As we age, our skin, body, and internal structure starts to go through its own process, showing signs that we are no longer 20 but inching closer to 50. One tell tale sign indicating the hands of time are clicking away, are those little pesky white and gray strands that begin to pop up randomly across our crowning glory. This can be a devastating experience for some. Some take this sign in stride, and others fight it with every breath in their bodies! But please, let’s look at this time in our lives as a resurgence of our inner and outer beauty! Going gray gracefully is easy to do, especially when you understand why it is happening in the first place, and then, find a great cut and style to emphasize and not cover up your sophisticated tresses. Managing your changing hair color – and in some cases, “new” hair texture doesn’t have to be a horrible experience, actually it can be easy as pie, if you are want it to be.
An unwanted house guest
For some, Gray hair for some seems to show up like a bad house guest, at an abnormally young age. Other times, due to poor health, or a shock to the system, or heredity; we find our hair is aging faster than anticipated. As we mature our bodies signify this change by the loss of certain hormones. But, this can really be complicated information when we start getting into changes in hair and skin pigmentation and hormones. What we need to remember is that we are an excellent design, us humans. As we get older, our body’s chemistry changes, and our hair and skin lighten up a bit, period! We aren’t always going to be 25, and who wants to be anyway? Not me-been there done that! I want to experience each facet of getting older, with a sense of adventure. When I am ready, and have a majority of gray growing from my scalp, that’s it, I plan on ROCKING my gray locks and not looking back!
Here is what you do: look at your parents and grandparents hair color. When did they go gray, and what type of texture (fine, medium, or course) do they have? Heredity can be a blessing you know. My father has a gorgeous head of white hair. He had black hair when he was younger, and as he aged, he began getting streaks of gray, then white. Now, he has this beautiful Leslie Neilson colored hair. It’s a nice bunch of it which also is a plus! My mother has only sprouted gray on the sides and a blend of it throughout out, but, it really is gorgeous. She blends her grays into her current hair color, and it is very natural! “Go gray I say!” After all- gray hair is beautiful.
The tabloids can’t be all wrong
Take a look at George Clooney, and Helen Mirren to name a few. Merrill Streep was divine in Devil Wears Prada. I think Richard Gere hit a new level of sexiness (if that is possible) when he decided to keep his locks muted. One thing they didn’t do thankfully- was to cover up those smoky hues. They have not only embraced their gray hair, they have RAN with it, and it hasn’t slowed down their presence at the box office either has it?!? If you want-consider this- if you are going to go au natural with your grays-just how will you go about the color changeover? It can be a transition, but nothing to bite your nails over. My advice, go and talk to a professional. Not a psychiatrist silly, “your hairstylist!”
Don’t take your hair color into your own hands
A professional hairstylist and or colorist can find an excellent hair color that can blend your grays, naturally, while hooking you up with an excellent haircut and style to die for, helping to ease into this transition for you. Fair warning: If you have a stark color difference, say, you are already gray and (you continue be in state of denial), and you are coloring your hair into some shade you sported 25 years ago – just letting your hair grow out naturally-is going to be tricky! However; thankfully for all of us, colorists are miracle workers and this is what I suggest: you might want to highlight your tresses adding “gray” as a blend into your existing hair color scheme. This would not only look fabulous (seriously!), you would also be easing yourself (and everyone else you encounter), into the idea that you are going for a more “natural” look.
Don’t give up your color just yet
I am not saying you have to give up hair color all together, heavens no, I would never suggest that! There are glosses and accent colors that can keep you in the salon forever, and really, “who doesn’t want to be in the hair salon forever?” I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want to be- it is such a Zen place for me. I actually built one right into my house, and now I am never leaving my home! I am saying, “That if you want to go gray, why not?” There are so may products that enhance gray and white hair, giving them up would almost be a crime!
If the color is right, embrace it!
Gray hair is glamorous, sexy, and sophisticated, and, it doesn’t mean you are throwing in the towel, or that you are going to look old. On the contrary– you are making a statement that says, “I am of a certain age and I am gorgeous!” Managing your gray is all about the right cut, and hairstyle. You can use softening products to control wirey, course, and unruley gray hair, and don’t forget the blow dryer or flat iron. Fine gray or white hair might need a boost from moose, or a root lifting product, along with a few curls here and there. Gray hair is the new glam; don’t cover up your gray hair. I say, “EMBRACE it!”