For the majority of the summer, I have been wearing my hair cut short with a few layers in the front and sides. I really like this look on me and it has allowed me to look a little funky and glam without much effort. Since the Fall season is finally here, I’ve decided to go long (pictures of that coming soon) but I wanted a nice haircut before I got a new sew in weave. This brought me to cut a very thorough trimming and we discovered my first gray hair strand.
Last year, I found a small gray hair strand on my right sideburn, but after months and months of growing and cutting, it never resurfaced again. Now, there is a definitive gray hair strand on my left that has been cut and re-cut twice and it has grown back. So at the age of 36, I’ve gotten my first real strand of gray hair.
Damn, damn, damn, James!
I thought I was going to freak out more than I did. Embracing my age has become a work in progress for me, so having the gray hair start to grow in wasn’t good news. After seeing it, cutting it, and seeing it again, I have come to terms with my latest strand of gray—it was inevitable. It was unrealistic to think I was going to escape having a dash of gray forever.
I have friends who began getting gray hair in their late teens and early twenties, so me going this long without gray hair is pretty interesting. Both of my parents began to gray in their late 30’s and early 40’s respectively, so it was only a matter of time before it happened to me.
I don’t color my hair currently and I don’t plan on doing so unless the gray begins to take over. My stylist has counted one strand so far, so we will keep an eye on it. Story developing….
Have you gotten your first strand of gray yet? Do you currently color to hide your “elderly” hairs? Speak on it!