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Last week I posed what proved to be a controversial question: should I chop my hair off? Here’s another one for you: should I let my hair go white? Would you let your hair go gray, or dye it all the way? I don’t think I have enough white at this point for a thoroughly silver head of hair like the gorgeous Constance Leto, pictured above with her equally gorgeous son Jared. But lord knows I haven’t given my hair an opportunity to go white: I started dying it the moment those first grays, wiry and wild, started to make an appearance.
My husband’s refrain since the Academy Awards show on Sunday has been: “Jared Leto’s mom is hot!” And he suggests I should go for the same look. I distinctly remember a conversation with said husband in the office at Wired—when we first met before we’d even been on our first date. I wasn’t even 30 yet and described a lovely woman I’d witnessed out the bus window on the way to work that morning. Her hair was silvery-white and lovely. He thought naturally gray women were just beautiful, he said. “I can’t understand women dye their hair,” I mused. Fast forward a few years, and I found out exactly why. Because, bottom line, it can be scary and uncomfortable to feel old, and gray hair, despite the Tavis and Kelly Osbournes of the world, is strongly associated with advanced age.
Because of that, though, there’s a certain confidence and poise that comes with embracing the gray. Maybe I’ll do it… maybe next year. Would you do it?