Thursday, October 11

Things Are Getting A Bit Hairy

The years after age 40 are full of surprises. Your body goes into it's own midlife crisis and decides all that was taken for granted and viewed as "a given,"--is no more. But we adjust. We learn to adapt and work through these minor inconveniences.

One such inconvenience is the gray hair that appears like an uninvited guest that has had a bit too much to drink. It's bold. It's wild--and it's hell-bent on doing its own thing.

I've tried the temporary color, I've tried the frosting, and I've tried to just ignore it altogether.

I think Dolly Parton had the best idea in Steel Magnolias which she indicated it just wasn't normal to do your own hair. Some things are just better left to the experts.

So, with that thought, I have officially relinquished the gray hair to the experts and I am on the 6 week schedule for a cut and color.

Now if we could just figure out the best fix for those "stray eyebrows" that find their way to my chin and upper lip. (Since I got off the HRTs, there ARE fewer.)

I've been using microwaveable wax for some time. It's quick. It does a damn good job and lasts up to 8 weeks. And, if I take the time to remember the Lamaze breathing I learned a hundred years ago, it's over in a snap. Any fresh ideas out there?

Seems a bit ironic that we women spend the bulk of our time trying to remove hair, and men-- at this age--spend a great deal of time trying to keep or regrow it.


Imperatrix said...

That last comment got me chuckling, thanks!

I use wax, too. I find that using thin strips of gauze (the fabric, not the first aid stuff) over the wax (like they do in salons) helps it from splitting into pieces.

What bugs me is the ones that decide to grow under the skin. Yuck. One day, I will splurge on laser removal. But, seeing as we've got 10 years before college is over for both girls, I've got a while to wait.

Anne said...

I practically have to dye my hair every three weeks, right now I am doing four. I couldn't afford to have it done at a salon, for the time or the money. I went in a couple of weeks ago and asked how I can make my hair look younger. She gave me conditioner with color in it, saying i should put this on once a week for minimum of 10 minutes, and now I only color my roots. I dye my eyebrows when i dye my hair, and thank god I don't have much chin hair or a mustache yet.

blackbird said...

I cannot wax myself - I either pay a woman (with bad breath) seven dollars or use facial hair remover...but, you know the best place to find those stray hairs? THE CAR MIRROR. Seems like I'm always spotting new ones while I'm waiting somewhere for the kids.

Rhea said...

An older friend of mine told me how much chin hair she gets. I don't have these things yet, but it's creepy. I do color my hair (at the hair salon) but they do what they call 'lowlighting'. They paint on the black (that is my hair color) and leave some of the gray showing on purpose so that it looks more natural and also I don't have to do it as often as every 6 weeks!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

I thought for sure this was a column for women, and then: lo and behold! a slam on men. We (men) think it's most funny.

KathyR said...

My only joke about this is that at the rate I'm losing hair on my head and gaining it on my face, I will look exactly like Bruce Willis in 15 years.