How to embrace your gray hair

Are you embracing your gray hair or hiding it? Rebecca Regnier, MomsEveryday Panelist, and creator of the Facebook page Gray AF is embracing her gray in a big way. She talked with MomsEveryday about the decision.

“You know, I probably noticed my gray hair a little bit at a time in my 30s,” Regnier said. “I didn’t really notice it in my 20s, but in my 30s there was a little sprinkle of it and I just bleached that right out of existence. I was a news anchor so I was bleaching, highlighting, all that stuff every five or six to keep up to make it look a certain way.

“I actually wrote a column, when I made this decision, I wrote a column and it was the most shared and commented on, women clamored for information on how to do this, why I was doing it. They wanted to see pictures they wanted to know, I got messages, you know, ‘this is great but you’re gonna get fired!’

“I wasn’t seeing what was happening to me out there so I thought, well if I”m going to be looking for that, someone else must be and one day I just felt like gray hair doesn’t feel like giving up it seems rebellious. And I kind of liked that. I have found some voices, some people, some Facebook pages some YouTube channels but there are very few of them. Most of it is kind of directed to putting all this makeup on a 20 year old, it just didn’t speak to me. So it’s kind of a pro-age movement. I’m for aging, but doing it well!

"There’s a lot of different ways--women should do it whatever way they feel the most comfortable with. For me that meant working really closely with my stylist. Six months ago, a year ago, I started letting her know I kind of wanted to start doing this. So we put a plan in place.

"For me she put a toner on it so that was part of it. The rest I haven’t had done in months, but it’s sort of evening out. Other women will let a little bit go and then just get a haircut so the old stuff is gone. Others do a little bit of highlights. This is just another aspect of women being allowed to do the things that make them feel the most confident and make them feel the most authentic to who they are.”

About the Author...
Rebecca Regnier
Rebecca Regnier is an award winning journalist. She hosts a television show called Rebecca Regnier’s Full Plate and writes a weekly newspaper humor column.