Wanna blow someone's mind? Simply go gray on purpose. [Let's quickly diffuse the spelling situation...grAy as in America vs. grEy as in England.] Ok, maybe the purplish blue tone does more so favor Dame Edna (whom I lurve!), but it is basically recognized as gray. I need to just talk about this for a minute. First a little background. I grew up with my mama doing hair, so being a guinea pig for her strange chemical concoctions was a norm. By the time I was in college I'd tried practically every haircolor out there, from Fudge's Raspberry Baret to Manic Panic's Green Envy. I should have just worked at Sally's or something, but I'd take my lunch money to buy my staples of developer and bleach. At the time my hair was long and curly, so I had my Ronald McDonald red fro moments, but I guess me living in hippy, surfer-ville Santa Cruz, California, I wasn't much of an oddity. I always wanted true snow white platinum, but that was only possible by means of weaves. My grandmother eventually got silvery salt and pepper gray hair, but not at an early age. All I knew was that it was beautiful, and if I could wear all these different colors, it was harmless fun.
All that said, I realized that in all the experimenting, I'd never (intentionally) gone gray. Earlier this year I saw pictures of Kelis, and then a few of my beautiful fellow blogger, Nymphette, and figured why not? This seems to be a growing trend of grey on younger folks. Yes, I now live in the Bay Area (still more conservative than Santa Cruz), and yes, I work in corporate America, but what are they gonna say, "You hair isn't a natural color?" Um, yeah, no. SO, I just did it!
I will tell you right now...I have never gotten so many stares. I honestly did it because I liked the look itself, not for the looks I'm getting. It was hilarious because other than my hubby, the only immediate positive response I got was from a bum at the BART station. I think it was sincere even though he did ask for change.
I guess my question now is, why is this such a big get-back? Folks don't typically ask why you're COVERING your grays. I never would have thought that coloring my hair gray would ever be so political.