1. She's asked for pink hair on and off for a couple of years now--it wasn't a momentary whim.
But it was against school rules to have a non-natural hair color, so we never dyed it. And let's be honest, that magenta is NOT natural! Since she's homeschooled, we're not breaking any rules. If she were in school, she wouldn't have pink hair.
(That's why she has no Facebook account even though she wants one. She's not old enough and we will not let her lie about her birthday to get one.)
2. She's 11 and wanting to experiment with finding her own style. In light of some of the hoochy-mama and immodest clothes that are out there, pink hair seems relatively minor to me.
3. It's semi-permanent and will fade over time. It won't last forever!
4. I dyed it for her, so the whole process cost less than a new outfit.
5. It looks really cute on her! Have to say, her blue eyes really pop with hot pink hair.
6. She wanted it for herself.
Not because her friends were doing it, not because a boy said it would be cool (not that she cares about boys at all at this point!), not because she's seen anyone else with pink hair.
We had some good conversations while I sectioned and colored all that hair (she has a LOT of hair). The truth is, if she were doing it for those reasons, I would not have let her do it. And she gets that.
7. Her daddy said yes. If he'd said no, her hair wouldn't be pink.
8. She's seeing that changing how she looks doesn't change who she is.
Pink hair is fun, but she's still herself and still needs to make wise choices every single day about who she will be and how she will act.
9. She didn't whine and complain and nag about it. She gave us time to think about it, and I really think she'd have been okay if we'd said no.
10. In light of 1-9, why not?