Is 7 too young for a little girl to bleach her hair?
Tori Spelling is no stranger to creating controversy. So she says she wasn't surprised at the public backlash to her decision to allow her 7-year-old daughter Stella to bleach her hair.
"Everything we do, I feel like, there's some people that are like, 'Great!' and some people, 'Not so great.' That's just part of being in the public eye," the star mom-of-four told People.
It all started when Spelling shared a photo of Stella's new, super blonde look on Instagram. The criticism was instant.
"Aww so young for hair color...teach her about natural beauty and she will be golden for life!" wrote one commenter.
"Is stellas hair bleached???????" balked another.
Despite the outcry, the star is standing by her decision to allow the dye job, saying, "It was a choice I made that I made with my daughter. That was a personal choice. It was something she wanted to do. It was something I agreed to do with her during the summer break."
Hey listen, I totally agree that as a parent, you make your own decisions and you cannot allow others' opinions to overly influence you. So for that reason, I say, "Good for you, Tori!"
But if it were my 7-year-old daughter who came to me and asked if she could dye her hair, my answer would be, "Hell, no!" I don't even want my second-grader to get her ears pierced, or wear makeup. So bleaching her hair is definitely out. I mean, why rush the growing-up process? Her teen years will be here way too soon as it is.
Meanwhile, Stella apparently decided she never wants to dye her hair again. Yup, I guess the mini-reality star realized early that beauty is pain. But when Spelling says, "Stella did it. She was 7 and she got it out of her system," I think she's being naive. That girl is going to be back in the salon at some point in her life, whether it's when she turn 11 or 21.
What's your take?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.