“Although initially only few in numbers, it seems my gray hairs have launched an effective peer-pressure campaign intended to convert the others.” ~Steve Maraboli
While in the hair salon this week, I had a longer than usual consultation with my stylist. In fact, her and I are new to each other. The salon has been my every 6-week appointment for the better part of 10 years. This is my fourth style master. They keep moving away to do other things, (maybe there is a message for me in their departures!)
The ritual with a new stylist is a kind of state of the union. Sit in the chair for a good long chat while the stylist flips the hair through her fingers and we discuss, “where to go from here?” How much will we cut? What will we do about that frizz?
Then the discussion moved to coloring. At this point she parted my hair and looked closely at what was happening with the new hair growth at the roots. I had to laugh out loud when she declared, “you have more salt than pepper coming in now.” I suppose some women would cry, but there it was. At age 42, I have finally tipped over to more salt than pepper. It was bound to happen.
I’ve always known that coloring my hair to cover the gray, was a temporary measure. There are more reasons than I can count, or care to list about why I don’t like the whole physical process and philosophically the idea of covering up a natural aging process to look younger.
We decided that it was time to start matching the hair dye color to the main root color. No longer do I want to see this “line” as the new growth is a starkly different shade than the salon color. The overall effect was quite nice, in my opinion. Even though my daughter exclaimed that my hair looked “so white!”
No matter. I think there are plenty of women out there that are brave enough to be gray. Because the statistics show, you are swimming upstream as a woman, when you “let” yourself go in any way and gray hair is at the top of the list.
To name just a few:
- Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF
- Dame Judy Dench, actress
- Toni Morrison, author