Mama Diaries

Monday, August 19, 2013

Hair Chalk

Yesterday, my daughter handed me a list of things she needed.  "Can you buy these for me?" she asked.

I looked at her list.  Mascara, lip balm, shampoo, nail polish, deodorant, and...hair chalk.

"Hair chalk?" I asked.  "What the heck is that?"

"It's cool, Mom.  You can make your hair really pretty with it.  And it's cheaper than getting highlights."

My daughter has been wanting highlights  for a long time.  When I researched how much it would be to have it done, I was in sticker shock:  Almost one hundred dollars.  "No highlights for you," I had said.  "Your hair is pretty just the way it is." 

She was very disappointed.  So now she had this alternative.  Hair chalk. 

"Can't you just use sidewalk chalk?" I asked.  And what happens if it rains on you?"

The girl gave me one of her roll-the-eyeball looks.  "No, Mom.  You can't use sidewalk chalk.  That would be so lame.  And if it rains, it'll wash out."

"So, what's the point of doing it?" I asked.  

"It looks pretty."

I sighed and investigated this hair chalk craze.  I saw pink, purple, blue, green, and turquoise hair chalk.  "Excuse me," I said.  "There are no normal colors here, and you're not going to run around with pink and turquoise hair!"

"But, Mom!"

"No 'buts.'  Unless you find a normal color that doesn't make you look like you stepped out of a punk rock magazine, you are not going to use hair chalk!"

End of story.


(If you'd like to see this hair craze, feel free to check out this video.  And I'm curious, would you let your kid go to school looking like this?)


23 comments:

  1. at least Bubba doesn't have that horrid Justin Beaver hairdo :)

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    1. Horrid is right! I think I'd have to shave his head if he ever did that!

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  2. Girls just want to have fun. (or so they say) Hair spray that coloured hair was what my girls used. It washed out in the next shampoo.

    With all that glam that's pushed by the likes of La GAGA, is it surprising?

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    1. It's not. You wouldn't believe how many kids I see with bright pink hair. Definitely not my style!

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  3. Wow. It's a real thing. I wouldn't let my kid out looking like that. Nope!

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    1. Hard to believe kids would chalk their hair!

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  4. Ha! Who knows what will be the next trendy thing for hair. Hair chalk is cheaper than highlights, though!

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    1. Yes. I should look at the bright side!

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  5. My hair has pink and blue highlights. I don't get them all the time. My stylist does not charge $100. Sometimes people ask me why I do this to my hair, and I say, Because I can. I'm divorced and 54 years old, and if I want pink and blue hair, I can have it. When The Hurricane was your daughter's age, even up until she was 18 and at college, I would not have allowed her to do such a thing to her hair. It doesn't look professional, but I don't have to look professional. The Hurricane just turned 27. Her hair is its natural color and she gets very nice hair cuts. She wouldn't use hair chalk or get unusual highlights because she knows how important her appearance is.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. The Hurricane once again shows her wisdom. And if you want to have pink and blue highlights, that's okay with me because it makes you happy (and I'm also not your Mama ;0)).

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  6. That is nuts indeed, $100 pfft to that. And chalk hmmm yeah skipping that too

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    1. I wonder how Schultz would look with chalked hair? ;)

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  7. Our niece's sixteen-year-old daughter just got blue streaks in her naturally blonde hair, and she looks adorable. She's a good student, respectful, intelligent, active in her church, and has a great personality. Having those blue streaks won't lessen any of those other things one little bit. The chalk is temporary, and probably not all that expensive. So, yeah, I'd let my daughter try the chalk. Maybe on the weekend initially, and if it didn't look objectionable to my hubby or me, I'd allow her to wear it to school, too. (Assuming it isn't contrary to school rules.) It isn't something I'd care to do with MY hair, but I don't see any harm to it. (Besides, my little girl is 35.)

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  8. It's different, it's fun, it's temporary but probably advisable only for holidays and weekends.

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    1. Holidays and weekends would be the only times I'd ever let her experiment with unusual fashions.

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  9. great post! following you now! I hope to see you in my blog sometimes. thanks!
    Kisses from VV!!
    www.voguelyvan.com

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    1. Thanks for the follow. I'll check out your blog.

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    1. I think, especially at school, that it can give the impression that she's a little punky and not studious. I also wonder how that would affect her behavior. When people dress professionally, they act professionally. The same would be true of the opposite.

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  11. I love it. I want hair chalk!! And if it rains and washes out, then you can have different colour hair in the morning and afternoon - what's not to love!!!

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    1. I'm sure it's probably lots of fun, but I wouldn't want her to give the impression that she's a wild, crazy girl.

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  12. Sorry--I'm a child of the 60s. I tried to talk my son into spraying a neon green streak in his hair back in the 80s--LOL! I told him he could get piercings because they don't really show once you take them out and will grow over or he could dye his hair or spray it any color he wanted because it would grow out--but I didn't want him to get a tattoo because they don't go away so he'd have to wait until he was 18 if he wanted to do that. He never went for any of it!

    Yes, I'd let her have a modest colored streak or two. They wash right out. I'd probably be the one putting it on for her (so she wouldn't go too wild). How did I get such a conservative kid--LOL! ;)

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