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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Why is grey controversial?

I did it years ago.Friends of mine are doing it now. And the talk of women bloggers lately are talking about it as a radical feminist act.

I call bullshit. I just don't get it. Radical feminist act? I don't think so.

So what is all the blather about? Going grey. Not coloring your hair. Being au natural.

I've been grey for years. I can't even remember the last time I colored my hair, but it must have several years ago, because my hair is past my shoulders and there are no dark tips to be seen. I stopped coloring my hair when I became poor. I do remember the reason clearly. I couldn't justify spending money for colorant every month. Like everything else, I consider eating as more important than having drab dark brown hair.

My hair is now totally grey. I have a lighter, almost white, strip in the front, but the rest is salt and pepper. I'm so used to it that I don't think I'd even recognize myself with dark brown hair. I like being grey. I don't view it as a feminist declaration. I didn't know that I would be on the cutting edge of fashion by being too cheap to color my hair, but there you go.

There are a couple of things about my grey hair that I don't like. The grey makes my already unruly hair even more unmanageable with the spiral frizzies sticking out like antennae. And because I shed more than a whole pack of Olde English Sheepdogs, long white hairs litter every piece of furniture and every dark colored outfit I own.

So from this radical feminist, let it grow out. It looks really sexy being grey.

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Blogger Ranchmom said...

I stopped coloring mine and am gradually going white. I wouldn't mind it as much if they didn't stick straight up - what is it with gray hair that makes it do that? I have a nice white section around my face. I never thought of it as a radical feminist act - who knew?

20/1/11 10:40 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

I don't know why grey hair is so much coarser, but I know on my head the white hairs stick straight up and curl like cork screws. It is mighty attractive...not.

20/1/11 11:23 AM  

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