The stares. The looks. The pointing. All at my 15 year old daughter.
Why, you may ask, would any parent allow their child to color their hair a bright red?
Well, here’s the reason - she’s a good kid. A really good kid. If she feels rebellious and wild sporting red hair (which she asked me to color for her, BTW), my reaction will be, “Sure, sounds cool!”
Does this go against everything I value about using natural products? Yep.
Does this go against the norm for a Christian Homeschooled kid? Probably.
But, you know what? I’m okay with that.
I used to look at teenagers with mohawks or strangely colored hair and have a pre-conceived notion that they must be naughty kids, rebelling and going against everything their poor over-conservative parents taught them. Now I see past that. Teenagers are in a strange and foreign land trying to navigate the waters between childhood and adulthood. They want to exert their independence one moment and call you mommy the next. If my daughter wants to feel wild and independent – and her answer to that is dyeing her hair red – my answer is, knock yourself out. Go for it.
So the next time you see a teenager with a bright blue mohawk or teal colored hair, cut them some slack. They may end up going into the Missionary field and leading young people to Christ.
Until next time,