Hair Dye for 5 year old

Michelle - posted on 06/23/2010 ( 46 moms have responded )

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My 5 year old son wants green hair which I think is fun. He has light brown hair and we tried manic panic on it and it just tinted it green. Needless to say he was not happy. Is there any safe bleach I can use to lighten his hair first before trying green again?

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Shalah - posted on 06/26/2010

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Dying your hair is fun and shows a lot of personality! That's wonderful that your boy is so creative. My oldest, now 14, wanted her hair hot pink when she was 6. We tried without bleach and it didn't take. So I bought the softened bleach that isn't supposed to burn. It does anyway! She complained about the itch and tingle, but when it was done and her hair was the right color, she was glad she dealt with it. Bleach is a very harsh chemical, and anyone reguardless of age can have an adverse reaction to it. Is your son chemically sensitive in other ways? If so, bleach is probably a bad idea. But if you get the kind of bleach that you can put on the scalp and do a skin test to make sure it doesn't blister him, you should be able to do it safely. As with any harsh chemical, only use it in open air, maybe on the back porch or a room with all the windows open and a fan running. As long as your son is mature enough to handle the itch and tingle and you take proper precautions, I don't see why he can't have what he wants. And btw, manic panic sucks as a hair dye, try Fudge, if you can find it.

Isobel - posted on 06/25/2010

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I used to be a hairstylist as well...and I bleached a 13 year old once and his entire scalp turned into one large blister...I just wouldn't take the chance with a 5 year old. You can go to a hairdresser though and ask if they know how to do "shoeshine" highlights...it's when you put the bleach on a foil, then "brush" the bleach onto the ends of the hair. You get the effect of full head bleach, but still have natural roots cause the bleach doesn't touch skin.

Amanda - posted on 06/25/2010

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okay, she didnt ask if you thought it was a good/ bad idea to dye her childs hair, she obviously already has made a choice about it. She asked if theres something she can safely lighten his hair with

u can try lemon juice in a spray bottle & let him play in the sun all day, that will lighten it. That wont lighten it to an extreme tho. kool-Aid only works with light hair. (i dye my white dog w/ Kool-Aid!) Hot Topic has alot of hair color stuff or Sally's beauty salon

Jenneiy - posted on 06/28/2010

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i think that the people on this might want to read what they wrote and read the question again. for one he is not unhappy that he wants it gone, he wants it greener! it asks if there is bleach safe enough to lighten the hair.
if you need to lighten the hair more you could try a blond hair dye. they generally dont contain bleach, and depending on how dark his hair is it will lighten it anywhere from a shade or two through several shades. you might have to wait a couple weeks and try it again though. the only thing that would actually lighten it enough in one use would be bleach, which everyone already decided was bad.

Amber - posted on 06/26/2010

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My daughter just recently started getting into the hair coloring thing. I've been trying to get her to let me use hair mascara and sprays since she was 2 and she'd have no part of it, even threw a fit when I would dye my hair. But now she sees the fun in it. We tried Manic Panic Blue and it washed out almost as quickly as it went in. She was very upset, then we tried this other brand, also sold at our Hot Topic store, and it was a green. It didn't take well either, but for the first day the color was nice. Once it started fading, it was a horrible ew color. Greens, aren't exactly the best to go with.

I don't recommend the bleaching for all the same reasons everybody else has mentioned. See if you can't work with other colors and find one that takes to his hair the way it is. The blue I tried using in my daughters, took awesome to my hair but not to my friends who's was actually a lighter shade of brown than mine. It just depends on the person.

And like everybody else said, there are the sprays at party stores, and somewhere they still have those mascara type color ins that wash out for streaks. You can also try kool-aid...seeing as no chemicals, and it'll wash out after a few times so he can do it as often as he'd like!

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Kathy - posted on 06/28/2010

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I wouldn't use any chemicals in his hair yet but if you can get it to take with his hair being brown not blonde if you can find green unsweetened juice crystals (like koolaid) it will more stain his hair than dye it. My brother used it one Halloween, only blue and it looked great!!

Rosalyn - posted on 06/28/2010

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with kool aid, you have to make sure you don't add the sugar. sugar free you can use it as a stain and it tends to work better. if you want to lighten first, use lemon juice. it works slowly and over time it can go lighter.

Rosalyn - posted on 06/28/2010

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at 5 he is way too young for those kinds of chemicals. I'm a cosmetologist, and you can actually lose your child for doing that. they concitered that child abuse because you are subjecting your child directly to caustic chemicals. if you want a safe alternative, use colored hair spray. there's some carried at sally's and they wash out. no worse than using any other "product" like hair spray, and they can't take your child away from you for it.

