Have a pint-sized fashionista at home that wants to dye their hair to match their outfit? You can give your approval without worrying about safety as long as you take certain precautions. Here are three things to consider before dyeing your kid’s hair, according to experts.

Safety First

Having dye added at a salon is the best way to ensure that it’s done correctly and safely, but you can do it at home safely as well, as long as you take certain precautions.Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a New York-based dermatologist and the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital told TODAY: “The same rules apply for kids’ hair as for adults. Don’t apply dye to the root of the hair to ensure it does not touch the scalp. Sit in a well-ventilated room. Don’t overly process the hair, because it can lead to breakage. And apply an ointment to the skin around the hairline to make sure the dye does not touch the skin in those areas.”

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Follow the Rules

Before you turn those tresses neon pink for back-to-school it’s important to check your school’s dress code, which might include rules about hair color. The last thing you want is to have to try to quickly reverse the color, especially if you use permanent dye.

Take It Slow

If you’re hesitant to take the plunge, keep in mind that it’s just hair and it can always be cut. That said, you can also try a less permanent choice, like semi-permanent dye, which will wash out after a few showers, or for something really simple try hair chalk or colorful extensions that can give both you and your kids a clear idea of what it will look like before you go with something permanent.

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—Shahrzad Warkentin

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