Another article in the Wall Street Journal that had my full attention: Seize the Gray, by Rory Satran, on January 19th. This is an interesting piece that speaks about the current fad of women of all ages that are bleaching and coloring their hair to various of shades of gray from silvery-platinum, bluish-gray, to even white-gray…stars like Kim Kardashian and Ariana Grande, mature women in the fashion industry, and hundreds of ‘fashionistas’ on Pinterest. #goinggray #goinggrayonpurpose
Are you ready to give it a try? Do you think it is fun and refreshing to go gray ‘on-purpose’? As for me, NO WAY. NO. WAY. EVER. Let me start by saying that I don’t even like gray clothes. It would have to be a very unique piece and on rare occasion that something gray is welcomed into my closet. The color is simply not flattering to the face, not to my skin anyway, and I will venture to say, not to most women.
Avoiding gray hair is not necessarily about trying to look younger – it is about looking your best at whatever age you are. If you are amongst the fortunate to have beautiful gray hair, here are a few tips to be sure that your look is most flattering:
- Makeup is a must; a strong lipstick, a smooth foundation with blush and/or highlighter, maybe a smoky eye. You need to brighten your face and accent your features.
- Get a good haircut and have it updated regularly. Very long, below shoulder length gray hair may be ok for youthful rock stars, but over 40 you will risk looking like a character out of a Stephen King movie.
- Accessorize. You need not pile on sparkles and giant earrings, but ‘noticeable’ silver earrings, chokers/necklaces, even colorful scarves will all brighten your face.
After reading this article, I thought there would be a few different camps on this topic and decided to categorize the various groups:
1 – You are a woman who takes pride in her appearance, you pamper yourself with skin and makeup products, and you are fortunate to look beautiful with your natural gray hair.
2 – You color/cover your gray regularly, but you look forward to stopping at some point soon. It will be ’empowering’ to you.
3 – You have already let nature take its course and cannot be bothered with the time and expense of hair coloring. It is what it is.
4 – You will cover and color your gray forever, even if you have to be pushed into the hair salon in a wheelchair.
5 – You aren’t gray yet but you want to try bleaching your hair to a silvery-gray tone to be ‘in vogue’.
OK, ladies, you know that I am a #4, which one are you??? C’mon, let’s get a conversation going!