Random thoughts about going gray

I cut my hair again last week to help speed along the process of transitioning from brown to gray. Now that I’ve finally made the decision, I want that process to be over with as quickly as possible. Right now, as you may be able to see from this picture (not sure how well it will show up on your particular monitor) it’s salt-and-pepper throughout the top. I’m really digging the white streaks at my temples, too, and can’t wait until it grows out a little so I can pull my hair back to show them off.

Still, I’d be lying if I said it’s been completely painless. It’s been an adjustment lately, knowing I look my age. I know that sounds petty and egotistical, but it’s true. Before the gray I could at least pretend that I looked five years younger…


About R.J. Keller

R. J. Keller is the author of Waiting For Spring. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and created episodes of the writer-centric YouTube series, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi. She co-hosted Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran from 2011-2014. She lives in Central Maine with her family, where she enjoys gardening, collecting geeky memorabilia, and watching other people cook. View all posts by R.J. Keller

8 responses to “Random thoughts about going gray

  • Lovelyn

    You earned that gray and it looks great on you.

  • Lori

    You’re very brave, Kel. It takes a strong woman to show the gray. And you look very beautiful. I am thinking about this too. When I get tired of henna. When I get the courage.

  • R.J. Keller

    Thanks guys!

    I’ve been debating this for a few years. I actually tried going gray a twice before, but couldn’t do it. Turning forty last October made me feel like it was time. There are still moments when I question it, especially when I see a redhead. I’ve always wanted to be a redhead. But ultimately I feel this is the right thing for me.

  • robinaltman

    I think you look beautiful! The salt and peppery color is quite lovely. In fact, I’m going to bring my computer into my next hair dressing appointment and request a Kel.

  • R.J. Keller

    Thank you, Robin! And to make sure it’s an authentic Kel, tell your hair dresser to cut it uneven in the back.

  • Mac

    Going Jamie Lee Curtis! I love it! You could purposefully dye it some kind of foxy silver…if that would make it easier! I think it will look beautiful.

  • Amy

    Kel, just remember: Red + White = Pink. That’s all I’m saying.

  • R.J. Keller

    Ha! I should have thought of that.

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