Thinking about letting your hair go gray? Here’s a list of seven great things about going gray:
7. No more hair dye stains. If you dye your hair at home, you have stains. I stained towels, clothes, floors, countertops, robes, bras, and rugs. And I was being careful. It was such a mess, I think my coloring at home ended up costing me as much as it would have costed for me to go to a salon.
6. No more chemicals. No more smell. No more itchy head with red bumps. No more burning sensation on your scalp. No more headaches.
5. Money saved on hair coloring. This will vary based on how much you spend on coloring right now. Towards the end of my hair-coloring years, I was getting pretty good at finding hair dye in a box for less than $3. But, as I mentioned above, I destroyed so much stuff that I probably would have been better off going to a salon. Try to figure out how much money you would save if you nixed hair dye. Wouldn’t it be nice to use that money for something else? Something more fun?
4. Time saved. No more making salon appointments. No more trying to find someone to babysit while you color your hair. No more waiting for the dye to work. No more wiping stains off your forehead.
3. Setting a good example for younger women. I was inspired to go gray by a lady I saw at a conference. She doesn’t know me, but I thought her hair, and her style, were really cool. When younger women see more role models with gray hair, they will see examples of women being themselves. And, they will see that aging doesn’t have to be the end of the world. How awesome is that?
2. Annoying people who want you to keep coloring. For various reasons, people might have issues with your going gray. Those issues have nothing to do with you, and everything to do with them and their own insecurities. Going gray can have an element of defiance and non conformist rebellion that is just so amusing. Dealing with the comments, stares, and put downs is really tough. But, once your gray has grown out, it’s quite satisfying to show the naysayers that you are stronger than their putdowns and “suggestions for improvement.” It’s also great to show off your beautiful, natural hair that you’ll never have to color again.
1. Being yourself. This is the absolute best thing about going gray. Your hair is becoming its true color, and that’s how it is supposed to be. After the awkward growing out stage is over, there will be no more worrying about covering your natural hair. It just gets to be what it is! You’ll fee more confident, authentic, and real.