I have written about this before, but after broaching the subject on facebook a few weeks ago I've been thinking a lot about the whole colouring your hair deal. On facebook I asked when having natural coloured hair was going to become trendy like other old fashioned things like quilting and growing your veges? I am quite tired of how time consuming colouring my hair is and how expensive it is.
A very interesting conversation resulted with a huge variety of opinions. Many of the women said they would be going natural, but of course they aren't gray now (and are my age) so I don't think that really counts. Until you ACTUALLY start going seriously gray/white you can't see how it impacts on the way you look. I think it is different to be almost white (like myself) at age 40 and agreeing in principle to going natural when it happens to you in the future (when you will be a lot older than I am now!).
Just quietly, I'll believe it when I see it (let me throw down the gauntlet ladies). When I look around (and yes, I am a little obsessed with this topic at the moment) I don't see many women older than me without coloured hair. And when I look around at Christian conferences I don't see many women older than me without coloured hair. Christian women will claim that looks don't matter - it's what is on the inside that counts etc. etc. - but I don't think that I see much of a different standard being set in those communities.
Growing up there were many older Christian women I knew who would have totally disapproved of hair colour and earrings - no adornment (thank you 1 Timothy 2:9). I feel that we have certainly and happily moved on from that generation to enjoy the freedom that is ours to enjoy.
But I guess what I'm wondering is, what have we moved on TO exactly? If we're all colouring our hair, what about Botox, tummy tucks, boob jobs? I imagine that botox is going to be pretty normal (in all circles) in a decade. 'O no!' you scoff, 'Surely not?!'. But the same thing would have been said by Christian women about hair colour in the past.
I just feel that if everyone went natural, then it would be quite normal to be a little/a lot/completely grey. We'd all be in it together. And sure, we'd be comparing ourselves over something else (because as women we're tops at that). But wouldn't we be richer in both money and time?
Meanwhile, I'm still in confusion about what to do and have a flourishing Cruella de Vil thing going. And I've been time poor recently so haven't been able to do much else about it.
Would love to hear your thoughts.