The hottest hair colour of the moment?
And the winner is?
Yes, you guessed it. Grey.
Apparently, according to Rory Satran of the Wall Street Journal, grey hair is hot.
Not wishing to say I told you so or anything like that but finally someone gets it. The article is worth a read, it doesn’t shed anything entirely new on the debate but the great point is it highlights the possibilities of grey in a different light.
This year I want to talk more about the “silver”. So a new series is born entitled, “The Grey Diaries”.
This will be a conversation for those of us who have already embraced this hot trend and for those of us who might like to. It’s not an easy challenge and I don’t believe anyone who says it is. I want to talk about the best way to get there, how to look after it, what to wear with it and most importantly the confidence we need to pull it off. There are most certainly fears to overcome. Will we still be employable? (Big question and yes, it’s a concern.) Has the grey aged us more than it should? (That we can work on easily; it’s about our presentation, choices and attitude.) Will we still be attractive to our partners? These are just some of the questions I have struggled with on this “hair journey”.
Going grey is confronting.
For those of you who would like to, I am here to encourage you. I needed all the help I could muster when I started and there are days when I still do. Dyeing hair platinum when you have a full head of non-grey hair is not the same as letting grey rest in its natural state. Platinum wearers are changing colour and following a trend; those of us who have chosen to stop colouring our hair are in it for different reasons.
Going grey is not for everyone.
I love a good colour more than anyone and if I could have successfully maintained mine I probably would still be in the hairdressers once a month. It wasn’t working for me so I tried something different. Something I had never been for many years – completely natural. It took time and it was physically and emotionally confronting. It required perseverance and a dose of bravery.
Going grey is about so much more than colour.
Grey hair in most cases denotes a new stage of life. For most of us the grey starts slowly, a few strands here and there – easy to cover and not that problematic. Until it is. Once the grey starts its creep it requires a confident level of acceptance to fully out it. Maybe we won’t be ready to see ourselves as grey-headed women? Can we lasso our youth by staying “natural”? It does work and in many ways, colouring is an easy fix. Except what do we do when it is no longer an option?
I chose to leave my hair because I actually like it grey.
Not every day but I am winning more days than I am not. For me, it is about acceptance and now it’s who I am and how I look. That took time to say.
The Grey Diaries is here to help if you want to follow this direction or even think about it. There are so many questions I asked, so many ways I floundered and so much I have learned along the way.
It may well be the hottest hair colour right now, but it’s so much more. It’s a way of life. xv
softly, softly in grey