Recently, a mother asked Reddit whether she was wrong for dyeing her child’s hair even though she checked whether it was safe and took all precautions. Here’s the full story.
She Loves Coloring Her Hair
The Original Poster (OP) is a 28-year-old who absolutely loves dyeing her hair.
She Had a Rough Childhood
OP was bullied a lot while she was growing up, which had an impact on her confidence and self-esteem.
As a result, OP experimented with hair color when she was fifteen and fell head over heels in love with it.
Hair Coloring Helped Her
She gained a sense of self-assurance as a result, and she began to make friends, join clubs, and enjoyed her time in high school.
OP still colors her hair now, but not as frequently. These days, she only does it every three to four months.
Her Daughter Is Her Biggest Supporter
OP has a 5-year-old daughter who we’ll refer to as “Lily.” When it comes to coloring OP’s hair, Lily has been one of her biggest supporters.
She has assisted OP in choosing the colors of her hair since she was around two years old, and they both enjoy doing it together.
She Always Asks Her to Dye Her Hair
Since Lily turned five, she has been requesting to get her hair colored too, but OP has been denying her requests for one reason – hair loss.
OP has been dying her hair for a long time, as mentioned, and she says the hair damage is real.
Her Daughter Has Beautiful Hair
Lily has natural blonde hair which everyone loves, and she shares OP’s passion for her hair.
She frequently requests that OP experiment with other hairstyles on her to see how they turn out.
She’s Been Putting It Off
OP has been putting off telling her that she can get her hair dyed once she’s a little bit older, but she is being persistent.
She Finally Decided to Color Her Daughter’s Hair
So OP simply decided to do it for her benefit and to stop her from begging constantly.
OP picked up some washable pink hair dye so it wouldn’t be permanent.
She Researched Beforehand
In order to confirm that her daughter was not allergic to it and to confirm that it was good for her hair, OP made sure to do a ton of research first.
Her daughter’s face lit up when she saw the hair dye, and OP shared it made her heart so happy.
She Dyed Her Daughter’s Hair
OP was careful to only dye the ends so as not to give her pink hair all over. Plus, OP checked to see whether it would complement her hair and that it wasn’t some fluorescent bright pink.
When they were done, the outcome looked fantastic. She was ecstatic about her new hair, too.
Things Took a Turn
This is where the problems began. OP had agreed to attend her parent’s house for a small Mother’s Day barbeque party. Both Lily and OP went.
Her Parents Never Like Dyeing
OP’s parents have never liked the fact that OP colored her hair and they still don’t, but they don’t bring it up anymore and don’t appear to care as much.
But as soon as OP arrived, Lily’s hair caught everyone’s attention, and OP knew they weren’t those “Oh my god, her hair is so pretty!” looks.
Her Mother Was Furious
As soon as they entered, OP’s mother grabbed her hand and shouted, “What were you thinking?”
She Said It Was Not a Big Deal
OP attempted to justify it by saying that Lily had been really looking forward to it and OP didn’t want to let her down. She added that it’s easy to remove and that it’s not like she gave her child a complete head of neon pink hair.
But her mother wasn’t happy with this, and she gave her the cold shoulder the rest of the night.
Now OP feels bad about what happened so she took to Reddit to ask if she was wrong for dyeing her daughter’s hair.
Readers Weigh In
Hundreds of Reddit comments came in support of OP. One Reddit user wrote, “You made sure that this couldn’t do permanent damage to your daughter’s hair, and whatever negative opinions your other relatives might have are irrelevant in the face of your daughter’s happiness with this.”
Another Redditor pointed out that if it’s washable, it’s not even dyed, and that OP essentially just played dress-up with her daughter. A third Reddit user wrote, “You did all the right things by doing research and making sure that it was something your daughter really wanted. In 20 years, the two of you can look back on all the cute photos of the first time she got her hair dyed. Thanks for supporting your daughter.”
So what is your opinion? Was OP wrong for what she did?
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