If you had told me 10 years ago that I would let my hair go grey in my 50’s , I would have said NO WAY, that is NEVER going to happen. That's for women in their 70’s. Going grey was not something that I had given alot of thought to until a couple of years ago. I had just assumed I would dye my hair for however long and then what?? I hadn’t thought that far ahead.
Then after many years of colouring my hair and having to go lighter each year due to the fast multiplying grey hairs that framed my face each time I pulled my hair back, my hair was starting to get brittle and thin and I was developing a bald spot , much to my horror . My hair had had enough.
I had come across a woman called Linda Rodin who was my initial inspiration to go grey. She looked amazing - I wanted to be like her, and I became obsessed with finding more women who had let their hair go grey but still looked fashionable…. ( Pinterest is great for that ) It was a daunting thought tho…. my initial reaction being that I would look old… or older than I was. But the more I found pictures of women my age, and younger, the more I realised that it didn’t age them at all. They looked great , in fact, a lot of them even looked sexy! My obsession lasted for about a year before I decided to take the plunge and grow it out. I figured that if I didn’t like it, I could just colour it back, no biggie. I also had the idea to go to a wig store and try on a grey wig to see what I would look like…. and to my surprise, it looked great. I think that was what I needed to do to take the final step.
It was a long , boring process , I'm not going to lie…. and at times seeing the grey hair completely freaked me out and I thought many times about colouring it . I thought often that I looked old so it was very confronting. Was I ready to be thought of as old?? ( So weird where our head takes us ). But I would remind myself of all the women I had seen and it kept me going. I went to my hairdresser and asked him to highlight my hair very blonde so there wouldn’t be such a noticeable line growing it out. Then I wore my hair up or back ALOT and just had to wait it out. When the roots had grown about 10cms I decided to cut my hair short and let it grow out from there. Dealing with short hair , on my ageing face that no longer suited it , was especially hard too and that last year of growing it to a length that framed my face better was punishing. It made me realise I was alot vainer than I thought!!
Almost 3 years later and my hair is soft, shiny and thick again. Just as it used to be before I had started dying it. And I wasn’t as grey as I thought I was. It is mainly around my face and the sides, but I love it. And as for feeling old?…. I feel no different and I look no different. I still wear the style of clothes I have always worn, I keep my hair cut in a good shape so that it doesn’t ever look frumpy… and to be honest I don’t even think about the colour of my hair anymore…. it just is what it is. Would I go back to colouring it?? Honestly, every now and then I look at pics of me with my brown / caramel highlighted hair and I did love the colour .... but when I think of what I put my hair through to get it.....I would not go there again.
So for any of you thinking about ditching the dye....... take a leaf out of Nike's book.... and just DO IT. (swoosh :) xx)
I don't know about you but my skin seems to age 10 years once winter hits. After the humidity of summer that plumps out the lines and wrinkles and gives the skin that beautiful dewy look, it's quite a shock to discover that actually your skin is quite parched! Having the heating on does nothing to help the situation either . One of the hardest things as we age seems to be trying to maintain that dewiness that our younger skin had naturally .I have a few go to products that I use to try and rehydrate and nourish the skin so that it can regain that dewiness all through winter. One of them is using oils on my skin, which soaks it up and helps the skin fight the dryness. A lot of women are hesitant to use oils on the skin , afraid that it will cause oiliness and break outs. Not the case. Oils are great at protecting the skin . Some contain antioxidants which fight free radicals that damage the skin , whilst others have healing, calming properties. Also they work great under a lot of foundations to give the skin that dewy look. My favourite range of oils are the Darphin . Not only do they hydrate really well without leaving the skin feeling greasy, but they smell divine too. My favourite is the camomile and the niaouli which both calm and detoxify. I use them in place of a moisturiser and over a serum, or if my skin is looking particularly dry I use them as well as my moisturiser. You can use them in place of a serum as they are lipophilic and penetrate the skin deeper to moisturise and keep the toxins out.
Below are my top picks for moisturisers that work for me in combatting the effects of winter on my skin. My skin is quite sensitive so I like to go for products that don't have too many additives . My favourite at the moment being the Codage Day Cream. It has Vitamins A C & E that protect and repair the skin . Its also a light but rich cream that is not greasy on the skin. And for night time I love their Night Cream that has hyaluronic acid ( our best friend!) that plumps the skin leaving it looking juicy when you wake.
So heres to regaining the dewy! :) x
I have been a makeup artist for over 20 yrs and am passionate about beauty and helping women to look the best they possibly can. I believe that women are beautiful at any age , and being older myself, am constantly on the look out for products that will help the skin retain its glow and beauty. From a very young age I have paid attention to my skin and have always gone looking for new, innovative - or even tried and true products that make a difference. I take inspiration from my friends and women I meet in my work. These women are the reason I started this blog , so that I can pass on my knowledge and help women to keep looking, and feeling amazing . I love finding new looks that inspire and you can adapt to your own style . I am also a mum with 3 boys which keeps my life very busy ... and never dull as anyone who knows me will attest to! All items posted on this blog are chosen because I have personally tried them and like them. I hope you find something here that you will love and will work for you.