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Are You Willing to Go Gray?

People are cutting corners left and right, but one place many women aren't skimping is at the hair salon! Since we're having to compete for jobs in a terrible market with other women, sometimes half our age, Charla Krupp, author of How Not to Look Old says we really can't afford to go gray. Not only that, but she says going gray is just the first step in letting yourself go entirely, and who wants to do that?

On the flip side, other women report going gray is a liberating experience. They feel more content and connected to their authentic selves. Their pocketbooks are thicker and they have more free time — no more long appointments at the salon. But as we all know, gray isn't for everyone, so tell me, even if you're watching your spending, will there always be money to cover up those grays?


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HippieRosie HippieRosie 8 years
I will go grey when it come my time. Why hide from this? To me, it seems as childish as refusing to tell someone how old you are.
OhMyDragonflys OhMyDragonflys 8 years
I would totally do it when I get grays but how do you grow it out where it doesn't look akward? Like where it's gray on top but then your natural color on the bottom. what do you do where it looks hot? That's my problem with it.
psterling psterling 8 years
I once saw a woman with the most gorgeous, long, silver hair and it actually made me WANT gray hair! After that, I've always said that when I turn 50, I'm just going to let it go and enjoy.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I started getting grey hair right in the front of my hairline when I was 21. My hair is blonde so I dealt with it until I was 26 then I started to color it because it was getting to be a little too much for me to handle. I'm 28 now and I feel too young to have grey hair so I will continue to color it. I do it myself so it's like $9 every other month. Not a big deal at all.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
So funny! Yesterday I colored my dads hair. And he is starting to bald and he wants to cover up the bald spot, so I used the tricks of make up and suggested eyebrow pencil and powder, the same I use to fill in my eyebrows. Eventually we decided on using mascara to thicken up the hairs he still has left! But I think i will love to age gracefully~! So I doubt I'll be freaked out by some grey hair, but just depends on how it makes me look.
khadeekiinsz khadeekiinsz 8 years
I wouldn't mind going grey. Im young now, but when the time comes, I won't complain. I see many older woman who look beautiful with their grey hair. It represents wisdom to me. I'd embrace my old age (when , or if, I get there). But nothing wrong with dying it. You can always tell if a woman has dyed her grey hair though.
lolababy575 lolababy575 8 years
I'm 21 and I'm getting my first patch of grey hairs at the crown of my head- I feel it is pretty premature! I've always loved to dye my hair though, so I didn't think much of it when I decided to color my hair in addition to getting it cut. Now that I can see them again, I do get a little paranoid, even though I know no one but my stylist knows they're there :) I think that if I were at least 30 I'd be okay with it, but at 21 it makes me feel odd. Especially when everyone tells me I have such a "baby face" and am a "young soul" it actually messes with my personal identity. I say do what you need to do to feel like you!!
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 8 years
I don't have a gray hair yet, and I should know...I have major roots at the moment. So I took the opportunity to check it out and I also made my hubby take a real good look. :D Anyway, I'll always go to the salon to get my hair colored or highlighted. Why look older when you don't have to. :? (I do know some women who embrace their gray color; which I think is great for them. I'm just not one of those women. I guess it's a personal thing.)
sprinkibrio sprinkibrio 8 years
My most authentic self is me at my BEST. You don't see parents going around wondering if they should or shouldn't give their kid braces!
kimsy kimsy 8 years
I am a total space cadet tonight, but twice I have skimmed this topic and thought it said "Are you willing to go gay?" I kept thinking that was kind of a weird way to phrase it, but then I realized that I'm being a doofus. And my answer is not if I don't have to.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I have light brown hair, so the few gray hairs that I have noticed tend to be somewhat like the highlights I have put in my hair every few months. They just add another layer of color. Kinda lovin' it! :)
emalove emalove 8 years
I haven't had to worry about this yet, but if I did have gray hair, I would continue to color it for sure!
SeaAre86 SeaAre86 8 years
I have a few grey hairs and I am only 22. I probably will dye my hair when I get more grey because I enjoy my dark color. I am very pale and would look horrible with lighter hair.. although if it looked alright I'd totally be ok with not coloring it. I'm not scared of aging, really.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Yes, I am. I have dark hair, and I'm graying prematurely. I've had grays since my 20's. I don't mind my grays. In fact, I like them. They're thick and strong.
merie33 merie33 8 years
I've been dying my hair already forever, and I'm only 20! And it's not because of any grey's, its just because I like to dye it. So I don't know if I'll still just be doing it because I want to when it happens. Actually...I don't even know when it's going to happen, because I've been dying it forever. So I guess when I see grey roots coming in with the regular I'll figure it out then. On the flip side, women who rock grey hair are incredible. I think it's ridiculous all of this anti-aging, no wrinkles no grey...look like you're 20 when you're 70 crap that society tries to feed us.
cptnruthless cptnruthless 8 years
My mom's opinion has always been that she "earned" the grey hairs! She's been grey most of my life though, so I dont think too much of it. There was a woman who worked in my office who had grey hair and dressed super fashionably - she always looked like such a cougar, and then I found out she had a really young boyfriend!
A-Journey-To-Wellth A-Journey-To-Wellth 8 years
I started developing white hairs when I was 18 at the back of my head in line with my ears.. underneath there sorta. I have a ton more now and they've also shown up on the top of my head. For now, coloring and/or plucking are just temporary solutions but are totally necessary. It's not even a nice silver grey... they're just pure white. I will probably give up in my late 40s/50s with covering it but it depends if I develop more on top. If that happens sooner then I might just embrace it! :)
notoriousmar notoriousmar 8 years
I have super dark hair and I have had gray hairs since I was 18, no joke. I'm still in my twenties so I am definitely dyeing my hair.
queenegg queenegg 8 years
I love grey and think that having gray hair is not letting myself go. That sounds like a pompus thing to say and frankly, to me, saying something like that just holds women to this standard that they must be young, beautiful, and dress a certain way in order to be accepted in this world. I'm not a flag waving feminist; I want to be a housewife for goodness sakes, but to me, this is a sexist thing to say. So basically this idiot, Charla Krupp, can kiss my only gray hair on my eyebrow. Be gray, be proud, be beautiful.
bbkf bbkf 8 years
For me it will depend on when and how I go grey. My mom got one grey streak right in the front, like Bride-of-Frankenstein (she has curly hair--so do I). All-over grey can be sophisticated, I think. But I would probably dye my hair into my 50s.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I haven't gone gray yet ... but I probably wouldn't dye my gray hair. However, gray hair looks horrid on my mom so I could see how she would continue dying her hair at home regardless of the economy.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
mcaquish, you're like stacey london from what not to wear...and she's hot! embrace it! if i have one little patch in a good spot like along the front of my one side then i'd be okay but i will NOT be salt and pepper, thankyouverymuch
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Right now I do not have to deal with gray hair (just turning 18), but I continue to highlight my hair only not as often. It helps rid of the darkness around my face (also seems to help make my under-eye circles less severe.) When I am older and starting to show gray hair, I will have a dye & highlight combination to help cover and blend any incoming gray. However I think when the gray becomes an all-over and not a streak issue, I will let my hair go gray but with added highlights to give shine and dimension. Worn the correct way, gray can look stunning.
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