I was 39 or 40. I was in shock when I found I had gray, so I went to the store, bought a box of Miss Clairol in soft black, then learned how to drown those grays. Sad to say, I am vain and have supported the cosmetic industry for about 10 years before getting tired of making that dye mess in my bathroom. Dye everywhere once every six to eight weeks--floor, tub, ceiling. You name it. It's dyed in soft black or blue black.