Tuesday, September 4, 2007
The joys of going prematurely grey
I started to see grey hairs at age 23. I get this from my Mom's side, although she didn't start going grey until she was in her 40s. My aunt (her sister) and my grandmother both went grey early. So it was destiny, genetics or both.
So this is what my color my hair was before I had it dyed a few weeks ago.
And this is what it looks like now.
Yes, although the second photo wasn't taken in daylight, in my mind, there is a difference. My hair looks darker to me when I look in the mirror.
Looking at these two side by side now though, I'm not sure there's much of a difference.
I'm told that if I got highlights, they would cover the grey. And perhaps they would. What I found when I did that in the past was that I then needed both all over color and also highlights.
I could just go au naturale and not dye my hair - at some point I will do that. Currently, only the very top of my hair is going grey - so I won't go all white just yet.
We do live in an interesting culture for hair color. Since we're obsessed with youth, grey is not seen as wise, but old. And I'd hate for someone (particularly at a job) to think I was ten or twenty years older than I am because of my hair color. I don't equate grey with old - by any means, but there are some cultural norms I can't argue with.
So I'll continue to dye my hair - mow the lawn - do things to keep up appearances. In the end, I feel as long as I'm conscious of it, I'll be okay.