To grey or not to go grey, that is the question?
It’s that time of life isn’t it? The gray hairs are not just one or two anymore, but rather appearing in clumps of whirly-swirly-curly things that resemble wire wool.
Well, mine do.
And they tend to stick up.
After a recent trip to the hairdressers to have my roots coloured again, which cost me a fortune I might add, I began thinking about the possibility of not dyeing my hair ever again, and letting it grow out au naturel, whatever shade of grey that may be.
Should I go grey?
I expect many of you have had similar thoughts?
So I contacted some friends who have made the switch and are very happy with the results, and I think you’ll agree that in all their different shades of grey they look absolutely gorgeous.
First up, Jan and Janet who were both once brunette and recently took the plunge to embrace grey and both enjoy their new colours.
“I wanted to save money. I was also really concerned about the adverse health effects associated with the use of permanent hair dyes. I think spiky styles nullify the aging affect of grey hair. My haircut make makes me feel happy, attracts positive comments and makes other people smile,” Jan told me, while Janet said, “I’ve been very happy with my decision to stop colouring my hair brunette and I love the result.”
Jan and Janet, beautiful before, and drop dead gorgeous after.
Another friend who has recently stopped dying her hair is my lovely blogging buddy Liz Lennon from Life Dreaming .
“My hair has always been a straight bob and 2 years ago I decided to grow all the silver out. For the first few months I looked like I had a landing strip on the top of my head then as it grew out I looked like I had some kind of funky blended hair colour. It’s all grown out now and I ADORE it,” she told me.
A beautiful Lifestyle Fifty reader called Jenny who’s originally from Australia (she now lives in Milan) and writes a blog called Our Milan Transfer was actually the first person to make me think about the possibility of going grey and writing about the subject on Lifestyle Fifty, and she had this to say:
“I’ve noticed while living in Europe that many more women don’t colour their hair. For me going grey has been a liberating and really positive experience. I haven’t had many negative comments, apart from those made by some Milanese hairdressers! I’d thought about not colouring my hair for a couple of years and when I discussed it with my hairdresser in Sydney (as my white roots were showing through every 3-4 weeks) she convinced me to wait till I was older, like when I turned 60. Once I arrived in Milan I realised that I had the perfect opportunity to stop colouring without having to deal with the opinions of others.”
Jenny also said that she was conscious that she wouldn’t be earning a salary in Milan, so colouring seemed like an extravagance, plus there was the challenge of having to explain the colour to her stylist, “With my non existent Italian! So for many reasons I decided to stop colouring. When the silver roots started to shine through around my hairline at about week 5-6, I found a hairdresser and asked for streaks of white, or as close to white as they could get, to sort of merge the roots. I was really pleased with the result as it actually looked quite good, well I thought so 🙂 From then on I’ve just let it grow, found a lovely hairdresser who is enjoying the process with me. I’d like to keep my hair at shoulder length.”
5 Tips for going grey
- Talk to your hair stylist – should you go for an all over grey, or highlights, while the grey hair begins to take over.
- Consider cutting your hair short so that you don’t end up with a two-tone head. Think Jamie Lee Curtis’ famous grey pixie cut.
- Have a style make-over – firstly because probably your age-old, go-to hair cut won’t suit your new silver look and secondly because once you take the plunge and go grey your make-up may not suit your colouring anymore.
- Because grey hair can be drier and coarser, find and use a really good hair conditioner.
- Check out all the different shampoos and conditioners that add lustre to naturally grey or white hair and consider using violet-tinged products which prevent hair going a brassy colour.
5 Celebs with grey or white hair
Judi Dench, Jamie Lee Curtis, Helen Mirren, Emmylou Harris, Meryl Streep.
Over to you Lifestylers – have you taken the plunge into silver or white? Will you, or won’t you? Do you have any concerns?