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These days, you’ve undoubtedly come across plenty of Pinterest-inspired hair trends that, years ago, may have been seen as “taboo” or too risky for most “traditional” jobs. Yet, it’s now totally cool to take your normal shade of blonde, red, or brunette and transform it into something truly Instagram-worthy.

From Lisa Frank rainbow hair to hair inspired by a watercolor painting, expressing ones’ individuality by choosing a vibrant color (or colors!) on top of your head is generally welcomed these days, and we love it. I mean, who wouldn’t want to look like a real-life version of My Little Pony?

Of course, it only makes sense that if grown women are loving themselves some glow-in-the-dark hair,a young girl would, too… right? However, a Panama Beach City, Florida mom and hairstylist is coming under fire for giving her six-year-old daughter Lyra a bright teal unicorn look, complete with a side shave and a purple, pink, and yellow sun design shaven in.

Mary Thomaston, who herself rocks multiple shades of the rainbow on her locks, told The Luxury Spot that Lyra had been asking for a side-shave and colorful dye job for years, and she finally caved when she checked with Lyra’s school to make sure the vivid look would be allowed.

A hairstylist herself, Mary put Lyra’s safety first, choosing Manic Panic products, which are non-toxic and non-permanent, adding,

On social media, however, fellow parents took Mary to task, questioning the safety of dyeing a child’s hair and even her parenting skills. Others felt that colored or dyed hair should only be for adults, to which Mary says,

Lyra’s brightly colored hair may not be for everyone, but I can’t be alone in wishing I had the confidence to rock unicorn hair like she does… and I’m 20 years older than her. In the end, what’s more beautiful than individuality?