I am a natural brunette, or at least I was a natural brunette until sometime in my twenties. Like my grandmother, my hair started to age before its time and I began to notice more salt than pepper at the roots surrounding my face. I have been dying my hair since then because I refuse to go down the path of “aging gracefully” without a hearty fight.
Someone recently asked me what my natural hair color was and, after I finished giggling, I responded with “I’m guessing somewhere between alabaster and egg-shell white”. I still like to think the hair color that I have paid for on numerous occasions reflects the age I feel and not the age I should look when I am eighty.
When I was younger I remember hearing the belief that grey hair made men look distinguished but made women look old. Along with every other changing belief, this is an outdated way of thinking and there are many women disproving this theory at an alarming rate. One stand-out woman who takes grey hair to a new level of sexy is this woman.
Jamie Lee Curtis is 56 years old, a mere 10 years old than I am and she looks absolutely stunning having allowed herself to embrace the natural greying process. Since the length of my hair in the summer months is very similar to her pixie cut, I have been tempted many times to put the box of “natural” color back on the shelf and see just what color my hair really is at this stage in my life. Somehow those ‘Natural Instincts’ make their way to the counter every time.
Maybe when I hit that magic number, the big 5-0, perhaps then I will be ready to leave the color in the box, but until then it’s time to put those gloves back on and keep fighting the good fight.