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What to do about this gray hair?

Updated on January 18, 2012
Not an original pic, but this is pretty close to myself on the mirror...
Not an original pic, but this is pretty close to myself on the mirror...

Can you say "thank you"?

I welcome my gray hair. Each strand stands for lessons learned of life lived.

Why would I want to cover the trace that Life has left on me?

Why would I want to deny the result of a cherished fulfilled moment that now is set free in the realms of the past? In the land of memories where some day we will surely meet again?

I once got a gray hair on my right eyebrow. That did scare me, so I pulled it off right away. The next second it dawned me... Why be scared?

Fear has no reason of being. We really fear for no reason. Fear of a gray hair... I mean, think about it. Fear of a gray hair is like fear of life itself... for that gray hair is the result of life.

Embrace it all

The above I wrote waiting in the car while my husband went to get some bread. As I am getting ready to start the hub, I see that a new hubber, Ruthie216 wrote about fear... Great minds think alike? I like to think so... Here is the link to her article. By the way, Ruthie, ten hubs in 7 days is a pretty good pace! Welcome to Hubpages!

But let's go back to what's at stake here. Saw this friend of mine coming out of the store the other day... head full of white. Had to ask her because I've known her like forever and she had always covered her gray hair.

She didn't fret: "I just broke free. I was tired of covering and re-covering... that was slavery."

I had to laugh out loud. She laughed with me. Like children will do some little mischief and as years pass by, will look back to them as adults and laugh at the ridicule.

Just like there is no defect or evil in being black, there is certainly no weakness in having gray hair or being bald.

There is certainly a great weakness in insisting on pretending to be someone one is not.

On the other hand there is a great strength in accepting and embracing oneself in all its being, marvelous limitations and unique flaws. Embrace them all.

Still wanna fight it?

If it still bothers you, there are plenty of sites with good remedies that could help, they say, reverse that gray hair... I find it cheaper and so much more natural to embrace it.

Or maybe I'm just lazy... I truly love my hair the way it is though, and already imagine it full of gay, I mean, gray hair, like those cougar divas!

Some vitamin B12 might help. Well, in any event, some good nutrition should do some good... But nothing can beat a positive outlook in life!

I say Black is Beautiful and Gray is Gorgeous!

Be proud to wear your silver crown! 1:26 is where I'm at!

Premature gray hair is nonsense

There is no premature aging. Just like there is no "normal". No life is the same, all of those different choices and circumstances, economic levels, education, and so on, have a great influence on how we age.

Premature aging is a well thought concept to tell you that "you need this because you should be this pretty and you are not"... Truth is you are pretty and beautiful just the way you are. Of course there are things that we could be doing to better ourselves: diets, exercises, water, good relationships... But lack of these do not mean we are not able to cherish ourselves for what we are right now, gray hair included.

Gray hair is a healthier choice than, say, ammonia

Let's dig in the nitty gritty of this "dye your hair you must" fairy tale/myth that needs to be debunked.

The main ingredient of any hair coloring system is ammonia. Whenever you see is ammonia free, it sure has a much more harmful ingredient: ethanolamine. You could be allergic to ethanolamine.

Fact: Ammonia weakens hair structure. Is a skin irritant, which includes the skin that comprises your scalp. Good hair is healthy hair. The reason ammonia is included in hair dyes is because is cheap and effective. Gets the job done. You want to dye your hair? That is exactly what you are going to get. Nobody is talking healthy here, ammonia is a great asthma trigger.

It's all sound business

Over 50 million women are repeated customers for hair dyes. In 2000, sales were reported for over 6.2 billion dollars. That has skyrocketed to more than 20 billion USD in 2010! Fear indeed sells!

Men fear too. Visits to the salon by our male counterparts have increased about 50% between 2008 and 2010. It's all good guys, all in good spirits. We know that when it comes to fashion, women don't know fashion like you do... you guys can sure kill it!

Just letting you know you are beautiful with or without...

What about beautiful you?

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      CrazyGata 5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      See you at the grey zone!!!

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      Good points! I haven't taken the plunge to let my greys through yet but like the idea!

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      Well, I don't know about Essence material :-). My profile photo was taken when I was in my mid 50s. There's a more recent one in a hub I wrote about how to stay healthy after 60 that's more recent. I need to update the profile one. Just haven't gotten around to doing it yet.

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      CrazyGata 6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I saw your comment yesterday, wish I could've replied then, but hubby called. I am so glad this message got to you! One person is enough for me! Welcome to au naturelle!!!! And, by the way, at 61 you certainly are ESSENCE magazine material!!!

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      What a wonderful hub on reasons for letting our hair gray naturally. At 61, I am just beginning to gray at the temples and brows. I had a quick thought to cover it but changed my mind. Your hub, including the fabulous video, confirmed that I'd made the right decision. Rated up and awesome!