Kingston Rossdale


Why doesn't anyone ever say anything about celebrities dyeing their kids' hair? Isn't it a bit odd for small children, such as Gwen Stefani's son, to have dyed locks?
—Shellytron, via the inbox

You speak of Kingston Rossdale's blue mohawk—not even a fauxhawk, mind you, but a real mashup of buzz razor, blue dye and a mysterious Dippity Doo-like substance—which, sure, is quite unusual for a 5-year-old.

But is there really any harm in it?

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We should note that Kingston is not alone. Courteney Cox's daughter, Coco, 7, recently dyed her hair purple. And when he was 7, Maddox Jolie-Pitt sported a blue mohawk as well. As for the rest of the planet's kindergartners, it is safe to say that the majority tend to keep things natural up top.

"It is odd," psychologist Dr. Jenn Berman, author of The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy, Confident Kids, says of the celebrity kiddie dye trend. "But most celebrities have very creative minds, and come from a business where the boundaries are very different. A celebrity is more likely to let children experiment with their looks."

For the most part, the practice is harmless, she says.

"If you're a celebrity, you come from a culture that reinvents itself aesthetically all the time," Berman notes. "I don't think there is a harm in letting your child dye their hair. The only way it would be harmful is if it's a symptom of a lack of boundaries."

Like what, you may ask?

"Say, if the child doesn't have a regular bedtime, if he or she can get away with treating people poorly—the hair dying can be a sign of a parent that never says no. But if it's just a sign of creative parents, it's more of a positive thing."

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