I'm often asked where I get my hair done. They don't just mean Where do you get your hair cut?, but Where do you get your highlights? This happens several times a week. And time after time I explain that they aren't highlights. It's my hair naturally turning gray, or rather, white to be more precise.
When I had my hair cut this afternoon by a new girl (because we frequent a local barber school), she exclaimed, "Whoever wove the color into your hair did an excellent job!" And I explained once again, No, no weaving at a salon- God placed that color there.
Sometimes when I explain that I'm graying, people look horrified, and proceed to tell me that I could cover it, and even that really, maybe I should. You're too young to be gray!
Really? I wonder, what is the appropriate age? 40? 50? 60? 80?
I must admit that I did color for a few years in my early 30's, but stopped about 4 or 5 years ago, and have never looked back. I'm a few months into my 40th year, and I love my hair.
Are we so afraid of aging that when we think someone has highlights we want them too, but when we learn that it's gray we are ashamed for them?
Do people really think it looks natural to stay dark until they're 70 or older? Or that because the dark is difficult to match that they look better blond than gray?
I'm certainly not saying that it's wrong to color your hair, I just wonder, why not embrace who we are?
What do you do?