I started coloring my hair when I was about 22 years old. So very young for the vicious cycle to begin. I learned at an early age the meaning of that terrible word “roots”. I was streaked, light blonde, dark blonde, light brown, dark brown, red – any color you can think of. But not matter what I did, after just a few short weeks, it would turn orange!!! I always blamed it on the Florida sun, but I now believe the color simply washed right down the drain.
In November 2011 I had enough. I was sick of looking at every picture of myself and seeing that horrible orange, unnatural color. I was determined to end this self-destructive “every two” week color routine. I did almost cave a few days before Christmas. But I was strong and thought – NO, it’s only one day. It will be over in a short 24 hours. I endured!!!
After Christmas, I buzzed my head so it wouldn’t have to deal with the two-tone horrible look. It was very short and I received a lot of criticism. The people I worked with thought I had lost my mind. But I prevailed. I held my ground and just kept smiling. Because I cut it so short, it was over very quickly for me. All of a sudden I had the most beautiful, healthy, shiny silver hair. People started to take a second look. As it grew longer, I was getting more and more compliments. The people that were so against me doing this “horrible” thing of letting my natural silver grow in, started to come around. I started getting rave reviews! I have never, ever been so happy. It is the best decision I have made in my life! I feel freer than I have felt in 40 years. I very often see admiring glances from ladies and gentlemen and they are looking at my hair. Without saying a word, I have influenced woman I care about to do the same thing. I don’t believe in pushing my decision on others, but if just by looking at my hair, I encourage others to try the same – it brings me much joy.
Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. This is one happy lady here. I hope anyone that reads this might be so inclined to try it themselves. If not, that’s ok too. It’s a very personal choice and not for everyone. Thank you for allowing me to express my thoughts.
Chris Zuzze, West Palm Beach, FL (one very happy and free 60 year old!)