"Don't let your grey give your age away." Why not?


This salon is in my town and I don't think this sign is good kind marketing. Not everyone has a problem with being a certain age. I don't try to hide my age at all. Even for those who color and cover their grey, age isn't something about which to be ashamed. It might bring in the crowd who agrees with the sentiment, but it's a real turn-off to me.

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  1. I grew up in a family of women obsessed with preventing aging. I also inherited the early gray genes from my father. So, I knew I would eventually make the expensive monthly trek to the salon. I have known very few women who look good gray, but that's a personal opinion. Once, my mother and I were sitting in a hotel patio across from a couple. The wife had graying blond hair, and the husband wanted my mother to assure his wife that she looked great. My mother told the wife, "I think you'd look better blonder"...to which the wife enthusiastically exclaimed, "That's what I think too!" My mom later made the statement, "I think he wanted me to tell her she looked great so that he could continue looking like the younger one"...which taught me that men are not immune to fear of aging - which also explains 70 year old men married to 35 year old women.

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    1. I've seen some really stunning women who were grey or salt and pepper, and others not so much. But I think same about some of the coloring jobs I've seen. I really think it comes down to self-care and confidence. I may cover my grey one day, I can't rule it out. I also come from an "anti-aging" family for the most part. I am the black, or is it going grey sheep. ha

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  2. I agree with you, but I feel a bit hypocritical. I'm at a corporation and in a leadership position...and I color. I'd be white (prematurely, like my mother), if I didn't, and I think I'd be viewed as "old", less competent, and less energetic. It's a terrible prejudice, but it exists, and I'm reluctant to test it to the possible detriment of my career. Trust me, the day I retire, this hair is growing out, and I'll get rid of the monthly cost, time-suck, and chemical inundation!

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    1. Tina, you're not being hypocritical at all! I do understand that in the corporate world there IS pressure on women to not appear their age. It's not fair but it's there.

      When I was in my late 20s I was working as a junior consultant in firm where everyone else was over fifty. I was having a very hard time being taken seriously by our clients because i looked too young. I couldn't wait to get some wrinkles and greys. How naive I was. : )

      I don't judge others but I do judge marketing that I perceive as ageist. I can't help it. : )

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    2. To clarify, if it had simply said: "Don't let your greys get in the way of your true color" or something similar I'd find it more agreeable.

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  3. Ugh. What is that quote about' age being a privilege denied to many' ? I say embrace every stage and every age! I'm choosing to be grateful for my health and find better things to spend my energy on these days. I say all of this as a reformed color user :)
    And yes, there are so many gorgeous examples of silver-haired ladies!

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