With Dignity and Grace

Want to know a little dirty secret that not many other women would confess to?

Do not attempt to adjust the color on your monitor…this is the real deal, baby!
I sent out a tweet yesterday that read “I am going to deal with the cruel hand of fate and just go gray gracefully…not screaming and crying like this morning.”
That is just what I am going to do. I am hanging up my coloring gloves and calling it quits. A woman must know her limitations.
I have tried it all…Clariol, Revlon, L’Oreal, Herbal Essences…none of it lasted more than 2 weeks and the gray hair would just crop back up. The difference now is that the gray is more of a silver/white and even more impossible to color to the original dark color I was born with. 
I worried over each gray hair, I fretted and I think I even caused some more to pop out just worrying about it
I had a dear friend send me a response tweet to my declaration…
Proverbs 16:31 (NIV) “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.
Well, here goes…heavy is the head that wears the crown, says I. It’s not much of a comfort when you are sportin’ a Granny-do when you are 33, but it’s all I got.
There is not an easy way to transition to fully gray so as of right now I just have to deal with the calico look. The Head Crayon has tons of comments about it…
  • So does this make you one of The Grays?
  • You need a shirt that says “Dang Pigeons” (referring to the centrally located white splotch on my head)
  • Just tell everyone you paint ceilings (referring to the same area)

I am trying to take it in grace…*sniff*…really I am.
Anybody else dealing with Ms. Fate in this manner?

Categories: coloring hair, dying hair, going gray, gray, gray hair, salt and pepper hair

12 replies

  1. I have why more gray hair than I am comfortable with! When I was 30, it was not big deal, I called them highlights. Now that I am almost 40, I am not so happy with them.I color my hair with Henna, I didn't start out that way to hide the gray, I just wanted red hair. Now when it starts to fade and grow out, I start to freak a bit. It is a new emotion I am dealing with…or not dealing with, so for now I will keep on dying it red 🙂

  2. Girl… I HEAR YOU!!! I found my first a few months ago and FLIPPED OUT. So I think you are a super duper star for be brave enough to go gray. You rock!!Blessings-Amanda

  3. You are not alone! I have been coloring mine since about the age of 30 :0( I used to go to the Salon, but it just got too expensive. Now I do it at home about once a month. I cant stand it. I have DARK hair so it makes it even harder to hide.

  4. Yep, in the same boat (only much bigger!), and nope, not overly thrilled to be there, either. I just can't see myself tied down to doing anything about it. YET, anyway.On a positive note, I've read that gray hair serves as some sort of protection against cancer. If it's true, that would be nice. Gray hair can be a sign of lack of B vitamins, which are depleted in times of stress, so I'm going to beef up the B vits and see what happens. It'd be nice to deplete the times of stress and see what happens there, too….Lucy

  5. I got married last year at 29 and couldn't get married with gray hairs! So I started plucking away at all the stray gray hairs and have gotten away with it until now. I'm afraid I may need to resort to some coloring soon though.

  6. Not to rub it in, but I was blessed with naturally red hair which hasn't started to gray yet at the age of 40. I mean 29. :)My mom will be 73 this month and only has a little gray at the sides. So it is looking good for me.Hang in there! I guess that is just a disadvantage of having dark hair. (Hubby is almost completely gray at 42 – he has naturally dark brown hair – and he refuses to get it colored).

  7. I think gray hair is EARNED, so I never pull them out and have a little mental celebration that I've made it through something when I see one 🙂

  8. Not me. I'm fighting it every step of the way, forever and ever amen. I spent 2 1/2 hours at the salon on Saturday to have my hair done!

  9. You should think about going lighter – not as light as blonde, but something in the browns…then it might not show as much!!~WM

  10. {{Raising hand}} I have really dark hair & my whole head is turning white. It's *really turning white. I have taken the same stance & am just letting it happen!

  11. I'm still fighting the good fight here. But good for you!

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