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Gray Hair

I'm getting a lot of gray in my hair now. When I wear my hair down, I barely notice it, but it's really obvious when I pull my hair back. And I like to wear my hair pulled back, so it's sort of like I'm showing it off. Hey! Look at me with my gray hairs!

When I first started getting gray hairs, about 10 years ago, my mom would pull them out of my head with no warning. I told her to knock it off, because I would rather have gray hair than be bald.

My mom dyes her hair to cover the gray, so I currently have more gray hair than my mother does. I tease her about that. I have more gray hair than my grandmother, too, for the same reason. I long ago promised myself that I wouldn't get caught up in the social (and familial) pressure to "color" my gray hair. I'm offended by the cultural pressure to deny one's age. The young are not the only people who can be beautiful.

I really don't mind gray hairs. Good thing, because they've been accumulating very fast over the past few years. If I'm going to beautiful or not, it isn't going to be determined by whether I soak my head in chemicals every few weeks.

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thefirethorn
Aug. 31st, 2003 05:02 pm (UTC)
The first time I saw a gray hair, I cried. My mom thought that was very silly, but it freaked me out to see something on my body that didn't belong there.

That was about 1997 and I was having a very, very stressful school year. Every time I saw a gray hair I pulled it out. After that year, they stopped showing up.

In 1999 my mother, who had been gray since she was 21, died. After that I let the gray hair stay. Oddly enough I don't have any more or less than I did 3 years ago. They come and go.
wolfieboy
Aug. 31st, 2003 07:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Gray hair
Yours sounds like a very healthy attitude.

Cindy says that the gray hairs are tinsel and it means that she's always ready to party.
maida_mac
Aug. 31st, 2003 07:22 pm (UTC)
I think your hair's beautiful. :)
kimberly_a
Sep. 1st, 2003 11:55 pm (UTC)
Er ... thanks. :)
melwil
Aug. 31st, 2003 09:51 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about this a lot, wondering what I'll do when I get grey hairs. My mother got her first one at 20 and now tends to dye it a colour that will blend with any growth she has. But I've got much longer hair and don't give that much attention to it, so I'll probably follow your example
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