Florida mom gets heat for giving daughter 'unicorn' hair
A Florida mom is getting major heat for giving her daughter "unicorn" hair after photos of the 6-year-old sporting a nautical blue 'do went viral on Instagram.
Commenters haven't held back, questioning why Panama City Beach's Mary Thomaston would dye her child's head teal and blue, with a small sun pattern peaking out on the side. It's a pretty wild style — and totally in this season.
While "unicorn hair" — a nickname for pastel-colored dye jobs — is mainly trending among adults, Thomaston isn't the only kid rocking pastel hair in the Sunshine State.
Heck, a colorist in St. Petersburg just gave a different youngster some pastel accents, albeit a lot more subtle than Thomaston's daughter's.
(Full disclosure: This is probably a good time to bring up that the St. Pete stylist above is my colorist …. And I have lavender unicorn hair.)
Thomaston said on Instagram that her daughter begged for the hairstyle. People upset over the hairdo commented the dye could harm the girl, that Thomaston must have "forced" the 6-year-old to be her "doll" and that it was borderline inhumane to make a child sit that long.
"I use all @manicpanicnyc to color my daughters hair," Thomaston fired back on her Instagram account, where she features several of her colored creations. "Don't worry folks it'll wash out. She wasn't harmed in the process. Just putting that out there since some people seem to be having a hard time with me coloring my child's hair. It's hair....it'll grow back!"
Thomaston even wrote that she checked with her daughter's school before the color went in to ensure it was within the dress code.
Since Yahoo picked up the story on Tuesday, Thomaston's account seems to be flooded with a lot of hair-color love.
She first posted pictures of her daughter's cool hair about a month ago, but posted pictures this week of the 6-year-old getting some touch ups.
Doesn't seem like any haters are bringing the kid down.
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