am was a brunette. No longer. Things are different as of tonight.
I started going grey very early… in my early 30’s. I went completely grey in my late 30’s. I blame AbFab – as much as I love her, while she lived with me, she stressed me out! All is well now, but it was bumpy there for a while.
The first time I dyed my hair was a few months before my wedding… over 15 years ago. As (un)luck would have it, my hair grows fast. So I have thin hair, not much of it, but what I do have grows like a weed. Which is great until you start going grey at an alarming rate. For 15 years I have been dying my hair every 3-4 weeks. When I can make it to the salon I do, sometimes I have to do it myself. Either way, it’s a pain in the ass and something I was doing religiously because I am (was) self-conscious about the “skunk stripe”.
SIDE RANT: Why do we have pills for erectile disfunction, but nothing for women going grey?? I know why – because men are scientists, they have the money, say where the money goes… but god damn it, why can’t they invest in research that would deliver a pill that will stop hair from going grey!??! Why!?
Tonight I was at the salon, going for another “Skunk stripe” coverup. I am sooo fed up with this routine… I just want to remove this task from my forever growing to-do list. I have been researching solutions/options on going grey naturally. A few sites I referenced:
- My favorite article – what not to do…
- Seven Tips for Transition to Grey. I found the font distracting, but love this woman’s story and all the pictures!
- Transition to Grey options. I love how real this website is – what the options are, what it looks like, etc. I picked the bleaching option, the option least recommended in this article
- It’s trendy to be Grey. I hate everyone who gets to choose to be grey…. so the list of celebrities I hate is very very long.
- Real women’s stories of their transition. Great article, not enough pictures.
I went in for a discussion… Walked away making a decision.
Instead of going full grey (which I will do one day), I decided to go Blonde. Yep. Blonde. Bleached Blonde.
So many options, why did I go this route? Because grey isn’t an option for me in this stage of my career. I just resigned (another blog post soon!) and I need to find full time employment. I am 47 – smart as hell, but being 47 in an industry (tech) where agism is rampant, the cards are already stacked against me. Don’t believe me? See here, here, and here . Most women are washed up after 35, “too qualified” is what they call it. I’m lucky I look young and have made it this far. But shit howdy, if I showed up for an interview with a skunk stripe or with a full head of grey hair…… forgettaboutit.
So now I am a Bleached Blonde. I do still have a skunk stripe, but it is not nearly as noticeable as it used to be (somehow grey and blonde blend). Why didn’t I also rid myself of the skunk stripe? Because I want to wait and see.. get over the shock of what I’ve just done, adjust to the blonde… and figure out the next steps at my next appointment. Which is in 2 weeks. In the meantime, I will be using a “purple shampoo” when I wash my hair (forget why this is important) and otherwise conditioning the hell out of my hair (bleaching dries your hair considerably).
My resignation was a choice – I am changing up my life. Worked sucked. Everyday was horrible. I had become depressed, it was having a direct negative impact on my outlook on life. My manager (a she) was the worst. Talk about microaggression – if there was an Olympic award for this, she would easily win the gold. I’m wise and financially stable enough to know I don’t have to put up with his. Yes I went to HR. Over 6 months ago. They did nothing. HR is in place to protect the company… not the employee. I have so many stories.. and will definitely write more about this.
For now, I am focused on taking care of myself. I started a 6 week bootcamp to whip my ass back into shape (20 lb weight loss or 6% fat loss guaranteed or my money back!).. I’ve bleached my hair, and I am searching for a job that I am passionate about (cybersecurity here I come!!)..
So today is the 2nd day of the rest of my life. Let’s do this adventure together!!
Would love your words of wisdom, tips, tricks, or any advice you have… I could certainly use the support while I transition to a new, healthier, happier way of life.