Photographer: Isabella Bambagioni. Model: me
Oh God, this is getting a bit boring, please forgive this new post again on grey hair. But it is in the news and for all the wrong reasons. Now the Daily Mail seems to have taken up the cause of grey haired women, coming out with, wait for it, headlines such as "I am proof going grey can make you look years YOUNGER". Oh dear. Oh, dear, dear, dear. Once again the lure of looking young. I absolutely hate the spin given to it.
I have grey hair (silver). Have had it this colour for years. I even have Rapunzel style hair, to my hips. Don't get me wrong I love my hair as it is. Would not colour it, would not cut it. In my line of work I often have to negotiate with hair stylists who suggest that a good four inch off would do wonders to my look. My reply is always no - it has cost me bookings.
Yet I think headlines like that of the Daily Mail are seriously, I mean, seriously wrong. Grey hair does not make you look younger, not particularly, no more than coloured hair does. Once you are a certain age, you are a certain age. Age goes up. It never goes down - only in Kubrick's 2001 that is, demonstrating the universe shrinking, you go from being decrepit to being a foetus.
Photographer: Justyna Neryng
We have a very high profile example of a woman, still in her thirties, who is battling her grey and that is the Duchess of Cambridge. No doubt she is under tremendous pressure to colour. The fact she is not yet forty goes to show that grey hair can happen when you are still young. It is a genetic thing. But neither it is a marker of old age nor is it of young age.
If the Duchess were to embrace her grey that would be so immensely liberating for so many women. In their article on going grey The Guardian said that only courageous women dare to go grey.
I wonder whether the Duchess could be that courageous.