My recent travels to the U.S.A and Canada, revealed to me that there is in fact a gray hair revolution happening.
I saw dozens of women with gray hair or growing in gray hair.
They looked fantastic and filled me with self belief that I can do it too.
I last blogged about growing in my grey hair back in late July 2014.
I debated about whether to cut my hair short or not.
My main reason for going short was that the growing in phase would be quicker.
Short hair is not an ideal look for me.
I decided to keep my hair longer and wear my hair back in a ponytail or up in clips.
The blond highlights are nearly all gone from the front, just a few places on my fringe have blonde tips.
I confess that I cut my own fringe, probably much to the horror of my hairdresser who straightens up my attempts.
I am loving seeing my natural colour, very dark brown return, as it has been many years since I last saw it.
My silver is very evenly distributed and the use of purple shampoo for blondes keeps them silver not brassy.
I use a serum to keep the frizzy ones under control.
I have one distinct whiter strip in the front, which is about 1cm wide, that I love.
Thank you mother nature.
The back is looking fashionably ombre with the demarcation line between coloured and gray hair being subtle.
Not really worried about the back as since I can’t see it when it is up, it is out of sight out of mind.
As you can see I hastily put it in the clip, not making sure it was centred.
Note to self take more care before taking photos for blog.
I have been reading up on how to wear gray hair gracefully and have been adapting my wardrobe and makeup.
Going gray means that I have to take more care with my appearance, so that I don’t look like I have let myself go.
Heaven’s forbid, a middle aged woman should do that. Joking!!!
One of Oprah’s stylists says that no one over 45 should be seen wearing blue or green eyeshadow
Out went the blue and green eyeshadows, which I bought on a whim many years ago, but never wore.
I usually wear brown matte eyeshadow, which thankfully got the nod of approval.
Shouted myself a new eyeshadow in a plum colour, for my new look.
Lipsticks need to be pinker and natural looking.
This called for 2 new lipsticks. Revlon had a buy one get 1 for free offer.
Nails need to soft and feminine. Lucky I don’t like black nail polish.
It is a no no for over 45’s according to the stylist.
Wear foundation to cover redness and uneven skin tone.
Yes I should wear foundation when I leave the house to cover my freckles and redness.
It is not just for night time or special occasions.
Time to go through my wardrobe and toss any colours that will clash with my gray hair.
I got 2 new pairs of glasses. One red frame and one purple to make my look current.
The main thing needing attention is my weight.
I manage to disguise my weight with longer draped tops but I am carrying too many kilos for my optimal health.
Off to the gym go I. The days are getting longer and I can fit in more walking.
So here is to a confident 50+ woman and to aging as gracefully as possible, whilst embracing wholeheartedly the life I have been given.
Getting older is a privilege that many don’t get a chance to live.
There is so much to be grateful for and to look forward in this next stage of my live.
So here’s looking at you kid!!!!!!!!