Do silver foxes really exist among femmes or is being considered gray and foxy only possible if you’re Anderson Cooper? My beloved grandmother died at the age of 96 (actually, we’re not exactly sure how old she was) and she was still coloring her hair brown right up until the end. I’ve been coloring my hair for years, and I’m not ashamed to say that I do it because I’m vain. Period. (Have you seen buddhistfemme’s interesting post on the decision to color her hair, “To Dye or Not to Dye?”).
I always thought I would meet my maker like my grandmother–with my hair “done” in the fullest sense of the term. But since my last post on aging as a femme, “Stay Young and Beautiful,” I’ve been wondering if it’s possible to be glam and gray. I must confess, I’ve had a fantasy of one day becoming one of those “women of a certain age” with silver-white hair. In fact, some time ago at a party I couldn’t take my eyes off a stunning woman of mature years (a friend of my mother-in-law’s) with absolutely gorgeous white hair. After we were introduced, I gushed about how much I loved her hair–which she didn’t at all seem to enjoy–only to discover later from my mother-in-law that the lovely hair in question was a wig. Oops!
I looked far and wide for pics of beautiful gray-haired women and there aren’t a lot. Here’s what I came up with. My favorites, of course, are the cinematic ones–Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada and Anne Bancroft with those great grey streaks in The Graduate. Let me know what you think!