It’s time to face the music. Or the mirror. My fairly thick, wavy hair that I’ve always loved…is shedding its coat.
It’s L’Oreal 5AR coat. And I’m discovering I have 15 shades of gray. I have to admit, it’s a bit painful. Not physically, but emotionally.
A gray stranger is growing out of my head.
Here’s a glimpse from the back.
My daughter made me flip upside down and show the underbelly of the stranger.
I have to admit, I winced. It just doesn’t look like me.
But, really… it is. This is me, today, right now with silver strands sprouting from my crown.
I’m going to call them Wisdom Highlights.
I read that somewhere, and I like it. I’m sure I’ve gained some wisdom in life (I’ll try to scrape that together for a later, I suspect brief, post), and I’ve certainly had many highlights in my life – joyous moments like the birth of my children, and savoring Godiva truffles. So, these silver highlights seem to be appropriate. I’ve earned them. They ought to be celebrated.
Right? Right?! I can’t hear you!
OK, it’s going to be a journey. And there is probably going to be some gnashing of teeth. Because Wisdom Highlights are frowned upon these day, at least on women. Men seem to walk around with them just fine.
What is wrong with this picture?!?!
Here’s how I feel about the whole thing.
I’d rather just not look. But, I’m going to put on my big girl panties and deal with it, because it’s just hair. It’s not my heart, or my mind, or my spirit. It’s not who I am. I don’t think. ARGH!
My girl, who has beautiful auburn hair, has a birthmark near her forehead. Out of the birthmark, gray hair grows. It’s fascinating.
She’s excited to have some gray hairs. She’s only a young 30-ish woman, but she has a few grays sprouting further back as well. She’s proud of them and is my biggest supporter in me giving up the bottle.
However, she’s a spring chicken, what does she know? ARGH!
OK, I’m calm. I’ll redirect my mind.
I’ve joined Twitter! If you’re a Twitter-er, let’s connect. (See link near the top of the right sidebar.) I’ve only posted a few toots, I mean twits, or chirps, or whatever, but it’s kind of fun. It keeps my mind off my Wisdom Highlights.
There’s also a Pinterest link on this page. You can see my recent pins and other whatnots. I have boards on writing, upcycling, caretaking, words of humor/wisdom and more. I have to say, Pinterest is my favorite form of social media. It keeps my mind off my Wisdom Highlights.
I need a Godiva truffle.
15 SHADES OF GRAY – Part 2
15 SHADES of GRAY – Part 1
Wisdom highlights – good way to look at it! I'll remember that.
Wisdom highlights is what we're going with. And we'll do our best to celebrate them. I'm thinking truffles will help.
I like the idea of wisdom highlights!
Retired Knitter says
It is going to be just fabulous. I know it.
I love it! Wisdom highlights!
You earned each of those gray hairs. You won't know what it is really going to look like for some time, though. The growing out stages are going to be the hardest part, but it looks soft and natural. 🙂
Just remember no matter the color, it never looks really good while its growing out. I think you may find when it's completely grown out that you'll like it a lot better than you think.
Besides, you've earned every gray hair you have and you have the right to show them off. Now, if I could just convince myself of that. haha
Stacey Lozano says
You're doing great!! Here's some shots of me as I went gray, remember I highlighted along the way. 😉 https://www.flickr.com/photos/stayseespics/sets/72157634809037440/
Julianna G says
I love this.
I am struggling myself with some health issues that may leave me with less hair… a lot less. (Not cancer) Tony is in denial… I am just cleaning it from the drain every day… and looking into supplements.
Clearly I am not as brave as you. 🙂
Jo-Anne Meadows says
My sister must be very wise since she got her wisdom highlights at a young age………….lol
Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom says
Look at you go… or should I say look at you grow! I love that term "wisdom highlights" – I have to keep that in mind for when I kick the bottle.
Cheering you on!
PS – I love that you're on Twitter! Yay!
Chatty Crone says
You know what – why not go and have some grayish highlights put in and then when it grows no one will notice! lol
🙂 Go natural! A few months ago, I was in a public restroom, washing my hands and, when I looked into the mirror, I saw grey. Or white. I'm not quite sure but I was shocked. I thought they were blond highlights. They weren't and now there's a lot more of them.
I love when women embrace their age. Bette Davis said, "Old age ain't no place for sissies."
Hi! I found you from your hair comment at Art of Simple. I'll be following with interest. I'm 42 and just made the decision to go natural a few months ago. I've only blogged about it once — and never shared photos. But I'm happy with my decision. It's an adventure, watching the natural color come in. I agree, I wish it were more white than grey, but I'm still throwing caution to the wind. Best of luck to you in this journey!