Yes, I am committed to this. As of two months ago, I stopped coloring my hair. Bring on the gray!
I know some of you think I should be committed for even considering it. But, c'mon, gray hair is IN now. Even one of those famous for being famous people is doing it. One of those K people. I couldn't tell you which one because I don't really know or care. The headline flew by me in the "trending now" section on social media last week.
So going gray makes me cool right? Oh, wait. "Cool" is probably not cool anymore? Hip? Hot? Fashion-forward? Trendy? Stylin? Glam? Rockin?
Sigh, which is probably why having a head of gray hair doesn't necessarily bother me. I am too old to try to be trendy. And I am okay with that. Truth be told I was never that into keeping up with all of the most recent styles anyway. Mostly because I could usually think of something better to spend my money on than the latest clothes, shoes and accessories. Like food... or rent...
What does bother me is the next phase of the process. The dreaded "growing out" stage. Here's where it is today.
[Tweet "This 40-something is being stylish by going gray! Can I survive the transition? #hairdo #hairdont"]
I have read a few articles about other people's journey in this area and most involved going to the stylist and having the color corrected and highlights put in. After my one and only trip to a professional to have it colored, I'd rather just look like a dork for 6-12 months.
Cutting it shorter than this is not going to happen. Some women look so feminine and beautiful with short hair - I hate how it looks on me. I have tried it before when I donated my hair a few times in my 20's and 30's. Every time I looked in the mirror I kept mentally hearing the taunts of that mean boy back in third grade that asked if we had a new boy in class after I got a particularly unflattering pixie cut.
In another month or so, when it is a little longer, I will probably just go back to my pony-bun until it grows out entirely. And then Liz at Great Clips in Wildomar can give me another cute style. I like the cut now, but once it is no longer chemically treated who knows how it will style. If you have a suggestion for surviving the transition in a moderately trendy (yet ultimately CHEAP) way let's hear it!
I will post updates every month or so, because it is easy blogging material! And who knows, somewhere down the line some other frugal woman may consider going natural and want to know if one can actually survive it without a trip to the colorist and having to listen to some nitwit prattle on about "my man" for 90 minutes....
And if I don't like it I can always color it again, right?