Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Hair today

Trivia for the top of your head:

Hair flipping is the international signal for Hello Sailor! and not, as I always thought, Help! I need a barrette or a ponytail holder!

When hair goes grey, it uses a kind of Morse Code of dots and dashes as the colour signal peters out. You might see a grey hair and want to pull it out, and then be sorry when you find it's got a good inch of colour up there at the top.

Even if this person is actually younger than you, a grey-haired companion is going to make you look younger. Use this to your advantage by bringing along a chic grey-haired friend (who will make you look chic by association) to parties and restaurants frequented by old acquaintances you wish to impress. If you have gone grey yourself, use that to your advantage by scoring cake at said venues.

As your hair goes grey, you may seek colouring advice. Be cautious, especially if you are now in your 40s: asking a friend whether s/he's considered colouring when s/he starts to go grey and if so, how to go about it, can backfire if said friend has been colouring since s/he was 22.

A good litmus test for a new hairstylist is to ask about colour. If said stylist can cut a straight line and says your hair will be silvery white and look cool without colour and frosting, you've found your partner for life.


Kathleen Taylor said...

I decided early on never to color my hair, and I stuck with it.I love it, but it does complicate things- as in the time a clerk asked me if the woman standing next to me was my daughter. She was one of my high school best friends. And 6 months older than me. And we look nothing alike. sigh...

Or the time an 11 year old girl asked my husband if I was his grandma.

but it is a very pretty gray...

Mary Keenan said...

A super pretty grey. I must say the whole colouring thing looks incredibly high-maintenance and hassle-y, though of course it does look nice. Still, it's not for me. I'm going to let myself go grey too and have made an extremely good start in the last few weeks ;^)