Beauty Taboo: Grey Hair


Let’s talk about grey hairs. That tell tale sign you’re getting old and that no matter what you do the clock keeps ticking on by. I’ve seen a couple of people recently share their shock and horror at the sighting of a possible grey strand lurking amongst their luscious locks. Why is it that something that eventually happens to everyone has become such a taboo subject? Has this always been the case or is it that we have be pushed to hide our grey strands thanks to society and pressures to remaining looking young.

Back when I was around the early to middle twenties age bracket I was visiting the hairdressers only to be informed by the stylist that I had a grey hair. She was in shock, not even joking here but aside from that I already knew. Instead of her brushing past the fact or ignoring it’s existence we proceeded this groundbreaking moment in a state of awarkard silence whilst she asked whether she should leave it or pull it out. I went for leave it.

I regularly get my hair dyed so this sighting didn’t faze me in the slightest, instead my shock came from the reaction of the stylist. So what? It may be grey but it’s still my hair. Thanks for pointing out the fact I’ve been in a busy and in stressful job that’s taking its toll on my tresses. Are we really in a community where we have to point out each others ‘flaws’ or aging signs because as a society we fear them?

Yes I didn’t call up all my friends and declare the news to them, but at the same time I wasn’t overly bothered. Is that wrong? Are we meant to panic and deliberate over every grey strand we find? I say sod it. Grey is grey and it really isn’t the end of the world. Dye it, pluck it, frame it for all to see. There is this innate fear of growing older, when you are 12 all you want to be is that grown up woman walking to a work whereas as soon as the clock strikes 12am on your 18th birthday you are referred to as old. Aging – I say embrace it. Thank you body for all those fantastic years it’s given you and if I could look half as good as my mum when I am her age I won’t be complaining.

I have grey hairs! Whoops sorry was I not meant to say that? ;)
  • I can’t believe your hair dresser said that to you! Surely she’s seen a few grey hairs in her time, it’s hardly the end of the world! I’ve noticed a few grey hairs on my head in the last few months, I normally pull them out because my hair is black so they’re so noticeable! It doesn’t bother me though, it’s just part of getting older.

    • You would have thought so! Maybe I looked younger than I was ;) It is just part of getting older and I say embrace them! You can always pull them out or dye them in the end xx

  • As blondes we are quite lucky as they don’t show so much, but as soon as I notice some I will be dying them, not embracing them!!

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  • Samantha Harden

    Due to some life events I got my first grey hairs when I was 14… For years after I started to bleach and dye my hair in a multitude of shades.. ruining it in the process. I am approaching my 30th bday this year and am now boycotting the dye. My hair is in such good condition and everyone always comments on it and it length … never my grey hair. Maybe its my age but if my hairdresser said that to me I would make a complaint to management (bolshy in my old age). xx

    • Good for you! People shouldn’t define nice hair as to whether it is grey or not – it’s your hair and if you look after it and condition it that’s all that matters. I really wish I had complained to management now!xx

  • I find it funny that people freak out about gray hair, it doesn’t really matter cause it’s gonna be you or in your case your stylist who’s gonna notice it and that’s it. Nobody looks in to peoples hair that long in order to notice one gray hair :)

    • Exactly! Everyone gets them in the end no point calling it out to the world as it might cause more to spring up for you ;) xx

  • Katie Joanna

    Preach It! I’m in my late 20s and I embrace my frets along with my age.

  • Kelly glen

    I definitely say Embrace The Grey. It doesn’t bother me in the slightest that I have some grey hairs, in fact I say bring it on.

    • What a great way to think :) You will cause yourself more unnecessary worry and stress if they do freak you out!xx

  • Karii Zenteno

    while I dont have any greys yet, my bestfriends’ (twins) mom has had a full grey mane since she was in her early 20s (dont know why), I met her when I was 6 and I always thought her hair was cool! that being said, I’m still not sure wether I will embrace them or not when the time comes! x

    • As much as I embrace the strands now I can imagine it is harder to get used to a full head of grey hair but sometimes you’ve just gotta rock what your body is giving you!xx

  • Kerm

    It definitely isn’t the end of the world finding a grey hair, I have always thought that when I found a grey hair, I’d be cool about it, which I wasn’t really, I have almost black hair, so it’s a bit more noticable, I freaked for two minutes and got on with things. I was mostly disappointed in my reaction to having one x

    • It’s funny how you think you will be okay until you actually notice one – it can be hard to accept ageing but sadly it doesn’t make it stop!xx