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Old 04-04-2011, 04:27 PM   #61
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Transitioning to Gray Hair: How to Stop Dyeing and Go Natural - Going Gray Looking Great!

Some of these women look better gray than dyed in my opinion. I find the ones that look best have a great style.

I like to remember that age is nothing more than a number. Any attempts at improving my appearance I do it for myself, not to try and convince anyone that I might be younger than I am.

Ha, I think you have hit it on the head. Attitude goes a long way. I know the way I dress often ages me, because I am one of those lazy peeps always in jeans and hiking shoes. It makes me look dumpy and frumpy.
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No, I never have colored it, not through a principled decision at all, but just because it never occurred to me. But having read previous discussion in this thread, now I'm thinking about it. It sounds like fun. I just asked my wife about it, and she said, no, because it will turn orange here in Hawaii, due to the sun. She referred to the color as "Ronald Reagan orange" or the "Howdy Doody look". So I appeal to your expertise -- can orange be easily and economically avoided?
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For some time now, I have been getting the checking-out, where a stranger says something to make me turn around - then abruptly loses interest when he sees I'm quite a lot older than he'd judged, based on the rear view. Very creepy feeling.

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I am in a place where people walk all the time, so I see lot of women that I do not know. Here are my nominations for most cost effective age-wiping strategies. To be attractive to men in middle age, a woman really wants to suggest vitality and energy toward life.

Stand up straight. Try to keep trim and fit. Get a good hair cut, whether colored or not. Smile, or at least don't have that "I am frightened of/pissed at/the world look". Wear stylish jeans or other clothes. Avoid athletic shoes unless you are jogging or working out.

Women and men have every right to look any way they want. These are just my observations of what tends to look good to men, given that one cannot truly turn back the clock.

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For some time now, I have been getting the checking-out, where a stranger says something to make me turn around - then abruptly loses interest when he sees I'm quite a lot older than he'd judged, based on the rear view. Very creepy feeling.

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Well, it means you look young, so it is a compliment. Anyway, this guy would never be me. I am just an observant and an appreciative man.

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- Clothing. If you shop at J Jill and Eddie Bauer it clearly defines exactly your age group. Have you ever used a personal shopper to help you identify some trends that suit your body type and will bring you up to date?
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Sorry but I don't get the JJill reference . Except for certain items JJill has slightly hipper classics . Their travel clothes are great easy pieces and their linen items are nice . They really make some perfect year round items for Florida . What should we older women be wearing ? Please do not say Alfred Dunner as that is what my 95 year old Mom wears .
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I wore Eddie Bauer clothes in my early thirties. Not sure if I should worry that I looked too old, too young, or just right in them?

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Sorry but I don't get the JJill reference . Except for certain items JJill has slightly hipper classics . Their travel clothes are great easy pieces and their linen items are nice . They really make some perfect year round items for Florida . What should we older women be wearing ? Please do not say Alfred Dunner as that is what my 95 year old Mom wears .
Whatever is best for your body type and the event you are attending or the "audience" you will be near. Make sure it is a good fit.
With the exception of clothes designed for teenagers, wear what you feel best in.
I am fond of V neck short sleeve shirts and tank tops paired with a miniskirt, pretty sandals and beaded necklaces. I live in my sleeveless cotton sundresses in temps above 80F.
I have the figure and legs to wear both and could care less what people think of a 52 year young woman looking sassy and sexy.
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Some of these women look better gray than dyed in my opinion. I find the ones that look best have a great style.

Thank you for that. I agree totally.
Just how I feel about my own hair. Who am I kidding if I dye my almost all silver hair? It grows so fast and leaves a halo of white around my forehead in a couple weeks...just like some of the girlfriends who are pushing me to dye mine... I just don't have the nerve to tell them that they aren't fooling me with their "brown" hair (with the white roots).
I think, tho, if my face were a mass of wrinkles I might dye my hair dark in an attempt to look younger, but my mom started me on moisturizers at 12 so I'm not (yeah, I will learn eventually to upload a photo of myself...I will).
And I found a young salon owner who's probably in her early 30's who gave me a style that looks good on me just to CYA myself more.
My hair was to my waist 3 days ago, but I just got tired of wearing a ponytail and started to feel it looked aging so...snip, snip...
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I highlight mine to keep it blonde - not to cover the gray. Although I've been starting to see a few more gray strands here and there as the years go on.
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Thank you for that. I agree totally.
Just how I feel about my own hair. Who am I kidding if I dye my almost all silver hair? .

