May 10, 2010

Gray Gorgeousness

I imagine you’ve noticed how beautiful women are with a full head of grey, or white hair? The photo above is of my sister-in- law Laura Summa whose hair I covet. She is 50, and is one of the lucky ones whose hair grayed quickly, leaving her blessed with gray gorgeousness.

As for my own hair, I am a gray-hair-wanna-be whose head is probably only about 25% gray (it’s hard to tell actually). I have been highlighting my hair since college and feel at this point, that it probably looks better highlighted, rather than darker and partly gray. Maybe, maybe not. I am excited to go gray because I know that it is going to be very freeing, and come as a relief. Plus, I just want to be who I am :-)

I’ve been wondering about this though: When I do acquire more grey hair, and want to stop highlighting, how do I go about weaning myself off hair color? I mean, is it going to be like getting off crack? (just kidding). So out of curiosity I found this fabulous site called Going Gray Looking Great that offers lots of good advice and support- including a whole section about transitioning into gray.

In closing I want to leave you with this link to Style List that Chris sent in of grey and white-haired celebs whose silver locks are redefining great style. Thanks Chris.

I also found these other great pics.

So how ‘bout all you beauties? I’d love to hear how you feel about going gray.


  1. Louise,
    I love this Gray Gorgeousness! Speaking of Gorgeous, your sister-in-law is Beautiful!
    Her gray hair is so pretty!
    I am not sure when that day will come for me when I stop coloring my hair, but it certianly will be freeing!

  2. I noticed my first few greys at about 19-20 yrs old and then started coloring after college. If I hadn't started coloring then I would have had the Bonnie Raitt/Ann Bancroft white patch by 25. I stopped coloring about 6 mos ago (at 47) and because my hair is short, after only 2 hair-cuts all the grey is revealed!! Now, I'm not completely gorgeous grey like your sister-in-law (which does look fab!!!), I'm more the Jamie Lee Curtis mix of light/grey & dark, with the front being the lightest and darker on the sides & back. And I've got to tell you, the overall response from everyone has been positive, so that made my decision all that much sweeter!

  3. Karen, I can't wait to see your salt and peppa! I bet you look've got me thinking. As I said before, my coloring is my last holdout. My mom went naturally gray in her 40's, just as I would be. I may be getting ready for a new naturel! Thanks, Lou, for bringing all this out in the open! post for today:) Have a glorious day gals!

  4. Thank you for the link! I was going to transition via sage tea "coloring," but I'm still at a bit of a loss. I don't like what my natural color has become in my late 30s. I'm struggling with what to do and haven't yet made up my mind, but I do know that I'm tired of all the blond highlights, the cost and the damage to my hair. And really, I haven't been blond for probably a decade now. Why pretend?

    I must put this lovely new site on my sidebar so that I remember to check it more frequently! I'm so glad you decided to start this project, Louise. It just couldn't have come at a better time for me (and it is all about me, after all! bwahahahah).

  5. Glad to have you on board Ms.Consciously Frugal. Do update us as your gray gorgeousness progresses okay?