Monday, July 26, 2010
To colour your hair or not
I've been going grey since I was 22 (first year of teaching - I blame that bottom Year 9 class) so this is a topic I've been thinking about for a while.
I like watching the TV book review show on the ABC called 'The First Tuesday Book Club' and I've noticed recently that one of the panelists, Marieke Hardy, is going grey and doesn't appear to be doing anything about it. She's the 'young' panelist (she's 34) in comparison to the other contributors.
I feel so heartened every time I see her grey hair that I think, 'oh maybe, I can let my hair just go'. But then I look around and watch the world passing me by and so few women have grey hair. The only ones that seem to have noticeably grey hair are those with a beautiful full head of white hair. Not many patchy, in between people like me wandering around.
My personal theory is that if suddenly all the hair colour ran out and nobody coloured their hair then we wouldn't even notice. We'd all be going grey together.
Today my friends are going slowly wrinkly together. But if every second person started getting botox when they turned 30, then those who didn't use botox would look considerably older and more wrinkly. It feels the same with grey hair. When I don't colour my hair I look older because not many women my age have grey hair.
I'd love to see more women with grey hair on TV. Male news readers can go elegantly grey. Women just don't. Men must have more free time and more money without the whole hair thing.