To Gray or Not to Gray

My first gray hair appeared shortly after the birth of my daughter.  Hmmm, could there have been a connection?    I chose to become blond a few years later so the transition into gray has hardly been noticed.  For me, this works.

When I was growing up, the majority of women let their hair gray naturally while today it is unusual to see someone who has allowed the natural gray to show.  Obviously, trend is on the side of coloring your hair but what is really the best look for you?

As we age, our skin color softens thus natural graying supports the over-all softening of coloration.   As a teen, I remember a lady in our small town, probably in her 70’s or 80’s who dyed her hair bright red!  Her face had this soft, grandmotherly look but her hair made you wonder about her profession.  My mother discovered that one of her friends was this lady’s daughter.  The daughter expressed dismay but her mother loved her bright red and refused to change it.  This dear lady had no idea that she was sending such an unflattering message.

Men look distinguished in gray hair.  Their natural hair color doesn’t seem to make any difference; those temples showing some white add a touch of sophistication.   Think about George Clooney, Wolf Blitzer (I would do away with the beard), or Mitt Romney.  Their gray hair is an asset.   As long as I can remember, my daddy had salt and pepper gray hair.   He was a handsome man and the gray only added to his appeal.   He was still handsome with a full head of white hair at ninety.

For women the choice is a conundrum.  I love to see gray hair on someone with very dark hair.  The salt and pepper can be beautiful and become lovelier as it turns white.  For those of us with lighter brown or red hair, the graying process may not be quite as attractive by today’s standards.

Christine LaGarde, the French head of the IMF, has beautiful white hair.  I have rarely seen her wear anything but black or gray and either no makeup or it is not discernable.  She may feel black is necessary because of her powerful position but she would be beautiful in a deep, shaded red and I would like to see some hint of color in her face.  Emylou Harris, country western star, is also beautiful in her naturally white hair.  Jamie Lee Curtis and George Clooney are two actors who have chose to gray naturally.

Whether you choose to go natural or color your gray the key is to make have your colors are updated to support the hair color change.  Salt and pepper form a pattern so wearing patterns will become a bit tricky.  For colored hair, getting regular touch-ups will be essential.  Most of all embrace your mature beauty and enjoy.

Mothers Day is just around the corner.   What better gift than an updated color analysis?  Call Beryl at 404-428-2527 or email at for an appointment.

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