I have a confession to make. I’ve had this itching desire to just let “it” go. Not for anyone else but myself. So, over a year ago I got fed up; tired with the whole ordeal: Time consuming, Costly, and High Maintenance were not worth what it took to accomplish that dreadful, monthly task. Sure. The results were nice and age defying. But, was it worth all the trouble? I think not.
It happened last September, but the itch started a few months before I actually took the plunge and let “it” go. That desire grew until I made a commitment to scorn what most women would consider the unthinkable. Quickly, I grew tired of the long process of coloring my graying hair. Gasp! “I could never let my hair go gray,” you say. Well, that’s how many of we women feel and it’s not our fault.
Society has made us feel that we will not be “pretty” or that we will look “old” if we let our hair go au naturel. I too felt that I wanted to halt the aging process; to look youthful and vibrant by turning those gray hairs back to their original color. When I would see the gray hairs glistening on my head like icicles on a Christmas tree, I would wash-that-gray-right-out- of-my-hair. I grew tired of the time it took out of my day and the mess it made in my bathroom so, I started paying someone to color my hair. That didn’t last long.
I had better things to do with my time… Over and over again I would play this scenario in my mind: What if my hair doesn’t look hideous if I let it go gray? What if my hair doesn’t sport the skunk stripe and it comes in artsy; even pretty. Gray hair that looks pretty? Huh! We women don’t hear that gray hair is pretty. All we hear is negativity towards us; the way we’ll look if we do go gray. Not Attractive!
I don’t mind telling my age; I’m happy to have another birthday every year. I’m 47, so that entitles me to have gray hair. I’m not growing old… I’m just growing in numbers. I have been letting my hair go gray for over a year now. No color treatments, nothing on my hair to alter the color; just au naturel. It’s liberating!
So, I’m here to confess to all of you that I am no less attractive; no less competent; no less confident (in fact, I am more comfortable in my own skin), And NO LESS A WOMAN because I am letting my hair grow au naturel. Frankly, I love the way it looks (so does my husband), and that’s all that matters.
So, ladies. Please, do not let society dictate how you should look and feel. If you have had the desire to “let it go.” Do it for yourself. Who cares what others may think? Who cares what society says? NOT ME! Nor should you. You may be surprised as I was. Your hair may turn a beautiful color; it may come in artsy. If you don’t think it is, it will. Give it a chance and you may love the results as I do.
Give it a go, Let It Go, and Go Gray.