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How to Convince Your Mother to Let You Dye Your Hair

You just want to express your unique sense of style and have fun while you're young. If your mom doesn't see it that way, try these tips to get her to get on board.


  • Step 1: Don't burn bridges by throwing a tantrum if she initially says no. Calmly ask her to think it over some more and get back to you.
  • Step 2: Try a bit of bait and switch if she still won't allow it. Tell her you want to get either a tattoo or nose piercing, as well. She may decide that hair dye is the lesser of two evils.
  • FACT: L'Oreal founder and French chemist Eugene Schueller developed one of the first synthetic hair dyes in 1909.
  • Step 3: Tell her you've been saving your money and can pay for the color yourself. Remind her that having it done by a professional means it'll be done right the first time.
  • TIP: Make sure you won't regret the color you've chosen. It may take a long time to grow your hair out if you make a mistake.
  • Step 4: Ask nicely if you can dye your hair and tell her all the reasons why you want to do it. You may now argue that you've grown and matured, as evidenced by your previous good behavior, and are ready to make grown-up decisions.
  • Step 5: Choose a reasonable, mainstream color, like blond, and consider just a few face-framing highlights at first. Ask her which color she might like and talk to her about a temporary dye that will wash out.
  • Step 6: Get on her good side. Do your homework, help around the house, and generally be courteous and polite. She may be suspicious, but keep it up to get her to think that you've grown from an immature child to a responsible and mature teenager.

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