I’ve had natural dark brown hair for decades and generally not spending much time or money on my follicles. I’ve reached the point where my grey hairs can no longer be ignored, and I’m feeling very ambivalent about starting to regularly dye them.
My reflection is further muddled with (less practical) thoughts on self-esteem and growing old and other’s opinion of me and superficiality and vain-ness and expectations and ugh! Do you dye your grey hairs? Why or why not?
We’ve talked a lot about aging on Offbeat Home. Because, you guys, I feel like we’ve been doing it together! Which is awesome.
And we’ve talked a lot about hair and identity…
But we haven’t combined the two to talk about grey hairs. I don’t have grey hairs on my head yet (although I’ve caught a few in my pubes over the years — the fuck!?) so I can’t answer the dying question ma’self.
But I will say that the thought of having all-over grey hair makes me happy: It’s punk AF, and also, if I wanted to continue to dye my hair non-traditional colors, I wouldn’t have to fucking bleach it first. Total win. Or maybe I’ll hate it, because I hear the texture changes with grey hairs.
So I thought I’d open it up to other Homies: Do you have grey hairs? To dye or not to dye? This is the question and here were some responses…
I have some grey, too. I started getting them around my hair-line when I was in my early 20s! They don’t really bother me though. For now my plan is to let them come and embrace the change. That said, I don’t think it is vain at all to want to cover them! Certainly no more vain than using concealer on a pimple. I’d say whatever makes you feel most comfortable is the way to go! -Kelly
I feel like the mismatched hair is what makes me want to dye it, but I don’t yet – I still pluck. I would not mind all grey, but having random greys stick out all weird and wirey drives me crazy. Another reason I have not been dying my hair is because I am saving the effort for later, when the greys are beyond tweezing, but not yet fully populated (if that ever happens – my family doesn’t really go fully grey). I am planning to dye (maybe even bleach) my hair when I am in my 40’s and 50’s. -ZsaZsa
I am just starting to get a few grey hairs and I am babying they hell out of them. I think they are fabulous, luckily my hair is already curly and I was so proud of the one hair that started out straight and began to curl recently. I decided to just embrace the change and go with it. I think it is because my husband is 14 years older than me, so anything that makes me appear to be a bit more mature is fine by me. I have decided that when I am completely grey I want to dye my hair that light platinum purple color. -Esther
I am almost 50 and just started dying my hair purple. I have been covering grey for 15 years and decided I might as well have some fun. I honestly don’t care what other people think (except my hubby and kids and they love it). I am self-employed and getting to the age that if you don’t have grey showing, you are clearly coloring your hair so why not go Purple! What’s the difference? -Ginger
What do YOU do about grey hairs?