day sixty-three: silver underneath

I got my hair trimmed yesterday. I am completely converted to short hair, btw. I feel so liberated, both in my time and in my identity. For me it works. I have never been too attached to my hair, though.

But yesterday as I pulled down my visor in the car I noticed the grey. It is starting to show up more and more as I keep it short and get a monthly trim. So, what to do? Back to the liberating argument... no updating the color, no root touch ups, no worries. But all of a sudden I am itching to young it up a bit. Advice?


Connie | October 21, 2009 at 5:34 AM

Feeling liberated is fantastic! Looking 80 is not! (I'm talkin' 'bout me) However, you look VERY classy in your short, silver streaked hair! I meant to tell you that yesterday.

Lara Neves | October 21, 2009 at 8:24 AM

I have always said I will just let myself go gray. But, as I find a few more gray hairs each month or two, I don't know about that. I have never done any dye with my hair because the idea of keeping it up scares me!

But, if you keep your hair short, I imagine you could get it colored each time you cut it, or even every other time. I think my mom does every other appt for color and cut, and her hair is about the same length as yours is now.

Anonymous | October 21, 2009 at 8:36 AM

If I had started going gray at a normal age I might have never given in to the siren call of hair dye. Unfortunately, I started finding grays at the ripe old age of 17. So I dye. Not often enough though. My roots are like an inch and a half long right now. Eek!

Jenny | October 21, 2009 at 8:41 AM

I noticed that I am starting to get grey. I am not sure what I am going to do. I can't give advice. But I would trust what Connie say's.

Barbaloot | October 21, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Yeah-I have no advice since I have an intense fear of short hair. But good luck:)

Kimberly Vanderhorst | October 21, 2009 at 9:54 AM

I'm loving having short hair as well for the same reasons.

Except...every one in awhile I get wistful...

Permanent hair colour is something I've always rebelled against, but you're way too young for grey, aren't you? I know our local health food store carries a line of semi-permanents that are supposed to not be very harsh...

Kazzy | October 21, 2009 at 10:05 AM

I thought 50 sounded like a good age to let my hair do its own thing. I am 45. I am not afraid of coloring. i have done it half a dozen times and thought it was fun. I am just trying to navigate my way through all of the implications that come with it as I...gulp... age. sigh

Heidi | October 21, 2009 at 10:37 AM

I have been coloring the gray out of my hair for 10 years. I would say "dye" but everyone looks at me in horror when I say that. Apparently there is a difference between "color" and "dye". Anyway, I think you're going to go for some kind of change eventually--in the year or so that I have known you, your hair has been so many different ways, I can't even count. It's all good. Literally.

Linde | October 21, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Ah, the aging proces. Short hair is liberating, but would coloring it negate the liberated factor in that you now have to spend the in coloring it? :)

A little grey here and there doesn't show much to anyone but you. Mine started around now I do lighten my hair a bit to cover the grey. I'm not ready to look like Jacob's grandma. :)

Kazzy | October 21, 2009 at 3:44 PM

I get so bored with myself I just need changes. I not afraid of change. I think I will go dk brown. Ty for weighing on everyone.

charrette | October 22, 2009 at 1:24 AM

You look super cute and sassy in short hair. I agree that it suits you.
As for the grey, I LOVE the salt-and-pepper look, if you can pull it off. But I'm also a huge fan of matching my husband. (I don't ever want to look like his mother, like Barbara Bush!) So, since Jeff's grandpa died with nary a grey hair in sight, I'm guessing I'll be dying mine forever and ever, amen.