I’m thinking about embracing mine, right now. 😉
I’ve been coloring my hair for a LONG time, and long before any gray or white hair showed up in the mix.
But in the past few months, I’ve been letting my natural color(S) grow out to see if I too want to join the ranks of millions of women around the world who are forgoing any kind of coloring (click link to read more on this topic) and letting their “silver goddess” shine through. 🙂
So far (and no, I don’t have the nerve to post a photo, yet!!!) my hair looks like it’s streaked, not too bad. Some gray, some white and still a quite a bit of brown.
I paid plenty many years ago to have my hair streaked. 😦 Maybe I can get it done now, free of charge! 😉
And how great it would be to not to have to bother to color my hair at all!
I’ve been using Colora Henna Ash Brown (click to read my review) for the past few years with good results. But I’d be happy to forgo that messy job every 6 weeks, if I like the final grow-in color mix that I eventually end up with, now.
What are your thoughts on “going gray”?
Have you stopped coloring your hair?
Or have you never colored your hair?
Here’s a book that I found very interesting and enlightening on this topic. It’s also funny, personable and endearing:
I really didn’t know what to expect from this book, based on the wide variety of opinions and reviews at Amazon. But I’m glad that I did give it a try as I thoroughly enjoyed it, from beginning to end.
Author Anne Kreamer has provided readers with her personal journey and along with it, many surprising insights into the perils and pleasures of “going grey”.
No, it isn’t rocket science or global warming and yes, I agree, hair color and style should NOT be such a big deal. But let’s face it, in the real world, being a woman and over 50 in particular, it IS a big deal and a big part of how a person feels overall. And even more important, how they are perceived and often judged, by younger people in particular.
I was impressed by the research and attention to detail, that went into this book, especially the experiments with dating online and in real life that she tried, wow…that took some guts! The image consultants that she visited for advice, again interesting and enlightening reading.
I also enjoyed Kreamer’s engaging and personable style of writing. This is a very personal book. She shares her own fears, thoughts, expectations…with the reader, what her own journey to “going grey” meant for her and also for her family.
The only thing that would have made it even better would have been some photos from the dating sites (dark hair vs silver) and also some pics of attractive, grey haired women (famous or not) would have been inspiring too.
And IMO, the back cover photos should have been both posed exactly the same (face forward) for more impact. But yes, even as a profile shot, I thought Anne looked lovely and chic with her new silvery locks. 🙂
If you’ve ever considered going grey (and I certainly AM) or are already embracing your “silver goddess” look, this is a book you won’t want to miss.
Cyndi Lee wrote about going gray in her book, “May I Be Happy.” You might like it. I am not coloring hair, but don’t have too much gray. I dreamt I went all gray overnight and freaked out and debated about coloring it. Tough decision. Society is not so friendly to looking “old.”
Hi Chocolate, Thanks for your thoughtful comment, interesting dream too. 😉
I use to think that gray hair spelled O-L-D too, but when you look at some of the many photos online of woman who have “gone gray” in a chic and up to date way, it doesn’t have to mean that at all, in fact, far from it.
I notice with the streaks of white and grey at the front of my hairline now, that my eyes are looking so much more green,( and on some days blue)… more intense, i like it. And in my case, it’s certainly not going to be an all-white or all-gray mix, more like streaks from what’s happening so far.
If you click through to the link I have above, you’ll see some good examples of looking great with gray and there are LOTS more of those online.
Have a great week, G
Excellent post and interesting topic.
How your hair is growing out so far, is looking good. I like it.
Can’t wait to see the final results.
I grew weary of coloring and trying to keep it touched up. I went gray several years ago and have never regretted it.
I stopped using hair color many years ago. I hated getting it all ready for coloring, the mess, the smell, the goop, stain on my vanity cabinet and especially the itchiness after it was done, as I think the solution made me allergic anyway. I would never go back. My real color (now a complete almost full white) is evident on my blog profile photo you can see. That is the real me, and am proud of it. I don’t even hide or deny my true age anymore (68). 🙂
I like it too so far Joe! 🙂 I just wish it was growing out a bit faster. 😉
I noted that in a pic at your blog Patti, cheers! You look great.
You really suit your soft creamy white hair Joyce, it isn’t aging on you at all. And why shouldn’t you be proud of being 68!!! Thanks for sharing your gray goddess journey here.
Have a great week, G
Geraldine I am holding my breath and taking the plunge as I write! I have about an inch of roots and think I may have my hair cut down to them to see the actual colour of my hair. It will be a big step, I have been colouring (in some way or another) my hair since I was 19; I am now nearly 53 an while not fed up with it, am intrigued to see how grey I really am! I wish us both luck 🙂
lol – when in my twenties, I had my winter dull blonde hair streaked with sunshine to better match my summer hair. But that was a drag to keep up, so I stopped and have never colored it again. Since I am blonde (well, now days, dark blonde) I think I got away with it while slowly going gray, because it all blended in. But I notice it more now, and assume others do as well. But I think I will just let it be whatever it is, because it is so much easier, fewer chemicals in the world and on me, and it doesn’t change a thing abut me. 🙂 My Sister-in-law both colors her hair the color it was when she was young, and honestly, I think it looks harsh now. Her skin is 30 years older, but her hair color isn’t? Too much work – just let your beauty shine the way you are is my motto. 🙂
I’m embracing my silver goddess! I call the silver hairs ‘my wisdom highlights’.
A natural blonde/mousy who always gave the blonde a little help…….the grey crept up and it became that on the front you couldn’t tell the difference but the back being slightly darker told a different tale…on retiring to sunny climes it soon became apparent that why bother and much to my hairdressers angst and advice I grew it out….and now I get asked what do you colour your hair with it’s such a lovely colour…au natural is my reply 🙂
Granny stopped colouring her hair since two years. She has very long hair and it took such a while to colour it all, so she decided to let nature do its work. She doesn’t really care that it is grey on her head and half way down. She says it’s not impawtant, it’s just the way it is 😉 Nowadays it seems like a trend for all the young ones too 😀 Pawkisses for a beautiful day 🙂 ❤
Thanks for sharing your “silver journey” to date, Jenny.
I have about 2 inches of new, uncolored growth right now and it’s a real mix but looking ok. I even have had compliments on my hair color(s) recently, go figure!!! And I got to say, “oh, it’s my natural color”, what fun.
I wish you luck too. We’ll have to compare pics in a while, don’t ya think? 😉
Oh Lady Fi, that is terrif!!! I’m going to remember that term.
And thank you for sharing your story too Salpal, very interesting. 🙂
Welcome to Veggies…Blondie and again, thanks for sharing your silver story! I’m sure the hairdressers for the most part are NOT appreciated this gray revolution happening around the world. But there’s always hair to cut, isn’t there??? 😉
And Pawkisses to you and Granny for a great day too Angel. I don’t think anyone can beat YOUR hair/fur coloring. It always looks so puuuurfect. 😉
Thanks so much for sharing your silver stories, wonderful and inspiring to read. Keep them coming, whether you’ve decided to keep coloring or not.