I had a grey hair incident a month or so ago. I was meeting a friend for lunch, and I hadn’t seen her for about 18 months. I arrived at the restaurant first, and sat upstairs. When my friend arrived, I could hear her downstairs, talking to the waiter.
“Hi,” she said, “I’m meeting a friend, long dark hair, is she here yet?”
“I’m not sure,” said the waiter, “there’s a woman upstairs with long grey hair, might that be her?”
I had a similar grey hair themed happening a few months ago after I’d met one of the young women fiancé worked with.
“Your girlfriend is really cool isn’t she?” she apparently said to him afterwards.
“Is she?” he said. (I can understand his confusion.)
“Yes,” she said. “I know a lot of celebrities are doing that grey hair thing, but you have to be really brave to dye your own hair grey.”
I laughed a lot at that one.
So, back to the question, should I dye my grey hair?
That’s my simple answer.
If you’re wondering why I wouldn’t dye my hair if it’s grey at 37, answer me this – why should I dye it? Why on earth would I spend time and money, and probably damage my hair in the process, just to change its colour artificially? Seriously, give me one good reason.
Apart from anything else, I quite like the confusion on people’s faces when they see my grey hair against my smooth, chubby baby face. When I drop in that my oldest daughter is graduating this year, they really don’t know what to do. It’s like I’ve told them I make a career as an international ballet dancer. (That would be less believable.)
Plus, I want to look like this when I grow up, I think it’s an ace colour:
Sure, some people are going to say that it’s about how you feel about yourself, and that dying your hair makes you feel younger and more confident, but I tend to think that if your confidence comes down to the colour of your hair, that there are bigger issues at stake.
What do you think? Should I dye my grey hair?
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