Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Shades of grey

Well, it would seem that last post didn't exactly light the heather on fire, did it? Never mind.

I've been typing so much at work the last two days that I think some sort of carpal tunnel syndrome is setting in. So this will be fairly brief.

This post by the lovely Bugs got me thinking about hair. Specifically, about finding my first grey hair about a month ago.

I've been, um, enhancing my natural hair colour with the aid of some, um, enhancers, for the last ten years. So it's safe to say that the real colour doesn't often see the light of day. But with all the traveling back in November/early December, there was a gap where the roots made a break for freedom. And the light in the bathrooms in my parents' house must be better than here, because there it was. A big grey hair, right at the front. I immediately did what any self-respecting hair color enhancer would do, and freaked the fuck out, while clawing at my scalp, wailing about my waning youth.

Oh, but wait, it gets worse. Because I couldn't help but notice yesterday, what with all the fossicking around that goes with cervical mucus analysis and charting, that...well...how do I put this? There were clear indications that in terms of grey hairs, the carpets match the curtains.

A little Google action has revealed that the average Caucasian begins to go grey at 34. So, at least I am right on schedule with that one. Great.

17 Comments:

At 9:41 PM, Blogger amyesq said...

We really are on some weird parallel plane, Mare. I just noticed my first genuine, not "maybe it's just a really blonde hair" grey hair last week. For many years I have dyed my ashy hair blonde and about four months ago I thought it would be fun to switch to a dark brown shade. Let me tell you, now that the roots are growing out I noticed two things 1) the grey, which is NOT just a really bleached hair and 2) gee, the ash blonde I had when I started sying my hair is now full on brown, since it i has been four months and I have no roots! sniff...
I guess I can only fool myself for so long..

 
At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh. My head started going grey when I was in my late 20s (now up to one in three hairs), so you get no sympathy from me. ;)

I will admit encountering the first grey hair "downstairs" this year did disturb me. I guess part of me is maturing on time?

The worst thing about grey hairs? They adore standing up like mutants and calling attention to themselves. The rest of my hair doesn't do that!

I hope the typing becomes less painful...

(The strangest things make a person delurk, don't they? Love your blog.)

Rana

 
At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The carpets match the curtains - hahahahaha!

Sorry about those gray hairs, Mare. I got my first when I was just 19 and have been coloring ever since. Premature graying runs in the family (but only for the women, of course) so I wasn't too surprised at the time. I'd say I'm about 40% gray now under all that L'Oreal.

Wait till you get your first wrinkle. Good times.

Danae/Hardscrabble

 
At 11:40 PM, Blogger JJ said...

The carpets match the curtains...

I just wet my self!

 
At 12:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I was in my early 30's when I realized pubes turn grey. Made my own shocking discovery a couple years ago with a lone straggler. Lovely! Just lovely! Yet another thing to enjoy as we dip into the "golden years". Sheesh.
Jen/VintageUte

 
At 1:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have this one straggler on the carpet that seemed to show up right about the time my effing ovaries decided to go on the dole. It the pubes aren't careful, they will quickly become like my scalp and not remember what their real hair color is either ;)

The carpet matching the drapes, bwhahahahahaha. I haven't heard that one in a while. Still a good one.

xxoo,
Emily

 
At 2:21 AM, Blogger Soper said...

Don't know quite what to say to this one, Mare....

 
At 2:33 AM, Blogger E. said...

Bwa! My drapes are all sorts of obnoxious grey when I let my roots grow. I haven't noticed the carpet yet...but you've now inspired me to check tonight before bed. :)

 
At 3:25 AM, Blogger DeadBug said...

I have a silver streak of thick, bristly hairs front-right that has been percolating slowly for about fifteen years. The kind of stripe that looks distinguished and attractive on newscasters and businesswomen with really dark hair, but just looks like a dingy spot in my light brown, bushy mop until the sunlight hits it just right, at which point acquaintances say, Look! You're going gray!, like maybe I wasn't yet aware of it.

As for the rug, yes, it matches precisely. Twelve parts brown to one part AAAARRRGH. So long as no one sees it in the direct light, I guess it'll be my secret for a while longer...unless that muffa ex-stylist of mine decides to blab.

--Bugs

 
At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I help bring down that average. I've had gray hairs for a couple of years and I just turned 30.

I can't say much about the carpet matching the curtains though...

B
http://daydreamdesires.typepad.com/

 
At 9:01 PM, Blogger stephanie said...

LOL...tweeze for the drapes...I guess just hope no one else (important anyway!) notices the carpet. But them I trim pretty short, makes it hard to see ;-)

 
At 11:29 PM, Blogger Orodemniades said...

I started getting silver hairs when I was about 12...thankfully they're coming in very slowly, but are all around my right temple, so I'll be like Skunkboy or Susan Sontag, but much cooler.

And as for the carpets, well, I prefer hardwood flooring, y'know what I'm sayin'?

 
At 12:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carpets matching the curtains. That is really good.
Wavery
Bindweed Heights

 
At 12:17 AM, Blogger amyesq said...

Oro - I almost posted about hardwood flooring this morning but I didn't know whether anyone would get it. Plus I have an area rug anyway. Man, have these comments devolved into a too much information session or what!

 
At 1:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still mis-matched here. Began to go grey upstairs in my late 20s, now in my 30s (ok, ok, starting the second half), still...original palette down there.
Hmmm.
Menita
(lifesjestbook)

 
At 8:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just noticed some grey right at my widow's peak. Dead center. Dead obvious. Most distressing.

There is a Simpsons' line which goes:

"As for Mrs. Lovejoy, I've heard that collar and cuffs don't match, if you know what I mean."

And the response is: "I don't! But I loved hearing it!"

So ditto that.

 
At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DAMN IT. That was me. I SUCK at Blogger comments.

Julia
http://julia.typepad.com/julia/

 

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