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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