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Thursday, July 14, 2011

In Black and White

Thirty years ago when I had read what P.G. Wodehouse said "There is only one cure for grey hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine," …I enjoyed a hearty laugh.

Today a single strand of Grey does not seem so funny after all!..I for one, had refused to dye!  Whenever queried either by my students or  my friends would assuage their concern by passing it off as dignity granted prematurely. I have lots of grey hair now. I have very dark hair so it shows up better. I am not worrying about it. I know greying hair is genetic, and also part of the aging process.

There are times when I think of considering taking the big step -- finally ditching the dye, and letting their silvers shine! Telling people that going grey  is really not as scary as they think. As we all know, this is a very personal decision, one a woman makes only when she is "ready." When she is tired of the upkeep of color, the roots peeking through before two weeks are up, the chemicals and the scalp problems. I have told many of my Friends to educate themselves on all the different ways you can help them look great, no matter what way they grey. Check it out yourself if you’re young and unsure of the choices.

This is not a decision a woman comes to lightly, but when she does -it's magic! People think you can’t be glam and grey, too?  I am on my way to being grey and great.

 I didn't want to mess around with coloring it all black….Maybe add a shade of brown, blonde and burgundy!  It's not so bad and actually sets you apart from society instead of being the same old thing. Takeaway point: If you've got roots, flaunt 'em! Never before has the "in" style been so kind to transitioners!...I’m actually enjoying every bit of having gone grey! or even multicolored! In fact I feel great!

 For all my men friends out there going Grey,imagine the lineup you’d find in case you want to find just the perfect shade to give them that Clooney/Cooper/Gere thing….It’s a whole new world of going great and going grey!

Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many.


  1. Sigh!

    It is when you want to run down the court and smash a passing forehand shot, when you want to boom your first serves in, when you want to slap a backhand winner, when you pant like a dog before jogging the 2 Km distance, when you quietly seek the shallow part of a swimming pool after 2 lapses....Sigh! This is when you regret not being in your 20s and 30s.

    As regards to graying and balding, the moment my hands started feeling the scalp, I chose to shave it off the Yul Brenner style and reduced the grizzly tuft to a bare shabby trim.

    I will take solace in your welcoming one line conclusion :- "Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many".


  2. Than you very Much Ahmed and Prashanth for the sharing!