Gray, Bald, or Hair Product?
Mental Edge Monday: Gray hair - friend or foe?
I've been noticing a steady increase in the number of gray hairs on the sides of my head these days. What's up with that?
Sometimes I don't notice the gray at all -- other times, in the right light, I feel like I'm working a full-on Anderson Cooper. I also fear that when I don't see the gray, that maybe it's because my eyes are starting to fail me too. Crap!
I'm not sure what to think about this. I'm not against gray hair, per se, but I don't feel like I should be getting gray hair in my early 40s. I know some people think it's okay to work a little salt-n-pepper action, but I'm not sure I can pull that off. Clooney, yes - Black, not so much.
I know going bald is probably worse, as they both call into question our youth and self-perceived virility.
I have a constant internal debate about whether I should consider using "product" to rid my head of these gray intruders. Am I crazy? I can't really imagine using product to get rid of a little salt in my hair, but they're a constant reminder that I'm not getting any younger.
What about shaving it all off? Is that an option? It seems like some guys can maintain a shred of dignity with a bald head. I'm not sure if I'm that guy.
I know women sometimes have these issues as well. Somehow it doesn't get as much attention as it does for men. Maybe women have an easier time hiding it. They're often more adept at using product.
I don't think graying is anything to be ashamed of, I just would prefer not to start so early.
What are the options? Use product? Rock the gray? Take the hair down to the scalp?
I'm curious how others out there are dealing with this issue.
What do the men think? What do the women think?
Until next week, Keep the Edge.
Phil Black (FitDeck Founder)