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Baby Boomer Women Go Gray!

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Baby Boomer Women Go Gray & Love It!

For many women in midlife, it’s totally tempting – the thought of going gray inGoing gray in midlife: Helen Mirren midlife may cross your mind every time you shell out money to get your roots touched up, or have to make time out of your busy schedule to do it yourself. You may just be experiencing that level of appealing self-confidence women in midlife exude. Whatever the reason, deciding to go gray – or not – is a personal decision as unique as you are!

Going natural with our hair color as we age has taken on new life of late. Baby boomer women are going gray for any number of reasons:

Save Money: Although this may seem like a rather lame reason to give up something you’ve embraced for years, the fact is it’s true. A snazzy haircut is far less expensive than a cut and color no mater where you get your hair done!  That nagging sense of guilt that you have after leaving the hairdresser and relieving yourself of that hard-earned ….

Save Time: women in their 40’s and 50’s are busy….with kids and jobs perhaps, or maybe your kids are grown and you are taking this time for yourself to really reach for your career goals. Today’s women in their 60’s and beyond aren’t sitting home waiting for life to happen either – they’re out there, many of them still working! Admittedly, it can be a pain to have to give up your free time to get your hair done.

Natural: Chemical-free is always good! As midlife approaches, a lot of women want to jettison the number of chemicals they use throughout their daily lives and replace with natural, organic products or lifestyle.

Trendy: You’ have heard it: “Gray Is The New Black”. Quite simply, gray is in. Cool. Fashionable. Smart. A ‘la Helen Mirren!

Fun:  Let’s face it – your hair color isn’t permanent if you don’t want it to be! Going gray can represent a whole new direction for you, and can feel adventurous and sort of like risk-taking without the risk!

Whatever your thoughts about going gray in midlife, it’s a trend not likely to go away any time soon!

16 responses to “Baby Boomer Women Go Gray!”

  1. Ellie says:

    Been thinking about doing this. It’s the awkward phase that’s bothering me. Summer with a very short haircut would be a good time. I’m kind of curious to see what I will look like . Any ideas?

  2. Chicatanyage says:

    I have been attempting to go grey for a few years now but still have to put some highlights in as the back remains a stubborn dirty blonde so I try to blend as best I can. I think it all depends on your genetic colour some women have a natural silver colour. I saw a stunning example yesterday.

  3. Ann Green says:

    She looks amazing!

  4. cindy says:

    I just stumbled across your blog while doing research for my own blog. I love your attitude, and your advice. So much of my work is done at my home office, in front of a computer, and in the past, I was a bit of a fashionista, but now I look much less so. Once I hit 60 I just wasn’t sure what to wear. Having read your blog, I now relize my instincts were right, and upon your advice, I am going shopping for some timeless fashion. I’ll be back to read some more.

    • psissons says:

      Thanks, Cindy! I can definitely identify with you – if I didn’t have to leave the house every day I would probably suffer from the sitting-home-at-work-not-getting-out-of-my-pajamas syndrome!

  5. Carolee says:

    My 50th was a couple of years back. I went gray about four years ago – got tired of trying to be the brunette I used to be! Also suffered with the in-between stage, so I went and cut off my always long hair – and I mean cut it off! Thought about letting it grow out again, but it’s so darn easy when it’s short, just a little gel to get it to spike a little and off I go. I just tell the stylist I don’t want my mother’s haircut and everything usually comes out okay.

    • psissons says:

      That’s some great advice – it’s sort of once you go short you never go back! I keep saying I’m going to do it and just haven’t had the guts yet! I guess it helps to have a stylist who’s in tune with you also.

  6. Tammy says:

    Curiosity got t he best of me. At 52, I hadn’t seen my real color in yours and I really wanted to know what it was. I had my medium length hair cut short and now after about nine months, it is all natural. The back has very little gray and is much darker than I remember. The front/top and sides are different shades of gray, silver and even a streak of white. I love it! It’s so liberating.

    • psissons says:

      That is so great!! Sounds like you have the perfect hair for this. What a fantastic feeling that must be!!

  7. Debbie Walker says:

    It was a difficult decision to let my hair grow out and it took about 4 months to get through the “ugly” stage, as I refused to change my bob for a shorter look. Now that I can finally see my real hair color, it looks pretty cool, and I can’t wait until the longer layers grow out.

  8. jen in seattle says:

    I think gray hair can be stunning, and that inner happiness, good health/diet and a fit body are really what keeps a woman looking young. Also – it is fun to see how the palette changes. I am wearing softer colors now that I am grey.

  9. Moi says:

    I did this! I’ll be 54 in a couple of weeks and I’ve been gray for a year. Grew it out 2 inches and went to an incredibly expensve hairdresser who gave me a beautiful cut and left some of the color in. Now it’s all gray and looks so much better! It’s soft and smooth and silky and i can try different hairstyles.

    I also lost 45 pounds. Going gray was harder, and took longer than losing the weight.

  10. Wanda says:

    I will be fifty in 2 weeks and I decided a few months ago that I would be getting my last cut and colour until I had the chance to grow my hair out to a nice length so that I could see exactly what my real hair colour is! I have had short hair since I was 18 and coloured it since I was 20, so I’m really excited to see how it will turn out. Right now it’s at such an awkward length, almost like a mullet! I did cut bangs myself, so I’ve got the front under control, but it will be interesting to see if I ultimately decide to keep it long/grey. I’m a bit worried that grey/white won’t work well with my skin tone and brown eyes, but I’ve been looking at so many pictures of grey-haired women with different complexions that I’m sure my hair will suit me with the right styling. It’s great to finally feel confident enough to let myself go grey!

  11. Patricia F. says:

    The best thing I ever did after coloring my hair for 30 years was to stop coloring, cut it short, let it grow out and be natural! In 30 years I don’t ever remember ANYONE complimenting me on my hair. Since going natural, I never leave the house without someone complimenting me on my “beautiful” hair! It is short, spiky, fun and naturally silver and I cannot tell you how many people stop me and compliment me! It’s crazy! The best thing I have ever done!

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