greyisms.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

grey highlights

ed is growing a few grey hairs and i tell you he has never looked more handsome. i'm a bit of a mess about my own grey hairs. i hide it pretty well, though honestly it's not that intentional since most of the grey is only visible when i pull my hair back. i'm not ashamed of the greys. i AM self conscious about it. as my hair gets longer and longer, i will soon be looking at a very grey ponytail. a grey-speckled ponytail at 28 seems a bit off-putting, though why should it? 

i loved this article about a designer who decided to stop the frequent dye jobs and embrace her incoming greys. rather than covering it up, a colorist turned them into perfectly placed highlights during the grow out phase. maayan says, "that's how i know it was the right way to go: it feels like i just took off a mask, not like i am in a costume."

i can't say i'm brave enough to rock a grey ponytail just yet, but it certainly makes a beautiful statement. 

16 comments:

inaina said...

i think the colors of your body change at the same time and very often the dyed hair looks kind of artificial because it doesn't match the skin color of the face anymore. I like my gray hairs... it's most natural. It's getting more but it's okay.
ina (41)

rachelanna212 said...

thanks so much for posting this. I loved the refinery 29 article and I love your thoughts on the whole grey thing too, as a fellow 27-year old starting to come to terms with all the greys popping up all over her head. i still haven't worked out quite how I feel about it (especially as compared to my mother, who proudly embraced her gray at 23), but I'm working on it. And it's nice to know there are other people thinking about this sort of thing too.

Jen said...

I'm getting more and more gray hairs and I'm about to turn 29- so I can absolutely relate. I love how this woman is (creatively) embracing it. There is also a woman that works at the Prince St. J.Crew store (who I imagine to be around my age) and she has a full head of almost gray hair. It looks great on her and I hope that when my hair follows, I'll be able to embrace it the same way. So far, I've been adamant on not coloring. Here's to embracing!

sheri said...

As woman of a considerably more "advanced" age, it's all about HOW the greys come in - my mom went prematurely grey at 26 but it started as a patch of white and has spread beautifully ever since. Me? straggly greys here and there - not in the least bit attractive. As I also chemically straighten my hair I have to be careful about over processing (plus dark brown hair is the trickiest of all to cover up greys with). I, too, do the "highlight" method - I use a semi-permanent at-home kit in a color that I want to highlight with, and that is lighter than my hair. The greys turn into golden brown highlights and the rest of my hair just sort of absorbs the color. So far so good.........

chic81.com said...

What a great idea, she looks gorgeous! I have dark blonde hair and I have not decided if I should go blonder or darker when the greys start to come in, I am 31 and have some time to decide. My dad and his dad didn't start going grey until his late 50's and I have seem to have inherited his hair genes as far as texture, color and fineness go. At least, I hope so.
My fiance has quite a bit of grey at the temples and I love it on him.
-Sonya

sumslay said...

I'm very intrigued by this. I guess just growing up in the south (which I know you understand), we're taught from a young age to be - and stay - "pretty" by society standards. I think grey can be pretty, but why no dye if it is a hard adjustment? Basically, what's the issue with dyeing if it makes you feel better (even if it does seem silly)?

Side note, I'm 30 and have been getting sporatic grey hairs since 27. Sigh. I've been dyeing my hair since age 12, but nothing touches this stuff! They're pretty hidden...for now, but man....stubborn little fellas! :)

Katie said...

I love this- my mother decided to stop dyeing her hair about 10 years ago, and now she has the most gorgeous shade of a silvery-white-grey. She rocks it and looks so great doing it, I only hope I can do the same!

S T E P H A N I E L E A N N said...

My guy has salt and pepper hair and I find it so attractive on him. Now, as for myself I am sure I would feel the same as you. I do admire those who embrace it!

Lauren said...

No grays yet (knock on wood) but I'm only 26. I haven't thought too much about whether I'll dye them or let them grow in. I'm tempted to just let them arrive when they want because I dyed my hair for so long and stopped about 18 months ago and I'm loving the freedom. Anyway...

I have noticed a couple gray hairs on the husband, but he's under way more stress than I am. Poor baby.

in dreams said...

i love my greys! what i don't love is their texture...my hair is fairly straight, and for some reason, the greys are super curly...they just stick up + out, doing their own thing! but what can you do? it's your hair's nature...just go with it, right? :)

Lonely Wife Project said...

My husband is 29 and his gray hairs are coming in at a rapid pace. Seriously, he's salt and peppered and so is his beard. He looks distinguished and sexy. I love it.

Tara Celeste said...

I'm 26 and noticed my first gray hair in high school. It was no surprise since my mom went gray in her twenties and only recently (she's 52) decided to stop dyeing her hair. I think it looks great on her and I intend to just let the gray strands come!

Monica L. Shulman said...

I have so many grays. I noticed my first when I was around your age and now at 35 there are so many more. I color it and highlight my hair too but it's such a pain to do it. My mother does her roots every 4 to 6 weeks! I don't know if I have the courage to ever just let it go completely gray when the time comes but I rather like my hair as a brunette so it wouldn't be just vanity that would persuade me to dye it.

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

I'm with Tara–I noticed a few sparse grays pretty early, and my mom's been coloring since FOREVER. It was difficult, but with the help of a really fabulous colorist, she grew out years of dye and is all white these days. Her bob is so fantastic, and so honest–I just love it!

Kari said...

My aunt had practically black hair and started going gray at 18. She dyed it for forever until her hair stopped taking the dye for some reason.

Anastasia said...

very chic! she still has loads of pigment so make it look elegant...i have so many gray hairs, wish i could just let it be!

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