I’m not neurotic about it or anything, but I do think about my hair often. Not because I love it but because it’s always a struggle. Baby fine, poker straight, and thinning is not an easy combo. Toss in the “to gray or not to gray” question and there’s more to consider.
What I Know to be True About Gray Hair
Our natural coloring softens as we age. Eye color lightens, natural lip color fades, and our skin loses its vibrancy. As a result, we have less contrast between our features and our hair. The stark contrast of very dark hair can make wrinkles appear deeper, which makes you look older.
Going gray or silver is a choice many women struggle with. It’s all the rage to go natural these days. Of course, hair color companies aren’t suffering because there’s just as many of us who choose to cover our gray than not.
Salt and pepper hair has always been one of my favorite looks. There’s something about the contrast of colors that I find beautiful. Sadly, that’s not a look I will ever get because my hair is too light. I always wanted to be a brunette…go figure.
I’ve written about my hair here, here, and here, pondering the gray question more times than not. When I make a plus and minus list for going gray, in my case silver, the minuses far outweigh the plusses.
Why I’m Not Going Gray
- My blonde is ashy and taupe. Coloring my hair adds body which is why when I started with highlights at 15, I never looked back.
- Adding lowlights gives my hair dimension and helps it look thicker.
- The truth is, I don’t have enough silver coming in so it looks mottled, patchy and drab.
- I don’t need to lighten my hair to flatter my softening features because it’s already pale.
- I really do look older with silver hair. I am
oldseasoned but I don’t want to look older than I need to.
Dishwater blonde hair worked on my younger face but it’s not flattering now. I’ve toyed with the idea of going platinum but I’d need to wear it very short because of the damage the bleach would cause. I don’t look good in short hair. Been there done that in my 30’s and it was not my finest moment.
I love the look of gray and silver hair, just not on me, yet.
Did you decide to go gray?
Thanks for reading and have a great day.