Going for the Silver
Last September I decided to stop dying my hair. I simply felt it was my time to reinvent my look. Once I got past the point of looking like I desperately needed a touch up, I began to like my new look.
I would not consider myself a vain individual, but lets just say, I do not shy away from a mirror. I practice what I preach and will do what it takes to age attractively, stay fit, and maintain a youthful appearance by exercising, eating healthy and taking care of my skin. What I’m learning about going silver is that it’s another level of change that both reflects and encourages personal growth, awareness and acceptance.
Unfortunately, growing hair out doesn’t happen overnight. I’ve been told there are ways to highlight hair that disguise the process but I decided to live through it in real time and face any insecurities and fears head on.
Personally, I feel that gray hair could use better P.R. I would start by referring to it as silver, it sounds more vivid and brilliant, gray just sounds dull. I refer to my own hair as highlighted silver.
Cultural narratives can sometimes shape the way we think about ourselves. When the media puts young women up on a pedestal, older women compare themselves. I think men do the same thing, comparing themselves to male icons. If Hollywood and fashion magazines honored women of all ages in the same manner as young women, more men and women might come to believe a I have, that gray hair and wrinkles are also beautiful. We may see the character that is apparent in physical signs of aging as sexy; a deeper, richer, sexy that young women are lacking. The fashion makers should take lead from dames like Jamie Lee Curtis and Diane Keaton, who are both silver and stunning!
Aging does not mean you have to limit your choices. Gray or silver hair, crow’s feet, laugh lines, changes in skin, and hair texture or density: none of these detract from desirability. Being beautiful, attractive, sexy and desirable at any age comes down to one thing.
This is my venture into silver; doing something about the gray roots that would appear a week after an expensive visit to the salon. I doubt there will be an anti-graying breakthrough in medicine anytime soon. In the meanwhile I’m committed and will keep you posted.
Stay well, take care.