colorist http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1366/all en-US Would You Stop Coloring Your Hair? http://www.wisebread.com/going-gray-grey-hair-stop-coloring <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/going-gray-grey-hair-stop-coloring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/144577104_035a66e548_z.jpg" alt="owl" title="owl" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My hair started turning gray when I was a teenager. At first, it was just a weird little wiry white hair here and there. Then, a few longer strands. But it wasn't until I was 21, living on my own in the big city, that I noticed that I was really, really going gray. It wasn't a big deal &mdash; I was young and favored home coloring kits. I went from black to blonde to brown and over to red. It was fun.</p> <p>As I got older, I started caring a bit more about the kinds of chemicals that I was putting on my hair and skin, so I decided to grow my gray out for a while. With shortly cropped hair, this didn't take long, and before long, I was able to march into the hairdresser and have the remaining colored ends trimmed away, revealing my now natural gray and light brown tresses. What should have been a fairly liberating moment was dampened only by the fact that I suddenly looked, after a few snips of hair had fallen away, about 15 years older than I actually was.</p> <p>My face was suddenly washed out. Crow's feet that I had never noticed waved happily from the corners of my eyes. My cheeks, normally rosy and flushed, suddenly looked wan and sallow. Not only was I gray, I was unevenly gray. My dreams of having great streaks of white and gray strands across the top of a chic hairdo were crushed when I realized that I had inherited my father's hair color: white and gray in a big band that stretched from temple to temple along the back of my head, in a definite mimicry of what I would look like with male pattern baldness. To make matters worse, I only had some gray (mixed with a pale, mousy brown) on the top. I was no <a href="http://www.realistichair.com/store/images/helen_mirren.jpg">Helen Mirren</a>, that's for damn sure.</p> <p>I gulped, smiled bravely at my stylist, who was gazing worriedly at me in the mirror, and then ran home to dye my hair back to a flattering shade of chestnut. That was about three years ago.</p> <p>Recently, I decided to give it a second try. Gray hair is tricky &mdash; it does age one's face. Men seem to get away with gray hair more readily than women. Jon Stewart, Keith Olbermann, and Anderson Cooper are just some examples of men I see in the media who wear gray hair very well. It's harder for women to get away with, partly because the popular media considers us largely past our prime by the time we hit 35, whereas men are still considered foxy and desirable well into their 50s (or... well, however Paul Newman was.... rrrrowr).</p> <p>But even without cultural idiosyncrasies dancing around in our heads, there are certain indicators of youth that, when removed, are shocking. (Check out this doctored photo of what <a href="http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1658058,00.html">Condoleezza Rice</a>would look like with gray hair.) Other odd things that make or break one's youthful look? Longer canine teeth and full lips. Who knew, right?</p> <p>Anyway, this time I am sticking with the gray, both for the sake of saving $75 every three weeks, and also to be free from the tyranny of having to constantly alter so much of my appearance to suit society's needs. I already shave my legs and wear makeup and style my hair and wear deodorant and all other kinds of things to make myself societally acceptable (you're welcome). In a way, I feel like I'm giving myself a break.</p> <p>I won't say that I'm 100% comfortable with my hair right now. When I wear my tan trench coat, I am convinced that I look like Colombo. Whenever I put on reading glasses, I truly feel like I am channeling my inner, elderly librarian (not that librarians don't rock &mdash; they do). At 31, I sometimes feel like I should be wearing bold, daring colors and multiple nose rings, but the truth is, I'm too lazy to maintain an eccentric personal style. I wear black not because I am chic, but because I spill coffee down the front of my shirt every single morning. So allowing my body to do the things that it seems ready to do is a natural choice. And easy choice. A really, really lazy choice.</p> <p>And I'm happy with lazy.</p> <p>Below are some beauty tips I've compiled from a variety of other online articles about how to decorate your face once you let your grays grow out. These actually do make a bit of a difference in countering the slightly aging effect of my hair.</p> <ul> <li>If you have fair skin, you may need to consider a slightly darker foundation. Just a smidge darker, nothing too orangey.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You will need more blush. Period. Highlight those cheekbones and don't be afraid of those slightly iridescent highlighting creams that are meant to make you look all dewy and youthful.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Don't fake tan or apply bronzer. Unless you have an olive complexion or very warm tones in your non-grey hair, brown and tan tones look oddly muddy against white or gray hair.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Some people will tell you that you can no longer where bright shades of eye shadow or lipstick. This is certainly true for me, but there's no reason why you can't experiment a bit.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Try colors that never looked good on you. I could never wear blue mascara before I went gray. Now, it actually looks really good, and not at all like a throwback to the 1980s. I used to favor burgundy eye shadows, but now they make me look a bit like a vampire, so I've toned them down to warm mauves and lots of soft pinks, which make me look all glowing and lovely.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Devote effort to your eyebrows. They now work to frame your face more than ever. Keep them professionally manicured (this, fortunately, doesn't cost more than $15-20).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Gray hair can be coarse and brittle. Condition it like mad, and rinse it well.