Helloooo! Yes, it's yours truly! And with something a little lighter for today... sort of...
Somehow, small though it is in the grand scheme of things, it does feel a big moment in a woman's life when she puts down the hair dye bottle. No more L'Oreal color in a box. No more chemicals! Embrace the grey!
As I approached my 45th birthday at the end of last year, I gave myself a little challenge to see how long I could go without coloring my hair. At the 6 month stage of NO DYE, I wasn't looking too good. I was sporting a very ugly tricolor effect of lots of greys, streaks of the old auburn color (from a box, which I'd using the last 3 years for "fun"...Why did I do that?? REGRET!), and my natural brown trying to still peek through. A very blotchy, uneven look that just got worse and worse. A mess, basically! I looked like a calico kitten, but not so cute. haha!
So recently I plucked up some courage and went to a local hair salon for help with my hair. The best option was a hair color correction treatment. Or wait potentially two--or more!--years for things to grow out naturally. YIKES! In that moment I didn't feel like I was growing older gracefully. I kind of wanted to cry. I didn't want to look ugly for two years--or more. I wanted some of the outside to look like what I've been trying to cultivate on the inside... VANITY! Lord, help me...
Well, I opted for the color correction. Unfortunately, chemicals were involved... *sigh* ... But after two hours, a very kind stylist removed a great percentage of the red/auburn color, my natural brown was more in focus, and the many silver greys making a very spirited effort to shine. I'm hoping this will be my last dance with hair chemicals! My hair was also getting very long, so I had some inches cut off, which also helped. I've been coloring my own hair for 15+ years. It saves money. I've been cutting my own hair for 3 years. It saves money. But letting the professionals take over for a bit, did boost my confidence. My hair hasn't looked this nice in a long time.
Having been a natural dark brown brunette all my life, I didn't know that growing grey could look or feel this good! I'm wishing now I'd stopped playing with the red colors. Wishing I didn't color my hair so long, that I'd been brave enough to stop coloring sooner. And, on a side note--makeup... I'm down to occasionally using a wisp of foundation powder and dash of mascara--that's it. I didn't know I could have the courage to leave the house without makeup! haha... Wishing I'd stopped the makeup use sooner too.
Anyway, a silly little ramble this... but if someone--"of a certain age" as we are--sees or reads this, maybe they'll be inspired to stop coloring their hair. Let the greys grow. Be kind to their hair. Stop the chemicals. I'll keep this light. I won't go deep into the dark side of hair color and hair care products, cosmetics too. It's all bad stuff--very bad. We wouldn't drink poison or anything toxic on purpose. But we put toxic things on our skin, on our face, in our hair. Let us be kind to ourselves, our bodies, our planet.
The real beauty is on the inside. Sometimes we forget that. The exterior refinements we tinker with can distract us from God's already beautiful package. He's designed each of us uniquely. We humans like to be unique. But we forget the speciallness we've been given. We try to use commercial products, chemicals, surgery, and more, to enhance, adjust or even completely alter our appearance.
What would happen if we embraced our natural beauty? If we stopped playing with the products and chemicals? What if when looking in the mirror, instead of saying, "I look a mess!" that we say "Thank you, God."