While my blog is called @SilverDisobedience — I don’t identify; define myself; find myself attracted to; nor think much about the fact that I have silver hair. I wasn’t trying to make any statement when I stopped coloring my hair.
I let my hair grow in because, starting back in the mid-1970s, I had bleached and colored my hair almost every color of the rainbow (and then some as yet unidentified colors!) — and I was starting to worry I had damaged my scalp! I stopped counting my many notable disasters that kicked right off with sneaking highlights without my Mom’s permission during a junior high school summer — and was punished with a hair a nasty shade of orange!
Likewise, there wasn’t “haircut money” in our house, so the household “haircutter” was my Mom or me: An easy choice for me to make after one too many bowl cuts (a la this photo circa 1966!) Admittedly being very unqualified as a hair colorist or stylist, the consequence was that my hair got shorter and more damaged as a result of each of my cut and color disasters!
So, when I’m asked about my silver hair, while I have grown into it, I actually don’t think of myself as a silver until I catch a glimpse of it in a street store window and I’m suddenly a bit shocked or equally startled when I take a photo next to some sparkling blonde and think: Who the heck is the old lady with the white hair?! Suddenly I understand why both my Mother and children thought it was a drastic, unnecessary decision.
But most importantly, I want to say: Silver Disobedience isn’t about a hair color. I’m attracted to sharp, creative minds and great attitudes earned from experiences.
#SilverDisobedience was a play on words and it is all about the comfort of knowing: We’re glad we were once younger because we had some really great times — but every other age has been pretty cool, too.
So hair or not, I’d like us all to be around for quite a bit longer as we continue to find new ways to enjoy each day however it unfolds.
I’m @DianGriesel aka a perception analyst & strategist; creative attitude disrupter & adjuster; author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook & TurboCharged: The Silver Disobedience Edition; and the blogger & model known as @SilverDisobedience More info on my websites (search my name) and at Wilhelmina Models. Silver Disobedience® is a Registered Trademark