A few years ago, I went to visit my brother and his wife and kids. I was excited to see my nieces and nephews because it had been quite a while since we had some QT. But when my 8-year-old nephew turned the corner with his little nugget head shaved into a gold ‘hawk, my mouth hit the floor.
Eight, I say! 8!
I asked his parents what was up with the Sisqo-meets-Mr-T-do and his mom explained to me that he’d been begging for the style for some time, so she finally gave in. Besides him having a small ass head, I did think he was a little tender to be rocking such an adult look.
“Don’t you think he’s a bit too young to be getting his hair dyed,” I questioned. She gave me a look. I didn’t have the energy to argue, so I let that sh*t go.
But as time went by, I started to notice that my nephew wasn’t the only young buck roaming the streets with the Dennis Rodman. Youngins eeevveeeeeerrrryyyy-where began following this colored mohawked-peacocked trend. I’ve literally seen kids as young as 5 looking like they’re auditioning for The Golden Lords.
The Golden Lords
And I’m just like:
So what’s the problem?
Number one: Hair dyes, just like relaxers and perms
, or any other hazardous chemical that comes with instructions and a warning label, can pose quite a few health threats. Whether it’s as small as hair damage (which increases with the use of bleach, and blonde seems to be the crowd favorite), or something more serious like allergic reactions, lost of eyesight or burnt scalp. Should a child who could barely tie his own shoe be exposed to something that has the potential to take and eye out?
Secondly, I’ve noticed that this new land of colorful kiddie strands is most popular among young boys. Now that I think of it, I’ve yet to see a little girl younger than a teenager prancing around with permanent blonde or brown hair. I’ve actually spoken to parents who’ve said they would never let their little girl color her hair, but two weeks later, their little son is stepping out fly as hell with the Odell Beckham.
What’s the message here?
Hair dye is inappropriate for kids…if those kids happen to be little girls. But if chemically altering the color of ones hair comes with an age restraint, why is it gender-specific? Ten-year-old Mackenzie looks “too grown” with a bleached blonde Beyonce bob, but little Joshua is just “a good kid who plays sports and does well in school, so there’s no harm in letting him get his dream ‘do.”
Me, I say no hair dye for any kid under the age of 18! I mean, if you’re old enough to go to jail, buy cigarettes and go to war, you might as well go ahead and dye your damn dome while you’re at it.