Lose 30 pounds, get a chic wardrobe and an image consultant.

I could let it grow looooooooooong?

To dye for: Author unearths truths about going gray

10/24/2007 01:00 AM EDT
By ELLEN SIMONAssociated Press
Going Gray author Anne Kreamer
Little, Brown and Company / Chris FanningNEW YORK —
As author Anne Kreamer researched her book, Going Gray, she did some head counts, looking for famous gray-haired women.
She found only one gray-haired Hollywood actress (Jamie Lee Curtis) and no gray-haired women in the U.S. Senate in 2006. At the Fortune magazine conference for the most powerful women in business, only 11 out of 324 women attendees had gray hair.She sent her friends everywhere from parks in Oregon to new-parent orientation at the University of Vermont with the same outcome: A tiny handful of gray-haired women in a sea of dye.
Kreamer decided to quit covering her gray at 49. The book followed a popular article she wrote for More magazine about dropping the dye. In it, she argues that hair dye is a form of dishonesty the Baby Boom generation may be ready to shed.

I could wear grey clothes . . .

Dyeing, she figures, cost her hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars. More importantly, “I’ve come to understand that I really don’t want to look like some majority-approved standard-issue version of age fifty or fifty-five or sixty or sixty-five,” she writes.

I could hide my locks under rocks . . .

But going from artificial dark brown to gray brought its own issues.
Her colorist tells her she can’t simply strip the color from her hair. “The result of stripping would have been a ghastly, horizontally striped, porcupine-quill effect,” she writes.
So the book follows her “bad hair year,”from some gray roots, to gray roots and blonde highlights, to an earlobe-length gray cut, followed by a super-chic steel-gray style.In some ways, Kreamer’s is a classic makeover story: She loses ten pounds, hires an image consultant, clears her closets of the 1980s power suits from a job she no longer has, gives away the vintage Chanel from her every-hair-in-place mother and buys new clothes for the first time in 10 years.
(One great piece of advice from the style consultants: Your gray and black hair is its own pattern, so don’t wear patterns.)

I could shave my head so I can wear patterned clothes and real jewels . . .

With the help of a social scientist friend at the National Science Foundation, she devises a survey on how gray hair is perceived. One finding, using gray-haired and non-gray haired pictures of the same people, is that, unless you’ve truly gone prematurely gray, gray only adds three years to people’s estimates of how old someone is.

I could go short . . .

Her takeaway: If you’re dyeing your hair, the people around you are on to you. She finds going gray has both given her the best hair color of her life (“I love the way it shines in the sun,” she says) and made her a more honest woman.


One comment on “Lose 30 pounds, get a chic wardrobe and an image consultant.

  1. Judy,
    I wanted to post this link, and hope this gets to you to post.
    Christine Lagarde is my model hero for women. She is a walking
    model of how to grow gracefully and not pandering to products
    and what they perceive men want. Look at her, a knockout man,
    head of the IMF. She did this all naturally and in France where
    hair color is huge. She exudes self confidence.

    Superbly elegant,
    Natural hair, nails, eye lashes,very little makeup….
    Women feel as if they have to put on all these false things,
    for what?? I never bought in too all that crap, (and actually, most men hate it
    and fragrance) except on huge insistence
    from my daughters, I dyed my hair and always hated doing it, and when I had to
    touch up every 10 days, I stopped. I did buy a color from France and did it
    myself, because I wasn’t gong to use that grocery shop awful colors,
    or pay to have someone do, what I could do better myself.

    here is the link. Hair color, painted nails, would ruin this look.



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