|Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada.|
|Me as a platinum blonde, on vacation in P.E.I. in the 1990's|
I've been a dark blonde with highlights, and lately with low-lights as well, for years now. And since 2003, my hair has been in the good hands of my friend Carmen, a veritable hair-magician. She loves to experiment with colour, has never insisted that I should go bright red, and, most importantly, she has always understood that while I'm comfortable being a fifty-something woman... I don't necessarily want hair that says fifty-something. Or at least the stereotypical idea of fifty-something. That's why I left my last before-Carmen hairdresser. He couldn't seem to understand that while I wanted short hair, I didn't want short, boring hair.
Apparently grey hair is the newest thing. The latest edgy fashion fad. In my travels around the net for grey-hair inspiration these past few days, I found tons of shots of happy, smiling twenty-somethings with dyed grey hair. I don't mean grey hair that's dyed... I mean hair that's been deliberately dyed grey. There's a difference... big time. No wrinkles, for one thing. But never mind that. The lovely grey locks, above, are created by a colourist, not by mother nature.
And in my travels around the net, I also found tons of shots of happy, smiling sixty and seventy-something women with grey hair. You know, the women everyone references when they say how great grey hair can look. Helen Mirren, for one, who is 70. Emmylou Harris and Glenn Close, both 68. Judy Dench, 81. And did you know that Meryl Streep, 66, who tossed those grey locks so devastatingly in The Devil Wears Prada... doesn't toss them in real life? Her hair is still blonde. Not that I have a problem with that. It's just that I couldn't find a celebrity near my own age who has let her hair go grey. And I looked. I really did.
|The queen of the white bob, Helen Mirren looking fantastic.|
Don't get me wrong, it's not as if I see celebrities as role models. I didn't follow Hollywood's lead and opt for Botox, or "fillers" in my forties and fifties. So, why would I be influenced by what celebrities my age do with their hair? I know quite a few bloggers, who are my age, and are grey and fabulous. My brunette sister recently stopped colouring her hair, and has embraced a salt and pepper pixie cut that looks great. It's just that while I was looking for examples of grey hair cuts and colour that I liked, I noticed that there seem to be lots of famous young women, and lots of famous older women... and not so many famous middle-aged women... who have grey hair. Well, except for Jamie Lee Curtis, who is grey and fabulous at 57. Now, what's that all about, do you think?
|Jamie Lee Curtis looks fierce in her grey pixie cut|
So I trawled the internet for hair make-over sites. You know, those websites where you upload a picture of yourself and then try all kinds of different hair-styles. I found a site called The Hair Styler, uploaded this shot of myself from last summer. And then I gave myself a "fake-over."
|Freshly cut and coloured last September.|
And voila. Twelve different versions of me with varying shades of grey and silver hair. Oops...make that eleven... I just noticed that I repeated one.
Some of the colours I quite like on me. Others... not so much. I won't tell you which ones are which. I want to hear what you think. That's why I numbered the shots.
I know I said I'm not in a hurry... but... hmmm... as I look at these shots of myself... funny as some of them are... I get an itch to do something dramatic. As Monty Python says... something completely different. And if I hate it. So what? I mean, it's not as if I were still working and would have to face several classes of teenagers aghast at my newly pink, or silver, or pewter hair. Not to mention colleagues, and parents. I'm retired. I can always slink home, endure Hubby's chortles, and simply re-book with Carmen for the next day.
Okay, friends... so now I want to hear what you have to say. Have you gone grey? Will you go grey? How's that working for you? And how about my experiments with grey. I need feedback. Pick a number, any number. Help me make up my mind if I'm going grey. Or not.
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