I started getting gray hair in my late teens, and by the time I was in my 20's I was having it colored. I've been blonde, red, auburn, cool browns, warm browns. This year I turn 50 in September, and I've decided to let my gray hair grow in. It looks to be a nice silvery color now, not salt & pepper gray. Growing it out is a huge ordeal though. You have to live with the gray roots for a while, then cut your hair very short (not an option for me, won't do it), or just live with how it looks. One colorist I consulted advised me to wear a lot of hats. I hate hats! Anyway...last week I asked my usual colorist put a whole headful of very light ash blonde highlights throughout my dyed med. brown hair. I can't believe how great it looks. The gray roots blend right in, so there's no huge contrast between the old hair and new growth, and the overall lighter color suits my skin tone so much better now. Deciding to go with the gray is an increasing trend, I've been reading, among the aging baby boomer population. There are quite a few issues at play, career image, personal image, not to mention one's issues with aging in general and feminist principles. I'm letting mine go gray because I'm sick of being a slave to white roots, I want to see what my true hair color is for the first time in 25 years, and because I think the silver color is really nice. How this will affect job prospects, whether I will be perceived as "old", I don't know. But...I think I may be able to snag senior discounts for movies now.
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6/30/08 at 6:53am