One of life’s unfair little jokes is that when a man’s hair goes grey, it looks kind of sexy (George, Denzel, Richard, Ben, Barack).
When a woman’s hair turns grey, it looks like we better do something — stat. But — and here’s the question — do we really have to? Let’s see. Some women are lucky enough to have their hair turn a sophisticated salt-and-pepper or even a gleaming silver. Some are lucky enough to wear their hair in such a funky style that turning grey only makes it look more fabulous. And then there are those threatened by the endless magazine ads and commercials to get rid of that grey NOW or run the risk of looking — gasp! — our age. I believe that it’s a personal choice; if it makes you feel better about yourself, go for the hair color. For me, I’ve opted to see how it goes on its own. Those first greys kind of just blended in to my light hair and looked like highlights. Now that many more have taken up residence, I like to think of it as sort of a gold and silver mix, and that’s just fine with me. After all, it’s the perfect complement to black, my favorite color to wear (you can take the girl out of NY but …).
© 2012 Claudia Grossman