Florida Mom Dyed Her 2-Year-Old's Hair Pink And Got Harshly Criticized For It. Was It Really Unsafe Or Unethical?

Date October 22, 2018

How far are you willing to go to keep your child happy? Sometimes, children ask for something they may be too young for. Most parents just say no, some look for a compromise, and some readily give in to the child’s wishes.

One Florida mom agreed to dye her 2-year-old daughter's hair pink and was criticized for it by other parents. But is it really harmful or unethical?


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Mom dyes her toddler’s hair, gets slammed by people online

Charity Grace Leblanc, a mom from Clearwater, Florida, likes her hair dyed in bright colors. Her 2-year-old daughter Felicity wanted to look more like her and asked to dye her hair pink.


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The mom agreed! She dyed her daughter’s hair pink with what she described as a natural, semi-permanent dye and filmed the whole experience. She wrote in the disclaimer: “[It] is a direct dye and is safe for kids. It washed out in about 3-4 days.”


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The girl was super excited with the result. Many of Charity Grace's followers praised her for being progressive and letting her daughter do what she wanted.

However, some people were appalled, saying no one in their right mind would do that to a child. Here are some of their comments:

You are a very very bad mother 😑👎 neveeeeeeeeer

it is scandalous what is this mother who dyes the hair of her daughter at this age

She is just a little girl and you damaged her hair 😨

u insane ? This is the only one reason why u did this with this cute baby.... u will be a bad mom... (I really hope this cutepie is not ur girl)

You damaged her hair at a very young age. YOU SHOULD BE PUT IN JAIL

Stupid wanna be mother, n poor girl. Try to act as a responsible adult. Teach children to be simple, real and strong rather than promoting them as fashion icons of ur personal desires..


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It is safe to dye a young child’s hair? A few things to consider

If your child wants to dye her hair, there are several factors that you have to consider.

First of all, you need to take into account your child’s age. Dr. Sejal Shah, M.D., a New York-based dermatological surgeon, told Good Housekeeping:

I really don't think it's safe to dye or bleach a child's hair until after puberty, and ideally not until their late teens — at least 16.


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Well, that was about permanent hair dyes. Many of them contain harsh chemicals, which can cause damage to your child’s hair and even lead to a serious skin reaction or respiratory reaction.

If you want to dye your child’s hair anyway, you should use a nonpermanent color and off-scalp application, said Dr. Shah.

Hair expert Paul Labrecque is also against taking things too far. He told Good Housekeeping:

I give lots of kids bright color tips, but only with the approval of the parent – and the kid is usually 'camp age' or older.

In any case, if you want to dye your young child’s hair, talk to the child’s pediatrician first.

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