Now I know what you’re thinking…grey hair? How could this be desirable, chic or even remotely flattering on the average woman? We wanted to write this article to empower women in various age brackets to not be afraid of their grey. Now this differs from the grey hair trend going around on celebs such as Rihanna, and Cara Delavigne as this movement is about embracing natural grey tones that signify so much more. Anne Kreamer, author of “Going Grey: How to Embrace Your Authentic Self With Grace and Style,” works to debunk grey hair myths. Her mission is to disprove the societal stigmas of “how you’ll look old. About how you’ll look as if you’ve let yourself go. About how you can never have long hair again. About how you’re invisible. About how you’ll kill your career. It’s simply not true, (source).” Firstly we want to define the different kinds of colouring that can manipulate the hair:
Permanent: Dyeing your hair permanently is a two step process. “When permanent hair dye is applied to the hair, ammonia (alkalizing agent) causes the cuticle to ‘open up’ and let the dye in. Then, peroxide (oxidizing agent) is used to penetrate into the hair cortex and remove your existing hair colour (melanin), (source).”
Semi-permanent: This form of colouring is less intense and harsh on the hair than permanent but usually only lasts 4-6 weeks. “Semi-permanent dye doesn’t have ammonia or peroxide, and simply adds tiny colour molecules to the cuticle of your hair without dramatically changing the original hair colour, (source).”
Au natural: Just straight up leaving your hair be. This can be incredible difficult and take time when trying to go completely grey after dyeing hair for long periods of time usually years! Noami Rand author of “To Dye or not to Dye, That is the Question,” went through this herself. “So I stripped out as much of the color as I could and then waited. And waited. And waited some more. It turns out hair grows surprisingly slowly at my age, (source).”
We do want to emphasize that going grey is a personal choice and we fully support both sides of the colouring or not colouring spectrum. It is about personal freedom, choice and feeling like if you want to go grey that you should act on that decision. “Men who embrace their grey are treated as if they’ve found a cure for cancer,” she laughs. “They’ve become gorgeous. Women who do it don’t get that response. We’re either brave or mad. It would be good to change that, (source).” Colouring your hair can act as an ageing disguise but that doesn’t mean you will have more confidence. “It’s your sense of vitality and your character that define you. You could have the best dye-job from a top salon, but have a slump in your step, and you would look ancient, (source).”
Here at designHouse we want to encourage you to make your own decision when it comes to letting yourself go grey or not. We want you to know we fully support the grueling growing out process and will make it all the more bearable with a beautiful cut and maintenance techniques. Interested in more tips on going grey? Contact us and we can help!