Hair, Naturally

My daughter, who is thirty-three, recently discovered her first grey hair.

Ack! She was horrified!

A few years ago after we moved to the Pacific Northwest I noticed that my once-blonde hair had gotten darker. I blamed it on the lack of sunshine in this area. Ultimately I decided to get foil highlights so I could return to a semi-blonde state.

I always felt good after getting new highlights. I thought I looked younger, happier, and fresher with more blonde in my hair.

Recently, I decided to stop getting highlights. I’m striving to live a more natural life and the idea that I could be allowing chemicals to get into my system just to have my hair colored wasn’t sitting right. I’m also learning to embrace being fifty-three and all that comes along with it. I hadn’t even considered the money I would save by this change. My trips to the hair salon now cost a fraction of what they did when I was getting foils.

As I’ve been watching as the highlights grow out I’ve been wondering how much grey hair I might have that was hidden by the blonde. Actually, I’ve been hoping for a significant crop of grey hair because it will lighten my dark tresses naturally. And I’ve been hoping it comes in silver or white.

Interesting, isn’t it? That my daughter was horrified to find a grey hair and I’m hoping to find more of them.

Imagine a world where grey hair is looked upon as a good thing, a badge of honor, a symbol of wisdom attained, an indicator of someone who is comfortable in their own skin.

Imagine a world where we all stop coloring our hair and learn to love and accept ourselves the way we are–warts, grey hair, and all.

I think I’d like that world.

How about you?


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I’m 63 years old, so I do have some grey hair, but not much so far. My hair is light brown to start with so the grey is not readily apparent. However I recently lost a considerable amount of weight and have suddenly gotten wrinkled. Those wrinkles were there all along; they were just poofed out by the fat. I’m healthier with my wrinkles so it is really okay, just different. I wear very little makeup any more. I just can’t be bothered. So here I have this aging, sagging body, but I think I am more comfortable with it than I have ever been before.

  2. I’m the opposite now it seems! 😀 for the first time, at 54, I have had highlights in my dark hair and so many people have commented, positively, that now I have kept them up for almost a year. But, they are done where I don’t have to go too often, still, much more “high maintenance” than I am used to — esp with longer hair – my boy-short hair (as you saw on my blog post about “products”) was much much cheaper and easier – dang! But, it’s fun to have something different 😀

    I don’t have much gray – just a smattering here and there. My father and biomom grayed late.

    1. Funny that we both posted about hair at the same time, Kat!

      BTW I kind of doubt that you’re high maintenance! LOL!

  3. ps = that’s the haircut, in the image there, that I had for years, except mine was dark.

  4. Linda, At 65 I have plenty of grey hair and I have to say I’ve earned every single one of them! I decided a long time ago that I wasn’t going to get into the hair-coloring game. Of course my perspective was tweaked a bit when I had chemo in 1997 and had no hair for a while. Grey hair, bring it on. It’s a symbol of life and making it to the other side of the tough stuff:-)

    1. I’m with you, Kathy! We’ve earned it!

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