Pole vault into geriatric state?
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Do you have grays? Did you freak out when you first noticed them? Did you start pricing out hair coloring services?
A very cute blog from blogher : July 22, 2010 10:00 am by HeatherB in Style
About a month ago during a quick vacation in Denver, I returned to my hotel with my sunglasses atop my head and when I took them down there they were: three gray hairs.
Iâ€™ve wanted to discuss this event for weeks but for some reason I couldnâ€™t get the shock of seeing those three hairs perched upon my head (like they were supposed to be there) out properly. Like my words wouldnâ€™t do my â€œOH CRAPâ€ feeling justice. I mean they were just thereâ€¦growing. It didnâ€™t help that everyone I complained to replied with a shrug as if this were natural or something. Meanwhile I had come to the realization that a) I am, in fact, getting older, and b) the stress in my life was to blame for my pole vault into my now-geriatric state.
This wasnâ€™t my first experience with those wiry little suckers. The real first time was during a trip to the salon about a year ago when I got a blow out and my hair dresser kept pointing out every single slightly off color hair she spotted. â€œItâ€™s amazing how many there are when your hair is straight,â€ she said, all casual like. Meanwhile I sat and stared horrified at the sheer number of gray hairs that seemed to have appeared out of nowhere. I mean it was far too soon! Or so I kept telling myself. Iâ€™m too young! Iâ€™m only 26! I look like Iâ€™m 19! I just got carded last night! Now if I forget my ID can I just point to the telltale patch at the back of my head?
My mother got her first grays at 17 and as I grew up and became more of a pain in the ass she wished upon me a head full of silver and a terrible teenage daughter. So those couple of gray hairs in my sunglasses shouldn't have been a surprise. I know Iâ€™m coming across as far more stunned than I mean to. Though I am stunned because I distinctly remember no gray hairs on Tuesday and then Wednesday POW! I suppose they are among the inevitable indignities of getting older. And I am aware that I am getting ahead of myself in this whole "aging" process. I'm sure I must sound like a person who will be stocking up on Ensure and Geritol come morning. But while genetics have predisposed me to these little critters, they didnâ€™t come at the time I originally anticipated -- which was not right now, in my 20s -- and, well, itâ€™s a bit of shock.
Never mind that I am complaining about something that only I can seeâ€¦if I squint, that is. If a gray hair grows on my head and Iâ€™m the only person who can see it, does it exist? Regardless I have found myself in a state of semi-panic as to what to do about my new found friends. Do I pluck them? Color them, perhaps? At what rate will they take over my head? Will they always just sprout up out of nowhere? And do two really grow in place of one recently removed?