Sunday, April 29, 2012

Growing Grey!

Growing Grey!

Since my day job is in the world of finance, with its black, brown and navy blue suits, I felt it necessary to keep dyeing my ever-greying hair black. My desk at work positions my hair right under a pair of florescent lamps, that spotlighted my head to all that pass by my desk... my boss and collegues, and clients too. And so on the 31st of December 2011, I dyed my hair black in preparation for the New Year weekend.

I do this at home in my bathroom, with a box of L'Oreal bought at Walmart. This process takes a good 45 minutes out of my weekend, a process that I certainly did not enjoy. And then it hit me... this is it, this is the last time I am going to dye my hair! A new year, its time for a new look! My mind was made up...

My husband was fine with my decision, but not some of my friends, and not my hairdresser. The friends who disagreed with my decision all said I would look old. Old! Old is a mental thing, I swear I am not old! I will not think old, I will not be old, at least not yet. My hairdresser, to be fair, was not going to loose any money since I colored my hair at home, she just said the same thing....I would look old! I would not like it! Well, I am going to like it... I will think of all the time and money I save by not dyeing my hair every four weeks and I will certainly like it.

So right now I am in my skunk or badger stage... a white strip, slowly broadening... I did not rinse, highlight, or bleach to mask or camouflage the process.... and I am growing grey.

I made this necklace with black and white Agate and black Onyx early this year and I think it depicts my present plight perfectly. I call it ....growing grey!
Any thoughts or experiences that you would like to share... I would love to hear it!

I am adding two links about going grey....
a book
and in Prevention magazine.


Jan Hermann said...

I know what you mean! I have tried on several occasions (for months) to let my hair grow out and again, after the past 5 months of letting it grow out, I have cut it and decided I am going back to coloring my hair. I can NOT stand to look in the mirror at the glow-in-the-dark silver hair, blended with my black natural hair anymore!! I will NEVER try this again!! (Well, maybe when I'm 90!)

If it works for you, yippee!! It doesn't work for me and like you said, it has nothing to do with being old or looking old either.


ps...did you know that you have word verification on your blog comments? :( hard to decipher - try leaving yourself a comment to see what I mean.

Unknown said...

I've had streaks of grey since '91 (early 30's) a la Bonnie Raitt & I never considered dye!

KristiBowmanDesign said...

I LOVE the necklace that is a tribute to going gray!! I am also going gray but I'm doing it slowly. First I went blond and eventually I will start foiling and let the gray slowly take over.

Jenni said...

This has been a dilemma for me for a couple of years. The grey is coming thru so fast now, I really need the hairdressers every 3-4 weeks. Costly! Bravo to time is rapidly approaching, too. Do you cut it more frequently, too?

Regina said...

Thank you for your comments. Jan, I did remove the word verification, sorry. My hair dresser tells me that I will feel the same way you did, she has seen it with many women. I am hoping not. Boot-C streaks of grey sounds sexy. Kristi, have fun getting there... it truly is a mental state and you have to be ready for it. Sounds like you are easing your way into it. Jenni, Yes, I have been going to the hairdresser every 4 weeks now... keeping it short (I am not big about styling. I like to have a cut that takes care of itself) keeps it professional for my job, too. Prevention Magazine had a good write up on going grey late last year and I will inculde the link in my post. Thanks again ladies.

Kim said...

I started getting gray hair before I was 20, so I've been dying my hair for 20 years now. I admire you for doing it but it's going to be a while before I try it myself. My Aunt let hers grow, and it's a beautiful salt and pepper that looks great on her.

Pretty Things said...

I'm actually going to embrace my gray (or white, if my dad and I keep along the same lines). Since I dye part of my hair pink, I'll have a lot more fun with it if it were white!

Jenni said...

It's been a while since this post... How are you going with it.. Keeping strong? I have succumbed to the dye... Again! The grey hair makes me look sick as I am very fair skinned.... My excuse!

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