Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Shave to Grey

Six months ago, I dyed my hair (bright purple) for the last time, then shaved it off.
Six months later, I have a full head of dark steely grey and bright silver hair.
I'm planning to write this to share my journey to being a fully 'out' grey haired person. It's been a bumpy ride and I still do question my sanity sometimes but it feels like I'm doing the right thing, so I'm going to carry on.
On the way, I hope to meet, photograph and interview other women doing the same - those thinking about it and those that are grey and proud.
I'm also going to take some time examining how film, TV and popular culture represent women who are grey and how those representations have impacted on women's sense of self and our accepted ideas of what is beautiful and natural.
Why have I gone grey? Because I'm worth it, I'm worth it, I'm worth it!


  1. Just saw your post on GGLG on FB..your gray is beautiful and such softness in your face.You were brave to shave your head, something I couldn't do. I went cold turkey, stopped coloring aver 2 years ago and now have shoulder length all silver curls. My husband loves it and I have to say I am having more fun than ever as the freedom is not limited to my natural hair color, it has changed my personality as I feel more honest in how I present myself to people. Does that make sense? Enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to reading more. Good luck to you as you pursue your search throughout the UK for confident,,beautiful silverhaired woman.

  2. Wow! Thank you for that. What a lovely first message. This is all a bit scary for me - you are so right, it DOES change your personality, it makes you freer. I absolutely agree or I wouldn't be writing this stuff! Big love x

  3. Wow...your grey colour is absolutely stunning on you! I love your cut and may have to bookmark this for my stylist to see!
    Great writing, very interesting topics, and totally inspiring.

  4. And great feedback - I'll carry on then! Love and peace, love and peace. x

  5. Super blog Alison! I'm in the UK and I would have no qualms, if I bumped into you into the high street, in telling you all about my decision to stop dying my hair. I'm really enjoying the journey and the transition into authenticity and freedom. :-) I look around everywhere I go for silver sisters, but they are sadly few and far between. I almost feel like I'm joining an exclusive club... maybe I'll start acknowledging and waving to random silver ladies in the street, in the way owners of the same make of car sometimes acknowledge each other on the roads. :-P

    Also I agree with your views on how women with grey hair can be portrayed negatively... I have actually been called Cruella Deville recently, due to my current, half and half, black and white hair colour... and possibly my evil ways. :-P I've also had a number of people asking me “WHY??” As if choosing to no longer dye my hair is akin to choosing to cut off one leg and hop for the rest of my days. It’s a shame there’re not more than the mere handful of well known grey role models for us to refer back to, especially in their 30s/40s... and more (or any!) pro-authenticity articles in magazines and such would be great... still there are plenty of beautiful and inspiring comrades to be found on the GGLG site... thank goodness! :-)

  6. Hi Lou,

    Why the why? Why not???!!! I got told by a stranger at the school gates to get myself down Boots pronto and get rid of the roots. RUDE. I mean you wouldn't walk up to someone and tell them they need to lose weight would you? They're just jealous, because you'd got the guts to do it!
    I will be addressing the issue of role models in a variety of ways in the coming week under two themes: 1. Unlikely role models - use your imagination...2. Celebrity Greyovers. Oh yes. The power of digital imaging software in the hands of a woman with an axe to grind is a scary thing. Hope you enjoy! And thanks for th feedback! x