I have to tell you something. I have grey hair. In fact, I have many, many grey hairs. I’ve recently decided that I am going to let nature take its course and just go with it. I’m throwing caution to the wind! I’m tired of coloring my hair every 6 weeks. It’s expensive and time consuming. So, about 3 months ago I had a long discussion with my stylist and she is assisting me with my wishes. She put something on the blonde highlights that I had to tone them down a bit and I’ve quit highlighting. Luckily the highlights were all under the top layer of my hair, except for the ones right in the front.
Here’s my thought… I don’t want to be that 70+ year old woman you see who has an inch of grey grow out all over her head. I always seem to sit behind one in church. I do not want to still be coloring my hair as a retiree. I think some people (not all) actually look worse by coloring their hair than if they just let their greys come in. There are plenty of youthful looking women who have grey hair.
When I told some friends about my decision you would have thought that I had just told them that I was planning on stripping naked, dousing myself with gasoline, and setting myself on fire. The reaction was severe and it was negative.
“THAT IS THE WORST IDEA EVER!”
“I can’t believe you are thinking of doing that.”
“Do you want to look old?”
“Why would you do that?”
“One of my husband’s friends went grey and she looks terrible and everyone talks about her behind her back!”
I was a bit surprised. I didn’t think that accepting my grey hair would be a polarizing topic. Boy was I wrong. Apparently, women have been issuing this stern warning to other women throughout the generations. I told my mother-in-law, who coincidentally still colors her hair at 75, about this conversation and she said that she recalled having similar conversations with her friends when she was in her 40s. They told her “You do not go grey… You NEVER go grey!”
Who knows if I will have an about-face and change my decision. I’m pretty flip floppy, but for now I’m staying the course. I feel ready. I’m 46. It’s OK. I am actually old you guys. Shocker. I know.
I follow the blogs and/or Instagram accounts of a bunch of fabulous ladies who have accepted their greys. They are total babes and are SO inspiring to me. Check them out!
So, what are your thoughts? Are you team grey, or team no way? I’d love to know your thoughts. Are you going to dye until you die?
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