My Daughter Has Blue Hair!

Pepper has wanted to dye her hair for a very long time. As a three-year-old, she once brought me a box of black hair dye in the grocery store and asked if we could make her look like the woman on the front. I managed to convince her that little girls didn’t dye their hair, and she put the box back, but always in her mind, all these years, has been the desire to dye her hair.

For a while, she wanted peach. Then it was green. Then blond. I said “no”, “no”, and “no”. “Children don’t dye their hair,” I told her. And then, suddenly, children were dying their hair. And teenagers. And middle-aged women. Even grandmothers! A teacher I know added hot pink. An older woman at our church arrived one day with purple bangs. Everywhere I turned, I was seeing technicolor hair.

Meanwhile, Pepper’s long-seated resolve to dye had moved from simmer to boil. Blue was the color now. Pepper had to have blue hair.

And so, to celebrate the end of her eighth grade year, I scheduled an appointment at a salon. (For a brief moment, I considered dying her hair myself, but when I heard one YouTuber warning her listeners of the dangers of over-bleaching – how it could literally dissolve hair if left on too long – I decided to turn Pepper’s hair over to a professional).

Here is Pepper just before we left for the salon.


Now, if you have hair the color of Pepper’s, you’re going to have to bleach it before you add color.


(Thank you, Pepper, for taking photos of the entire dying process).

When the foil was removed, Pepper looked like this:


Then it was time for more foil – this time with blue dye instead of bleach.


More waiting….


(Pepper spent a lot of time waiting).


And, finally (two hours later), blue hair!


All right – not entirely blue. Just the bangs, but I told Pepper she was going to have to ease me into this whole colored hair “thing” slowly.

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Was Pepper pleased? Absolutely. She loves the look and is having a lot of fun coordinating her hair and her clothes. In her mind, it was worth every penny.


Especially since I was the one who paid for it.

From the dining room table, getting ready to crack open a Nancy Drew mystery. (For some reason, the urge to read them always strikes me in summer),

Mrs. Smythe


16 Comments on “My Daughter Has Blue Hair!

  1. My ‘just left eighth grade’ daughter has been wanting to dye her hair as well. She wants to “dip dye” it hot pink. She’s still on the losing end of the argument: I”m just not sure what to do. I figure I was being generous by letting her wear black Converse shoes with her pretty peach commencement dress. I do like Pepper’s bangs though: it’s different from what everybody else has but it looks nice. Maybe that’s how I can convince my daughter to get some bangs!

    • Ha! Good luck! Pepper is super persistent. She wore me down. I’m pretty conservative, so it took a while for me to warm to the idea. Now that it’s done, I’m surprised by how much I like the blue. Also – she’s gotten a lot of compliments, so I think I must trail farther behind the times than I realize.

  2. It’s a very Pepper look. Really cute on her.
    Guess I’ll just stick with grey.

    • I agree – It’s a very Pepper look. 🙂

  3. I have been thinking of a pink streak for some time! Maybe it’s time. BTY, I agree with summer books, I have read My Antonia every summer for many years?

    • I’d love to see you with a pink streak, Jane! You could pull it off. And, I remember reading My Antonia years back – I was pretty young, and I don’t think I fully appreciated it. I should probably give it another go.

  4. Pepper, I love it! Mrs. Smythe, what color are you contemplating…..?

    • Ha! It’s fun to see on other people, but I think it would look absurd on me.

    • You’re pretty “with it” for a grandma, Tea lady! 😉

    • Thank you, Neversummer! Good to hear from you. I’ll pass on your compliment to Pepper.

  5. I think it looks great!! And I have tossed around putting a purple
    streak in the front of my hair. Still debating.

    • Pepper says she thinks purple would look good on you. I think you should go for it, Moosh!

    • Thanks, Lisamarie! I passed your comment on to Pepper. (Great to hear from you!) 🙂