Greetings from beautiful Wisconsin! Yesterday our family embarked on our annual trip back home to Wisconsin from California. I am glad to say that the trip was fairly uneventful, save for this little gem of an incident we saw whilst on the way to the airport.
This was taken at about 6a on the 5 heading to John Wayne Airport in Orange County and I just had to laugh at the situation. Now of course I was not the one who lost her boat on the freeway, either. Normally, we fly out of LAX but due to a computer snafu we booked our outbound flight out of Orange and we fly into LAX. Thank you,God, for great friends who are willingly acting as our taxi service!
Anyway, to the hair.
It was about a year ago that I decided to stop coloring my hair. I started going grey around age 22 and was dying my hair like clockwork. I can’t tell you the amount of time and money I spent trying to keep these little guys at bay. I was actually at my stylist and she asked if I was going to stick with the same color when I paused and replied:
“I think I’m going to skip the color and just get a trim.”
And that was the end of it. My hair is curly, so you can’t see the extent of the grey very well, but I had it blown out this weekend and took some pics.
You see those silvery bits? Not highlights, those are my grey hairs.
Overall, I will say that my transition to non-colored hair has been very favorable. When people notice they usually only have positives to say, although I did have a checker at Walmart admonish me for being “so young” and having “so many gray hairs!”
My hair is going grey pretty gradually, with individual streaks rather than huge chunks… of course I don’t know many people who’s hair has gone grey in huge chunks? It’s funny though, how we have this double standard between men and women: a few grey hairs on a man and he is distinguished, knowledgeable, trustworthy, etc. A few grey hairs on a woman and she is old.
Hair coloring marketing really has this thing nailed, too! If you head to your local big box, you’ll find rows and rows of color for women: Nice and Easy, Olia, Herbal Essences, etc, etc. And for the guys? Just for Men- with a touch of grey! Women’s hair coloring tells us how well they conceal the grey, men’s is formulated to leave “just the right amount of grey.”
For me, grey hairs are just a part of my story. They are part of who I am and there is no reason why I should hide them.
What’s your story? Are you going grey like me? Are you choosing to color or have you given the color the heave-ho? Share below!
Until next time!