Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Fade To Grey

If you are in your forties (or even younger) and finding the odd stray grey hair, how do you feel about it?

I have lots of friends, particularly those who have very dark locks, who have actually started to go grey quite young and it certainly seems to be a time in a woman's life that begins to set off " hair colour panic buttons" and calls for a decision almost as important as whether to have Botox or not.

For me, I started noticing the grey hairs in my otherwise dark roots, about three years ago and gradually my hair dressing colour appointments went from 6 weeks, down to 4 (funds permitting) and although there are lots of things that I am not at all vain about, my hair is certainly one thing I am!  So what do you do, grow old gracefully and allow yourself to turn into some sort of "Silver Fox or Vixen" ? but surely for those who already colour their hair, this is no easy achievement as opposed to somebody who has naturally coloured hair?  I mean, I can not imagine having half of my hair blonde with 6 inch roots which are 50% my natural brunette and 50% grey, which is probably what the percentage is at present, once it starts to happen, there is no stopping it!


For his Autumn and Winter 2011 Ready to Wear collection, John Paul Gaultier sent models down the catwalk wearing grey coloured bouffant wigs and we saw a few young "celebrities" joining the "blue rinse brigade" last year and I have to admit, on somebody in their 20's, it does look quite good and I don't necessarily think that it ages them.  I also think the models on the JPG runway look gorgeous, but do you think that it ages a woman in her 40's? and do you like me, feel that your hair colour is the last sign of youth, one that you would do anything to hang on to?



What are your feelings about grey hair?  Do you colour your hair or are you happy to go grey?






15 comments:

  1. Luckily I think I have inherited good genes.Both my parents had their natural colour until their fifties!Grey hair looks fab on some people though!
    ~Anne

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  2. I have been pulling out by white hairs (not grey!) every time I find one, not bald yet...but as someone with super jet black hair going the full hog and let it go white makes me shudder. Am trying to hang onto my youth and I just don't think having white hair will suit my complexion. My mum stopped colouring her hair and it took ages for it to grow out so her in-between stage too a long time and I am WAY TOO VAIN as I head to 4-0 next month *sobs*

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  3. I have written fairly extensively about going gracefully grey or not. I do think it is easier if you are blonde and can slowly blend the grey in which I do. My dark haired friend still dyes hers although she is finding like you that it is becoming increasingly high maintenance and expensive. It seems to be in the luck of the genes as to whether it suits you or not.

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  4. Luckily for me I have only a smattering of grey. I agree with you the grey does suit the models and celebs above, but I'm not sure how a blue rinse would look with my brown skin:)

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  5. Well I went grey at 30 and thats how Ihave stayed. I must admit I dont always like it and I can feel frumpy at times but I think its here to stay now lol. I have to admit that people do come up to me and tell me how much they love the colour and my hairdresser says dont colour it but it would be nice to have lovely red hair maybe i need to get a wig hehehehe xx

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  6. I have been grey since I was 30 and from time to time it makes me feel frumpy but I think its here to stay. I keep it short and hopefully shiny lol and even my hairdresser says not to colour it but ......... xx

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  7. I am in my mid thirties but have dark hair so have some quite obvious grey. I feel like I shouldn't worry about it but I do. I colour it but think at some point in the distant future I might stop and go grey.

    It costs quite a bit to colour but for those with dark hair, the transition to full grey is quite a big one so for now it is worth it.

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  8. With darker hair, I've been dying it forever. I flip-flop on whether I should just let it go or not. Currently, I'll keep dying it. But, as you pointed out, I seem to be dying it with more frequency and have to wonder if it's worth the time/expense.

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  9. I coloured until I was 42 (3 years ago) and decided that was enough. I had agonised for a year about going au naturel, I took the plunge with the help of my amazing hairdresser and I now wish I had done it sooner! I think the key to not looking or feeling frumpy is a modern, fresh style - not neccessarily short, but well kept and neat.

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  10. My roots started to first show in my mid 30's. As my hair is black/dark it shows immediately. If you have a short, sassy, gamine style grey can look really quite fab. But anything past
    chin length and I think you start looking like someone's great-Aunt! I'm not ready for that yet, and still dye my roots, and really feel fab once they are done.

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  11. Actually I don't mind the grey or white among the dark hair. The worst thing is that those hair seem coarser so need to control the wisps better.
    I've never coloured my hair and I don't see the point of starting now :-) I think condition is more important than colour in any case.

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  12. I'm naturally blonde so have found some coarse white hair & can inky deduce that condition is more important than colour. I'm having a desire to go brunette which I'm fighting off - you know like SJP in SATC!! Xx

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  13. Going gray! And quite happily so far. I will be 55 in several hours, so it feels right.

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  14. Hi my dear-yes, I'm going grey too its more noticeable on my fringe, but I don't think I will dye my hair-I'm pretty alright with it as it is!! xxx

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  15. Oh I have mine coloured every two weeks and it's so expensive, it's ridiculous, I'd love to find product i could use myself that wouldn't build up, I did it for years myself but then it started to look Elvis blue black.

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