Gray Hair: Before and After
Before I ditched the dye last February, I fretted at the way I looked in photos. I blamed it on the aging process, but I now think it was the dyed hair that sapped all the color out of my face.
Why do I think this? Because once I stopped
dyeing and embraced my grays, my complexion brightened up considerably!
I am surprised to find that I look younger in photos now than I while I was dyeing my hair.
Other silver sisters I’ve spoken to feel the same. It’s a common refrain in the gray hair Facebook support groups: Mother Nature knows what she is doing!
I asked my silver sisters if they’d be kind enough to contribute their before & after gray hair photos to this post so we could check this phenomenon out.
I think you’ll see what I see: the gray creates a softening/brightening effect to the complexion, which is really flattering, especially compared to the harsher effect created by dyed hair.
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Sometimes, people ask me “Why is there a need for gray hair support groups?”
Why?! Because it is nearly impossible to go gray without getting some (or a lot!) of negative feedback, so it REALLY helps to have a great group of online friends giving you the support that you might not be receiving at home or in society.
Anyway, on to the photos:
Look again at the photos: Even the ladies who are not fully gray have a vibrancy to their complexion. To me (at least), their faces seem brighter.
And, as opposed to the scare tactics thrown at us by ad agencies and beauty magazines, I don’t think any of these ladies look “20 years older!”
I’m so TIRED of that ageist crap being thrown around
- Gray hair is for old people
- Only men can go gray
- Young = better than old
- Older Men = More Attractive than Older Women
I hope that the current climate of gray hair acceptance can make a lasting impact on our culture so that these ideas get flushed down the toilet where they belong.
My younger son turned to me the other day and said, “Why are you letting your hair go gray now?” I told him the truth: “I’ve had gray hair since I was 16, and I’m really tired of dyeing it brunette all the time.”
He turned to me, shocked, and said “So you’ve been lying to us all this time?”
I thought it was hilarious, but it’s also kind of true.
Listen, if nobody dyed their hair, we would see people from a wide range of ages sporting gray hair. Some people go gray young; some people live to 100 with hardly any gray hair.
I hope that we can get people to see silver as just another color. I think that’s the first hurdle.
After that, maybe the sexist and ageist walls will start to crumble… Do you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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