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The dye debate: Jennifer Lopez went grey at 23; did you?
Tue, 19 April 2011 7:31AM
A few months ago, I noticed a foreign object had decided to camp out on my head. When I say ‘camp out’, I of course mean move in permanently, bringing a friend or two for fun and settling in for the long-haul flight to old age. This foreign object is, of course, a grey hair, and over the past few months I’ve seen it procreate its way from one hair, to about three. But, who’s counting?
The other day, Jennifer Lopez surprised the world with her admission to going grey at the tender age of 23. This is shocking simply for the fact that under that perfectly coloured mane of hers, lies a bearded Santa Claus hidden from the world and all its judgement. I understand why women, celebrity women in particular, choose to cover their greys and pretend they have the hair of a 15-year-old. Image and perception are the linchpins that either hold you at the top of the fame pile, or drop you into the burning rubble where the has-beens and one hit wonders reside. Grey hair could be considered a major fail on both counts, ruining your image and allowing people to see the ‘real’ you (therefore crumbling that perception of perfection they have us believe). Hence, the hair dye.
Unless of course you’re Dame Helen Mirren, or fifteen-year-old fashion blogger Tavi, or Pixie Geldoff, or Lady Gaga, or Pink…OK, you get the point. There are plenty of female celebrities out there who do let their natural greyness shine through, or stranger yet, dye it grey in the hope that it leads to some crazy new trend.
Here’s Jennifer Lopez looking far from 41, grey, or washed-up…
When Nicole Kidman failed to cover her grey hair at the premiere of Australia in 2008, the tabloids went into overdrive accusing Nicole that she’d broken the ‘last taboo’. While there’s a part of me that screams ‘how ridiculous’, there’s also a small slither of reasoning that perhaps, as a celebrity, you should take the time to cover your grey roots if you’re at a movie premiere and haven’t yet decided to reveal your grey in its entirety.
Grey hair certainly isn’t just about age, Primpers. For a simple explanation, you go grey when the cells in your hair follicles stop producing pigment. Many factors can send the pigment from your hair running, including trauma, shock, stress and inheritance – not just age. The good news is that these days there are plenty of products on the market that help treat grey hair kindly, as well as many hair dyes that target grey hair specifically.
If you’re happy to embrace the grey, I’d recommend looking for an anti-ageing hair care range like Redken Time Reset or L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Silver Shampoo and Conditioner, or Avon Advanced Techniques Radiant Silver Shampoo. Or, if you’re following in J.Lo’s footsteps and concealing your pigment-robbed mate, try a semi-permanent at-home hair colour like Clairol Nice ‘N Easy Colour Blend Foam.
There’s no denying that letting your hair go completely grey takes some serious guts, Primpers. And, as far as my calculations prove I still have a fair few years up my sleeve before I need to make the decision. My rapidly approaching salt and pepper boyfriend, on the other hand, doesn’t have that luxury, but hey, we all know that men with grey hair are smooth, and chicks with grey hair are…well, you tell me.
Tell me Primpers…
Have you spotted a grey hair yet?
Would you cover or reveal?
What do you think of Jennifer Lopez’s admission?
Posted by: Yasemin Trollope