I’m becoming entranced by the idea of letting my hair go gray, but as my roots grow in, I’m also feeling daunted by the process and intimidated by the reactions I’m likely to get. (More on that another time, but if you really like engaging in debate, announce any of these three things: that you don’t eat meat, you don’t drink alcohol, or you’re letting your hair go gray. Then put on your fencing mask and en garde.) I decided I needed some silver-cultivation support, so I went to two good sources.
Anne Kreamer wrote a book called Going Gray: What I learned About Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters. I ordered it and can’t wait to read about her experiences as she let her silver come through. I hope she has some instructions on verbal judo for me, because Mom has already expressed the kind of disapproval about me sporting middle-aged hair that had me feeling like a teenager all over again.
Next, I needed a role model – a silver sponsor, if you like. I knew I needed to go no further than Cindy Joseph (pictured below), the poster woman for gray gorgeousness. Cindy was a makeup artist who decided to stop coloring her hair and let it go gray. The very day she cut off the last of the chemically colored hair, she was approached by a casting agent about modeling for a Dolce & Gabbana ad. She was 49 at the time. She’s been modeling rather successfully ever since, and she’s also created a “pro-age” line of skin care/makeup products. I ordered two of her BOOM! sticks, one for color, one for moisturizing. I’ll let you know how they work for me in another blog.