Rose: On Dying my Hair

I’ve been wrestling with the notion of dying my hair. My hair has been untouched most of my life, and I’ve preferred it that way. I like the less-is-more approach. But lately, a lot of gray hairs have been sprouting. I’m either stressed, or at the age. Either way, it’s become quite noticeable, and I’ve grappled with whether I should take the plunge.

I bought a box of color for $8, just in case. It’s been sitting in the backseat of my car for over a week. My friend Jenn volunteered to help me dye it over the weekend. Of course, she gave me a solid pep talk beforehand. My biggest fear was that it would be too dark. I just wanted something that would cover the gray and mostly look the same. So, we removed the dye after just 15 minutes.

The result was fabulous.

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I was amazed at how transformed I felt after dying my hair. It was like I was a new person. I felt instantly more confident and younger. I guess this is why women dye their hair–huh? But seriously, I was surprised at how happy it made me. I didn’t feel like a sell-out for giving up the gray. Instead, I felt beautiful.

You see, I always grapple with the idea of beauty. On one hand, I don’t want to be so focused on my appearance, and so I try to use little products. On the other hand, I like feeling confident, and beauty products seem to help with that–whether it’s make-up, hair dye or clothing. There is a nice middle ground between the two. Some days, I present myself in a more natural way. Other days, I get dolled up. I like that this gets to be a choice.

Regardless, I’m glad I took the plunge. A new confidence for $8? Totally worth it.

Do you dye your hair? Why or why not?


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