Katy - posted on 06/28/2010

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I used to use Sun In/lemon juice a lot as a kid, and it always turned my hair orange. My hair was a medium brown. So, like someone said, you might not want to try that with the green still on it.

Janeese - posted on 06/27/2010

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I used hair stuff on my sons mohawk so its use and will wsh out nothing for too long because you dont want to do anything to your childs hair being that young. Go to a beaty supply store and get the wax that is colored or they have the spray and mousse also and its only like five dollars.....

Michelle - posted on 06/26/2010

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he is 5 go out and buy the hairspray dye that you can get at halloween we can get it at our hairdressers here my son loves it but it washes out in one bath time and does not damage the hair don't bleach it as it will never be the same after.

Lynette - posted on 06/26/2010

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I personally wouldn't let my child colour their hair at that age. But that's the grandma in me talking. You can buy mouse that colours you hair at chemists and it washes out again which would be alright for a special day, or party dress up.

Rebekah - posted on 06/26/2010

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I'm sure if you take him to a salon, they can fix it!! I have a 3 year old, and we use the halloween spray on stuff all the time!! It just washes out, and he can pick any color, he loves it!! We are buying red and blue for July 4th coming up....I heard of kids using jello to dye their hair, look online, for directions!! Good Luck with the removal of the green...

Rebekah

Tammy - posted on 06/26/2010

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My oldest use to always want his hair different colors and I just used food coloring. It washes out every time you wash his hair.It is easy and safe.Just wear rubber gloves on your hands and be careful not to get his forehead.

Kerri - posted on 06/26/2010

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oh and as a hairdresser yes bleach can hurt, I have done bleach highlights a good few times not using gloves and it begins to hurt your fingers. It also takes the colour out of anything it gets on, i would'nt think lemon juice would do anything I know it can be used to lighten hair although it will not take the green out effectively and probably just make things even more awkward with trying to achieve what you want.

Kerri - posted on 06/26/2010

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As a hairdresser I personally would never put bleach on a young childs hair. Although there is less risk of them having an allergic to reaction to bleach compared to colour due to the chemicals used in it. To get green out of hair you need to use a colour with a lot of red in it to neautralise it.(get it back to it's normal colour as much as possible) I wouldn't say use a vibrant red, because he is so young buy a temporary colour which has a red in it and if that it no luck I would simply cut it all and wait for it to grow because really I think at his young age you shouldn't mess about to much with colours and start again once it has grown out.

Marie - posted on 06/26/2010

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food colouring is a good temporary die, can't be that bad for you as aloud to eat it

Amber - posted on 06/26/2010

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I agree that 5 is young to be using harsh chemicals. My 7 old boy wants a mohawk and that's even out of the question for me. I do also agree that a safer way to please your sons desire for fun green hair is to use sun-in (i use it) and let his hair lighten naturally before using the manic panic.

Dominique - posted on 06/26/2010

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I would do the spray stuff first because kids are kids one day he might like it then the other he might complain and then after awhile of the green switch it to blue or something like that.

Ashlee - posted on 06/26/2010

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I think that's fun for a boy. I think it's different for boys than it is for girls because their hair takes so long to grow. You need to bleach out his hair and than apply the manic panic . Get a developer that's okay for on the scalp application so it won't irritate his scalp if you accidentally get bleach on his scalp.

Charlene - posted on 06/25/2010

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we used hair glue and food coloring for my brother's hair when he was 10 and wanted a blue mohawk.... Smart Style used to sell a great gel that spiked your hair and colored it at same time.... my bro had black hair and the brite blue still showed brite on him

Charlene - posted on 06/25/2010

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i do not suggest bleach at all it can lead to him loosing his hair and having chemical burns always consult a doctor before putting any chemicals near your child... the dye at hot topic is pretty awesome but will stain anything and everything it gets in contact with including his scalp. I have pink hair myself and it does work in brown hair it more highlights the current color with a tint of the original dye color. Try the lemon juice and sun then Kool-aide. He will think it is awesome plus its stuff you probably already have at home.

Kristin - posted on 06/25/2010

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my mom use to use sun in spray to lighten my hair when I was little. Just spray it on and send him outside to play. It is basically lemon juice I think. Also at hot topic they have hair paint that is dye and it works well also on any color hair. His hair being brown though a green may just tint it and not hold so he might want to try a brighter bolder color

Brandi - posted on 06/25/2010

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I would not bleach his hair, I am a hair stylist and know for a fact that beach can burn your skin, It burns my fingers just when it gets on them. You can get serious chemical burns and kids have sensitive skin anyhow, if you do get a chemical burn then it could cause a permenant bald spot. Spiker makes a gel with color in it. I think that they have one at sally's also.

