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Shine on, Silver Sisters!

In this week's Everything King, Wendy explores the trend of growing grey gracefully
2019-06-21 1930s hair salon

50 Shades of Grey?

Grey is the new black and blond and auburn, it seems.

Have you heard about the new “go grey” beauty plan? Apparently, it has been a trend for several years but 2018-19 is definitely when it hit its silvery heights.

It seems many women, of all ages, are foregoing the L’Oreal experience and letting their natural hair colour come out to play especially if that natural colour is grey.

There seems to be a lot of reasons for it.

1. Embracing natural beauty.

2.  It can be very sexy and sophisticated. Think, Meryl Streep in Devil Wears Prada

3.  It saves a ton of money on dyes, highlights and treatments.

A friend of mine, who is embarking on the adventure (and any change of hairstyle or colour for women is a big adventure) says she figures she’ll save $900 a year on salon visits. That’s not chump change. The thought of going grey is now longer sending women screaming into the night. 

I remember being blamed for many of my mom’s earliest grey strands.

I remember plucking out a few of my own.

Now, it is not to be feared, but to be desired.

I, as a “natural” Egyptian Plum girl, have not quite embraced the idea yet. I feel I need all the colour I can get on hair, in makeup and clothing. Speaking for myself, I need all the help I can get. 

I also think it does depend on your natural complexion. If you are too pale or have a yellow tinge to your skin, then topping it off with grey hair could be like you wearing camouflage.

“Hey, where did you go?”

What a brave move, though! I admire it.

It is not so much the end game that is so frightening.  It is the in between, when the dye is growing out there are those pesky roots to deal with. Experts say it takes about two years for the entire process. There will be a few weeks when you look like a crazed monkey took a magic marker to your scalp. Blotchy, but I suppose that’s what wigs and hats are for.

If you could guarantee I would look like Helen Mirren or Jamie Lee Curtis or Lady Gaga, with their silver goddess look, I would do it in a heartbeat.

Truly, there are some stunning women and men with gorgeous grey/silver hair. When it works, it really works!

On a deeper level, I really do honour the desire of being your true self.

Maybe all the things we slather on are really a means of hiding our true selves. We wear it all like a mask.

It takes bravery to show up as you really are.

It reminds me of that quote my Marianne Williamson. Yes, the U.S. presidential candidate.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

Shine on, Silver Sisters!

One of these days, maybe I will be empowered enough to join you but for now I will be cheering you on strand by strand.


About the Author: Wendy King

Wendy King writes about all kinds of things from nutrition to the job search from cats to clowns — anything and everything — from the ridiculous to the sublime. Watch for Wendy's column weekly.
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