going gray: when to stop coloring your hair
About 18 months ago, I did a post on one woman’s decision to eliminate her colorist and go gray. It has probably been one of the more popular posts here at Wardrobe 911 because it’s frightening and empowering at the same time. On one hand you are embracing the aging of your body yet on the other hand, you are finally giving in to the fact that you no longer look young. That can be really tough, especially when you still FEEL young.
So when is the right time to stop coloring your hair? It’s different for everyone. Some never started coloring their hair. Others let their gray grow out and then eventually start coloring it again. Some do it around their 50th birthday. Some never stop.
A beautiful hair color can enhance your looks, your coloring, and can be a true security blanket. So what do you do if you decide to stop coloring your hair? How do you hide the obvious outgrowth?
Well, I started going gray when I was 19. After 22 years of coloring my hair (I’m 41), I’ve made the not-so-easy decision to stop. Why? There are two reasons: one practical and the other more personal.
One reason is that I hate spending 3 hours getting my hair colored every TWO weeks. Most women touch-up their roots every 6 weeks. About two years ago, I started having to do it every 4 weeks. Last year, every 3 weeks. And now? I’m at my 2 week mark and I have an inch outgrowth. Colormark’s colorstick works great for now but anything over an inch will get trickier.
My second reason is that I really want to know what I look like with white/gray hair and a young face. It’s complete curiosity. There is a lot of fear around it too – especially because of what I do for a living! But after sitting down with a friend and having a long discussion about it, I realized I’m ready. He even said “You know, there is something elegant and confident about a woman with gray hair who has a youthful demeanor. Gray hair doesn’t make you old, how you feel about yourself does.”
So, with that I am completely excited about going gray. How many of you are with me? How many of you (regardless of age!) are ready to embrace your gray? I’ll post once a month on my progress (with pictures!) along with giving you pointers on how to do it gracefully. Check out the posts on going gray here.