Mary Thomaston couldn’t tell her 6-year-old daughter “no” again after she begged to have her hair dyed blue, purple, and yellow. Mary is a hairdresser, and her daughter, Lyra, is constantly exposed to her work.
“I’m always doing fun, colorful hair. She sees it all the time, and I have it myself, so of course she’s going to want it,” Mary said.
The mother agreed to transform her daughter’s hair, but she did not expect all the backlash. She showed off Lyra’s hair on Instagram, where the comments were quick to criticize.
“Sometimes we forget they’re little and not a little doll,” one person commented.
“Oh no I would never let my baby do this […] she can wait [until] she is older,” another said.
Mary told the naysayers that the hair dye is nontoxic, not permanent, and not harmful, and that she even checked with Lyra’s school first. Still, people were judgmental. That’s when the mother decided to really fire back.
“Dear Haters, I have this weird goal of raising self confident, self assured children, who know and feel the freedom of self-expression. So when my child asks for blue hair, I tell her how much I like her choice and how beautiful she is,” Mary wrote. “These things are opinions you are entitled to, your disrespectful comments about my child are not. […] Oh, and keep your negativity off my page next time.”
Lyra has come out of her shell since being able to sport her unique look, and Mary believes that is what counts the most.
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