Making the Decision to Go Gray

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Making the decision to go gray once you’ve reached your 50’s is a tough call for a lot of women. For me, it was a pretty easy choice. I had my first gray hair at 17. I started coloring in my twenties just for the fun of it and by the time I let the color begin to grow out in my thirties, I was shocked at the amount of gray that had accumulated in my head. I continued coloring and perming in my thirties and by the time I hit 39, I was done. Done with the color and done with the perms. I was tired of spending hours in the salon every few weeks and wanted to spend less time and money on the two things I couldn’t control, the speed of my hair growth and my natural color. In 2001, I cut my hair down to its natural state, stopped coloring and I haven’t looked back since.

There are a few things to consider once you’ve made the decision to rock your gray. First of all, if you’re still perming you need to maintain a cut. Regardless of whether you wear your hair long or short, it needs to be cut in a current style or you run the risk of looking matronly. If you choose to wear it natural then you have more options to choose from such as twist outs, sister locks, dreads, or a TWA.

Another thing to consider is the color palette of your wardrobe. Once you go gray, your coloring changes. Those muddy earth tones that used to flatter now make you looked washed out and bland. On the flip side, you may find that those clear jewel tones in emerald, red, and blue that you once found too bright, now bring light and color to your face and make your gray and silver really pop. Various grays, crisp white and inky black also have the same effect and are striking on silver foxes.

Depending on your skin tone, you may decide that sterling silver or silver toned jewelry works better with your new hair color. My personal preference is to wear silver jewelry. It can be expensive to change out your wardrobe, but trust me when I say that you’ll look great and feel less dowdy. You don’t have to do it all at once but picking up a few pieces at a time will ultimately do the trick. You can be gray and gorgeous, just check out these beauties.

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