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Grey on Top, Brown Below

December 11, 2011

Because my roots were showing, I’m sitting here with a head covered in Clairol Natural Instincts in Fresh Maple (boosted with Ardell Gray Magic from the beauty supply store because it seems my grays are getting more and more stubborn). I’m not especially fussy when it comes to my hair—I bought this brand of color because I had a coupon (and I’ve used different brands the last four times I’ve colored because it seems there’s always a coupon for something), and when it needs cutting, I have Mr. Karen snip off the ends with a Fiskars I bought at JoAnn Fabrics. Still, I do care enough to keep coloring it. What’s that about? When I started, I thought I was too young to be going grey, and I wanted my hair to match my age, but now, when I’m nearly 50, surely some amount of grey would be appropriate. I don’t lie about my age or try to hide it, so I don’t think the hair color is me trying to pretend I’m still young. At this point, I think it’s about priorities and laziness. I’d rather spend the half hour or so every month to keep the grey hidden than spend more hours and more dollars working with a salon to transition to whatever my natural color is now and make that look presentable (I suspect the answer would not be to leave it long and unlayered as it is now). I don’t care a lot about what my hair looks like, but I care enough to not want to sport a grey on top, brown below look for the months or years it would take to grow out. Maybe when I retire I’ll find time to experiment with embracing the grey, or maybe I’ll be one of the ladies who keeps right on hitting up the dye bottle into my 70s or 80s or beyond.


On this date in 2010: No entry
2009: My Secret Self, Not
2008: Any Time Now
2007: WDW, Part Deux
2006: Inside the Numbers
2005: Sunday stress
2004: No entry
2003: No entry
2002: The Promised Elaboration

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One Comment
  1. Meagan Says:

    I’m sort of the same way. I’m not fussy about my hair, but I like to jeep it dyed because the funky color cheers me up. I used henna and it’s nice enough, but I was hoping for something a bit pinker. I’ll try again when I find the time… my roots are about an inch…

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