This girl has gone grey, folks. Okay… I’m not exactly a girl… and my hair is white, not grey… but you get the point. And you are probably saying, “Finally, finally she made up her mind and we don’t have to listen to her waffling on anymore.”
I had my hair appointment a few days ago, the day after we came home from our camping trip. That shot above is me in the car outside Carmen’s house just after my appointment. I snapped the shot below the next morning, just before Hubby and I headed out to shop for a new clothes dryer.
Camping was definitely an adventure in hair calisthenics. Oh my, curly hair bumps all over the place! But I am one very, very happy camper now. You can listen to me tell you all that in the video below.
I’ve been keeping a Pinterest board on what to do with my white hair. You can check that out here. These are some of the first photos I pinned. Gillian Anderson on the right and Emma Thompson on the left inspired me to push my hair back off my face and let the white show, even though the ends were still blonde and brown. They inspired me to not hide my roots, but to showcase them. That was confidence boosting, I must say.
The shot of the grey-haired woman in the middle is one I kept in my mind throughout the whole growing out process. Totally grey haired, totally beautiful. And dressed in an outfit that is chic, and edgy, and youthful without looking like mutton dressed as lamb. I aspire to that vibe.
So, yeah… I am totally happy with my decision to let nature take its course. Carmen is going to add some lowlights, in a week or so. Now that we know what it looks like after the curls and bumps and most of the old colour has been cut off. And she’s ordering me some special shampoo, and some styling product that will work better for the new texture of my hair. I won’t be entirely au naturel. But I never expected to just let my hair totally do as it pleases. I’m too much of a control freak for that.
Since this process began I’ve been casting about for a make-up routine that works with my new lighter hair. I tried a couple of looks in this post. In the past couple of weeks I’ve adjusted things again. And I’m very happy with the changes.
I’ve added a cool pink shadow on my lids, instead of the warm beige cream shadow, and I’m using a black liner when I tight-line my upper lid instead of the navy I’d been using. Also I’ve started to employ an old bronzer from Bobbi Brown that I’ve had for years, and not used. It gives me more colour and makes my face look healthier. I still need a soft pink blush, I think. I love the soft look that I’ve seen on so many women with white hair. Skin that looks great, rosy blush on the apples of the cheeks, soft lipstick, and a focus on the eyes and brows.
I’ve been watching a ton of make-up videos on YouTube. And I’ve found that I like Hannah Martin’s channel the best. She uses Bobbi Brown products a lot, a brand with which I am very familiar. From having my make-up done over the years at Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom, I know that both Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier focus on the skin first. Then on make-up that makes us look like us, but better. Hannah is lovely and chatty without being too preachy or pedantic. She talks her way through her own make-up looks, and occasionally applies make-up to others. Like the video that Sandra Sallin recommended where Hannah applies make-up to her mother-in-law, who is about my age. You can watch that here. I know that Hannah is way younger than me, but I’m quite comfortable trying a few of her techniques and leaving others that don’t suit me.
This video, below, inspired me to dig out my foundation application brush to apply my tinted moisturiser. I don’t wear foundation anymore. And to start using my Bobbi Brown bronzer again.
Obviously my new look is a work in progress. I do love an ongoing project. Soon I’ll venture back to Nordstrom to consult with Katia on the Laura Mercier line about a new pink blush. I’m much more comfortable being in stores now that we have a mandatory mask order in the Ottawa area. I’ve been lying low because so many people here were not wearing masks. I’m still hoping Hubby and I can go to New Brunswick before the summer is over, and I didn’t want to risk messing that up if we get to go. At the moment the border to the maritime provinces is closed to Quebec and Ontario residents. Can’t blame them; we have had a much worse Covid outbreak than they did. Our fingers are crossed that we will be able to visit with my mum before too long.
I may have to wear a name tag so she can recognize me. Ha. Just kidding. She saw the half finished look on a blog post a couple of weeks ago. I’d told her to check out this post. But to brace herself because I looked so different. Mum is nothing if not brutally honest when it comes to commenting on her girls’ hair. So when she called me the next day, it was my turn to brace myself. “Susie,” she gushed, “you look just like Barbara Stanwick!” Ha. I guess she likes it.
Besides a few tweaks to my make-up and a few low-lights, all that remains now is for me to get used to me. As I said to Hubby the other day, I walk by a mirror and still expect to see my old hair. And instead I see… uh… old hair. Ha. But I sure felt fabulous the other day when Hubby and I went to buy a new dryer. We were all masked up, so I didn’t wear much blush, or any lipstick, and I still liked the look of myself in the mirror.
That felt wonderful, I must say.
You know, this whole thing started as a way to cope with Covid hair. Deciding that if I couldn’t do anything about it, I would try to make the best of my roots growing out, and my style devolving. I never intended to go grey, or white, permanently. It’s funny, but I guess going, going, gone grey worked out well in the end.
So what have you been up to my friends? Any big pandemic changes that you plan to make permanent?
P.S. Don’t forget to send me your photos and book recommendations for the big backyard book party on the weekend. Since we can’t gather in person, we’ll gather in our imaginations. This will be the fictional event of the season! If you’re shy about sending a photo of yourself, just email me the title of the book you’ll bring, and why it affected you so deeply.