"I'm officially making the decision to be brave and go gray. I'm putting my trust into the one who personally knows my hair as she tells me "you are going to rock the gray". I've read blogs and pinned styles on my Pinterest board for inspiration. And I've made the appropriate family announcement to which my lovely husband says "What gray hair?" (I love him and his "blindness"). I'm ready to do this. I think.
My glitter hair (glitter sounds so much younger than gray) started making its appearance when I was in my late 20's. Granted it was only a strand or two but it was there. Plucking was not an option especially when "two more will grow back in its place". (On top of that, plucking hurts.) So began my love/hate affair with Clairol. We've been through a lot together and eventually we came to an understanding that the lovely models are not real people; dark brown means black; carmel means orange; and cool vs warm has nothing to do with the weather. Eventually Clairol took a back seat to Natural Instincts. Natural and I became fast friends as she became my monthly routine. We were so in sync (see what I did there?) with our routine that I could literally roll out of bed and 20 minutes later those strands of glitter were once again a brilliant shade of "natural" light brown. Eventually though, she started to be a little more demanding of her time. What was once a monthly affair started to be a three week affair. I knew eventually she would want more of my time and more of my money. So began my thoughts of a new routine and a new shade. A shade of gray.
I know this is not going to be an easy journey (hence the words "be brave") and I know that there are going to be moments when Natural will beckon me to return to her but for today at least, I committed to seeing this through. I would be lying if I said I wasn't a bit nervous. There's definitely some apprehension about taking this step. I'm putting my true color out there. No more hiding behind Natural. This is who I am. And I'm gonna rock the gray. Stay tuned ....
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Staci J. Allen has more than 15 years of experience teaching and working with preschoolers. She currently serves as the Director of Caring Ministries at The Summit Church. Staci and her husband Rick live in Lee's Summit, Missouri, and enjoy spending time with their adult children and grandchildren.