Q&A: At What Age Should My Child Be Allowed to Dye Her Hair?

Teen parenting expert Rosalind Wiseman discusses the appropriate age for kids to change their hair color.

Q. I think my daughter, at 12, is too young to dye her hair. Do you agree? She's been begging to do it.

A. There's something to be said for learning through experience. As in, your brown-haired daughter goes blonde, it comes out hideously orange and then she has to pay for someone at a salon to return it to her normal color.

But if you really don't want to go down that road, I'd tell her that she can dye it when she's 14—but she has to use her own money, no matter what happens.

Originally published in the May 2010 issue of Family Circle magazine.