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On the Topic of Grey Hair...

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

So I guess I'm telling a few stories lately. I am 34 years old, and I recently read that women, on average, start getting grey (Canadian spelling) hair when they are 35. So I wonder if I am entering the beginning...I really hope not for a couple of reasons, neither of which really has anything to do with vanity. Firstly, I have a bit of an obsession with pulling them out when I find one. If I do start getting more, I am more likely to go bald than grey. Secondly, I have never dyed my hair before and don't really want to. I am an au naturale type, with dark brown hair that I like it that way, thank you very much. On the other hand, I don't think I would look good with salt and pepper hair. Men can grey with dignity, although not many women can get away with it. Anderson Cooper, the sweety, has grey hair and look at him! He wrote a very funny article on the topic. I was doing some research into the topic and couldn't believe how many hair sites there are out there. This is but one among a million.

The real reason I started looking into this, however, is the fact that many of my ancestors on my father's side did not go grey at all. Kept their naturally dark brown and black hair well into their eighties and nineties. I saw this firsthand when I met a great aunt for the first time in Germany. She was 90 years old, with jet black hair. The first thing she said to me after introductions and hugs was "this is my original hair; never had a dye job". Obviously a source of great pride. My father has some grey hair, but it is still predominantly black, and he is over 70. It makes him look much younger. He could care less.

So I am hoping that maybe I have this gene; the hair doesn't go grey gene...whatever it might be. I can't seem to find out any information on it to learn an official name. Please let me know if anyone out there does. Every stray grey that I see lessons my hope that this is the case. (and I said I wasn't vain)

  1. Blogger Mich said:

    Have to address the Rainy Days and Monday... so divine! Now on to the grey hair- it's time to change the perspective for women! Seriously. That streak Bonnie Raitt has is stunning.

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    I got my first grey air at 28, and from then on it has been a slow progression!
    Your little bot is adorable, and i want his raincoat!

  1. Blogger riskybiz said:

    Worrying will make it go grey faster.
    I would resort to dying instead of pulling it out.
    As I've said many times without looking,"you look beautiful dear!"

  1. Blogger Jennifer said:

    I'm 36 and started to find gray hairs last year! Of course I have brown/blonde hair so they sort of blend in. But like my husband says... at least I have hair! :-)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    there have been books written on changing the perspective, but unfortunately it's not gonna happen in my lifetime.
    don't see a single grey in your photo!
    sound so much like my hubbie...
    lucky to have a hair colour that doesn't make them stand out!

  1. Blogger No_Newz said:

    My first grey wasn't even on my head. (shameful look) I intend to take my 33 year old butt and fight this aging stuff to the death. And if that doesn't work, I guess I'll try hair dye. :)
    Lois Lane

  1. Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said:

    I started to color my hair in my late 30's.I know a few women who have let their hair go grey and treat it with a shampoo for grey hair (to keep it from yellowing).I think they look great.


  1. Blogger missbhavens said:

    One stressful night at work a fellow nurse stood on her tiptoes and peered at the top of my head and said "oooooooh, BooBoo, there it is!" It was my first. I made her yank it out with a suture remover, and it has not been back. I will go down fighting. Grey color, I can deal with. But the texture is whacky! Mine stuck straight up! Fight the fight!

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Ugh the " grey issue"...I started late 20's..It's very costly being a woman...I've must have spent a fortune by now with coloring...Last yr I found a great product called Root-Touch up..10 mins and it's gone..And I don't mean the money either..It's less than 10$.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    MissB and Lois;
    I am going to fight it too. And can you believe that the thought onbly occurred to me in the past year that ALL hair, yes even that can go grey...
    Dr. Deb;
    Don't think I would be brave enough to let it go...
    Thanks for the name of that product, you never know I might be needing it..

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