</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/going-gray-grey-hair-stop-coloring">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Go Bald! http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/britney_bald300.jpg" alt=" " width="200" height="267" /></p> </p> <p>I think every woman should shave her head once in her life. I can say this, because I&#39;ve already done it, so I&#39;m off the hook now. It&#39;s a very liberating experience, feels really neat when you shower, and gives you a fresh start with brand-new, stress-free strands. Also, it saves you a bundle on styling products, because you really don&#39;t need anything, save a few tuques or baseball caps to stay warm. It&#39;s something that a lot of women do to support friends who are going through chemotherapy, and it can be quite the bonding experience for the shavees. <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/sinead.jpg" alt=" " width="128" height="228" /></p> </p> <p>And of course, there&#39;s always the memory of the soulful, wailing Irish balladeer who made the look acceptable to begin with. Could Sinead rock that look or what? So, I lend my wholehearted support of chopping off one&#39;s locks and sporting a fuzzy noggin. It&#39;s a sort of rebirth for a lot of people. In fact, in many Asian cultures, you are encouraged not to cut your hair following the New Year Celebration - something about not cutting off the luck of the New Year. <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/baldingbrit.jpg" alt=" " width="450" height="300" /></p> </p> <p>Now, there are plenty of theories out there as to why Britney Spears shaved her head. K-Fed was threatening to test her locks for traces of illegal substances. She was going bald already because of all the terrible chemicals, weaves, braids, glue and whatnot she had been piling on her scalp for the last few months. That stuff can really destroy hair follicles. Maybe she&#39;s having a nervous breakdown - who knows? <p>Or maybe, just maybe, she wanted to save some dough.</p> <p>A bald head has so many implications that it&#39;s tough to know what to make of Brit&#39;s Baldness. The military shears off recruit&#39;s locks during basic training, mostly for the purpose of creating an atmosphere in which none of the new arrivals is visibly superior to the others (hopefully enhancing a sense of community and subordinance). Head shaving has often historically been a method of punishment (The Inquisition and The Holocaust are two good examples of forced head shaving), or a way to prevent headlice, or both. In an ironic move, Neo-Nazis throughout Europe adopted the look in the 1970s, and bald heads still send mixed messages today.</p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=402793&amp;in_page_id=1770">British Daily Mail</a>, the average British woman spends, over the course of her lifetime, £36,903.75 and 650 days on hair care. I&#39;ve <a href="http://www.whoisisabella.com/article.php?id=316&amp;pg=2">estimated</a> that I spent over $5,000 on my hair over the past 6 years. A <a href="http://fabsugar.com/46952">blog poll</a> puts the number of women who spend between $100-200 on a cut and color at 35% (as of February 21, 2007). I went on a date a few years ago with a man who was a bit older than me, made more money than me, and spent more on his colorist every month than I did on my rent. One date was all her got.</p> <p><a href="http://singlemomandmoney.blogspot.com/2006/03/singlemas-plan-to-be-fabulous-frugal.html">Fabulous Single Ma</a> thinks that she can save $100 a month by doing the following:</p> <p>1. Reduce salon visits from weekly to bi-wkly</p> <p>2. Consider new hairstyle or cut that requires less maintenance</p> <p>3. Extend touch up from 6 weeks to 8 weeks</p> <p>4. Let hi-lites grow out</p> <p>Weekly to biweekly? A salon visit every week? I like FSM and all, but weekly visits to the salon are bloody insane! I&#39;m not a great saver, and I&#39;m not yet even close to frugal, but I never went to a salon on a weekly basis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/article/0,6176,s1-22-74-1279-1,00.html">Women&#39;s health magazine</a> has a breakdown on American hair spending that makes ME want to breakdown:</p> <ul> <li>Percentage of women who don&#39;t own a blow-dryer: <strong>5</strong></li> <li>Amount spent on hairstyling appliances in 2005: <strong>$941 million</strong></li> <li>Price the AW pays for a haircut: <strong>$42</strong></li> <li>How often she gets a trim: <strong>every 5 to 9 weeks</strong></li> <li>Percentage of women who&#39;ve never dyed their hair: <strong>16</strong></li> <li>Most popular dye job: <strong>brunette</strong></li> </ul> <p>Aha, but there&#39;s more:</p> <p class="blockquote">Number of women who&#39;ve considered shaving their head: <strong>1 in 5</strong></p> <p>So, it&#39;s not that unusual after all. One in five! That&#39;s 20% of the population. I&#39;ll bet it&#39;s higher than that, too. </p> <p>According to a hilarious <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,821343,00.html">Time Magazine article from 1950</a> (!):</p> <p class="blockquote">American women is damaged by too much pampering, tinting and shampooing (all the things the beauty shops do to it). &quot;The hair of European women is like a well-manured garden,&quot; explained one of the Fleischers solemnly. &quot;The quality is good, but sometimes it doesn&#39;t smell too well.&quot; </p> <p>There are even videos out there to help you figure out how it&#39;s done.</p> <p><iframe id="videos_list" name="videos_list" src="http://www.youtube.com/videos_list?tag=head shaving" scrolling="auto" width="265" height="400" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0"></iframe></p> <p>Doesn&#39;t that just make you want to take it all off? Even if you&#39;re not checking into rehab after months of stupid public behavior, you too can going <a href="http://www.headshaver.org/">fabulously follicle free</a>! Let&#39;s all follow Britney&#39;s example (minus the drugs, divorce, and child neglect) and lop off our locks.</p> <p>Well, the rest of you. I did that in college, and let me tell you, I have a really strangely shaped skull.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-your-toiletries-for-cheap-or-even-free">6 Ways to Get your Toiletries for Cheap or Even Free!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/id-rather-be-a-brunette-10-tips-to-save-on-hair-care">I&#039;d Rather Be A Brunette: 10 Tips To Save On Hair Care</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/generic-drug-price-lists-for-six-major-pharmacies">Generic Drug Price Lists For Six Major Pharmacies - Updated</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty bald Britney Spears celebutard colorist conditioner cost drug abuse hair hairstyle paparazzi savings shampoo shave stylist Wed, 21 Feb 2007 18:33:04 +0000 Andrea Karim 291 at http://www.wisebread.com