Three days ago, a TikTok was posted by a mother who is giving her three-year-old daughter a perm at a beauty salon. The video was shared by the user @flamingowho listed her identity as a 23-year-old mother of one in her account’s bio.
The video was shared on Saturday and has garnered over 468,000 views. And 22.3 likes.
The TikTok video
The video begins with the mother showing the three-year-old girl in a styling chair in the salon. The barber can be seen applying the chemical relaxer to the child’s hair.
The video then shows the relaxer being washed out of the child’s hair and shampooed. From there, the child returns to the barber chair. And the barber appears to be applying another product, which could be a conditioner, to the three-year-old’s hair.
Then the stylist divides her hair into sections and styles the girl’s hair into braids.
The video then shows the three-year-old showing another woman her braids, which appear to have grown longer. The video ends with the child waving at the camera.
TikTok users are divided in their reactions
The clip received over 3,000 comments. And undeniably, viewers left their attitudes divided. Some users have wondered why the mother would choose to have her daughter’s hair permed at such a young age. While others have shared her understanding of her decision.
lol i got my 1st perm when i was 3! My hair is still long and healthy permed hair
As long as the child is happy and cared for, I don’t see anything wrong
Easier to care for without crying. I did it to my daughter’s hair. I’m sorry, but I can take care of her hair without any problems
Awww baby is happy and mama is happy!! That’s all that counts
Other users responded, expressing their disagreement with the mother’s decision.
Concerned about fibroids/cancer risk with the relaxer?
I did this to my daughter. A worse decision I made!!! She is 21 now and her hair is still not right smh
I’m surprised the stylist did it, more than anything. Stylists should have training alongside styling, but it’s your kid, so it’s your choice
However, I am surprised that they give such young relaxers
Be aware that relaxation does not stop maintenance. It takes even more now that the hair is in a more brittle state and the bonds are broken.
Some were confused as to why the mother chose to perm the girl’s hair, only to style it in pigtails afterwards.
She didn’t have to relax her hair for this style…. I thought she was trying to wave her fingers or sum her
She put on a relaxer and rubber bands
Loosened it up just tucking braids into it
The girl’s mother responds to TikTok users
The 23-year-old mum took the time to respond to a few comments. And defended her decision to perm her three-year-old daughter. Responding to a comment, she said she’s 23 and has a “head of RELAXED hair.” And another said her decision was a “last resort”.
This was honestly a last resort, it doesn’t hurt if you contact the right person and know how to take care of it
She also followed up with a few videos that shed light on the situation.
Reply to @bexxyfaces 🏽
Then proceeded to defend her decision.
The 23-year-old’s mother also shared a TikTok, defending her daughter’s decision.
Check out the comments on the Flamingo page. I go hard for my EVER FWM
Roommates, what do you think of the mother and grandmother’s decision?
https://theshaderoom.com/proud-mother-perms-3-year-old-daughters-hair-and-shares-video-on-tiktok-leaving-users-divided/ Proud mom gets her 3-year-old daughter’s hair permed and shares a video on TikTok, causing users to divide