Aging gracefully: allowing the gray

This is Emmy Lou Harris, not me! I'll share a photo when my hair has grown out!

I am growing my gray hair in. I did this a couple of years ago, but it was by default. I wasn’t well enough to wash my hair regularly, forget dyeing it. So when it was done growing out I was not only just able to start leaving my bed, I was GRAY…and I felt like I’d gotten old while bedridden. It was a disquieting moment and really too much for me to adjust to at the time.

Now, it has become an active choice that I’m embracing. Aging brings maturity and wisdom why not let the way I look reflect the life my body has lived? I am excited now to see the gray hair I have earned by living my life the best I know how on this wondrous planet we have been incarnated on. My hair is long now and healthier and fuller than it’s ever been…my recovery strategy is clearly working!! Even while still sick some systems of my body are healthier than they’ve ever been my whole life!

Anyway…many many years ago, I swore I would not ever dye my gray away it seemed false and unnecessary, like most plastic surgery. The thing with me was that I was dying my hair for fun since I was about 18 years old. So when the gray started coming in I just kept dying my hair. In any case,  it gets harder and harder to keep it looking nice. Especially if you have a graying pattern like mine with SOLID WHITE STRIPES at your temples!! Ha ha! Yes! The rest of my hair really has not much gray in it…but the temples!! Oh my.

Also, I’ve cleaned my diet from toxic substances as well as what I put on my body. All clean and non-toxic now. Most hair dye is highly toxic and carcinogenic! Even the stuff that claims to be natural and organic. The only exception are plant based dyes like henna and indigo, which I did start using after I went gray the first time. The thing is they’re hard to use and make a major mess AND don’t give consistent coverage.

I’m happy I’ve let go and will just now go gray!

Lots of women are coming to the same conclusion and with an aging baby boomer populace those of us who are following  have it a little easier. Some of our big sisters are Celebrating Gray Hair.

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