13 CommentsAgeing/Aging, Hair, Life

long hair, grey is the new blondeThanks to us, the Baby Boomers, there are some new catch phrases being flung about. Who hasn’t heard “40 is the new 30”, or “50 is the new 40”? So, it follows that we’ll be hearing “60 is the new 50” (or optimistically even, 40), yes? 😉 I’m certainly gung-ho about those! My new favourite? “Grey is the new blonde”. Yes, indeed. After dyeing my hair for over 40 years, I am finally FED UP with the whole thing!

You really do become a slave to it; every 4-6 weeks, without fail, otherwise those dreaded grey roots become oh so visible. You know what? NOW is the time to embrace one’s “greyness” and revel in the independence. Liberation from the drudgery and mess!


A few months ago, I blogged about letting my hair grow long and I’m still doing that.

Long Hair and the “Mature” Woman

It’s about the same length now (to the waist, in back) as it was in my hippie heyday. A friend of mine said she saw me out walking the dogs recently and couldn’t believe how long it was. I told her of my plans and she actually said “well, don’t let it grow TOO long”. “Why not?”, I asked. “You don’t want to look like some weird old lady, do you?” she quipped. This truly made me laugh. I’ve never been one to care what other people thought and personally, I REALLY like it! Might get a little trim, just to get rid of the dead ends, but, the long hair STAYS! As for the grey, it’s coming in a lovely shade of silvery white in the front and blending in nicely with the remaining blonde. (Still quite dark in the back – oh well.) It may take two or three years to get rid of all the synthetic colour, ( I don’t cut it often), but, I’m hoping it will look like the photo up top, eventually.

So, are you embracing your advancing age, or fighting it?


ageing is mind over matter

© D.D.B. 2012

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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

13 thoughts on “GREY IS THE NEW BLONDE

  1. Seems I just can’t tear myself away this morning! Third cup of coffee [not expresso, of course–normal, north-american-type coffee]! There is some slight advantage in being one’s own boss!
    Colour versus no colour. I really can’t remember what my original colour was [maybe you can remember better than me!], but one thing I do know is that with light colours my skin turns green!!!!! literally! so I am stuck with dark colours for now….all the shades of dark reds, violets, prune, etc.
    I occasionally think of leaving the club, especially since with dark colours, the roots show up after a mere two week period! but then, I remember my experiments with lighter colours and for now give up any thought of going gray.
    As for long hair, I’d love it, if it wasn’t so …so…so ……… thinned out? is that comprehensible?
    So, I am stuck with short, dark, coloured hair! The one positive thing is that being short, it doesn’t take long to colour! LOL

    Ciao amica mia!

    1. Yes, I can understand that with olive skin and dark hair, turning grey would not be so wonderful. Easy transition for me, being blonde and fair-skinned. As for the long hair, I got lucky in that department, because it’s also thick. 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

      P.S. Nice website you have for your school.

  2. Good for you! I’m liking my long hair,( its past my waist now) don’t have to go in for trims all the time, can actually cut it myself.

    I think it is easier to go grey being blonde than it would be being a brunette.

    I love the color of the lady’s hair in first the photo. I have considered doing mine to get rid of the darker blonde and go all grey.

    1. You have beautiful hair, Linda! 🙂 Yes, it’s definitely easier to make the transition when you’re blonde. I have a dark-haired friend who is slowly colouring her hair lighter and lighter, to go grey gracefully. I’m hoping my hair will eventually look like that photo too. For now, it’s multi-coloured. LOL

  3. Hi Debbie,

    I’m very fortunate I guess… I’m in my mid 50’s now and still only have a couple strands of grey. You can’t see them but I can of course.

    I’ve never died my hair, ever. I have gotten a few highlights maybe twice now just for something different but no one noticed so I’ll probably just scratch that now.

    I do know though that once the grey really starts coming I will die it. Not because I’m ashamed of looking old but because I have a feeling it’s not going to look to cool on me. I could be wrong I don’t know. Like I said, I have no grey yet so I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

    I’m sure your hair is beautiful and I’m with you. To hell with what others think. As long as I’m happy with who I am and what I look like then that’s all that really matters.


    1. Hello Adrienne; Thanks for reading my post! 🙂 Going by your photo, I see you’re a brunette and I completely understand that you may not like the look of grey. Most of my brunette friends feel the same way. Easier for a fair-skinned blonde to make that transition.

      After 6 months, my hair sort of looks like this now:

  4. I am fighting old age like a warrior, lol. Dyeing hair does suck but I do it myself so it’s not bad.

    1. I usually did it myself too, Vickie, but, it came to a point where it just became too much drudgery. I felt the same way as you do now, for years, but, the recent stress and turmoil in my life has changed my perspective. It’s probably easier to go grey when you have blonde hair and the requisite fair complexion, as I do. Would be a MUCH starker contrast for dark brunettes, like you. I understand. 🙂

  5. Right on, Deb. Fighting Mother Nature too hard, leaves you looking like you’ve done battle. I’ve played around with coloring my hair for fun. I’m starting to get gray’s here and there, but I haven’t done a thing to my hair in well over 6 months, and doing just fine with it.

    1. I agree, G, but, two or three years ago, my answer would have been different. I think all the recent stress and turmoil have had a positive effect on my attitude.

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