Friday, February 3, 2012

gray hair on a gray day

(P.S.  That's not my hair.)

I got (or at least noticed) my first gray hair in college.  I started seeing little flecks of silver and as I moved closer to the bathroom mirror, I was shocked to find that I, a 20 year old, had gray hair.  I blamed it on my stressful music major life.  Or maybe I was just graying early.  Who knows.

So, what did I naturally do when I first saw these new little friends?  I plucked them out, of course.  Then I learned some little fact where if you pull out one gray hair, 2 more grow in its place.  I'm not sure if it's true, but I don't think leaving them in would have saved me from a whole lot of gray hair.  I was destined for it.

I was eventually over the phenomenon of having gray hair and I didn't think anything about it.  But, I do think it got worse as I experienced my first 3 years of teaching.

I'm really not embarrassed by it.  I mean, sure, it might've been nice to not start this whole process in the prime of my life, but oh well.  I've come to embrace it. 

One day while I was out, someone said to me, "Is the gray in your hair natural?"  Would someone really pay to get this done?  Would someone intentionally put gray on their young head of hair?  I guess I don't know of these people.  I answered, "Unfortunately, Yes."  She was sweet and added that she thought it looked "really cool."

So, just if you guys were wanting to know ... I have some gray hair.  And I'm pretty cool.  Any other 20somethings in the gray hair club already?


  1. I started my first few gray hairs last year... I think it was the stress of grad school :) But the bad thing is that it really stands out on dark hair. I think if either of us had blonde hair, it would hardly be noticeable.

    I've been pulling mine out... I need to look into the whole "two grow back in its place thing."

  2. I found a bright, shiny - almost sparkly- gray hair the other day. Needless to say it stands out in my dark hair. I about had a heart attack. I'm glad I'm not the only one in this club. :)


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