If you thought I was referring to the book, I’m sorry to inform you that you were mistaken.
The grey I’m referring to is part of me. Or my head to be precise. Yes, I have started getting more and more strands of grey hair. I’ve had 4 strands of grey for a while but in the last month or so, more strands seem to be coming to view. One sits directly on my fringe. The fact that I had a hair cut a month ago seems to have coincided with this ability to view the greys more clearly. I wonder if there is a connection…
Now, I’m someone who has never coloured their hair. My hair is still its natural black colour. And I kinda always knew I’d grey early given my genes. Apparently, both my parents started going grey in their twenties. [Although my mum might deny it] So it’s been a while coming.
I remember when I was younger and my mum would colour her hair, I would be extremely critical of her. “Why can’t you just let it be natural?” I’d ask. Like a saint and a know-it-all in my teenage years I scoffed that I would let myself be naturally grey and would never dye my hair.
Can I take back those words?
Because, you see, I don’t know how much grey I want to show the world in my late twenties or even my thirties. I’ll think about it in my forties. It’s definitely not at a stage where I need to colour it yet. But it’s getting there. In another year or so I reckon it will be time. I just hope I can get a colour that’s as close to my natural colour as possible.
It makes me think though — we can judge people and say things with so much conviction when we are not present. But if and when it happens to us, that’s the only time we know for sure what we will do. True, this is a funny incident and nowhere near being earth-shattering. But think about the number of times we think in judgemental way about others… “If I were her, I’d never do that“, “If I were in that relationship, I’d never stand for that“.
Well, we are not there. And we have no right to judge with so much conviction.
I’ll stop there with the seriousness and head back to the trivial nature of this post with one final question:
How many of you colour your hair? Recommendations for hair colouring products please!
Oh…and one more question:
How many of you have sworn when you were younger that you wouldn’t do something only to find out years later that that’s exactly what you are doing?
Until next time,