Saturday, February 16, 2013

Why I am a "silver sister?"

"Silver Sisters" do you know what that term means? Well, it could be a name for a silver artwork group or the name for women who have grouped together to support one another in deciding, transitioning, and maintaining their gray hair. You see gray hair can appear for a woman as early as her teens and continue to plague her till the grave.

When you try to google "gray hair," you find yourself wading through lines and pages of advertising for hair coloring products.  It would make you wonder if these product manufacturers are the instigators of the drive to have men and women cover their gray hair. 

I know when I was in the work force and my gray starting to bloom over both of my ears, a well meaning colleague informed me that I needed to cover my gray. Her suggestion went on with the comments, "You know, grey hair will age you. You have a young face. Do you want everyone to think that you are old?  Color you hair so you don't look your age."Even my daughter was disappointed that I did not continue to color my hair until she went to college. I find that woman have a difficult time making the decision to go gray, but once they do. They seldom go back to coloring their hair.

I made the decision to quit coloring my hair when my medications following a stroke prompted me to become a "silver sister." My tactic was to cut my hair extremely short and wear hats until the grey changed my color naturally. I took about six months with frequent haircuts until my tresses begin to take shape. 

As my hair grew out the more vibrant and healthy it looked. Chemically free shampoo and accompanying products helped it get healthier and shinier. Gray really looks like silver when it is shiny. 
My spirit and actions reflect my young soul.  My health is key to that feeling of youth. So, if it takes living as a "silver sister" to keep me healthy, so shall I shine on blissfully. 
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