The other day I saw a young black woman with beautiful braids. I remarked to her about how thick and beautiful her braids looked. She thanked me and then proceeded to tell me that her braids were extensions. Her hair actually was thin and unruly. She knew the braids were destroying her hair, but she just wasn’t ready to go a la natural’.
Later that day I saw an older woman with beautiful white hair pulled back into a ponytail. She looked elegant, refined and definitely older. Although her hair was its natural color she definitely had done a little “work” to her face. She was nicely dressed and of course her make-up was applied with care. I noted her hair and by the look of her face I knew she too was not ready to go completely a la natural’.
There are days when I think I would like to let my hair grow out, forget about the Botox, pack away the make-up. This would seem to me to be such a great sense of freedom. It takes a lot of work to uphold a youthful image; especially in the face of aging. My hair is not a pretty combination of silver and white. It’s a mousy dark blond with a few strands of grey. It’s not that it’s getting thinner, but as we age our hair loses its volume due to shrinkage of the width of the shaft. Extensions might help, but they are expensive and I know they do more damage than help.
When you are young natural is so easy to do. As a young hippie I didn’t wear make-up, color my hair or worry about the lines on my face. At middle age I began to worry about all the fading, sagging and wrinkling my body was undertaking. I struggled to keep myself youthful. Now as I ‘m sliding down hill towards becoming a full-fledged senior I wonder when the day will come when I will succumb to a la natural’? I’m not sure when that day will arrive, but for now I know I’m not ready. So I’ll color, eat healthy and workout every day to keep the appearance of a slow progression towards maturity. That’s Proactive Anti-Aging!