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Hot New Trend—Gray Hair!

It is official; my gray hair is now considered trendy. Apparently, it’s all the rage on the fashion runways, and younger women are making a statement with silver and white highlights in their hair.

I was born a redhead, but over the years it has darkened to an auburn shade and now is filled with natural silver highlights provided by age, daily dosages of stress, and a few golden highlights thrown in courtesy of the sun. Much to my hairdresser’s chagrin, I’ve never dyed my hair and never will! I know it would make me look younger, but I figure I’m saving lots of time and money. I don’t have to worry about showing my gray roots or having a bunch of chemicals seeping into my scalp. And I just feel like we shouldn’t be ashamed of getting older—my motto is: Go with what you got and work it!

So, imagine my delight when I opened the Sunday New York Times yesterday to read an article titled “Gray: No Longer Premature,” by Ruth La Ferla. The article is about younger renegade-type women who are requesting silver highlights in their hair and making quite a fashion statement in doing so. If you have the time, definitely read the story, and also check out the comment highlights below the story.

Evocative, subversive, inaccessible, cachet…wait a minute, these are all words being used to describe gray hair! Young women are seeking out this color, and older women are paying $1.3 billion each year to cover it up. Wow, I’m feeling kind of special for sticking to my guns and not covering up my beautiful trendsetting silver streaks!

Is this a nod to their older, wiser sisters or perhaps a wish to be more cougarlike or are they mocking me? I don’t really care…I’m just going to choose to believe that I am making a fashion statement.

I absolutely love this comment from plt brooklyn and had to repeat it here:

My colorist’s name? “Father Time.”

It is the nature of youth to wish to seem older; it is the nature of the older, to wish to appear young; it is the nature of humans to wish to alter nature.

Young people’s silliness is part of their charm. And my well-earned gray hair, is part of my charm!

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6 People have left comments on this post

» Beth said: { Apr 7, 2010 - 1:56 PM }

You're a better woman than I. I can't stop coloring my hair, been doing it since I was 14 and I think I am addicted to crazy color. I did find a new brand called Eco Colors so I can feel better about it. Maybe someday I will be brave. You might have to help me.

» MariaSantoferraro said: { Apr 8, 2010 - 1:06 PM }

Hey Beth –
Well that's a first – I don't think I've ever been called brave before! :)
Glad to hear there is a healthy alternative out there!
Hope it was easier to comment this time with Disqus.

» Margaret Almon said: { Aug 5, 2010 - 5:40 PM }

Cool. I started going gray in my 20's so it's taken awhile for me to become trendy in my 40's!

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