It's been a while since I've written about being “gray” since my transition essentially ended over a year ago. And I've been meaning to get a proper before and after together for you and finally got around to doing it — with much photoshop manipulation (I'll explain below.)
I know that going gray is an issue for every woman because many feel that it ages you or limits your job opportunities. I can see how that may be the case for some — there is gray hair that is best left colored in my opinion. But there are quite a few women that have platinum hair or dominantly platinum in which I think it looks lovely. I was lucky — probably because I started going gray at 19. People ask me all the time if I would ever go back to coloring and you couldn't pay me a million dollars to do so. I've had dreams where I had my hair colored back to auburn and I'd wake up in total terror — those are true nightmares for me.
So why the color nightmares? Here's 3 reasons why — and hopefully it will debunk some gray hair myths you may have:
- Gray hair — hair with no pigment — is soft. My hair is so much softer now AFTER I quit coloring it. Yes, I have a few crazies but not like when I colored my hair which was like straw (of course I didn't know it was straw-like until I had normal hair to compare it to.)
- Gray hair is not a sign of age. How you behave is. And, I'm not gray everywhere! uh-em.
- Gray hair can be hip. It does not mean you are letting yourself go. Pu-lease. It's how you wear it. Your overall personal style just gets magnified so you do want to wear the right colors because your coloring changes and you can't wear the trends at all because you will look old. LOL — it's true.
So, there you have it. The before photo shown is from a photoshoot so the lighting is fab and the current photo of me on right is from a very candlelit dinner at Bouchon — I had to photoshop the crap out of it to take the yellow overcast out, but this is pretty true to my coloring. I think — you don't have to agree — that I look better and more authentic with my natural hair.