on 03/26/2013

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I wouldn't. She has enough years ahead of her to ruin her hair with hair dyes, she doesn't need to start at 6!

When did we try and make our children grow up so fast?

Wendi - posted on 03/26/2013

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I dyed my daughters hair when she was 5 using semi permanant hair dye. This was due to medical reasons but I got some negativity because of this. Other parents at the school made nasty comments. All my daughters friends thought it was fantastic though and she loved being the centre of attention. It washed out quite quickly and made her hair shiny and healthy looking wheras before it had been very dull. I dye it once every few months, I give it a break in between dyes. I think you should go for it, if its what you and your child want but just be aware that some people may pass judgement.

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Jodi - posted on 03/28/2013

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Don't start giving in too much to peer pressure now - it will make it MUCH harder later. I've seen 15-16 year olds failing school because of peer pressure.

Marcia - posted on 03/28/2013

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I will ask her why...good idea. She has a very positive self-image & is outgoing (like me...LOL!) Must be that one of her friends at school had it done. Also she's in a school where they are allowing the students to bring electronic devices to the classroom. What they want them to have is $200+. She a kindergarten student and fairly responsible for her age, but when they lose gloves & lunch boxes, it's not time to give them an expensive tablet. Only 2 children in her class have brought them in, but it's enough to get her to ask for one too. I hate that the peer pressure is already starting.

Firebird - posted on 03/28/2013

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I didn't even think of that Jodi, since my kid just wanted it done because I had it done and she wants to do everything I do because I'm awesome. ;) Yeah Marcia, it's definitely a good idea to be sure of why she wants it done before you go ahead and do it.

Jodi - posted on 03/28/2013

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I think you should ask her WHY she wants highlights. When kids start asking for things like this, you really should make sure you understand their reasoning. I'd hate it if my child asked for highlights and it turned out it was because she had a poor self image. This is an age in life where kids really need to learn to love themselves for who they are. So make sure you understand why she wants them before you decide this is the right thing to do. If it is just for fun, great, but if she is asking because she feel a lesser person without them, that's a whole different conversation.

Dove - posted on 03/28/2013

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If it's short term temporary... like the spray you can buy for Halloween that washes out in one shampoo... I'd say go for it. Anything that would last longer and I would not do it for a 6 year old. Haven't even allowed in for my 11 year old... Though I may let her do the kind that washes out in a few weeks time within the next year.

Firebird - posted on 03/26/2013

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For the last 2 years I've been putting temporary dye in my 8 year old daughter's blonde hair. Random streaks of fun coloured stuff. I actually started a trend at her school, there's almost a dozen other kids now who have funky coloured hair. One mom did go too far IMO when she bleached sections of her daughter's brown hair so the coloured temp dye would show up.

Denikka - posted on 03/26/2013

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I've done cool aid and food coloring in my kids hair (2yrs and 4yrs) and they loved it. It doesn't last long (cool aid 1-2 washes and food color 2-3 washes).
I would recommend against the cool aid though. Because it's a sugar drink, it makes the hair really sticky. And if you rinse well enough to get the sugar out, you also strip most or all of the color along with it. I've also found that cool aid is WAY worse for dying skin. Food color doesn't have those problems.
There are also some good temporary hair colors out there like Manic Panic (my 18yr old sisters favourite)
I wouldn't do highlights or use actual hair dye on my kids though. The deal is that when I allow second piercings (around age 13 depending), then we can talk about hair dye. Until then, temporary colors only.

Amy - posted on 03/26/2013

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I wouldn't either, it causes such damage when you color your hair and 6 years old seems a bit young. If you want to do a strip of color with cool aid I guess that's ok but then you have to ask yourself will you be ok with pink hair at 16?

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