Say "no" only when it really matters.
Wear a bright red shirt with bright orange shorts? Sure.
Put water in the toy tea set? Okay.
~Gretchen Rubin Ten Tips for Being a More Light-Hearted Parent
It started in 7th or 8th grade. The gateway was Sun In and it quickly escalated to permanents and super bold colors from the drugstore and Wal-Mart.
Some parents would freak out if you came home with an unnatural hair color. My mom?
"It's only hair."
And I love that. My mom was so cool about it; she even helped me on a few occasions with those at-home boxes of dye.
Her other philosophy, along the same lines:
"It's only paint."
I painted my walls baby blue, and then hot pink and orange. My mom even let my sister paint her room bright pink with blue and electric lime green!
An admirable philosophy straight from my mother. I'll never forget it :)