April 11, 2008

Hair dye ..Not So Innocent! Girl Looks Alien!

Filed under: opinions,Random — Kaveeta Oberoi Kaul @ 12:25 pm
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Kaveetaa Kaul a price!! The compunctions that motivate adoption of techniques enhancing looks across genders, ages, demographics, class, nationalities has never been more pronounced as is today. ‘What you see is what you get’ presumably now an adage referring to outward appearances rather than inner worth as originally connoted.

No harm would reckon. ‘Look good to feel good’ is a reality that cannot be shunned. “Do gooders are left to the ‘karma yoga’ sites or otherwise lost in jungles of anonymity.

A matter of concern however is the filtering down of this overpowering obsession even among those not yet stepped into teens. One is quite stupendously amazed, in an ‘eye rolling upwards’ kind of way at the Bollywoodisation of lil girls and boys. The rampancy threatens to take over nationally, thanks to programmes like ‘Chhote ustad’ which originated as a talent hunt and progressed regressesed into an overt show of precocious mannerisms which left me highly appalled. Loss of tragic!

And there is a price to pay sometimes more ghastly than just a matter of ideologies. Cosmetics are not quite as innocuous as believed. Read through .. a horrendous experience.

A teenager eager to shed her frocks and join the league of ‘grown ups’ in her thirteenth year decided to dye her hair brown, with full support of her mother. This led to drastic results.

A teenager was left in agony and covered in weeping sores after suffering a severe allergic reaction to hair dye.

Lois Queen, 13, was rushed to hospital after using L’Oreal Casting Crème Gloss in chocolate brown.

Her face is still swollen 10 days after using the product and she’s vowed never to dye her hair again.

Miss Queen bought the hair dye from a local shop near her home in Mottingham, south London, for £5.99.

The mother and daughter claim to have done the ‘patch test’ which ascertains probability of an allergic reaction. They allege that even after the said test, Lois broke into sores and a severe allergy no sooner had she applied the dye.

This has made headlines all over the globe..literally. One cannot rule out rival companies fanning the flames to tarnish the reputation of L’oreal as much as the mother daughter looking for a fat pie as compensation. While avoiding to assign causes and attribute reasons for this big hullabaloo, one is struck by two dominant strains of thought.

1) Why did the mother not feel the slightest bit of hesitation in permitting the use of dyes at such a tender age? Dyes are harsh.. everybody knows that. Just how callous we are as parents is evident from this example. I guess most adults are so swept into the world of falsity, appearances, winsome looks, that they stop reacting to outrageous demands of the kind from kids. Of course with films like ‘Lil Miss sunshine’ and the likes, kids are adults and in the game soon as they are out of their pampers.

Most dont lament this deprivation of innocent childhood, loss of a time where rolling in mud, unaware of how one looks climbing up a wall/tree oblivious of knickers showing, the carefree breathlessness of life when a new day meant only a search for innovative mischief… its relegated to the villages..or is it? Television as a monster is creeping up making inroads even in the most backward of areas. Politicians can use lack of infrastructure as an excuse for paucity of progressive reforms..How come the media does not encounter any such?

2) Had this taken place in India would the company have displayed quickness in action? Especially since she bought it for home use and it was not at a a beauty parlour which would validate her claims? definitely no..unless of course she was savvy enough to use the media.

Consumer redressal is at a pathetic low in India. Its a matter of fighting for your rights and the battle is demanding. While the errant company has a battery of lawyers on their payroll, employed as a matter of course, the victim suffers loss of time money and faith.

One hopes this serves as a warning to parents and kids. There is an age and physical readiness as a factor for experimenting can never be over ruled or side stepped.

( Sigh) Little girls entering into their teens a glow with the promise of a fulfilling life ought to be readied to face the world with equanimity, grace, patience and wisdom.

Color of hair would matter little.. color of heart..much more!!

Kaveetaa Kaul

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  1. good past…and kids now a days are not kids anymore…they are more adult than adults…they know exactly what they wanna they gonna go about it..but somewhere the innocence, playfulness, the care-free atitude has gone for a toss

    Comment by rahul — April 11, 2008 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  2. I am in absolute consonance with you. I thought I was the only one quite overwhelmed by the dresses, attitude and songs sung by ‘chhote ustaad’ contestants. Absurd . About loss of childhood, nothing can be truer.

    Comment by dilip — April 11, 2008 @ 6:21 pm | Reply

  3. Hair Dye at 13? What are children coming to?…

    She wanted to dye her hair for her birthday! At age 13.. Loss of innocence.. where are the children?…

    Trackback by Anonymous — April 11, 2008 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

  4. Rahul remember that song “woh kaagaz ki kashti woh baarish ka paani..yeh daulat bhi le lo yeh shohrat bhi le lo’..Will these children have such memories like we had?

    Dilip..Oh yeah selection of songs!No doubt the talent was so overpowering that for a moment one forgets that these were in fact kids.

    Comment by kaveetaakaul — April 11, 2008 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

    silly girl should of known she was allergic…
    i mean…christ how stupid.

    oh no!! why would 13 year olds dye their hair??

    Comment by Smoke Trees — July 2, 2008 @ 6:31 am | Reply

  6. ohhh…..awwwwwww i would feel sooo bad for her….srry that happedned

    Comment by lily — July 6, 2008 @ 1:17 am | Reply

  7. erm.
    Is there a certain age for dying hair..?
    You people act like you have never dyed your hair..
    Im 14 years old and ive dyed my hair about 15 times.
    What does it matter.
    I will dye my hair as much as i want
    and it has no concern for anybody else!.

