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!"
"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?)