Monday, November 20, 2006

To Dye Or Not To Dye?

I found my first gray hair when I was 8 years old. It's been downhill ever since. With my very dark hair, the suckers have always been easy to spot. If I saw one, I'd just yank it out; never believing the old wives tale about 3 more growing back in its place.

Well, sisters, I'm a believer now! However, the 3 new gray hairs for every 1 plucked didn't grow in immediately. They waited to grow in this past year. I feel like I've aged 10 years in the past 3 years, and I don't like it one bit. I'm only 34 years old! Gah! I never really thought this would bother me so much!

So, do I turn to the bottle? Of hair-dye, I mean! I have used semi-permanent color in the past year, but haven't yet committed to the permanent stuff. The two times I've done color, my sister or sister-in-law have applied it for me and they both live 800 miles away. I'm a little afraid of messing my hair all up and I can't afford to have it done. I've been letting it just go gray for the past few months and while I know that a few gray hairs can't hurt as a pastor, I've always believed that my (now relative) youth was an asset.

Do I age gracefully, cheerfully accepting the changes that come along, or do I resist?

On a more important topic: please pray for my son. He was very sick a week or so ago with Scarlet Fever. He's been better this week, but has spiked another fever tonight. Tomorrow is the little guy's birthday, too!


ppolarbear said...

I found my first grey hairs this week. Argh. So I promptly got my hair highlighted and made my instructions clear---the grey becomes red. Not so much into the aging gracefully thing.

SingingOwl said...

I feel for you. I started getting visibly grey hairs in high school. By 30 I was coloring my hair. I finally stopped a couple of years ago, and you know how I look now. I agree with the grey hair and pastor thing, which is one reason of many whey I stopped coloring, but I say, at this point...go for it! I recommend Hydriance...think that is how spelled...because it has highlights and you can go kinda dark without that "flat" look. Wish I was there to do it for ya!

Quotidian Grace said...

At your age, I would (and did) color it. Now I'm going the other way and letting some of the gray come through while highlighting the rest to see if I can adjust to being "natural".

Iris said...

Thanks for the tips! Singing Owl, I hope my grey comes in as beautifully as yours!

Rev Dr Mom said...

I've had noticeable gray hair since I was in my late 20s and I've never dyed it. Many people compliment me on it, and I'm not sure it really makes me look older. So you might end up likeing it.

Mrs. M said...

No grays here yet, but I'm thinking about going red, and am similarly uncertain. Honestly-- the one reason I hesitate about changing colors is that I've always kinda looked forward to going gray.