Last October I decided to stop coloring my hair but chickened out when I saw a picture of myself. Horrified, I made a beeline to my colorist. I just wasn’t ready.
Late November, near my 66th birthday, my grey roots were once again making an appearance. Looking at myself in the mirror, I played with my hair, flipping it this way and that, checking my hairline to see just how much grey was trying to overtake my youthful appearance. My grey roots shone in the light. Hmmm, not so bad. The color is kinda pretty, like Grandma Harvey’s, I thought hopefully.
Christmas rolled around, and with new resolve, I recommitted. But I was not going down this road without a map. I hopped on Information Highway and Googled everything I could find about others who had bravely taken this route before me. Blogs, photographs, and videos on going grey gracefully were everywhere. Amazon had books — so many books. Hardbacks, paperbacks and Kindle versions expressing the do’s and don’ts, ups and downs, joys and regrets about, gulp, going grey.
I read, I studied, I researched hairstyles, I took screenshots of older women in varying stages of transitioning from colored to grey hair, inspected my emerging hairline daily, and weighed my options. Should I go cold turkey? Should I color match? Use a root concealer? Shave my head? Definitely not! Too drastic. I settled on cold turkey — no more dyes.
In February, I made an appointment with my stylist. She played with my hair, flipping it this way and that, checking my grey roots now grown a couple of inches from my hairline. “I love the color,” she said,” you have a “silver halo” framing your face.” (Those of you who know me, know this is the only way I will ever get a halo, so I’m going with it.) I showed her the hairstyles I’d photographed, and we decided on one that would fit me. She cut five inches from my long straight hair and soft layers to frame my face — no more bangs. My new hairstyle is a long bob called a “lob” for short. I love my new look. For me, the lob is a low-risk, easy to care for style, although I will have to take a quickie You Tube course on how to use a curling iron. I still have natural dark brown hair coming in but it blends nicely with my silvery roots giving my halo a soft salt and pepper effect.
Crafting My Retirement: A Journey of Rediscovery started as a way to learn what my interests were, who I was, and what I wanted to do in my retirement. It’s become a journey of discovering who I am, what enhances my life, and what no longer serves me. I’m grateful for those of you who have followed and supported me along my initial journey and hope you will continue to join me in my travels. As I step from one life into another, one thing I know for sure, I won’t be bored.
“Smiles are contagious; let’s start an epidemic” -Laura Smith-
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