First off, we want to clarify that this article is intended primarily for women! While men can sport gray hair and still be generally viewed as sexy, women aren’t so lucky and we have several examples to prove it, real and reel. Fortunately, there are ways to have a gray hair, don’t care attitude.
Examples of Disparity Abound
Think about it: While the likes of Steve Carell and Anderson Cooper are being complimented for their silver hair, many high-profile women aren’t so lucky. There’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, being criticized for her errant gray hairs. There’s Alexandra Grant, Keanu Reeve’s girlfriend, being treated in a demeaning manner by the media for her silver crown.
Even in television and movies, gray-haired female characters aren’t exactly getting better treatment, so to speak. They are cast in stereotypical roles, from one-dimensional, washed-out women to lonely women in quasi-authority, often villain, roles. Examples include Narcissa Malfoy (Harry Potter), Nova Prime (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alma Coin (The Hunger Games).
Fortunately, we’ve also seen many high-profile women actually embracing their gray hairs or actually going the silver route! We can cite Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian in real life as well as Nicole Kidman (Aquaman) and Salma Hayek (The Hummingbird Project) in real life.
The bottom line here: You may be unable to win against societal perceptions but that’s okay, too. You can just go on your merry way and rock your gray crowning glory! You can be the change you want to see in the world and it can start with gray hair in women.
Hair Acceptance Is Key
The bottom line: You don’t have to feel awkward, much less ashamed, of your graying hair! This is true whether there are still stay-at-home orders in place or none. You have to develop a strong sense of hair acceptance as much as body acceptance.
Your hair is still your crowning glory no matter its color. Such a mindset is essential to your well-being during the shelter-at-home period when regular trips to hair salons aren’t possible yet. You don’t want to be focusing too much on your bad hair days at home when you can focus your energy on positive things!
There’s also the fact that you can take good care of your hair even when you’re at home. You don’t have to panic just because a few gray hairs are sprouting on your head and giving you the silvery fox look. You have to think that, indeed, it’s just hair – it will grow back, it can be professionally cut, styled and colored once the salons open, and it will be fabulous.
What You Can Do
While waiting for the JC Penney salons in your neighborhood to open, you can try these tips in dealing with unwanted gray hair.
- Patience is a virtue, hair-wise
If you have gray hairs and you want them dyed, you should think twice, perhaps even thrice, before doing it yourself! You may be able to follow all the instructions on the dyeing kit but it isn’t a guarantee. You should ideally wait for a professional hair colorist to do the job, whether you have a few errant gray hairs or a full-on head.
But the risks of ending up with green hair are higher for a DIY hair coloring job. You will likely regret it and, worse, you’re going to spend a small fortune in reversing your hair’s horrid color.
Just let your gray hairs be! With many states easing their shelter-at-home orders, salons will soon be opening up albeit with limited capacity and services. We’re quite confident that hair coloring services will be among the available services.
- Think of it as a hair break
With the salons closed and the shelter-at-home orders in effect, you won’t be able to get your regular professional hair treatments. But that’s okay! You can think of it as a great opportunity to not only give your body a break but also give your hair and scalp a break.
Your hair and scalp may be damaged at the microscopic level even when they look and feel healthy. This is no thanks to the chemicals in perming solutions, relaxers and dyes, even in professional shampoos and conditioners. Don’t think of your gray hairs as a sign of unhealthy tresses – it may just be the opposite.
- Take better care of your hair
Gray hair is as beautiful as any other hair color! Like other hair colors, too, gray hairs can be healthy or unhealthy with their health largely influenced by what you do and don’t do.
You can rock gray hair by taking better care of it without the colors and chemicals. We suggest using hair masks, replacing your showerheads to prevent heavy metals and minerals from affecting your hair, and reducing your shampooing frequency. You head of hair may have more grays than you want but when it’s healthy, it isn’t so bad.
To paraphrase a shampoo commercial, “Your hair, your say!” Rock your gray hair, girl!