This will be the first blog of many. There will be ups, there will be downs. But the consistent theme will be- drum roll please- I’m going grey.
Officially like. I’ve been going grey for quite some time. I can even tell you when I saw my first grey hair. It swam in front of my eyes when I was 16 years old and walking Dun Laoghaire pier. Course I pulled it out. But by the age of 20, there was no denying it.
I was on a slippery slope. So I started dying it. Much to my father’s dismay. It was a lovely colour with my mothers dark hair and my father donated highlights of red. But it couldn’t be helped. I tried to stay as close to my own colour as possible. And used supermarket dyes. But as I got older and marginally wiser I began to ponder the quality of product. Especially when I’m so fussy about what goes into my mouth.
Fast forward 20 years. It was time to start going blond. The times between colours was getting too short to be financially and time feasible. And I liked being blond, it left me a little more breathing space as the grey wasn’t as visible growing out. Well to most people anyway. My mother in law of course never died her hair in her life, and when she died only had the fewest of greys. The power of genetics eh?
Speaking of Science- Going Grey
As we get older, the pigment cells in our hair follicles gradually die. When there are fewer pigment cells in a hair follicle, that strand of hair will no longer contain as much melanin and will become a more transparent colour — like grey, silver, or white — as it grows. As people continue to get older, fewer pigment cells will be around to produce melanin. Eventually, the hair will look completely grey.
People can get grey hair at any age. Some people go grey at a young age — as early as when they are in school or college — whereas others may be in their 30s or 40s before they see that first grey hair. How early we get grey hair is determined by our genes.
So while I was sick in bed over Christmas I made the decision to research into going fully grey gracefully without those horrific root issues. The dying part is easy. Pinterest was a great help. And I got some support from an online group I am a member of. They said grey is now chic, and it is!
But I don’t want to feel old, and that’s the hard part. I admit I look quite young for my age at the moment. And I don’t want that to change. Will becoming grey make a difference to how people treat me?