Is it ok to go grey?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Have you spotted a few little grey hair on your head already? Or maybe you have a full head of sliver locks? Do you colour them or not?

Seems that in today’s world grey hair means the same to women, as boldness to men. Do you think that is an accurate statement?  If you have been reading exPress-o for a while now, you know that I embrace my salt and pepper locks to the fullest. Having said that, in the recent months, my greyness doubled or even tripled. I am not by any means grey yet but recently many people pointed out that my greys are pretty visible. There was also a day around Christmas when I was walking home and noticed my reflection in the shop's mirror - I was shocked for the first time realizing how visible they really are in natural light. I went home being puzzled why on earth would that bother me. Then I realized that actually, I didn’t have a problem at all, it was the way people said it to me that made me think that there was something wrong with the colour I have.

A few days later I read this article about Sarah Harris and everything went back to normal. Sarah is the Director of Fashion Features of British Vogue and she started to get grey hair when she was only 16 years old. She is now 34 and with a full head of silver long hair. Brave? I think so! I know that grey hair is not for everyone and I respect those who'd rather colour it, but I also love those, like Sarah and me, who just rebel and let the silver hair rule their head!

So next time I find myself feeling unsure about my greyish locks, I will remember this quote by Sarah: 'I love the rebelliousness of my (silver) hair – it’s honest and nonconformist'

How do you feel about greys? Do you think grey hair is beautiful? Do you think we should be able to wear our hair and our years as we'd like? Or not? xo

P.S: Also, grey coats goodness.
P.P.S: Why today's women go grey at 25?

(Quote and article via The Rhythm Method. Photos by/via Garance Doré, NY Mag, Daily Mail, Leena)

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is very inspiring. I started to notice a few but so far they are not very visible. I'm not sure if I can let them be or if I colour them in the future but I will certainly look at silver hair very different from now on.

Jillian Manesh said...

yes! i think some ppl can pull off the grey especially if all of their hair goes grey (i have an old co-worker who had beaaautiful grey hair!) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Vintage Market Place said...

I too started going grey as a teen. My dads side of the family has all snow white hair so i am destined to have it. I color every 2 weeks now that i went back to brown. I thought about embracing the grey but its not a silver pretty grey it has my brown still in splothes and just looks unkept. One day if it all turns i will embrace it. But for now pass the dye bottle.
Amy

Marta said...

Hi! If I had them, I'd color them. I don't like grey hair for me, although it looks great on other people.

Anonymous said...

I don't see anything wrong with younger(or any age) people 'going grey', My brother had noticeable grey hairs at 15; another 15 years he was a 'silver fox' but his grey is very flattering. I think that is the key! Some grey hair is splotchy and other people are lucky enough to have hair like Sarah Harris. Your skin tone plays a factor, also. If it looks good, you feel good, they go with it. There are several catalogs I receive that have 'grey-haired' models and it suits them.
I'm a natural blonde and never had gray for decades...now I have a about an inch of white silver from one temple. I am sure there are other 'greys' but the blonde is a camouflage. So, a couple times a year I get highlights. My sister, on the other hand has been grey since thirty and coloring her hair every six weeks...a few years ago she decided to see what it would be like NOT to color. Her hairdresser began lightening her hair just a bit each visit. She never made it to full grey...it totally washed her out.
My Mom is grey (a former blonde) and last week I told her she better it was time to get some blonde color. Like me hers is subtle but when she's 'all grey' she looks much older - the color takes 10-15 years off off her age. If she had a great tan...maybe it'd work.
I think we feel our best when we're happiest with how we feel. If you're all grey ...or mostly and it's beautiful, and you love it then throw away the bottles of color. If you have uneven gray or it doesn't make YOU feel fantastic, then, thank goodness you can choose from a multitude of colors! I view coloring hair as I would using make up. Some people are just 'naturally beautiful' ...me without mascara, my eyes look like dots and if I don't wear lipstick, I have no life in my face. That being said my husband and son know if anything happens to me ... they better put on the mascara and lipstick, asap!!!

Marieken Hoefnagel said...

Sarah Harris' haircolour is gorgeous, if my hair looked like that when it turns grey, I think I won't bother with colouring it every couple of weeks.

Diana Mieczan said...

I love what you said, Anonymous!

Diana Mieczan said...

That is so lovely, Jillian:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Amy :)

Diana Mieczan said...

Brilliantly said, Anonymous! I loved reading your comment and I totally agree that the skin tone plays a huge factor in it all.

Diana Mieczan said...

She looks fantastic, doesn't she, Marieken?

Bryony said...

I agree: skin tone is definitely a factor...as is how much grey and where it shows up. If it's all in one patch: go for it. My mum has lovely dark skin and would look great if she went all grey, but she only ever gets enough for it to look slightly salt & pepper; so she colours it.

If/when I go grey, I think I'll just roll with the punches.

Diana Mieczan said...

Bryony :) I love that: ' I'll just roll with the punches'.

Andrea said...

As of right this moment you have convinced me of how I will go grey..I am already accumulating a handfull of wiry silver through my hair...and I think the best way to embrace it is to really embrace it. I think I will head, sooner or later to the hairdresser and introduce some more silver...not sure how yet, but some highlight, maybe a couple of quite radical stripes. My grandma had a grey stripe all her life, and it always looked amazing. Her hair all coiffed but then this big grey chunk of her woven through her topknots.

Diana Mieczan said...

Andrea, I'm thinking about adding some highlights as well:)

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