I started dying my hair the day school let out for the summer in 9th grade. I dyed it blackest black (really, that's what it was called) and boy was that a mistake. Did you know that semi-permanent black hair dye that says it washes out in 30 washes does not, in fact, wash out? At the time I loved my black hair, but looking back on it now I can see how it was not really that awesome. Pale girl + black hair = one super goth looking girl even before she realized that wearing all black clothing was an option.
After I grew out all the black dye, I moved on to reds. I'm fairly certain I have tried every shade of red dye available at your local drugstore, including ones that were in no way natural looking. Eventually I settled on one that really worked for me and rocked that until a few years ago when I realized that I had really fine hair because of my dye jobs. (not that having it professionally dyed would have made it any better) I had what my stylist called a chemical cut, where hair was being burned off around my hairline and the new growth was slowly coming in, causing some nasty cow licks. The only way to deal with this issue was to stop dying my hair and let it heal itself over time, so that's what I did.
Now my hair is healthier and thicker than it has been in 15 years (not that it's thick, just thicker than before) and it's also back to its natural boring brown. I've got to say I was a bit surprised by how brown it is because after dying it for so long I had convinced myself that it had actual red in it. In my defense, I have the coloring for red hair and people always assumed my hair was actually red, so you can see how I managed to trick myself. And while I dislike the brown, what I dislike even more is all the gray hairs that are growing in. Holy hell, I have a lot of gray hair.
My mom has dyed her hair for as long as I can remember causing me to have no idea how much gray she has. For all we know she might be 100% gray at this point. Same thing with my grandmother. And much like making myself think I really had red hair, it was easy to look at them and think "Well they aren't gray, so I'll probably not go gray either." Yet here I am at 29 with more grays than I am comfortable with. And I am feeling rather alone in my gray hairedness because jparks? Not a gray hair on his head. (insert "not a hair on his head at all" joke here)
Seriously, it's time to confess, do you have gray hairs? Are you growing old gracefully and not dying them? Or are you fighting the aging process with regular trips to the salon? Should I start dying my hair again? Is it possible to have gray hairs and still be young and hip, or should I just give up now? Someone help me because today I cut one of my gray hair very close to my scalp because it was too obvious. (cut as opposed to pulling it out because I do not need two to grow back in its place) Never mind the fact that the other gray hairs are just as obvious, this one was a bad seed and was mocking me. It needed to be stopped. But if I continue to cut them out, I will be bald by next weekend and I'm thinking that covering up a bald head is much more difficult than covering up some grays.
Also, if any male out there chimes in about how his gray hairs aren't aging him, but rather turning him distinguished, there is a good chance I will come after you and shave off your eyebrows.