I speak to my fellow forty-something's out there who have decided to go au naturel with your hair, a.k.a. "going grey".
In my twenties, I modelled for a few hair salons in Toronto; I was blonde, black haired, and even red (which was my favourite); I was streaked, striped, and shaved.
After I finished shooting my fitness show in my mid-thirties, I decided it was time to stop colouring my hair. I allowed my last bit of dry, brittle highlights grow out.
One morning, during my bus ride to work, a sweet boy on the spectrum started a conversation with me, during which he asked my age. I told him, "Thirty-seven."
He said with sincerity, "WOW! You don't even have grey hair." At that moment, I am ashamed to admit that I let out a sigh of relief.
Up until my early forties, I was spared, until one night while hanging out at the mall with my brother and nephews, my brother asked, "When are you going to colour your hair?" He wasn't being malicious. He was just susceptible to what society expects of women: when you see grey, cover it.
But I feel grey or white, however you want to refer to the salt in your hair, can work well with a flattering haircut and style. So, if you're joining my team of naturals, here are some things I do to keep my hair healthy, while I embrace the extra salt I see every day.
1. Shampoo/Conditioner - I like to use purple shampoo and conditioner to help brighten my whites. My go-to brand is Aveda. I will use it once a week.
2. Clarifying Shampoo - I work out vigorously every other day, which means even my hair sweats. I like to use clarifying shampoo once a week to ensure my scalp is clean and I have no build-up. My favourite is Neutrogenia.
3. Softening Shampoo - As you can see, I like my shampoos. Since the texture of my salty hair is more coarse, I like to use softening shampoo.. Again, my go-to brand is Aveda. I like that they're plant-based, and a 1L bottle lasts me over six months.
4. Stay Healthy - Exercise every day, even if you're just going for a walk. This will help circulate your blood and feed your hair follicles. Eat your fruits and vegetables. They're loaded with water. Don't smoke as smoking will only dry your skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and you'll smell like a chimney.
5. Satin Pillowcase - I have used a satin pillowcase since I was 22. Cotton pulls and dries your skin and hair. Satin allows the hair to slide as you toss and turn, and it doesn't pull on your skin.
6. Haircut - I make sure I get a professional trim every two months. This keeps my hair healthy and manageable.
I know it's cliché, but beauty comes from within. Your inner glow will outshine any white on your head. Beauty is the entire package, not a few strands of dead DNA. So embrace that you're getting wiser and show off that salt.