Halle Berry’s latest battle with her ex over their daughter is a hairy is was moved to the court house, the actress is so incensed that Gabriel Aubry her Ex has been allegedly straightening and Bleaching/lightening 6-year-old Nahla’s naturally curly hair over the past year that she took him to court over it Monday.
“I continue to worry about the potential psychological and physical damage to Nahla that can be caused by the use of chemical hair treatments and the psychological message that it conveys to Nahla,” the mother, not present at the Nov. 24 hearing, wrote in a statement handed over by her lawyer – along with before-and-after photos of Nahla’s hair – in an L.A. court. “[And I] implore the court to put a stop to Gabriel’s attempts to alter our daughter’s appearance and most probably cause her to wonder why her natural appearance is not good enough.”
The judge agreed and ruled neither Aubry nor Berry, split since 2010, may alter the girl’s hair going forward.
Can changing Nahla’s hair really cause psychological damage?
Yes, agree two experts.
“Children are desperate for their parent’s approval and validation,” family therapist Dr. Paul Hokemeyer tells Yahoo Parenting. “And one of the most destructive messages that parents can give their children – especially their daughters – is that they are not enough and that they’d be of greater value if they were prettier, thinner, and more Caucasian in appearance.” By focusing on and altering a girl’s look, he adds, “It tells them that their value comes from their appearance rather than in the strength of their character, intelligence and personality. It sets them up to be viewed as objects in the world rather than human beings.”