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When you are a mum, when does the hard work stop? I thought that things would be easier at some point but that’s simply not the case. Whether you are French or English, you always have to correct your children’s mistakes. Always. I am fortunate, it isn’t that bad. To cut a long story short, my teenage daughter decided to bleach her hair.

Well, it didn’t work.

And guess who has to pay to correct the mess ? Me, of course.

Hubby wanted me to buy something cheap at the supermarket in order for me to do it myself, but first of all I have never done it (you see, it is my natural colour and I am trying to postpone the moment I have to dye my hair to cover the greys), and on top of this, there were some green strands on top of the yellow-ish ones and I didn’t want a homemade job to make her hair an even bigger mess.

So here I am, £58 lighter to correct my daughter’s initiative. I feel old: you know, a bit like an experienced fairy godmother. In fact, a bit like a matron. Not nice.

Come to think of it, I am a bit jealous too: I have never bleached my hair. I have never dyed it green either. How come my own daughter is comfortable doing things I never had a chance or even the will to do? Do you think I should try it too, just for fun?

Ah, the younger generation…

That’s it, I sound like my own mother.

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • Ann Mullen

    MuriEL, when I was in my middle 20s and I didn’t get an acknowledgement from my ex, I started dying my hair on my birthday. It became a tradition. Then my teen sons noticed I had some gray and told me I needed to dye my hair. I don’t dye it any more. No, I don’t. I guess the reason I was comfortably doing it was my mother dyed her hair and I figured if she could do so could I.

    It’s pretty simple. Just make sure you use a lot of vasoline on your ears, forehead and neck. I also used to put vasoline on my hands up to my elbows so I didn’t have any color not on my head that I had to wait for it to fade.

    Why not go do something outside the box. Really you don’t seem like an in the box kind of person. Let me know what you do.

  • I sympathise with Miss Aggie – try as I might I can do nothing with my hair either!!

  • SueraeStein

    Try it! Green or pink or maybe purple? No, I think the younger generation is more attention seeking than my generation was. They have no problem doing all sorts of body art… much of it permanent! Be grateful it was only hair color!

  • This was a teaching moment, Muriel. A series of chores that would earn your daughter a means to repay the 58 seems to be in order. it will also make her think thrice before the next experimentation.

  • Carolina HeartStrings

    At least it didn’t fall out. I’ve heard of dye jobs that have resulted in that. Hope she appreciates your efforts to save the day!


    With hair your colour? NO! It would probably end up a totally unmentionable colour and cost much more than £58 to put right!

  • SarahHague

    I had what I thought was a wavy perm at 15. It came out in tight curls and I looked an idiot until it grew out. 🙁

  • Carol

    Many years ago I dyed my fringe (bangs) green for St Patrick’s Day. The nuns did not approve. I was sent home to wash it out. Your daughter is lucky she had you to bail her out!

  • Ah if only I could be a fairy godmother for £80 – it’s always been my ambition! Seriously, though, I think you did the right thing. A DIY job could have been terrible. I hope your daughter has learned her lesson.

  • MuMuGB

    I hope so too. Only time will tell.

  • MuMuGB

    Thank you. I am trying hard, Carol. However, I am not sure that it will be enough.

  • MuMuGB

    It may just be a phase. I hope that what it is. Was it just a one-off for you?

  • MuMuGB

    I know, I know. That’s why I am always very reasonable…

  • MuMuGB

    I am not sure that she does…When does being a mum get easier?

  • MuMuGB

    I wish she could hear you, Roy. That said, I can’t complain: she works hard and helps us a lot. We all make mistakes, after all…

  • MuMuGB

    I am grateful. I really hope that she won’t try something more extreme…

  • MuMuGB

    I have the same problem, David…

  • MuMuGB

    I am a bit scared to try anything on me. I suppose I will get to it, eventually. I am just not there yet.