On going grey

My high school education was not exactly the academic highlight of my life but I did learn at least two important things there.  Although driving seemed more urgent then, typing has turned out to be just as critical.

I am a pretty fast typist by now. And when I describe my hair color I type grey. Not gray, although I think most Americans are taught that spelling. I don’t know why I type grey and not gray, and I am a bit self-conscious about it. Sometimes I write salt and pepper instead. Well my hair is technically black and white, but, truthfully, I think of it as grey.

sushi_tnAntonelle blue button down (thrifted)

I decided to go grey about two years ago. I had been coloring my hair (which started out 48 years ago very dark brown nearly black) since my late 20s when the first white hairs appeared. By my mid-40s the roots were ready for a touch up every two weeks. My mother had decided to stop coloring her hair and hers looks terrific. Lots of  thoughts went through my head, and I was certainly inspired by Going Gray Looking Great by  Diana Lewis Jewell. As with many things, I thought about it a ridiculously long time and then suddenly did it.

When I do eventually do things I tend to jump right in:
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It has been about 17 months since that chop and I am mostly happy with my decision. Have you thought about going grey? What about gray?

 

15 Comments

  1. Deborah

    I would be happy to grey..at the right time:). I have some silver strands but not enough to go au natural. I find grey hair can look incredibly elegant and stylish and brings a real softness to those of “of a certain age”;)

  2. Ceit

    I adore your hair, and I can’t wait until I can stop colouring my hair. I am not quite at the point yet, but almost! Good luck in your new venture.

  3. amiable

    It was partially inspired by you that I decided to go grey naturally. Most of my white hair does not yet show up to the average person (except in florescent light), and I wish I had a bit more of it. But all in good time.

  4. Jaime

    Thanks! Deborah I think it much easier for blondes to stay blonde. For one thing the roots don’t show up so quickly and I do think lighter hair works better on seasoned faces.
    Ceit thank you!

  5. Nancy

    Hey, shevia. It’s Mochi. I also write out “grey.” Why? Maybe I think it’s classier…more British. 🙂 Anyway, looking forward to reading your blog and getting to know another side of your fab self. PS: your pics here are so cute!

    1. Jaime

      Nancy, I would absolutely suspect that of myself, but I noticed my sister writes grey too and she is not one to put on airs or even notice airs that others put on. Perhaps we had the same Anglophile teacher growing up?

  6. ladywone

    Congratulations on the big chop as I call it. As an African American woman we use this term when one has decided to accept ones natural hair state. I love that you go all in. For me I started seeing gray in my mid 30’s I just accept it and keep it moving. And I agree about the H.S. Typing best thing I have ever learned and continue to use on a consistent bases.

    1. Jaime

      Ladywone I am working on my next post (on being an immigrant)and I mention Americanah, which I just read (and loved). The main character in the novel draws strength from an on-line board when she inadvertently finds herself with natural hair. I think there are some interesting parallels between the two situations so I was delighted to see your comment.

  7. ladywone

    Congratulations on the big chop as I call it. As an African American woman we use this term when one has decided to accept ones natural hair state. I love that you go all in. For me I started seeing gray in my mid 30’s I just accept it and keep it moving. And I agree about the H.S. Typing best thing I have ever learned and use on a constant basis.

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