One outcome of aging is silver hair.
I have had my own personal dance with it for close to ten years now. As of late, I have really enjoyed seeing the recent trend of women flaunting their natural gray hair. When at the store and reading social media feeds, I see more and more women revealing their gray roots and hair. I find it empowering to witness more women embracing their age of wisdom and appreciating their gorgeous natural silver hair! I must also point out the fact that younger women who do not have natural gray hair are having their hair colored to resemble silver highlights and colors.
Decades of my womanhood
In my twenties, I loved clothes and accessories. I enjoyed finding the unique and vintage pieces in the resale shops. Dressing up for weekend outings, concerts or packing for getaway excursions was always a thoughtful and fun process. I didn’t color my hair then and had fun with different styles and looks. My hair was not colored and I was always sporting new hairstyles. I even shaved my head and kept a zero to one on the hair clip for close to two years.
In my thirties, I ventured out of my homeland and traveled abroad. This allowed for simpler styles with my wardrobe and hair. I lived in the jungle of Costa Rica and appreciated the freedom I felt with my physical appearance. , I would wash my hair and let it dry naturally. For makeup, I wore sunscreen, mascara, and lip gloss and that was it. I chose to stop wearing contacts as the humidity and beach lifestyle did not flow kindly together. Therefore, so, I returned to wearing prescription glasses.
In my early forties, I returned to the familiar 9-5 schedule. You know, the work schedule that the amazing Dolly Parton sings about. When I eased back into this 40 hour work week, I had the urge to adjust my previous relaxed and carefree style. The desire to enhance my working woman look. I started coloring my hair to hide the silver streaks. I found a lot of fun with makeup as there are so many fun eyeshadow colors and products to choose from. The nail salon visit for ‘gel’ fingernails became a norm to add some flair to my hands. Being a glamorous woman takes money and time and can be so, very fun!
In July of 2018 at age 44, I found myself noticing my brittle hair ends more often and felt the dryness throughout my hair. I missed my natural healthy shine. With much thought, I decided to cut it short and let the color gradually fade away and let the silver highlights come in. I felt carefree again in the city living. Without a doubt, I returned to a state of feeling carefree, natural and sophisticated.
Highlights? Nope! Natural color.
I love it when people ask me if I have highlights. Undoubtedly, I love when people ask me about my hair highlights. I respond with a smile, “yes, these are my natural highlights.” One day a colleague pointed out to me that I would look younger if I colored my hair. Honestly, I love my silver hair. It validates my experiences in this journey. I feel like a silver fox. Therefore, I am a silver fox. Importantly, I feel like a silver fox and therefore I am a silver fox.
Aging. Beauty. Lifestyle. Women’s Empowerment.
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