Wednesday, April 27, 2011

An Ode to My Two Gray Hairs

There you lie, a beacon
Proof of wisdom,

You are not yet legion
But I see you 
Giving me hope

One day I will look my age.

How do you feel about your gray hair(s)?  My mom doesn't dye hers.  She is beautiful both inside and out, a wonderful example for me. While no one else notices my few grays right now, I don't think I'll change it once there's more salt and pepper either.  I really do feel proud of these glimmers- I earned them!


  1. My mom doesn't dye hers either...she is 53 and not one gray hair!

    I have lighter hair and I'll be hnoest I haven't inspected for grays yet, but I'm sure the day is coming! Love this poem!

  2. Well, I definitely have more than two. At 41, I go back and forth between seeing them as distinguishing "life highlights" and signs of an older me that I am not yet ready to be. So I color my hair occasionally, but I find it such a nuisance that before long the grays come back and I just deal with them.

  3. I'm more than a few years away from having to worry about gray hairs, but when I get there I hope to age gracefully and refrain from coloring. Different people go gray in different ways. For some, the in-between stage of not totally gray can be awkward. My mom is in her early 50's and colors her hair because it tends to look mousy and dirty at about 50% gray. She plans to stop coloring once all of it is gray. Some women I know never colored their hair because the gray grew in beautifully. I think it just depends. I would only color my hair if I went gray very prematurely.

  4. I got my first grey hairs when I was in high school. At almost 37 I'm far more grey than brown (from my roots, it's well over 50%). I would look (at a minimum) 10 years older than I am. I dye my hair.

    But honestly? I'd probably dye my hair anyway. I like switching it up. I find it pretty entertaining.

  5. Wow! I have loved the array of feedback I've received here, on Twitter, email, and so on. So many different responses.

    @Laura, I have heard that not everyone goes gray. Your mom is proof!

    @Liz, "life highlights"- love it!

    @Kate, I agree that it depends on whether the gray grows in beautifully. The women on my Mom's side of the family have beautiful gray hair and that's what the grays I've picked up over the years look like too.

    @Alise, if I'd started going gray in high school, I would probably do the same. Totally understand the allure of trying out different shades- I used to dye my hair all the time in junior high and high school! For some reason, I haven't had any interest in dying my hair since college. This could just be because I'm too lazy and cheap to want to keep up with it!

  6. I found my first gray hair a few months ago and it's really bothered me. I just dyed it on Sunday -- from a box! I just kept seeing it. I'm 30 years old and I was thinking..NOT YET!!

  7. I have recently discovered a number of gray hairs, and I just turned 31. They're intriguing to me. My husband and I began dating when we were 17-years-old, so now that we're both beginning to see signs of aging we're fascinated. We keep saying, "We're getting old!" It's so strange. Haha! I do dye my hair, but not to cover gray, just because it's fun. :)

  8. Just came across your blog...I haven't found any gray hairs yet, but with blonde hair, they blend in a bit better than with dark hair (so some may be there and I am just clueless!) I'm your newest follower!


  9. I earned mine too, Leigh. ;)


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