So, I colored my hair last night. No, not a different color, exactly… See, I have really dark brown hair naturally – the problem is that I'm starting to see grays creeping in. And… They are multiplying.
My mother colored her hair for as long as I can remember. Even as a child, the ritual stuck out to me. She went with black. I tried to explain to her that we are Caucasian, so, black, not so much. But, black it is. She was old-school though – ask her and she will swear up and down it’s natural. She’s in her late 60’s now, and from what I hear, it’s still black.
My father has this gorgeous, soft silver hair. Since we live so far apart, I remember the first time I visited and the silver had taken over. Very distinguished on a man…So, now I’m going gray. As far as I can tell, it’s that beautiful silver my dad has; however, it’s not soft. It’s wiry. Like stick straight out of my head wiry. Like run your fingernail along it and it curls up like a bow wiry. Urgh!
So, for now, I’m electing to color it albeit just dyeing it to match the hair that hasn’t succumbed to stress and old age.What I don’t know is when it is time to commit to gray? I mean, I’ll be forty-two in July. That seems young enough to stay in denial. 50? 60? At what point do I give up all pretense and let it ride?
And how exactly does one go gray? Slowly, just let it happen. Or, overnight? Like buy a silver dyeing kit and go for it? For that matter, what hairstyle is apropos for wiry? Short? Will I look like I’ve stuck my finger in a socket? Or long… Hoping the length will keep it under control?I guess only time will tell, but if you have advice, I’d sure love to hear how you grew gray gracefully!