Sunday, June 5, 2011
Vain AND Lazy - Going Grey
Here's where my transitioning began. First things first, got the root touch-up stuff for dark blonde, used it on the front and, over the course of a few months moved down a notch to light brown. Blonde was successfully defeated. Light brown much better with skin tone. Back to dark brown at the back. Having fully accepted I am no Daphne Guinness, have since embarked on a long-term strategy (yes, maybe vain and lazy, but also patient) to grow in the grey letting the front transition without colour (a couple of months of weirdness but not so bad), and switching to an ammonia free home based colouring product (L'Oreal Healthy Look) to cover the grey until it's long enough leave off with the colouring altogether. Of course, I've chosen to keep my hair longish because I'm more comfortable with hair around my face and neck. Super short hair on my pin head just accentuates my smallness and I can't stand that. Vain - you see.
In the midst of this process(midst being the next 2 years at the rate things are going)I read in comments on the lovely blog, Hostess of the Humble Bungalow, a referral to Going Grey, Looking Great. My salvation. A whole website (and book) devoted to going grey. Transition case studies galore. And more importantly, a site with fabulous looking women with grey hair. Where can you find images in the media of women who are firmly in l'age - certainly not on TV unless it's a medication for bone loss. Important, yes. The only reason to present grey-haired women dans l'age? No.
Going Gray Looking Great! features photos of women in l'age (and even younger) who are grey and gorgeous. They don't look old, they don't look like they've thrown in the proverbial towel. They look gorgeous. They look real. They are unapologetic.
And so, this summer I will be pulling the grey front back over the burgeoning roots and allowing a stream of grey to grow in along my part. Yes, I will camouflage because I'm vain. And yes, I will stop colouring because I'm lazy. And then we'll see what happens next.