|coloured hair in Arizona (November 2013)|
I proposed my new colour free look, Karyn suggested that she could lift some of the red colour out of my hair so that my look would be softer.
|a softer colour with a few lighter highlights (February 2014)|
|In Paris (April 2014), I found that I was looking decidedly blonde.|
|Early May in Cornwall, I was finding my hair a bit yellow and dry.|
Yesterday, as Monsieur and I drove to the Rapid Transit, I voiced my fears. How does an older woman
style her hair to avoid the "helmet" or "wash and wear" perm look? Will I look really old with grey hair? Will my clothes, body, life suit grey hair? In order to reveal the grey, most of the blonde will need to be cut off. I haven't had short hair for years!!!
This is not a project for the faint of heart! Lots of women will ask you why you are "letting your hair go". Lots of women will colour their hair until they are 90 and that is their choice!!! I was inspired by my friend Nora who stopped colouring and by the The Hostess of the Humble Bungalow who underwent the transition with "tinsel" and grace to emerge more youthful looking than ever! It didn't hurt that she also lost weight.
|Now I am mostly grey.|
I am not the most secure woman about appearance. In fact, I try to micro-manage every detail of wardrobe and grooming every day so that I will feel confident when I step out the door. For me, this is essential to my life and well-being. Right now, I am feeling a bit unsure of the grey and the shorter hair.
My next appointment with Karyn is in August. My hair will have grown to a length where I could do the curly bob look again. For the meantime, I will be able to enjoy our swimming pool and rain showers without worry.
I have far too much clothing so this transition may be the opportune time to curate and to develop a more subdued colour palette. I am thinking more greys, blues, aquas, peaches, lilacs and soft greens and fewer oranges and browns.
One of my older friends says that she will continue to colour her hair because she doesn't want to feel vulnerable as an "old lady". Do you think that hair colour or lack of it makes us old? Have you ever considered taking the chance? Really, I could go back to Karyn and ask for red hair. Would that make me younger than my 62 years? This is my first day as an elder!!!