Rinses, permanent colors and semi-permanent colors are now a thing of the past…I am finally embracing my gray hair journey and it feels great! In my late 30’s is when I noticed a few strands of gray hair around my hairline. At first I ignored them but as they began to multiply I plucked them out. I know, not smart at all because as I plucked they became more aggressive and continued to make their appearance. The strands became more unruly and strong as they continuously settled in.
For months I was content with my plan of action until my hairdresser convinced me to color my hair. It was an expensive solution to a problem that wouldn’t go away. In fact coloring my gray soon lead to highlighting my whole head…I’ve been all shades of brown and I finally became a blond. I enjoyed each transition and how I looked. Even while ignoring the damage that was happening. Highlighting with bleach weakened the hair follicles and caused breakage and brittleness. I was in desperate need of a change.
Beauty is defined by an inner confidence, that lives within each of us. That confidence radiates through our appearance and often times hair color is a huge part of that. I admire women who wear their gray hair like a crown. Confidence and strength embody them. They ignore societal norms, opinions and negative messaging; instead they focus on being comfortable in their own skin.
Going gray didn’t just happen, in fact it wasn’t something that I planned to do. It was the decision to cut my hair short that started my gray hair journey. The colored hair was gone and for the first time in years my hair was healthy. Suddenly the bounce was different and the shine was radiant. It was hard to ignore the natural allure that was present.
Each strand symbolizes wisdom, age and survival and are a part of my story. I define my beauty and what brings me joy. I have inner peace and I know my value. My hair is healthy and most importantly thriving. The gray halo naturally highlights and brightens my face. Liberated is how I feel. I am excited and look forward to each stage of this transition.