Friday, April 23, 2010

The Dang Old Gray Hair

Today I spotted two old ladies walking together.  The first thought that popped in my head was "hey that could be me and my sisters in a few years". Then I slapped myself and looked again.

One old gal had beautiful white hair to go along with her wrinkles.  The other was a stark contrast....bright orange red. I would guess both of these ladies to be in their late 70's or 80's but that doesn't really matter. The point is that the orange red hair really made this lady look rather harsh and ridiculous much older.

I have only colored my hair twice for the fun of it and both times the color was so close to my natural color you could hardly tell I had blown $80.00. I guess you could say I am not very adventurous. You think? Well I have finally given birth to a few white hairs.  Not really all that noticeable but I was wondering. When is it the right time to stop trying to make our hair look young when our body and skin continue aging? I personally love pure white hair and if I could skip the transition from natural to gray to white I would jump at the chance.

What do you all think of the coloring process? How old and do you ever plan on going completely white. Do you color? I think I won't spend much time or money on the process (don't hold me to this...) but I am curious.

Oh and by the way, the lady with the red orange hair? Ummmm yeah, that will be my sister Barb when we are very old and have to push each others walkers down the sidewalk. Heh!

17 comments:

Kristi Flanagan said...

Your lucky you said it would be Barb!!! LOL!

I say color it if it makes you feel better - me, myself, don't like the nasty greys until your skin looks like you should have grey hair. You look way too young to have grey hair sis!!!! On the other hand, some people that have went grey early are beautiful!!!!

Not much help, I know!

Love you,

Me

noble pig said...

At the moment I have only 1 grey hair but as soon as I have more...I'm going for the blond highlights!!

Michelle said...

I get highlights when I have the money just to give my fine, limp hair some body. My mom has gone ash blond to hide the grey, which I think looks a whole lot better than a more "intense" color; like you, I think it looks harsh and makes women look older than they would with grey or white hair. I have had relatives who have dyed their hair black into their 80s; NOT GOOD! Me, I plan to let my hair do what it's going to do.

Maria said...

The only thing I remember about my great grandmother was she had the most beautiful grey hair. I say if my hair looks like hers I'll love being grey. I think it will depend on what it looks like, some greys are prettier than others and sometimes it makes you look radiant, sometimes drab so it's a wait & see thing for me. I wishing for beautiful grey hair, I hate doing anything to my hair except like Michelle I have fine hair that I highlight as much for body as giving it a little life.

Mental P Mama said...

sigh

Farmchick said...

Cute post....I only have one gray hair so far.....Hope you can stop by my place for a visit soon. :)

TSannie said...

When my husband said to me: "Well, you can't really say you're blond anymore." (Amazing I let him live.), I got out the bottle...hair dye bottle that is, and have been doing it ever since.

A said...

All I have to do to color my hair is apply suntan lotion. :0) I quit worrying about making my hair look young right after it all fell out.

Tarheel Rambler said...

That last comment is mine...fumble fingers strikes again.

Oregontribal1 said...

Well, being a stylist and working daily with the public; I kinda have to keep up on my coloring! It's so close to my natural that you really can't tell, and I tried highlights but never really liked how they made my hair feel? So I stick to my natural dark brown color; tho' someday I'd like to grow it all out just to "see" how gray am I really?! In the meantime, it's every 4 weeks to keep up the roots!

Junebug said...

I believe I will continue to color my hair till the end. I have dark brown hair and the gray's that are coming in are all in my roots and my part lines look awful. it is not a pretty gray (grey?).

Karen K. said...

When I was young I had people constantly telling me how beautiful my hair color was. I didn't really get it. It was just my hair color! Then, in my 30's my blonde went 'drab.' No more comments. Out came the color and the highlights. I've noticed that when it starts growing out that the drab sets in and my skin, and my face seem to look older. Some people look good in gray and others don't. My mom has beautiful almost-white hair and it actually developed curl (it used to be straight) when she was in her 70's. I guess I'll wait and see what I'll do later, but for now I am coloring and highlighting and having fun with it. Thank goodness I have a hair stylist daughter who can do it part of the time (save me $100!) Good luck!

Kristi said...

I'm almost all grey. I get more comments on my hair now than I did before (good ones!)...I'm 37...I think that's kinda young to go grey...anyway I prefer to think of it as platinum...and oh yes, no dye for me.

Twisted Fencepost said...

I have several grays that are beginning to multiply. And I don't like it at all. I've been thinking of getting highlights. We'll see.
As far as when to stop, it's either when it doesn't matter anymore or it makes you look older than your natural hair does. Whichever comes first.

rhymeswithplague said...

There was an old lady in our church, Lucy, who had beautiful white hair. She said that she had been a redhead but decided to go peroxide blonde and continued paying to have it done for years. Then one day she decided she didn't want to pay the money any more and decided to let her hair return to her natural shade. Only it never changed color at all. Her "natural shade" had long since turned to white -- just like her "peroxide blonde" look. She said she could have kicked herself over all the money she must have wasted.

Melba said...

You may enjoy my post about gray hair dated June 10 2009. I think gray hair is nothing to be ashamed of or to run from. It's part of life for most of us. My aunt who is quite beautiful and who has always dyed her hair to hide the grays just recently quit dying her hair. She receives compliments all the time about how beautiful her hair is. It acutally softens her wrinkles and makes her even more beautiful! My mother in-law has been gray since her early thirties, and has not let it bother her a bit. Another thing to keep in mind is that dye can cause cancer - research it.

Carolyn said...

Love your blog!!

I'm 29 and am going prematurely gray. I've quit dying it, partly to annoy my girlfriends and partly because I'm lazy. I've come to love it, though.

Hey if it was good enough for Marie-Antoinette it's good enough for me. Not the beheading part though. That's NOT a good way to get rid of gray hairs.