60 Shades of Grey: Why Women are Going Grey Gracefully
Most women over 60 will at some point find themselves dealing with grey hair. While this is a natural part of the aging process, some women still find it hard to let go of their “original” hair color, and resort to dyes, highlights or other methods to avoid going grey. On the other hand, there are also plenty of women who seem to be embracing the change in their hair color and are going grey gracefully!
There are many reasons for this, and the trend of going grey naturally is an encouraging sign in many ways. It is a reflection of how women over 60 can change their self-image for the better and accept themselves for who they are and how they look.
Are You Going Grey Gracefully?
This is a surprisingly emotional topic, with strong opinions on both sites of the “grey hair debate.” If you decide to grow out your grey hair, you may get pushback from some women in your life. We recently posed a question to our community on the Sixty and Me Facebook page: “Are you ready to stop dyeing your hair?” Nearly half of the women who responded were very firm in saying, “I am never going to go grey.” The other half were passionately supportive of grey hair.
Personally, while I still dye my own hair, I have to admit that my grey-haired sisters make some excellent points in support of going grey naturally. Here are a few of them…
Grey Hair Can Actually Make You Look More Vibrant
If you do decide to go grey, you don’t have to feel self-conscious about it – the standards of fashion are changing. We don’t have to feel limited by outdated stereotypes that “grey hair = old.”
The way you think and act is what makes you look old (or not), not the color of your hair. In the same way that balding men often look better and “younger” after fully shaving their heads than they did with thinning hair, many women who go grey paradoxically look “younger” than they did before – because they look more like their truest selves without any artificial enhancements.
Going Grey Saves Money
The average woman who colors her hair spends $330 per year on hair dyes and accessories – and most women spend approximately $50,000 on their hair during their lifetimes. If you do decide to go grey, be sure to get a great cut and use grey hair conditioners for shine.
Going Grey Expresses Your Individuality
Many women are going grey as a statement of independence and confidence. They are telling the world, “this is who I am, and I’m not afraid.” Many women who have gone grey say that they get more compliments from men, because their grey hair shows greater confidence.
Whatever you decide to do with your hair – whether you keep coloring it or decide to go grey naturally – don’t worry about being trendy – just be you.
Are you going grey gracefully? Or, do you still dye your hair? What motivates your feelings on this question? Please join the conversation.
Here’s an interview that I recorded with a professional makeup artist about how to make your makeup work perfectly with your beautiful grey hair. I hope you enjoy it!