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The Kit - - FRONT PAGE - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY SHA­LAN AND PAUL —As told to Natasha Bruno

I first started colour­ing my hair when the grey started com­ing in my 30s. I car­ried on as a dyed brunette for decades, but re­cently, at 58, it started to bother me that my hair looked flat and just didn’t feel nat­u­ral any­more. I would look at beau­ti­ful images of women with sil­ver hair and won­der what that would look like on me. But the de­ci­sion to tran­si­tion to my nat­u­ral colour, which is al­most white, was pri­mar­ily driven by the fact that I had to have my roots touched up ev­ery two and a half weeks. It wasn’t about the money; it was about my time. And it was about want­ing to be me.

The process started with a con­sul­ta­tion with Luis Pacheco, a vet­eran colourist and the founder of Medulla & Co. sa­lon in Toronto. I told him why I wanted to go grey and we talked about a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways of get­ting there. He ar­rived at a great idea: to em­u­late a salt and pep­per look by do­ing high­lights and low­lights with foils, so my roots would blend in as they grew out. He told me if I didn’t like it, “You’re only 30 min­utes away from be­ing a brunette again.”

I was ex­cited—but my appointment was sched­uled for three weeks down the road, and he didn’t want me to touch my roots un­til then. That’s what rat­tled me the most: hav­ing to deal with sparkly sil­ver roots. I tried cov­er­ing them up with root con­cealer and part­ing my hair in dif­fer­ent ways. I felt like I had to ex­plain it to peo­ple— es­pe­cially tall peo­ple— and tell them, “Don’t look at my roots!” I also started pay­ing a lot more at­ten­tion to nat­u­rally grey-haired women. I’d think, “She looks great. That could be me!”

There were two peo­ple I was afraid to tell about it: my mother, who is 80 and a dyed brunette (she said, “It’s go­ing to make you look re­ally old”), and a dear friend who, as I ex­pected, told me, “Don’t do it.” But I wasn’t sec­ond-guess­ing. As for my hus­band, who is a sil­ver fox him­self and had been hear­ing about this for two years, his mes­sage was, “Just do it al­ready!”

On the big day, I could tell Luis knew his stuff. But when I asked if he’d ever done this be­fore, he said, “No, honey. Most peo­ple come to me to cover their grey hair, not to find their grey.” I sat in his chair for three and a half hours—my butt hurt, and the tops of my ears were sore from the weight of all the foils. I in­stantly knew that sil­ver would look good on me be­cause of all the alu­minum around my face!

I was hop­ing for some­thing that still looked cool, and I feel that’s what I got—I was re­ally thrilled about that. And I’m look­ing for­ward to watch­ing how the colour evolves over time be­cause Luis doesn’t think I need to go back for a cou­ple of months. Plus, I’m back to my nor­mal part be­cause I don’t have to worry about cov­er­ing the greys any­more. And I’ve re­al­ized that look­ing great with grey hair is about the whole pack­age, so I’ve been pay­ing at­ten­tion to dress­ing in a more fash­ion-for­ward, edgy way.

The other day I had lunch with my friend who had told me not to do it. I was a lit­tle ner­vous to hear her re­ac­tion, but she said that she liked it and that she thought it was very cool. She didn’t feel that it aged me at all.

“I was hop­ing for some­thing that still looked cool and I feel that’s what I got—I was re­ally thrilled about that.”

PHOTO: PETER STIGTER (BACK­STAGE BEAUTY)

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