A new product on the market promises to”cure” your gray hair. Does anyone else find that totally freaky? Or am I just being a hypocrite?
After all, as the press release for “Go Away Gray” (which costs $29.99 for a month’s supply and can be purchased online) so sagely tells us, “Going gray can be a real blow to a person’s self-confidence, and for some it’s a constant reminder of growing older.”
Well, that sure sounds depressing, but unfortunately I can’t really argue with it. While I’m not obsessed with defying my age by any means, I’m definitely not super excited about the side effects of growing older, from my post-baby bosom to those lines in my forehead. Read more…
I thought the breakout all over my face would be enough to ruin my day as I glared at myself in the mirror this morning. I was highly mistaken: while brushing my teeth, I saw something white flickering within my hairline. That’s when my toothpaste started to dribble down my chin, my mouth wide open in disbelief. I counted seven gray monsters trying hard to mingle with the other reddish-brown strands.
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Maybe another reason to dread that first gray hair: A 52-year-old former real estate branch manager says she was fired because she wouldn’t dye her hair. She claims her boss ordered her to hide her gray hair and wear “younger fancy suits” when the branch moved to an upscale area. When she refused, she says she was quickly replaced with a woman 10 years younger, reports the Houston Chronicle. Read more… Keep reading »
The stress of being the most powerful leader in the Western world while attempting to rescue a fledgling economy, help millions of Americans who are out of work and end international conflict has to manifest somewhere.
For President Barack Obama — like so many of his White House predecessors — the job’s stresses have gone straight to his tresses.
The 49-year-old leader has been the first to acknowledge — and even joke about — his rapidly graying hair which has grown noticeably whiter since he assumed office two years ago. In fact, the salt-and-pepper look started during sleepless nights on the campaign trail. Continue reading… Keep reading »
I know a woman who has tried to cover her gray hairs by coloring them, but at-home kits, no matter what the box says, really suck at covering gray hairs. So she’s tried, at different times, blending the gray hair with both light and dark hair. It hasn’t worked. But I say she should embrace her grays because she’s worked hard for them. I admire 46-year-old model Kristen McMenamy for choosing to color a chunk of her dark hair in order to have a head-full of silver, instead of the other way around. She looks gorgeous! McMenamy even made the August cover of Dazed & Confused and the pages of Vogue with her hair, showing that gray hair could be more than a trend for fall, but a statement for women about embracing your age. Will you go gray or color your hair? [Refinery 29, Vogue, DazedDigital.com] Keep reading »
We’re kind of obsessed with U.K. news source The Daily Mail, but, turns out, even their classy, crackerjack team of the world’s top investigative journalists get their facts wrong every now and then. Take this headline on today’s paper: “Hair dye disaster for Kate Moss as she reveals greying locks at handbag launch!” Shocking indeed! After enduring our own bout of endless speculation, we think we’re getting a little closer to the truth about what happened at that Longchamp press event today. Consider these facts: Shades of gray and pastel for both hair and clothing are the absolutely fresh jam in the fashion world right now. All the cool kids are doing it. Moss is perhaps best known as the coolest kid in the entire fashion world. Now let’s put all those abstract ideas together. Ah! Could it be that maybe, just slightly possibly, she meant to do her hair like that? Nah, probably not. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Everybody told me my premature gray hairs were due to stress or genes. Some of that is probably true. My mom is completely gray and my boyfriend has contributed to at least seven of my silver-colored strands. But there’s a more scientific explanation for going gray. Researchers have discovered that gray hairs occur because of a build up of hydrogen peroxide. Yeah, it’s not just for blonds. Hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced in the body and interferes with the melanin, which is the pigment that colors our hair and skin. So the more it builds up, the grayer we get. Eek! Scientists are optimistic there will be products on the market soon to remove the excess hydrogen peroxide from our hair, so we can keep our brilliant color for as long as possible. The hair industry will definitely be interested in this research and consumers will obviously be too. After all, the money spent on hair care products is projected to reach $42.5 billion by 2010. I think any solution to slow down the aging effects of gray hair is worth every penny. Do you? [MSNBC]
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My first gray hairs were cause for celebration. My mother, politically liberal, but parentally strict, had forbidden me from coloring my hair “until you start going gray.” So when, at 14, I was able to show her a few silver hairs buried in my thick black mop, I was overjoyed. And, God bless her, she took me straight to the store for the box of burgundy dye that was the obsession of adolescent girls (thanks to Angela on “My So Called Life” of course). By the end of high school, I had grown out a Bonnie Raitt-like gray streak on one side. Keep reading »