Do you dye or not and why?

@speakeasy (4215)
United States
March 1, 2007 4:48pm CST
I was reading an article today about how much pressure people are under to keep looking young; both men and women. I realized that I have also fallen prey to this mindset, a little. I dye my hair. It started when I started getting a few strands of grey hair and I felt like people were paying more attention to my hair (trying to count the grey ones); than they were to what I was saying. So I started to dye my hair the same as my natural color to get rid of the grey. I figured when I got to a nice "salt and pepper" mix; I would stop and let it go natural. Well, I am past that point now, and I still dye. I am an insurance agent and at meetings; very few female agents are letting any grey show. Even a bunch of the guys are starting to dye their hair. So to stay competetive, I will probably continue to dye until I retire. How about you? Do you dye or not? If you do, why do you dye. If you don't, why not?
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11 responses
• United States
2 Mar 07
I have always said that when I get to the point when the greys or silvers are noticible, me and Lady Clairol will become best friends. There are a few women that I have seen that look great with silvery locks. This will not be me! I love my blonde hair. I intend to keep it that way.
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
2 Mar 07
But is the reason: you don't think you would look good in silver; you just love your shade of blonde; or you think the silver would make you look old?
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@cabergren (1181)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I like you started when I found greys and didn't like them. I think when a man lets his hair go grey it is okay, but not for a women. I just hate the way my hair looks when it has lots of grey hair. So I will continue to dye my hair for a very long time.
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
2 Mar 07
A lot of it has to do with the shade of "grey" that we end up with. I have seen some older people who are literally "snow white" and others that are a kind of "steel" grey; plus, all the shades in between. Mine is not quite a "snow white" (when the roots show); but, it is very light. Like I said, I do like the "salt and pepper" look where it is well mixed. Part of my problem though is "growing it out". Unless I let the roots get fairly long and then have it cut VERY short, it would "look stupid" while it grows out and since I deal with the public as an insurance professional I can't afford to "look stupid".
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• United States
1 Mar 07
hi, i dont dye my hairs because i am very young and i am a very cool guy, but i have seen many people dye there hairs to look good and young, they have lot of tention and worries so there hair also certain times dont grow up.
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Since you are only 21, I don't think you need to worry about looking "younger" yet. A lot of guys your age like to look a little older. At your age, a lot of guys dye their hair to "look cool" though.
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1 Mar 07
Ihave been dying my hair for years now. I have had my hair every shade and colour and then some. For me it was purely a personal choice, I got bored with my hair colour and wanted a change. From there it became a lot of fun to try out different colours. Right now my hair is black with purple tips. My natural colour was once a reddish brown but it's silver now. I keep using the hair dye, it hides the silver and makes me feel better about myself
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
2 Mar 07
So, in your case, not being "silver" makes you feel better about yourself. Does that mean that you think the silver makes you look "old" and other colors don't? You feel better because you look "younger"? By the way, I LOVE your avatar!
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• United States
1 Mar 07
I color treat my hair.. I get bored and want a change. That's the only reason. :) I will probably continue to dye my hair until it falls out.. haha
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
2 Mar 07
So in your case it is not age related; its just a "change of pace", like new clothes or new shoes.
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• Philippines
2 Mar 07
Although I am not old enough to experience hair colors changing gray, I do understand the system of "peer" pressure. Many people who have never experienced peer pressure would say "Why would you care about what they think? It is your life and it is the way you live it." Although I agree with that statement, it is easier said than done. Naturally, human beings, we tend to look our best and mimic others to stay "current" with the rest of the people. I don't believe that there is anything wrong with dying your hair. Sadly enough, due to many people dying their hair more and more earlier, the more people will think that they are becoming old. Chances are, I would not dye my hair. I don't fine anything wrong with dying my hair. By the time my hair starts changing, I would have hoped to have had children, then I can feel confident about what I have overcome. No one can mock and say anything about your hair color as it is a part of life. I hope I've helped you with my opinion. -Andy
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
27 Feb 08
I do dye my hair, I have been doing so for a very long time, everytime I think I should just stop, I am getting to the age that maybe I could, I chicken out,so for me it is about age I guess. I am not ready to look at myself grey, or in my case quicky turning white. lol
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
27 Feb 08
With me it is a matter of how I look on a daily basis. I always try to look my best and the in between stages of letting the gray/white grow out look really bad. The only alternative is to cut it really shor or shave it and I don't think that would look good either. It is not, so much, how I look to others; it is just that when I know I look my best, I feel more confident and happier. I am afraid that if I looked "bad" for several weeks/months while it grew out; I would feel bad and depressed the whole time.
3 May 07
I colour my hair regularly. Naturally my hair is a dull shade of mousy brown. It doesnt really have any vibrance to it. So I generally dye it shades of red and rich browns depending on my mood when i purchase the dye!
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
3 May 07
Isn't it wonderful how we can improve on what nature started with. Sometimes our natural hair color is just not a "reflection" of who we really are. Hair Dye lets us add some "zip" or even a whole new color.
• United States
3 Mar 07
I do dye my hair because everytime I turned around people were calling attention to the fact that I had gray in my hair. I finally got tired of it and decided to dye it and have been doing that now for about five years. I probably will continue to until I am gone from this world. The thing about it is if a women gets gray it is your getting old but if a guy has gray it is said how distinguesed he looks. Boy what a bummer. But that's life.
• Malaysia
27 Feb 08
i do dye my hair occasionally. it's because i want something different and want a change of hair colour :)
• United States
7 Apr 07
I must say at 59, I have been very lucky. I have no grey hair. Just a couple that I can count. Look at my photo, you will see. So, I do not use any dyes. If and when I need too, I still will not use them. My hair is passed my waist. It would be too much work, and who cares anyways. I don't. My husband doesn't. So, it will get grey if it ever decides too, and I will leave it.