Wednesday, March 5, 2014

It's Only Hair

So I chopped most of mine off today. 13 inches snipped away & 11 inches donated to:  


Hair is such a consuming topic, isn't it? The cut, the color, long, short, too much, lack of...it's never ending. 

And everyone seems to have an opinion about it. Total strangers might approach to ask about your stylist or haircut. Family members let it be known how they feel about your current color or style. 

Heaven forbid you decide to make a major change.
Even today, as I sat in the salon chair, women came by to see what was going on with the crazy lady hacking off all her hair. "What possessed you to cut off all your hair?!?!" "I could never cut off my hair." "You're so brave." "You're not coloring it?! You actually want to have gray hair?!" (All said with an air of Southern sweetness. Haha!)

Yep. I heard it all today. And since I stopped coloring it last year, people feel the need to share their opinion. "Do you mind the gray?" "Boy, you sure are gettin' white-headed!" "Why in the h*** don't you cover up that gray hair?!" True story. A male (not even related!) actually said that to me.

Why do people have such a hang-up about hair? I think it's kinda cool to have gray hair. It shows the world I've lived. I'm embracing the gray. I like the gray. Please say you like the gray, too! ;)

Nah. Truly. I don't care if you like it or not. It's only hair. I'm just happy I still have some. 



Before:  




After:

The glory of the young is their strength; 
the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.
~Proverbs 20:29

Gray hair is a crown of glory; 
it is gained by living a godly life. 
~Proverbs 16:31


What's your hair story?
Happy Wednesday! 


18 comments:

  1. Ok, wow! Your hair cut is amazing. I LOVE it!

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    1. Thanks, Barbie! I love it, too. And I love my stylist. She's truly fabulous...and my niece to boot! ;)

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  2. Cant see a single strand of grey in there - all I see is your radiant beauty.

    The new do looks fabulous !

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    1. Thanks, Shay. I've lots of gray. I think it's the angle & sunlight that covered it. :)

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  3. I'm going naturally gray too so I LOVE your comments on it. I've even written a post on why I'm doing it but I can't get a good photo showing the gray yet. ... It's definitely in the mirror just not as obvious in pics. (Adenaf.com)

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    1. It's funny how people can be horrified when you tell them you're not coloring the grays, isn't it? Most don't understand, so I'm happy to find a kindred spirit. Hooray for gray! Embracing the beauty of our God-given highlights with you. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  4. OOH!!! LOVE that doo!
    I'm going naturally translucent. That's what I'm calling it. Eventually I'll be completely invisible!
    I'm not going to color either, unless I get sick of it. Not yet.
    I pulled one boy kicking and screaming through the teen years, so this is my badge of honor! It was hard.

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    1. Thanks, Val! Translucent? Fabulous name for the grays.
      Well-deserved badge of honor. Those teen years can get crazy!

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  5. I am so glad I read your blog today. I am on my 5th moth and 4 inches into not coloring by hair. Its been years....lots of years since I have seen the red hair. Guess what? There is grey in it. who would have thought. Its been really hard and I have a long way to go. My hair is way past my shoulders.
    I love your hair redo and the color, and the cut. My oldest daughter is a beautician and she keeps saying we can do a color wash until it grows off. But that's not the point of me doing this at such an age. I try so hard to take care of my body. I exercise, walk, run when I can, and try to eat right. My hair was so unhealthy and I wasn't taking care of it by bleaching it all the time....so I put my foot down. Or should I say, I let my hair down...
    When and if I cut mine, I will donate it to Locks of Love and it will be healthy hair I will share with someone who really needs it. Like you said, its only hair and it will grow back.
    Thank you for sharing and showing me that I can do this and I'm not alone!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your hair journey & your heart.
      Perhaps the more we share our stories, the more others will realize it's just hair.
      Life is meant to celebrated...even the greys. :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Love your new style. I don't see any gray either.

    I do color my hair. I have very dark hair. If I let the gray show too much, I look like a character from the Adams family. When I quit working, I'll let it gray naturally.

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    1. Thanks, Kate! I'll have to get another snap at a better angle to really show off the grays.
      One of the main reasons I quit coloring mine is because it grows so quickly. I'd have roots showing in 2 weeks. And I also have obstinate grays. They were begging to show themselves. ;)
      I completely understand why you choose to color. I would probably do the same if I was working or looking for a job. PS...My gray is most prominent at my part with two additional streaks near my ears. Even my stylist says it's coming in weird. Haha!

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  7. I really think your new 'do' is super cute! I have gray hair, too, and people have called me 'frumpy' concerning the color...I don't care as long as my hubby don't care - he's completely white-headed and I really don't want to look like his daughter by coloring my hair! ♥ Proverbs 16:31 ♥

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    1. Thanks, Jenn! You? Frumpy? Never! Funny how people equate gray hair with such negativity at times. Glad to see that you're embracing yours...and hubby is, too. Yay for the gray! ;)

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  8. Love the new look! Adorable my friend! You're blessed to have such pretty silvery gray hair. I'm still waiting for mine to come in. I know, I'm weird. But my natural color is a blah looking strawberry blonde. Not the pretty kind. LOL God bless!

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    1. Thanks, Angie! Funny thing about the silvery gray. I was always told redheads didn't go gray, the red simply faded into blonde. I call bull on that one. My bright red hair turned a darker auburn after each pregnancy, and that gray is a white as all get-out!

      PS...I think your strawberry blonde is beautiful. You're gorgeous. Don't forget that. Love you, friend! :)

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  9. Well I love your new look. I think my dad would disagree with whoever told you redheads fade to blonde LOL.
    His red hair is pretty white these days. Raising 4 girls might have done it.

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    1. Thanks, Carla! I'm sure you & your sisters were so mild-manner & sweet, you didn't contribute one bit to your Dad's white hair. ;) Being one of 3 girls myself, I sometimes feel sorry for my Daddy & what he went through during our teen years. LOL

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