When mum shared her daughters new funky hairdo she did not expect the response she received.

Mary Thomaston, a hair stylist and mother from Florida was asked by her daughter, Lyra, for a unicorn-inspired haircut. Mary always dyes her own funky hair in various shades, and her daughter had been asking to shave the side of her head and add in some rainbow colours for years. Mary distracted her daughter for as long as she could, but eventually Lyra insisted on a new look for first grade.

“I told her if the school gives us permission then I’ll do it, and they allowed it. Her hair is already really light so all I had to do was add the temporary colour. I tried to talk her out of the shaved side because I thought she might regret it once it was done but boy was I wrong. She was sooooo excited,” Mary told Luxury Spot.

Mary posted pics of her daughter’s daring new haircut on social media and received a mixed response. Some people supported the creative expression and wanted similar looks for their own kids, while others left hurtful remarks about her and said that her daughter was too young, and that such decisions should be saved for adults.

To this, Mary responded, “Really? Because when you’re a grown up with crazy-coloured hair, people say that such things are for kids. It’s a contradiction. I say why not let them have fun while they’re young! Who knows what type of job she may end up with, but a lot of them won’t allow unnatural colours. When you think about it that way, it’s actually the perfect time to let them experiment with colour.”

She shared the photos of the finished hairdo to Instagram, she was accused of “poisoning” her daughter and told Lyra was far too young for such a big decision.

“Sunblock actually has more harmful chemicals than Manic Panic,” Mary says. “While I’m not one of those moms who gives into her child’s every wish, I will reward my child for being a great kid. This is something she really wanted, and I knew it was safe so I figured why not?”

“When you think about it that way,” she wrote, “it’s actually the perfect time to let them [children] experiment with colour.”

Thomaston also addressed accusations that she was “poisoning” her daughter, explaining that she used Manic Panic which is non-toxic and non-permanent.

“Don’t worry folks, It’ll wash out,” she wrote. “[Lyra] wasn’t harmed in the process. Just putting that out there as some people seem to be having a hard time with me colouring my child’s hair. It’s hair…it’ll grow back!’ she said.

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  • People really do need to mind their own business. Not my cup of tea, but why not!! ?


  • While i dont personally like her hair and i think alot of schools would have problems with it as its so different from what is considered normal, neat and tidy im all for freedom to express yourself how ever you want. Shes a cute kid and its great to see she knows who she wants to be regardless of what others think, especially at such a young age!


  • Everyone has the right to free expression as long as it does not offend others. Personally I believe the child is too young to have a hair colouring like that. I remember my brother using peroxide on his hair when he was about 10 and the school expelled him until he came back natural. I did think this was not a se mental.
    vere punishment. My Dad went


  • Some schools have …very….strict rules re hair…. Length – shoulder length or tied back, also done that it doesn’t fall into the faces at all. No make-up or nail polish. I suggest you let them experiment with colours during the school holidays and make sure they disappear before the kids go back to school.
    Sunscreens that have fragrance in them are the ones that have the worst chemicals in them. For adults the baby/kids ones are as effective as those with perfume etc in them. I have asked at 3 different pharmacies about this. I didn’t like the thought that some tend ot push particular brands. The pharmacies were 3 differently bannered ones too.


  • I am also one that would probably worry about the dangers of the dye but it just shows we don’t know everything. It’s non toxic and non permanent …and personally I feel looks wonderful ..mum has done an amazing job…and the child certainly does seem to like it and that’s something that matters.


  • I think her hair look’s fantastic and the colour will wash out so it’s not an issue!


  • It’s just coloured hair. She isn’t encouraging risky behaviours or doing anything damaging so why not.


  • My daughter colours her hair since she’s 11 years old. Just bright pink strands while her hair is light blond. It’s pretty harmless and washes out in some weeks. And sunblock is more poisonous indeed ! Personally I don’t like shaved up sides at all, so I would discourage my kids to do that even when they would be 16 year, lol.


  • Not what I would like to see my grandchildren wearing – but I won’t judge others.


  • My grand daughter has the EXACT SAME haircut!!! She was visiting a few weeks ago and we put a bright pink wash out dye in it. She looked fantastic as she also has light hair and it really showed the pink. She is here to visit again but what do you know the wash out dye has WASHED OUT!! She is only nine so I guess we have lots more hairstyles and colours ahead.


  • I think she looks great & as mum said it will wash out & her hair will grow back
    This will not scar her for life & she’ll have great photos to show her grandkids


  • I find it worrying that people have a need to make themselves stand out from the crowd with hair colours, piercings, tattoos etc rather than have a strong self worth without the need for external decoration. Maybe I’m just overthinking it.


  • I find her hair so artistic! She must be so proud of it!! I like it!!


  • It is a very distinct style and I believe children should be in their teen years before committing to hair colours, but I would not vilify or be horrid to anyone for their choices. I do not understand unkind comments and words.


  • Not sure what I think about this post!


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