Wednesday, October 28, 2009


I know. I know. Sustainability is actually one of the big millennia buzz words, usually referring to important things like, saving our planet. Recycle. Reduce. Reuse. I get it.

But right now I'm really worried about sustaining my hair. It's all because of the gray. Gray changes everything. It makes your hair wiry. And changes the whole styling thing. It pretty much makes you reassess your haircut and ask if there isn't something that can be done because, basically, you don't want to look like your kids grandmother just yet (okay, ever!).

I've thought about dealing with the gray by going short (I have long hair).

But I had a bad experience with short. A few years ago, after I had my second child, I let my hairdresser convince me to get a bob. It would be easier than having long hair, he said. I gave in.

He did a great job. It really looked good. Amazing. Effortless.

Until I washed it.

And then all of those layers went every which way but down. Horror. What was I doing wrong? I suddenly remembered with a sinking feeling how my hairdresser had started to sweat as he dried my hair. How he'd labored at those layers. They weren't effortless at all.

Ack! How was I supposed to manage this?

I let it grow out.

Which was great until the grey started to appear. I mean, it's not exactly like it's going to go away now (despite my complaint with the gene pool. They so are not returning my phone calls).

So, color, right?

But there was that one study they did that one time that showed a correlation between coloring and bladder cancer.

I don't want vanity to give me bladder cancer.

Okay, green freak, go all gray. Easy enough. Yeesh.

But I don't want to look like Barbara Bush.

Then cut it all off!'t that one of those options that sounds a lot better than it looks?

Why don't men have these problems???


Keri Mikulski said...

Sending hugs.. I know what you mean about hair - it's a huge decision. :) And what happens when we leave the hairdressers?? Good luck.

Sarah Laurence said...

At this point keeping my long grey hairs has almost become a point of pride - like being the only person on this planet who hasn't seen the Titanic. Learn from the guys and grow old gracefully. That doesn't mean I like the grey, but I'm living with it ... at least for now. It's the frizzy texture that is the bother. The cure sounds worse than the disease.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Ugh. That bites. I am SO lucky to have a really really talented hair stylist who cuts my hair in the ultimate wash and wear every time. But I worry about when my few gray hairs become about 1/3 and my hair looks drab and icky--will I be tempted to dye it then I wonder?

Rena said...

It's a difficult decision to make. I've colored my hair for years. I don't think I could let it go gray. My sister did that and it's not attractive on her. For some, it looks okay, just not on her. Good luck with your decision. I haven't looked around, but maybe they have some alternatives to the traditional hair colors these days.

adrienne said...

Ugh - coloring is a pain, but the women in my family get just enough grey to look kind of frazzled. I actually think the all-over silver hair looks better.
It's a tough call.

Stacy Nyikos said...

I stayed away from the far. I'm cut and good to go for another 45 days. Hoping for a late surge in whatever B vitamins my body needs to keep all that dark brown hair around!

Barrie said...

I have one word for you: highlights!