The Grey Matter With Ali

I’d been wrestling with the issue of whether to finally let my very obvious silver hair grow out for years and finally, after having a ‘surprise’ baby at 40, I knew enough was enough.  I discovered an amazing group of people through Diana Jewell, who wrote a brilliant, helpful and inspirational book called Going Gray, Looking Good.  She had just set up a website, which became a forum called CafeGray.  Through this site, I literally meet hundreds of women, all at totally different stages of their ‘transition’ to grey.  I honestly don’t think I would have stuck with it without that support.  Here are a few of my hair pics from beginning to fully transitioned:

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Age 15 with my best buddy Sheline at the Whitstable Carnival in 1985 outsdie Birdies. I will resolutely not apologise for this. We rocked. The clothes, I’m not so sure about – but it was the 80’s…

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Scoot forward about 20 years and this was my default yucky dark brown hair dyed look. It just ended up going a delightful shade of aubergine after 3 weeks.

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A new strategy – bleach it! In my mind, I looked just like Paula Yates (swoon), but Paul never had hair like fluffy chewing gum…

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It’s all grey. It’s all short. I look a bit like a 15th century monk.

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Thank god it grew….

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… and grew…..

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And grew. Phew.

Check out the blog here and please share any stories you have about wanting to go grey, scared of going grey or your own transition.

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2 comments

  1. That made me laugh as ive had my hair dyed so i can apply the blue over the top to give a general Silver And lavender look . I thought it look great till whilst on night duty last week when a police officer stated ‘ o wow love your hair … you look like Miss Haversham ‘ !!!!

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