Rainbow Brite

I completely forgot to post these pictures. Tessa Marie colored her hair; little Roxy Mae followed suit. I know there are a lot of nay-sayers who are wagging their fingers right now, but I think it’s important to let kids express themselves outwardly (within reason). It’s just hair, it washes out. There will be a time when they have a stringent dress code to adhere to, and their chosen careers might not allow brightly colored hair. Maybe Roxy got a bit of a head start, but there’s no time like your youth.

As a matter of fact, I was a member of the blue hair club when I was a teenager (as well as bright red and purple) – and I turned out alright. My sisters and I have been lucky to have a mom who gave us creative freedom and embraced our innocent phases (the less innocent were dealt with in a proper manner). It only makes sense that Amanda has chosen the same parental role. I think Roxy’s color has since washed out, but I rather enjoyed my little candy land girls’ rainbow hair.

Love love and candy colored tresses,

Keiko Lynn

Edit: When I was coloring Tessa’s hair, a family friend was in the other room telling Tessa’s dad that she is probably “trying to find herself.” When they called her into the room, she yelled, “Hold on! I’m trying to find myself, give me a minute!” I love her

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  1. I think it's adorable and that it looks amazing! (Of course, I'm biased, as a blue haired individual myself.) Do you know what blue dye they used on Tessa's hair? It turned out GREAT!

  2. aw, they look so happy!
    letting kids "embrace creative freedom" is definitely the best way to go. SIGH I've always wanted to dye my hair blue, but my parents would probably object too much D:
    child/teenager-hood is the perfect time for having fun and experimenting, no one to judge or people to impress

    Tessa looks like such a mermaid!

  3. Michelle: I used some manic panic color on her. It washes out pretty quickly, so you have to touch it up often.

    Katy: If you use a temporary dye like manic panic, it washes out after a few weeks!

  4. I never comment [save the time I told you you were a ray of sunshine I wanted to keep in my pocket] but I read everything you post – and you know I read as much for these amazing little posts on your family as I do your take on all things fashion. I love that Roxie is such a little Sprite and your relatiosnhip with Tessa is so much like mine with my baby sister – in short, your blogs always make my day a little brighter and I adore you!

  5. How awesome! I think I colored my hair every color in the rainbow when I was in high school. You are totally right–kids should have a chance to have fun and experiment with things!

  6. They look fab. I love Roxie's hair; I think she looks adorable. Who cares if she has pink hair? I worry more about the trend of dressing little girls like twenty-something club goers. Roxie just looks like a happy, beautiful little girl. And Tessa does look like a mermaid with her hair! It's great!

  7. When I saw the last 2 pictures I thought "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"! I love that movie and love the girls hair!

    I wish I had waves like that! Super envious!

  8. oh, so gorgeous!
    you're absolutely right, i've never understood parents who won't let their kids do anything 'out of the ordinary'.
    the importance of having parents who can help you with looking awesome, growing into yourself well and fighting through the horribleness of insecurity and self-loathing can't be understated.

  9. I used to dye my hair purple in my early teens and I had a large pump pack of the Fudge dye. My dad was rummaging for some hand soap in the bathroom cupboards aaaaand grabbed the dye, washed his hands and had to explain at work (he's a fireman) for the next week why he had purple hands.

  10. oh how very cute they are. The blue hair is very bright! It reminds me of how when I was in seventh grade I went and dyed my hair pink in the school bathroom and got so in trouble for it. They did not like that I had pink hair at all, and what was worse, that I did it on school time. oh pish posh!

  11. Awww, the younger one is so cute! Tessa is also very beautiful girl. I remember how I used to dye my hair pink when I was something like 11-12. My parents weren't very happy about it, but it washed away! Since then I have permanently coloured my hair orange, red, purple, black and multi-coloured… Pretty much everything. Nowdays I prefer just natural dark brown. Good bye to those crazy days!

  12. I couldn't agree more. I was lucky enough to have parents who let me wear whatever I wanted, when I wanted to. I think it's so important to let kids express myself. Besides, both of their hair looks stellar, so who's to judge?

  13. If we can cover kids' faces in thick, oily face paint then I don't see why some wash-out hair dye could be all that bad. I was of the lucky sort whose parents gave them lots of creative freedom with dressing and makeup growning up and I definitely think it's important.

    Plus those pictures are adorable!

  14. ittybittykitty79 says:

    It's so funny to run into this, my 11 year old is bugging me to let her dye her hair. I feel that since I had to wait until I was 16 to do it (Manic Panic Rubine, also this was the mid-90's and in my South Texas town it was utterly shocking at the time) she needs to wait too. At least until she's in high school. Maybe I am being too strict or maybe I'm jealous that kids today can do things at a younger age and it's generally more accepted. Maybe after seeing your post I'll relax for the summer. 🙂

    PS: Your nieces are adorable!

  15. Too cute! I wasn't allowed to colour my hair as a youngster but I am now loving being a grown up lady with pink in her hair. Wish I was as adorable as these two though!

  16. Roxy's hair is soooooooooooo adorable!!!! It's too bad I didn't see it…): Tessa's hair was AMAZING!! We dyed it again and it look amazing….still. I lurve it!! xoxo, ClaireBear(: p.s. Tessa's dresses are so beautiful!!! You did a wonderful job!!

  17. Aw… this story reminds me of the time I dyed part of my hair fire engine red in junior high (probably used Manic Panic as well). I went to a conservative private school, and the prinicpal had a fit and called my mother. He was going to write me up for dyeing my hair an "unnatural color," which violated the dress code. My mom snapped back, "Excuse me, but last I checked red IS a natural color!" Needless to say, we won. 🙂 And the dye did, of course, wash out. Naturally. 😉

  18. TessaMarie the Extraordinary! says:

    Why thank you Gayle! And yes Claire! I need your help with my hair again soon! We need to stripe my bangs for the 4th of July!!!