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Monday, October 7, 2019

Embracing the Gray

One thing that reminds me that I am aging is my white hair. I’d say gray but when I stare at them, they aren’t really gray, they’re white. I have been coloring my hair every three to six months or so to cover them up and it takes a lot of work. I don’t know if I was the patience for this gray hair cover-up process anymore since I end up with this look on the top of my head just a few months after coloring:

embracing the gray


It’s a hit or miss kind of thing trying to figure out the best gray coverage with the right kind of shade for me. There’s also the matter of making sure that my hair doesn’t go dry and brittle from too much coloring.  I've been having hair fall issues and I worry that it’s from all the coloring too so I am hesitant about making this a “rest-of-my-life" thing. 

Coloring my hair at the salon is too expensive because I have long hair that goes down to my mid-back. Coloring my hair at home, on the other hand, is a process – often a messy one. It’s just too much work. As I’ve mentioned before, I have been considering embracing the gray instead of continuously coloring my hair. It just seems the simpler, less-stressful thing to do. 

I’ve discovered that there are several women even younger than I am who are embracing the gray. There is even an Instagram account called @grombre that celebrates women with gray hair. I’ve also read an article on Glamour that mentions the names of celebrities who have also embraced the gray themselves. It also features other women who are making the transition and stopping with the hair coloring to cover the grays up. It’s an inspiring/encouraging read. 

My last hair color was in April (more or less, I can’t remember when exactly). I’ve decided that I will stop coloring my hair and let it see how it grows out (for now).   

My sister is getting married in December and I’m going to be a bridesmaid so there is still a possibility that I will color my hair then but at this point, I am leaning toward letting my hair be the way it is, unless my sister intervenes for the benefit of her wedding photos. I’m hoping that the hairdresser can make it work without suggesting that I color it.  

Considering how much goes into the hair coloring process: the chemicals, the packaging and all that, I think that it is also an earth-friendly thing to stop coloring my hair altogether.   

In the past year or so I have been more conscious about the waste items that I produce. The hair color products are in plastic packaging so imagine my horror when I realized how much plastic I have thrown in the trash throughout my hair color phase.  

I can’t keep coloring my hair and destroying the planet at the same time. I don’t think there will be a point to my gray-less hair if the planet is reaching extinction. I know some people might think I’m overreacting but I think every little thing counts. I may not be able to avoid producing waste, but if I am capable of at least reducing that in areas where I can, I feel that I should do it. It doesn’t hurt that it will be easier on the wallet too since I usually have to use two boxes at a time with my hair.  

So, there you have it: I’ve decided to embrace the gray. I don’t know how my hair will end up in the long run, but I will be less stressed out about it since I don’t have to color my hair every three months anymore. I’m in my 40s. I’m aging and I’m going to deal with it.  

Anyone else agree with me? Let’s embrace the gray now! 
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