Are You at the Age Where You Don’t Buy Green Bananas?

I was baby sitting my “adopted” 7 year old grandson Dylen.  He was showing me how to use my computer . . .  (no smart remarks please).  When he saw the picture of me that is on ALL my internet profile pages and blog he asked, and I quote: “Is that you when you were younger?”

You see, I’ve let my natural hair color grow out.  It’s grey and short and spikey.  

The inspiration to do so was ultimately one of my favorite blogs Advanced Style.  Take a look at a trailer for a documentary on Advanced Style*.   INSPIRING!

Maybe Dylen will take a new picture of me after I get my wardrobe together . . .

 *Ari Seth Cohen and Lina Pliolplyte have been filming and interviewing the amazing ladies of Advanced Style for over three years now. After receiving funding on they are now finalizing post-production and editing of their film.””The Advanced Style Documentary which will be entered into the 2013 film festival circuit and out in theaters soon after.

“Infantilism may be a fashion perennial, but if the blogger Ari Seth Cohen had his druthers, every season would be a senior moment. As the founder and editor of Advanced Style, a Sartorialist for the superannuated set, he chronicles the stylish and often eccentric get-ups of a crowd that’s largely ignored by the fashion system. “My eyes have always been drawn to older people,” said Cohen, 28. “And from a style point of view, I find them more interesting because they are of an age where they don’t have to impress anyone and can wear what they want.” In addition to shots of stylish senior citizens on the street, the site features tributes to timeless style icons, including Iris Apfel and Fleur Cowles. The hardest part of showing that true chic does not dim with age? “Trying to explain what a blog is.”” New York Times

Colorful Comments and MAXimum Replies

DO NOT stop coloring your hair.
If, however, you decide to do it regardless of what I and MANY others say, then you will have to do a few more things:
1. Get and wear granny glasses, preferably ones that hang from a gaudy glasses hanger rope.
2. Wear black granny shoes, preferably with orthodics.
3. Begin walking with a cane (or you might just want to limp a little).
4. Start saying whatever you want whenever you want (oh, you kind of do that already).
Dear Aunt Joyce,

I am not sure about #1-3.  HOWEVER, I know that #4 is the most aging . . . for me and everyone else.  You know my Human all too well.



Please let Anty Judy know that I think gray hair is beautiful in and of itself. When I have enough of it, I will stop coloring my hair (which I do myself because I, too, detest appointments). So I say, go gray all the way.

Dear Aunt Raffie,

I’m not sure about the first sentence.  HOWEVER, I caution you telling my Human to go “all the way” with ANYTHING.  




Let it grow natural. Unless you use a very low toxic hair color, it is another carcinogen
going into your body. Besides, once you have a lot of gray hair, you have to touch up
frequently….and you have to find a good colorist, very few of those, to really have a beautiful result and that cost hundreds of dollars to keep up. Can’t go cheap on that one:-)
A Good hair cut is key and keeping the cut updated. Nothing like a dated haircut to age one. I use to go into L.A. to get mine. I LoVe L.A.

That’s my two cents worth. Glad you have natural nail. Never could understand the false nails. I now they’re popular in OC.


Dear My Best Friend Ida,

I’m not sure about your first paragraph.  HOWEVER, I can’t understand the false nails either and nail polish is a complete waste as it doesn’t stay on when you have to dig and scratch.



You’re beautiful just the way you are. You should NEVER color your hair!  

Your owner is also beautiful, but I think she should color/not color as her heart leads her. It sounds like she’s leaning toward NOT.

I do color my hair. I started at the age of 40 because I figured I’d earned it. But I love it. I love the feeling of somebody else taking care of me for a little while, I love the feeling of having my hair looking completely unnatural…it has always felt like total luxury for me. I only get it done maybe 3x/year – I’m dirty blonde turning white, so I can probably get away with fewer trips to the salon than most.

So I think you should tell Judith that she should do what’s in her heart, and that you think you hear natural hair growing inside there.


Dear my NEW best friend Jane,

I’m so glad you noticed – I am a natural strawberry blond. That’s why I always wear turquoise collars. That color also plays up my warm brown eyes.
P.S. My Human follows her heart very often — that’s how she ended up with purple streaks in her hair and ME!

Here’s some questions for you. Do you care if you have grey hair? Is colouring it that much of a bother? Do you like the end results of having your hair coloured or is it an energy expense that you don’t want?
I colour my hair. I don’t work so I also don’t have to worry about having it done in a certain amount of time. I can go a couple of months and not colour. I put my hair in a pony tail each day and at some point the grey hair will show. It doesn’t bother me but, that’s me.
And, like you, I have changed the colour from different browns to auborn. I’ll try a brown shade then go to a red (which I have to leave in a little longer to cover the grey) a couple of times and then back to another brown. Which is probably the reason why I haven’t tried the root touch-up kit. I may try that at some point. But, for me, it’s like changing eye shadow and lipstick shades. It’s still fun for me and I don’t do makeup so hair colour is the girlie thing I do for myself.
How much grey do you have and where is most of it? Most of mine is at the temples so when I don’t have my hair in a pony tail, it’s not as noticeable. My mother, and I’m lucky because I inherited her genes, always looked a good 15 years younger than her actual age. She (actually, a lot of times, me) coloured her hair into her sixties then she got fed up with doing it and let her hair go grey. It didn’t take long as she had short hair.
However, within a couple of years my mother started having mini-strokes and really started looking more her age. Mentally, I think, this is when she became “old” and this may have been the time to colour her hair if it made her happy as opposed to when she was younger.
So, it’s back to the basic questions I asked at the beginning:
“Do you care if your hair is grey”,
“Do you really like the end results of having your hair coloured”, or
“Is it an energy expense that you don’t want?”.
And yes, I realize my long answer to your question is with more questions. Sorry.
And give Max some hugs and a treat from me!

Dear My Best Friend Maureen,

I’m not sure about anything you said.  HOWEVER, your last sentence was right on the mark.



P.S.  I really don’t care if my Human’s hair is grey or purple or chartreuse as long as she doesn’t color it the same as mine so we look alike.