Wednesday, February 3, 2010

With Dignity and Grace

Want to know a little dirty secret that not many other women would confess to?

Do not attempt to adjust the color on your monitor...this is the real deal, baby!

I sent out a tweet yesterday that read "I am going to deal with the cruel hand of fate and just go gray gracefully...not screaming and crying like this morning."

That is just what I am going to do. I am hanging up my coloring gloves and calling it quits. A woman must know her limitations.

I have tried it all...Clariol, Revlon, L'Oreal, Herbal Essences...none of it lasted more than 2 weeks and the gray hair would just crop back up. The difference now is that the gray is more of a silver/white and even more impossible to color to the original dark color I was born with. 

I worried over each gray hair, I fretted and I think I even caused some more to pop out just worrying about it
I had a dear friend send me a response tweet to my declaration...

Proverbs 16:31 (NIV) “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.
Well, here goes...heavy is the head that wears the crown, says I. It's not much of a comfort when you are sportin' a Granny-do when you are 33, but it's all I got.
There is not an easy way to transition to fully gray so as of right now I just have to deal with the calico look. The Head Crayon has tons of comments about it...
  • So does this make you one of The Grays?
  • You need a shirt that says "Dang Pigeons" (referring to the centrally located white splotch on my head)
  • Just tell everyone you paint ceilings (referring to the same area)
I am trying to take it in grace...*sniff*...really I am.
Anybody else dealing with Ms. Fate in this manner?


Lisa Curcio said...

I have why more gray hair than I am comfortable with! When I was 30, it was not big deal, I called them highlights. Now that I am almost 40, I am not so happy with them.

I color my hair with Henna, I didn't start out that way to hide the gray, I just wanted red hair. Now when it starts to fade and grow out, I start to freak a bit. It is a new emotion I am dealing with...or not dealing with, so for now I will keep on dying it red :)

Amanda said...

Girl... I HEAR YOU!!! I found my first a few months ago and FLIPPED OUT. So I think you are a super duper star for be brave enough to go gray. You rock!!


Anonymous said...

You are not alone! I have been coloring mine since about the age of 30 :0(

I used to go to the Salon, but it just got too expensive. Now I do it at home about once a month.

I cant stand it. I have DARK hair so it makes it even harder to hide.

Lucy and Ethel said...

Yep, in the same boat (only much bigger!), and nope, not overly thrilled to be there, either. I just can't see myself tied down to doing anything about it. YET, anyway.

On a positive note, I've read that gray hair serves as some sort of protection against cancer. If it's true, that would be nice.

Gray hair can be a sign of lack of B vitamins, which are depleted in times of stress, so I'm going to beef up the B vits and see what happens.

It'd be nice to deplete the times of stress and see what happens there, too....


Ashley said...

I got married last year at 29 and couldn't get married with gray hairs! So I started plucking away at all the stray gray hairs and have gotten away with it until now. I'm afraid I may need to resort to some coloring soon though.

Kimberly said...

Not to rub it in, but I was blessed with naturally red hair which hasn't started to gray yet at the age of 40. I mean 29. :)

My mom will be 73 this month and only has a little gray at the sides. So it is looking good for me.

Hang in there! I guess that is just a disadvantage of having dark hair. (Hubby is almost completely gray at 42 - he has naturally dark brown hair - and he refuses to get it colored).

Rhonda said...

I think gray hair is EARNED, so I never pull them out and have a little mental celebration that I've made it through something when I see one :)

Kate said...

Not me. I'm fighting it every step of the way, forever and ever amen. I spent 2 1/2 hours at the salon on Saturday to have my hair done!

Working Mommy said...

You should think about going lighter - not as light as blonde, but something in the browns...then it might not show as much!!


Shana said...

{{Raising hand}} I have really dark hair & my whole head is turning white. It's *really turning white. I have taken the same stance & am just letting it happen!

happygal said...

I'm still fighting the good fight here. But good for you!

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