Deathhippy - posted on 06/25/2010

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Why would you let your 5 year old dye his hair?? He's way to young for bleach, not only can the bleach irritate his scalp and cause unneccessary discomfort but the chemicals in bleach can damage his respiratory system. There is a reason the hair dye boxes say not for use in children under a certain age.

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Just let him ride it out until it fades. Putting bleach on a child's hair will not only damage it, but it will irritate his scalp, which is an invitation for misery.

Keri - posted on 06/24/2010

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I also think he is too young for dieing or bleaching. i say let it grow out and try again when he is older.

Renae - posted on 06/24/2010

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If my child wanted different coloured hair at 5 years old, the only thing I would agree to is those spray on cans you get at party shops and fancy dress shops, I wouldn't use actual dye and certainly not peroxide/bleach. But thats just my opinion.

Phyllis - posted on 06/24/2010

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I had great results on my blondes using food coloring. Only problem is that if they start to sweat, it runs! But for lightening, lemon juice and sunshine is your best bet. If you are set on something like bleach, I would suggest taking him to a hair dresser rather than do it yourself. Less likely to cause harm if a pro does it.

Christiane - posted on 06/24/2010

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Way too young for bleach, it is not safe. Now Kool-Aid does work, I use to do it in my youth. Now for my youngest son he is 4 he wanted green hair for Saint Patrick's day, So we put food coloring in his hair with a already green wash cloth. Be pre paired to have green hands if you don't cover them with gloves. We washed it out that night mostly, he had green tinted hair for a couple of day's and he loved it. It was fun and not permanent or damaging to his hair or head.

Kristi - posted on 06/24/2010

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Please tell me this is a joke. Are you really considering BLEACHING your 5 year olds hair?? This is not a good idea. You could seriously hurt him. Please think about this. If he is dead set on having his hair green find something temporary.

Rogina - posted on 06/23/2010

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I have used kool aid. The trick is to make it a really thick paste and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Be careful though, it will color anything it comes into contact with.

Tracy - posted on 06/23/2010

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Allison, just tried Kool Aid on my very blonde kids. Slight tint only..... hiss boo

Tracy - posted on 06/23/2010

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THere are also hair gels out that will color his hair green until the next waash. I have no idea how well they work.... Maybe have to try on my boy's hawk.

Joanna - posted on 06/23/2010

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5 is a bit too young for something as severe as bleaching hair... the chemicals are so harsh in bleach!

I suggest finding one of the temporary spray-ins at a party store or something. And I agree with Sarah C that Manic Panic's greens are not the best. I used a bright blue once that was nice but faded into a kind of neat green, if that's an option you might consider.

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2010

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Manic panic is not permanent, make him wait it out. There is zero reasons to bleach a 5 year olds hair, and its a good life lesson for him also. Ie think things through before you do something stupid LOL.

Sarah - posted on 06/23/2010

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Ok, so I use to dye my hair with manic panic all the time in my younger days and it's my personal experience that green is the suckiest color they have. It made my hair look like moss-ew and took forever to grow out and nothing would cover it up. All the other colors worked fine for me, just not green. Although I was bleaching my hair. Bleaching can hurt! It burns the scalp- but if you're set on it, just pick a light blonde- the cheapest kind you cna find, since you're coloring right over it. If he has short hair, it won't take long at all, be sure you're ready for him to complain when it itches and stings- and ready with the water to wash it out. You don't have to wait for the hair to get all the way white, yellow is fine since you're coloring over it. And with short hair, it will grow out super fast!
Hope that helps.

Karen - posted on 06/23/2010

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I'd just use a spray can that you can get in fancy dress stores and that can be washed out, I think bleaching a 5 year olds hair is a bad idea,

Josie - posted on 06/23/2010

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Don't they have those hair coloring things like in Halloween stores that are not permanent? You basically just spray your hair a certain color. I would definitely not bleach his hair, he's too young! The bleach will probably irritate his scalp too.

Tracy - posted on 06/23/2010

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Go to a public beauty supply place and find some temporary color. They typically have no bleaching agents in them and wash out eventually. I do that for my kids during summer, they love it. And it's just fun.

Amy - posted on 06/23/2010

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i think he is too young for all that, that's my opinion. bleach is bleach, there is no real safe way to bleach a child's hair. sun-in spray could help, but my opinion is dyeing hair should be like wearing makeup, not until they are older. i had purple hair when i was 17.

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