I am sure it isn't too glaringly obvious what it is I am showing in this picture...
But if you take a good look, those strands are not just picking up light... They are white.
I have naturally auburn hair, as a child my mom would pick random white and gray hair from my scalp, at 19 I found my first patch of gray hair. I was so proud of this tiny patch I would part my hair, just so, to show it off.
After a couple years I began doubting this pride in my white hair. I was only in my early 20s, I didn't want to be mistaken for someone older, I began dyeing it.
And I haven't stopped until I learned that I have cancerous cells in my bone marrow... After much research - jobs that closely correlate with this cancer in environmental aspects is mechanics, farmers, and hair stylist who are exposed to the various chemicals with their jobs.
This type of blood disorder is usually seen in elderly folks, it was found in me at 28.
I wouldn't blame just coloring my hair for this situation, but the culmination of various factors does play a role, especially the environmental factors. Why make it worse?
I do fear this process some. I fear looking "old" even if I am a pretty sun conscious 28 year old. I eat well (when I can eat - thank you gasteoparesis), I do my best to take care of my body, as is... Yet gray hair terrifies me in my late 20's. I am starting to get tiny lines around my mouth and eyes, I am not a young girl anymore .
Why are women who go grey brave? Why do we have to ask them what their husband's think about it? Why does gray mean old? Some of us just go gray early... I take it as a badge of honor.
I will try to love the process and forgive the stupid comments.
I will try to wear it beautifully so that another girl won't feel the need to hide her hair, gray hair doesn't mean old.
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