The Best Books About Going Gray
Inside: Recommendations for books about going gray
Are you interested in transitioning to gray hair? Then these books are for you!
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Silver Hair: Say Goodbye to the Dye and Let Your Natural Light Shine: A Handbook
by Lorraine Massey
What a great book! It has beautiful photos to inspire you in your transition to gray, and also has great tips to help you along the way. This book is PACKED with transition stories and photos; it’s very inspiring!
Massey also offers a lot of recipes for at-home-care for your transitioning hair. Anyway, if you need a little inspiration, I recommend this book for sure.
And if you have curly hair, you must check out Lorraine Massey’s masterpiece, “The Curly Girl Handbook.”
My teenage son had a terrible time with his super-curly hair. His hair was so thick and curly that it was almost impossible to rinse out
His hair became crunchy and always looked somewhat dirty. Clarifying treatments didn’t work, and the only time his hair looked really great was when he got his hair professionally shampooed at a salon.
I heard about the Curly Girl Method, and I bought the handbook for him. We followed the methods described in this book, and within a couple weeks, his hair was completely transformed. It looks fantastic – clean, healthy and shiny! I highly recommend getting this book if you or a family member have curly hair.
True Roots: What Quitting Hair Dye Taught Me about Health and Beauty by Ronnie Citron-Fink
I recently posted a Q&A with environmental journalist Ronnie Citron-Fink about her book True Roots, which asks the questions: why do women feel compelled to dye? How safe are hair dyes? What is their impact on our environment? and many more. It’s a must read!
Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters by Anne Kreamer
Kreamer’s research into gray hair is pretty interesting. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but suffice it to say that she uses her journalistic skills to perform experiments and comes up with some surprising results about our attitudes toward gray hair. She really delves deep into the subject.
What I felt was missing was some of the joy of the process. She has a lot of angst and self-consciousness about it, which is fine because that was her experience, but I couldn’t relate to it as much. Sometimes the writing felt a little academic and less fun.
However, I did enjoy her insights into colors to wear with gray (she consulted professional stylists), and dating (guess what? Most men don’t care if your hair is gray – it’s everything else that matters! Your personality, your sense of style, your self-confidence! She discovers this, much to her (and our) surprise).
That’s it for now! I’ll update the list as I read more books.
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Katie is the founder of Katie Goes Platinum. After constantly dyeing her hair for over 25 years, in 2018 Katie decided to stop the madness and embrace the gray. Since then, she’s been sharing her favorite gray hair tips, resources, and stories to empower women to feel beautiful during and after their transition to gray hair.