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Would you let your 7 year old dye her hair purple?

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Courtney Cox just did. Would you?


Smart Mom Courteney Cox Lets 7-Year-Old Dye Hair Purple

Posted by Jeanne Sager
on Jun 13, 2011 

Courteney Cox daughter coco

There's been much ado in my house in the past few weeks about a certain just-turned-6-year-old's hair. Kiddo wants to grow it out like Rapunzel. I'd like to run a brush through it daily without hitting on split ends. We could keep on fighting, but at the end of the day, I'm taking the Courteney Cox approach to hair for the elementary set.

The Friends star was spotted out and about with her own birthday girl, daughter Coco, at a hair salon, where the 7-year-old had blue and purple highlights streaked into her brown 'do. The Daily Mail took its expected thwacks at the actress for treating her 7-year-old like a teenager, but I'd like to give Cox two giant thumbs up from the parenting world for a refreshing dose of reality. Repeat after me folks. It ... is ... just ... hair. It's NOT worth fighting about.

Aside from the dangerous (I was once asked if I dyed my infant's hair blond -- that would be a negative, you ninnies), there's little about the locks that can really get me going. So you want to grow it out? Great. Want to cut it off? Go for it. Otherwise? I'm with Cox ... let your freak flag fly little one.

We have ground rules in our house, sure. It has to be kept clean, reasonably neat, and for cripes' sake, will you STOP chewing on it? But bad cuts grow out. Scary colors can be snipped out. Even a hunk of gum can be fixed. The beauty of hair is that it's one of the body's few renewable resources.

A tattoo is going to mark their body forever and really should be limited to adulthood, when you can weigh out how it will feel to present the boss with a forehead that reads "F--k the establishment." Piercings can scar, and when it comes to beauty treatments, I'll direct you back to "aside from the dangerous" because the regulation of the "kiddie cosmetics" industry absolutely terrifies me.

So what does that leave? Hair. They can wear it up. They can wear it down. They can shave it down to the skin or stop cutting it for two years. And provided they stick to the basic: keep it clean and neat (and OUT OF THE MOUTH because I have found pictures of those kids with hairballs in their stomachs on the Internet, and it's not pretty), life goes on. By next week, the dye is lightening. The mohawk is growing out.

Whatever it is, they don't change our kids on the inside. Those split ends sure don't mean my kid is falling to pieces, so I'm betting Coco Arquette isn't suddenly acting like a teenager with that dyed hair.

Do you care what happens with your kids' hair, provided it's neat and clean? Are purple highlights really such a big deal?

by on Jun. 14, 2011 at 3:59 PM
Replies (31-40):
lovinangels
by on Aug. 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Nope. And we wouldn't fight about it either. 

aneela
by on Aug. 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM

same here

Quoting PEEK05:

I honestly wouldn't let my 7 year old dye her hair purple.


Dani_Lynn
by on Aug. 13, 2011 at 6:43 PM

 It's hair dye, not a boob job.  It's a temporary way for them to creatively express themselves.  I don't think a couple green streaks in my daughter's hair for field day is going to hurt her self image a bit.

Quoting USAFamily:

 I would never let my 7 year old dye her hair any color. I think it's important to love your self the way you are adn I don't think teaching our kids to cosmetically change themselves in elementary school sets them up with a good self image.

 




 

TruthSeeker.
by on Aug. 13, 2011 at 11:27 PM

 No, I would not let my 7 yr old dye her hair.

Mommy_of_Riley
by on Aug. 14, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Well fear of all her hair is not dyed purple... She has THIN purple and blue Highlights.

but no, I wouldn't because shed get kicked out of school. It violates dress code.
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babowes
by on Aug. 14, 2011 at 4:05 PM
No....but this would never even cross my 7 yr olds mind. We are a pett conservative family.
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yasbobari
by on Aug. 14, 2011 at 4:08 PM


Quoting aneela:

same here

Quoting PEEK05:

I honestly wouldn't let my 7 year old dye her hair purple.


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thenguyenclan
by on Aug. 14, 2011 at 5:45 PM

um...no...if my kids wanted to dye their hair they can wait until they become 18 and do it that way....

BeachMommy07
by on Aug. 14, 2011 at 9:33 PM

 My son's hair will not have purple highlights. He's 4 years old.

USAFamily
by on Aug. 14, 2011 at 11:58 PM

 Well, I wouldn't entertain the thought of either until she is out of my house. So it doesn't matter anyway.

If my kid wants to have her hair cut anyway she desires--fine with me. But dying her hair is totally different and I think it would put the thought in her head that if she can dye her hair she may fit in better, or cosmetically change herself to be accepted in different social circles. Both not cool with me. But parent your kid how you want. It's not my child, and I have no opinion on your choices.

Quoting Dani_Lynn:

 It's hair dye, not a boob job.  It's a temporary way for them to creatively express themselves.  I don't think a couple green streaks in my daughter's hair for field day is going to hurt her self image a bit.

Quoting USAFamily:

 I would never let my 7 year old dye her hair any color. I think it's important to love your self the way you are adn I don't think teaching our kids to cosmetically change themselves in elementary school sets them up with a good self image.

 

 

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