Silver hair is pretty ! If I thought my hair would be silver I would never dye it . Well as long as my older sister stopped dying hers .
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I go about twice a year to buy clothes with a good friend who makes me actually try stuff on and find stuff that fits and is flattering. If it was up to me to buy clothes, I'd be in jeans and that Eddie Bauer shirt my DH bought for himself. Throw in a couple of band t-shirts and I'd be done.

JJill is what my mom wears, I think. And that Chicos stuff, too. She's pretty fashionable, but she looks her age group. I probably look younger than my age group, but that is because I am a sloppy dresser and keep up with younger folks and their music and hobbies. One of my hoop friends cracked me up with some pictures she posted of her prom on FB, circa 2006. Considering my last prom was in 1988...

But you'd be surprised at how much you can have in common with younger folks, especially as the peeps in my age category are consumed with their kids and too busy to hang out.

I doubt I'd color my hair--but I do have these awesome feathers! Have y'all heard about them? The hoop community has been all over them. They are clamped onto a few strands of your own hair and are long colored feathers that hang down like your own hair (attached right at the scalp). I've had these in for about 2 months now. You can just sort of see them flash when I move my hair--I've got purple, orange, blue/white stripe, and a little bit of white. I love them! Just enough hippie but not overboard! And you can wash and brush your hair same as always. Pretty cool!
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I colored last in 2007 and don't plan to any time soon. I'm like my mom, a slow grayer though. My niece who is 21 years younger has more gray than I.
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I doubt I'd color my hair--but I do have these awesome feathers! Have y'all heard about them? The hoop community has been all over them. They are clamped onto a few strands of your own hair and are long colored feathers that hang down like your own hair (attached right at the scalp). I've had these in for about 2 months now. You can just sort of see them flash when I move my hair--I've got purple, orange, blue/white stripe, and a little bit of white. I love them! Just enough hippie but not overboard! And you can wash and brush your hair same as always. Pretty cool!


Believe it or not, I think just one of these would look good in my hair but have no idea where to get them. I'd try it myself, and have seen them out and about occasionally here in Phoenix on gals in their 20's and early 30's.
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I doubt I'd color my hair--but I do have these awesome feathers! Have y'all heard about them? The hoop community has been all over them. They are clamped onto a few strands of your own hair and are long colored feathers that hang down like your own hair (attached right at the scalp). I've had these in for about 2 months now. You can just sort of see them flash when I move my hair--I've got purple, orange, blue/white stripe, and a little bit of white. I love them! Just enough hippie but not overboard! And you can wash and brush your hair same as always. Pretty cool!
No, haven't seen those - now you have me curious! Do you have a link showing what they look like?
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I've seen those, Sarah. I'll have them woven into my hair after I stop in at the tattoo parlor and get a sleeve inked
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On our last cruise a few people had them .Mostly women in their 20's to 40's . I thought the red woven into dark hair looked the nicest .
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I do agree that age is not just shown by gray hair. I do change my hair and clothes with the times. Well -- except at work 1 day a week about 90% of the time I wear a T shirt with jeans, shorts or workout pants depending on where I'm going.

Nonetheless, it is clear cut to me that no matter how attractive gray hair is that people see it and add years to someone's age.

I remember some years ago I had some dealings with a woman who was clearly not young. However, she was very well dressed, trim, well made up and wore clothes that were professional but could easily have been worn by someone in mid-career. Her hair was simple, a little more than chin length and a light brown. I thought she was in her 50s. However, I later found out that she was in her mid-70s! She easily looked 20 years younger than her age.

Obviously it wasn't just the hair. However, if her hair had been gray I think I would have thought she was mid-60s.

There is no doubt to me that with my gray hair, I don't look objectively bad. But, I do look older. People used to always think I looked several years younger than I really am, partly because I don't go out in the sun much so don't have a lot of wrinkles. Now, they don't think that.
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I doubt I'd color my hair--but I do have these awesome feathers! Have y'all heard about them? The hoop community has been all over them. They are clamped onto a few strands of your own hair and are long colored feathers that hang down like your own hair (attached right at the scalp). I've had these in for about 2 months now. You can just sort of see them flash when I move my hair--I've got purple, orange, blue/white stripe, and a little bit of white. I love them! Just enough hippie but not overboard! And you can wash and brush your hair same as always. Pretty cool!
I love the idea of the feathers. Alas, I do still go to the office once or twice a week and they would have a cow if I did something like that.
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Feathers sound kind of cool...but what about the bald birds?
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I'm not exactly sure, but I suspect these birds have no more need for their feathers...eeek! Although knowing the hippie hooping community, maybe there is some place you can get eco-harvested feathers naturally shed by free range jewel colored designer chickens!
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