I often resented the time it took from my already too busy life. I hated being a slave to my hair; it was ridiculous. Now, in my 50s, I have total strangers say that they love my hair. That is until they started spreading from one side to the other. After that, I began to chase the fountain of youth through hair coloring.
Going gray was simply the first step. My husband was very supportive about my going gray — it was actually the short haircut that he objected to. I have to laugh because when this first popped up on my iphone I was at the hair salon. My hairdresser immediately cut my hair super short and worked with me to correct my horrible mistake. I am playing around with the idea of going gray and not really sure how to do it. More and more women who let their hair go gray are not just admired, but they are revered. Talk about a double standard.
Of course my kids and their friends thought it was the coolest. By my thirties I had switched to hair dye and my hair was a luscious dark auburn. I switched from demi-perm color to permanent base with highlights and lowlights about a decade ago. I do sometimes worry that people will think I am older but I try to look after myself and dress well. I tried to buy Loreal but if 2 stores didn't have my color, I would buy Clairol foam. What a decision to colour or not to colour! Root maintenance can be a huge time suck. Every month I have it cut into an easy to manage, carefree style — which reflects how I feel — carefree! The shade changes from auburn to burgundy on my whim, and if the Olive Garden dress standards would allow it I would probably try shades of blue or green.
Do you think I should try to go grey and if so, how do you proceed with this without looking like a skunk? Or do you just do the roots with permanent dye 2 times a year? I did look older, probably more from lack of sleep than hair color. So few things are real. I just started this process of growing out my grey. Have you decided to go grey? She says it began turning gray when she was in her 20s. I have peroxide highlights at the top and the back just to blend it in with the darker colour just to give it a bit of a lift.
Once I made the decision I was quite excited and check in the mirror each day to see how the growing out is going. I went back to graduate school and started my own business. I washed my hair as little as possible and often wore a hat to protect the color. My hope is that by sharing my experience through blogging and talking openly about the graying process on our morning show, some women might be inspired to embrace their authenticity and take the plunge. The photographer — no spring chicken herself — observed that she was having more and more people bring their grandchildren in for group shots.
I can't wait till it is solid silver! I am a real estate professional. I dealt with it until I hit 35 and then decided I wanted color. And never line the inside rim of the eyes if you have small eyes. But steer clear of black liner, face powder and smoky or dark eyeshadows. You have tremendous courage to shave your head and should be proud of being brave. There are a few moments when I want color again but mostly I am happy — happy not to spend the time, the money or the worry. I decided that enough was enough and that I was just going to embrace it.
Then one day I just stopped, let it fade with each washing. I give my hairstylist tons of credit for the way my hair looks. Just another example of how we put expectations on ourselves based on possibly misleading societal norms. Get the weekly email called 5 Quick Things, where Tsh shares stuff she either created herself or loved from others. For now I'm happy to keep getting my hair coloured although I admit that's partly because I'm scared that I'll look much older if I stop. Like many women over 40 I always wonder whether I should let my hair go grey or color it.
I figured I was going gray anyway and may as well start right away. First my scalp became itchy. I got on the Internet and searched for photos of women with gray hair. I was turning 50 and felt good — except for all the hassles with my hair. My first grey hair appeared at age 18. This, ladies, is transition hair. Well, I finally shaved it off to start fresh a couple days ago, but I'll have to hide it when I go in public.
The down side is the shock to people who love you. Please vote below and share your answer so that we can keep the conversation going. Finally I graduated to all-over color. According to DuFour, the trend of young women intentionally dyeing their hair gray has contributed to this a trend that just a few months ago. While I got many compliments, I also resented the time, expense and constant worrying about the gray coming in. I have a short hairstyle, with no visible part.