Arctic Blonde

The hair on my right temple is white. Look at it:

Goofing off in front of the parliament buildings on B.C. Day. Silver hair or not, it was a pretty fab day.

I first noticed I had grey hair about 5 years ago. John and I had just started dating. I was standing in my apartment in Amsterdam doing my hair when all of the sudden… there they were. A million silver hairs had taken up residence kitty-corner to my right eyeball. I have blonde hair and evidently I’m not that observant so I didn’t see the 1st or 10th or even 100th grey hair (in my defence, it’s not always all that easy to see- here’s some other pictures of me here. See?). I went from thinking I didn’t have any grey to the buggers waging a full on war with my blonde locks.

This may surprise you, but I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

My dad went grey when he was 25 years old so I knew it was coming. He calls the shade “Arctic Blond.” He also gave me ears that go bright red and get boiling hot if you so much as LOOK in their general direction, as well as an unfailing disinterest in answering the phone.

Thanks, Dad.  

My girlfriend was in my living room when I made the discovery: “OHMAHGAAAAWD you have to come in here and LOOK AT MY HEAD. My hair! MY HAIR IS WHITE! BAAAAAAHHH” 

I was totally fascinated. I couldn’t stop looking at them. Those hairs could have been red or purple or irridescent for the amount of entertainment they were affording me.

My friend was not so impressed: “Okaaaay. So, you can dye your hair.”

Dying my hair is not currently in the cards for me. I am too cheap frugal to spend the money and more importantly, I will forget to make regular appointments and I’ll end up with granny-root, which would be ever so classy. No. I am going to have to embrace the grey.*

My next thought: I can’t wait to show John!

Friend: Uh. John might not be as excited about your grey hair as you are.

So, I took her advice and I didn’t make a big production of my personal silver factory to John right then. We WERE in the wooing stage after all. Little did he know that soon enough many of our conversations would go something like this. But right at the beginning it was all coffees and walks and wine… and no Arctic Blond talk.

*Just for the record, I reserve the right to change my mind on the whole hair dying sitch if I want to. Just so ya know. The next time we meet in person I might be a redhead with zero silver tresses. It’s not likely, but anything is possible. Just so ya know…

17 Responses to “Arctic Blonde”

  1. Roo says:

    Likin the gray. Makes you look distinguished in a feminine sort of way 🙂

    Thinkin it would be really cool to have a gray streak down the center of my back,

  2. Danny says:

    It looks great. Of course, this is coming from a guy who shaves his head.

    I was in 5th grade when we learned about genetics—and how baldness is passed on—so I knew for a long time that I was doomed. Thankfully, I’m blessed with a decent dome–and it’s acceptable for white guys now. When I first started shaving my head 13 years ago, it was either convicts or commandos. A lot has changed.

    There’s a whole lot more to be concerned about than hair color. Or no hair at all.

    Nice blog. Very courageous

    • @Danny- “There’s a whole lot more to be concerned about than hair color”/no hair at all… YES! I totally agree. I’ll admit, when I was first drafting this post I was feeling a bit bummed. I hadn’t noticed my grey in a photo before & when I saw this shot I was like, SHIT. So the first version of this post was me trying to be bummed about the hair & I couldn’t get past 2 or 3 lines. So I remembered that things like hair don’t matter (dye it, don’t dye it, shave it, don’t shave it, it’s all good) and started writing again. Much happier with this version of the post 🙂

      And I’ll take the compliment by the way- regardless (perhaps because of?) of the length of your hair 🙂

      Thank you!

  3. Lindsay says:

    Your gray hair looks pretty! I am 27 and I expect my hair to start turning gray in the next 8 years because that’s when my mom’s hair turned gray. Yikes!

    • @Lindsay- Thank you! I noticed my hair change of life when I was your age… & since I had a billion by then it had probably started before that 🙂 Ah well. Just hair, right? 😉

  4. Good for you for embracing it.

    Honestly, I think women that embrace their grey hair are some of the most glamorous women out there. I hope one day to be able to rock the all grey bob look. You’re just a few years ahead is all!

  5. @Edie- Thank you for that link! I must admit, I was feeling a tad self-conscious & hitting the “publish” button… & then knowing that people were now looking @ my silver head… Checking out that link was TOTALLY FABULOUS. Thank you 🙂

  6. Scoop says:

    Very Cruella Deville, only sexy. I love seeing women rocking the grey streak!

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  8. Kari says:

    You could always pull the Kate Moss defense and say you left in too much spray in shampoo….

  9. Ashley says:

    Thanks to my kickass genes, I’ve started going grey at 22. It’s actually kind of funny seeing as those that I meet think I’m 17 at the oldest. I’ve never really considered dyeing my hair and I tried the whole plucking thing but I don’t have a very high pain threshold. You and I can embrace our greyness together!

  10. Lindsay says:

    Yeah, it’s just hair. Oh well …

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