    Comment by Kelly — October 9, 2008 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  8. It would seem an early age to be exposing oneself to potentially dangerous chemicals in hair dyes. If you feel you must color your hair, there is a company (it is located in the USA) that produces a line of permanent hair colors that is completely free of harmful chemicals like PPD, ammonia, resorcinol. pthalates, coal tar dyes, amines, etc. The company is called Advanced Cosmetic Technologies and you can find them at

    They are salon quality and actually leave your hair beautifully conditioned! Take a look and color away!!

    Comment by Edgar — November 11, 2008 @ 7:02 am | Reply

  9. better be carefull its not a joke..

    Comment by Lilly — April 9, 2009 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

  10. I agree Kelly, if she wanted to dye her hair, then she should, there is no age limit, and what you said about “Being too young to expose yourself to those chemicals” really doesnt matter, cause no matter the age it would have happend anyways. This is just a case of a girl (Like ALL others) wanting to dye their hair, nothing is wrong with the scenario, it was just an accidental allergic reaction. And Edgar, who seriously is gonna go to a company for advanced cosmetic technologies? I bet if I took a survey at a school, no one has done that. People this isnt a big deal. ***And when did dying your hair ever become a loss of innocense!? Its not like she’s a slut wanting to change her hair color! I look at it as simple hair pigment coloration.

    Comment by Sam — May 16, 2009 @ 9:25 am | Reply

  11. i had the same problem i dyed my hair last year i spent Christmas and new years eve in hospital on a breathing machine… i am 15 now and i still have all my burns on my ears and my back, and by the looks of it this girl came off allot lighter then i did… i think that the reason girls and boys dye there hair is to fit in and look cool to everyone else but after the amount of pain i surfed i wouldn’t ever again touch hair dye, hair dye should be handled by people who work in hair salons, it should not be sold in little box’s for anyone to use.

    Comment by chloe — February 24, 2010 @ 2:07 am | Reply

  12. That’s crazy shit :O omg I feel sorry for her but if she was getting a alergic reaction in the begining why keep going? If I was getting a alergic reaction I won’t keep on doing it.

    Comment by Alexis — March 20, 2010 @ 10:32 pm | Reply

  13. Why are you all treating this girl like she is 7 years old? She is 13… surely old enough to change the color of her hair. I started when I was 12. Does coloring ones hair change their personality? No. Does it make ones innocence diminish? No. I personally do not see the problem here. It is a physical change, not an internal change. A 13 year old would be in about 8th grade. That is almost high school. You’re telling me she isn’t old enough to die her hair? Is she not old enough to stay home by herself either? I mean come on now people! Think about the shit you did when you were her age. Oh an by the way, that allergic reaction would have happened even if she were 45 years old.

    Comment by Rachel — August 5, 2010 @ 4:48 am | Reply

  14. I honestly don’t think you can get angry at a company over an allergic reaction, Allergic reactions are very unpredictable. My friend is deadly allergic to nuts and it still takes about 1 to 2 hours before threatening results. Hair Dye is something you apply to your skin for testing, you don’t eat it, and allergic response may not be that quick. When I was 13 I started dying my hair, but I used henna to make it really red, and I didn’t do it because I watched TV shows, I had a really dull brown, with stripes of grey because i lack some pigment on places 😛

    Allergic reactions are still just really unfortunate happenings, I can go on and on over this but .. this post is getting long.

    Comment by Rosalie — September 12, 2010 @ 4:28 pm | Reply

  15. If her allergy was so severe that the reaction started as she put the tint on, if she had done a skin test properly she would have reacted enough to let her know she had an allergy. Either she did the test and thought she’d chance it, she didn’t do the test at all or she didn’t follow the instructions properly. Stupid girl. It’s her own fault.

    Comment by Chris — September 18, 2010 @ 11:21 pm | Reply

  16. i really like to color my hair and i would love to try different hair colors specially auburn .~*

    Comment by Carola Freudenberger — November 17, 2010 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  17. I don’t think that teenagers dying their hair is a big issue.
    Firstly, it wasn’t because of her age that this accident happened. There is just as much chance of her having the same reaction if she was aged 23 instead.
    Secondly, everyone has different ways to express their personality. As an artistic person, ive dyed my hair different colours since the age of 15, some more flamboyant than others, and after doing a patch test, it’s always turned out fine.
    My guess is that this girl either didn’t do the test patch correctly, or just didnt do it at all.

    Comment by Jenny — January 29, 2011 @ 2:59 am | Reply

    • I agree with you. My best friend and I started dyeing our hair at 12 or 13 and I am now in my 40s. The article actually said that the girl broke into sores after the patch test so the mother is obviously an idiot for actually carrying on with the dye! If they want to wear make up that is ok too. My 14 year old daughter used to put far too much on but has now really learnt how to do it subtly and she looks lovely!

      Comment by Paula — April 10, 2012 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

  18. Im a professional hair dresser. I have mothers bringing their five year old daughters in for a few highlights or what have you. Then I have clients coming in with their 18 year old children who have ever had color in their life because “they live under their parents rules” Honestly its personal lifestyle. theres no wrong or right way to answer. it all depends on how the household works. Me personally, Ive been coloring my hair since I was 13 and am now a very successful cosmetologist in the beauty industry. Did coloring my hair make me a bad person? No. Allergies come a dime in a dozen. Box color can be very unforgiving.

    Comment by Jessica — April 23, 2012 @ 2:18 am | Reply

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