Hello! I hope you are enjoying the new blog. A few weeks ago I met Louise on a forum, and felt that we had a very similar attitude to going grey. Also, her hair is awesome. I asked her to interview for the blog, so here goes!
How old are you (if you don’t mind disclosing that!)? I’m 35.
When did you first start going grey? I first started finding the odd grey hair when I was about 18 – my mum started going grey at around the same age so it wasn’t too big a shock. My sister who is 14 years older than me has only just starting going grey – guess who got all the luck there?! I probably started getting proper grey roots when I was early-mid-twenties but to be honest, I don’t think a month went by without me colouring my hair a different colour so it didn’t bother me too much.
What made you decide to stop dyeing your hair and go fully grey? Was it a difficult decision? How did it work logistically? How have people responded? I think the thing that started me thinking about letting the natural come through was seeing all the outrageous stuff Bleach London was doing – there were bits of my hair at the front that were bright white – people were paying hundreds of £££ to get their hair to look like mine was growing naturally! Also, I was about 33 when I consciously stopped dying my hair, my hair was the shortest it had been for a while so I knew that it wouldn’t take too long to grow out; I’d recently gone very blonde so I knew the rootage wouldn’t be as bad as it would have looked against my natural dark brunette. And also, in my 30s, I had begun to feel comfortable in my own skin. I don’t think that I could have taken the plunge in my 20s, not at all. I knew that I definitely didn’t want to hit 50 and then decide to go grey – I didn’t want my age to be the decider in me going grey, I wanted to own the grey process and for it to be conscious decision on my part. Logistically, I just stopped going to the hairdresser to get my colour done – she was very insistent that going grey instantly meant appearing much older, so it was easy for me to break that relationship. I now go to a fab hairdresser in Sheffield, Kojo & Lee, who is really supportive of my grey locks. People have been good about it; I get asked a lot if the colour is natural but the people I get the most compliments from are those people who are going grey themselves but are still chained to the hair colour. My mum says that she wishes she’d have done it when she was younger. Personally, I love it. I feel like I’m much more me; my complexion looks better and instead of aging me, I think that going grey has helped me feel ( and look) more modern!
How do you think that having grey hair will change your makeup/wardrobe, if at all? I wouldn’t say that I have made any conscious fashion/beauty changes but it does make me feel like I have to be a more groomed than I would normally, but it’s not such a hardship as I love wearing make up and don’t need much of an excuse to get a full face on. My clothes choices, although not conscious, have changed and I’m erring towards the classic – bretons, a lot of navy – more reds but this could just be a personal choice that’s come at the same time.
What do you think that going grey means to women vs. men? I think that in the past, going grey for a woman has been so much more of a thing than for a man. Men are seen as silver foxes and even encouraged to grow their greys out so that they look distinguished, but women have never really been afforded that opportunity – letting your roots grow out for a woman has been a sign of ‘letting yourself go’ but for me, nothing could be further from the truth – it makes me want to make more of myself because I love how I look!