At what age is it okay to start letting your hair go grey?
Not the current popular coloring-your-hair-grey-is-cool-right-now-look, but the silvery kind of grey hair that grows out of your head naturally.
Men go grey without even thinking about it. And men that color their hair also seems to be perfectly acceptable. That is, until it looks desperate…I’m looking at you Mr. Trump.
But I digress.
I started wondering about this the other day as I saw a few sparkly greys showing through and was thinking it’s time to color my roots. But then I thought, what if I didn’t?
I kind of like a few of those few wisdom strands. They really do sparkle against my dark hair and each one was hard earned. Some women let them grow in and wear it like a badge of honor. I could be one of those women.
Could I be one of those women?
Most of us go to great lengths to hide it, coloring it at minimum, every three weeks. Or once you get more grey, the next option is going much lighter than your natural colour in order to hide those pesky greys more easily.
Since youthfulness symbolizes beauty in our culture a lot of women—including me—are trying to hold on to that. And that means no grey hair. Until we get the point of no return—the big grey stripe along our part that shows up a week after colouring our hair! Then there isn’t a lot of choice but to start the process of going au natural.
I will never forget when a co-worker friend of mine, who was twenty years older than me, told me that when you find a grey hair down there, you will really feel your age.
Who knew that you went grey down there?!
As a late twenty-something year-old-gal, listening to this, I was literally horrified. It was like finding out that your parents actually had sex.
I was scarred by this new-found piece of information.
Later on, I saw a Sex and the City episode that had the Samantha character dying her hair down there so then I knew it was a real thing. There was no kidding, women just didn’t go grey on their heads, but other places too.
That has gotta make you feel really old!
For me it was an “Ah-ha!” moment—I finally understood why Brazilian waxing became so popular.
Beauty fades on the outside no matter what lengths you go to, but you always feel like that young, vibrant girl inside.
At what age do you start letting that idea go?