Consider the likes of Lady Gaga, Nicole Richie, Kelly Osborne, and/or, as shown here, super influential US East Coast fashion blogger, Jeanne Grey. Not one of them has celebrated even her thirty fifth birthday just yet, and yet all four of them have been opting to wear artifically grey hair as a fashion statement and not as an admission of failing youth.
Now consider those naturally grey haired celebrities such as Jamie Lee Curtis, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren or Emylou Harris.
Where though are all the grey haired 40 to 55 year olds, I wonder? Not even Nicole Kidman, who was sporting greying roots on the red carpet at the premier for her movie Australia in 2008, has allowed the greying process free rein, possibly because, as one friend puts it, 'it isn't the being grey that's painful, it's the process of growing out a pre-exisitng dye job that's difficult to manage.'
I know what she means. The last time I had my hair dyed, I was 46 years old and not at all sure what my natural colour was. Instead of matching my roots to the rest of my hair then, I asked my colourist to match the rest of my hair with my roots. He couldn't do that, of course. True grey (as opposed to the pale lylacs, blues or pinks sported by the under 35s) is the product a reduction in pigment; you can't buy it out of a bottle, you have to earn it. Sorry about that.
It's impossible to argue that grey hair causes anyone to look any younger or older than they really are, in my opinion. I mean to say: Helen Mirren looks fantastic with that soft pink rinse, in my opinion, but I don't know that she looks any younger than she does with silver grey hair or even as a blonde. Similarly, Jeanne Grey's do looks to me wonderfully stylish without seeming to make her look a day older than she really is. I'll bet she has to work a lot harder than Helen Mirren has to in order to keep up her look, however, which is why I'm celebrating that I like my own natural colour better than I like any of the colours I might ask a colourist to create for me.