Beauty: What age should you ditch the hair dye?
Updated: Apr 11, 2019
I know, it's a shock I dye my hair ;)
PR stunt or not, I think Macca's decision to ditch the dye is the right one for him.
Does that mean I’ll follow the trend and go au natural....? How about hell no.
Sir Paul McCartney hit the headlines recently after deciding to ditch the hair dye.
Let’s look at the facts shall we? He’s 76 and he’s just had a book published entitled ‘Hey Grandud’ (see what they did there?) What better way to publicise it.
Before anyone starts, I’m not saying that at 76 we should not be dying our hair. I hope I’m A) still caring about how I look and B) Most importantly - alive! My Mum is a normal 75 year old, despite the fact she's stockpiling toilet rolls because of Brexit and daren't touch a computer in case she starts a war, she still dyes her hair from a box with a picture of Holly Willoughby on the front. Now she’s under no illusion that she’s going to look like Holly Willoughby (at least I don’t think so) but she ‘wears it well’ (I know, different artist) My issue with Macca and Cliff alike is dying it that fake reddish colour that no man, woman or beast their age would naturally have. Against their ageing skin tone, it looks, well...fake!
At some point they probably could get away with it, but someone should have had a word. I remember when I was pushing 30 and feeling old (God, what I’d give to be that age now) I was working in an office and a client would come in. She was In her 50’s, she had long bleach blond frizzy hair, drove a bus and had a voice like a fog horn. I had an epithony that this might be how I appeared to others and, drastically for me, I got a darker blonde dye.
When I washed it off, to me, it may as well have been black. It looked so dark in comparison to my usual colour, and you know what, I didn't feel like me. My saving grace was that the week after I went on holiday abroad and the sun lightened it back to its usual colour and all was well in the world, But I can see where the likes of Macca are coming from.
Me at Mablethorpe as a kid - before I started dying my roots brown.
If you've been born a certain colour, it can be hard to let go or see yourself as any other. I was born blonde. It was only when those pesky hormones started kicking in about the age of 13 that it gradually got darker. I remember the devastation of learning colours in French class, the teacher pointing to my head and a boy saying 'Brun'
These were the Kylie Minogue Neighbours years, and like many I bought a product called 'Sun In' which you sprayed on your hair, burning your fingers in the process, and scrunch dried it to within an inch of its life.
So you see for the majority of my life I've been blonde. I feel it's part of my identity. Did McCartney feel the same about his barnet? We often assume men don't care as much about their appearance as women, but why shouldn't they?
Me just after my hair grew back following chemo