Coloring Kids' Hair
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I am a 12-year old girl and I would like to get purple streaks in my hair. My mother has health concerns and I would like to know if any other mothers have done research on the safety of getting highlights/streaks and what they found out. Also, is there a more natural or safer kind of dye that would still be vibrant and if so, which beauty salons use it? Thanks for your help. Anon
My advice would be to go to the Beauty Supply shop and ask them about healthier products. You have to bleach your hair if it's dark and then dye it, so you need to find out about two different products. One thing I do know is that you want to stay away from products that have ammonia in them. It's bad to breathe in. I dyed my daughter's hair many times, many colors. She has graduated high school successfully with all of her brain cells (as far as I know). If you do it in your bathroom, line the floors and sink with newspaper so you don't dye the room too and wear plastic gloves. have fun peacock!
Try Manic Panic! Natural products from a great company based in NYC's East Village. This is a well established company that made its name in the glam rock days! (Ask your parents.) We bought their product at a beauty supply store in San Leandro (in Washington Plaza), but I believe Manic Panic products are very widely available. Check out their website at manicpanic.com for more info. Patricia
Hair extensions are an alternative to bleaching out and then dying sections of hair. As a birthday present, we treated our daughter to two extensions at $10/each, and they lasted about 7 weeks. Hers were synthetic, and the salon mixed electric blue and purple in each one. Have fun! Maybe I'll get neon extensions too :-)