#Grombre thoughts: Why many women are going grey

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/02/19/grombre-thoughts.html

The social media-driven #grombre movement celebrates the natural phenomenon of grey hair (and silver, salt-and-pepper, white, and so on).

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#2

Parent hood did me in. Of course now with classic male pattern baldness in full effect I feel lucky just to have hair. Who cares what color it is.

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#3

Female pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) runs in my family. I’m 35 and my hair is pretty thin in the front but completely brown. Maybe it’s a case of the grass is always greener, but I’d take going grey young as long as it meant I had a fuller head of hair.

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#4

I can’t see myself trying to dye my grays.

For one thing, I have a lot of body hair so if I wanted to fool anyone I’d basically have to fill the whole bathtub with “Just for Men.”

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#5

Could make for an interesting ‘tan’.

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#6

Good on ya’ , Xeni. That’s the sort of thing that if you do it (one way or the other) do it for you.

I’ve known a few women over the years who let their scalps do as they would and without exception they were centered, confident women who didn’t even have to say that your opinion was all about you, not them.

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#7

So, what’s the origin of the word “grombre”?

I googled for it, but all I get is example of people letting their grey hair grow. No explanation of the origin of the word.

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#8

I am pretty sure it’s a portmanteau of “gray” and “ombre”. Ombre is being used as a descriptor and also as a refrence to the haircolor trend from a few years back.

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#9

Ah, okay, thanks. Being a guy, I wasn’t familiar with the term “ombre” in regards to hair color.

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#10

Is it a bad ombre?

Next door to my office is a salon, and the sign on the wall says, “It’s not grey hair; it’s platinum highlights.”

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#12

Yay! My wife is now 32 and has had a wicked Bride of Frankenstein streak since before we started dating. I know that this isn’t about what men find attractive in any way, but goddamn, it’s sexy.

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#13

Yeah one of my friends has early graying that runs in the family and it comes in the prettiest silver. She likes to dye her hair crazy colors so sometimes it’s a struggle not to accidentally cover all the lovely gray.

It is exceeding attractive on her. Her mom’s hair is all soft white and crisp silver, it’s always looked good on her too.

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#14

My dad went full white in grad school, and was kind enough to pass on the genes to me. Luckily, I’ve been salt and peppering only rather than shock white (though that would be kind of cool with my pigmentation). My sister got the Cruella DeVil white stripe.

The running joke is that I’m going to dye it that totally unnatural blue that old ladies seem to use to try to go from white to grey, then vehemently deny that I’ve done anything. (then switch it to pink or something the following week).

The things I’d do if I didn’t have to occasionally report in to the office and look “professional”…

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#15

I can see the appeal.

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#16

I’d be scared to have it turn out like Dolt 45.

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#17

My hairdresser says that my natural white streaks are Arctic Blonde.

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#18

I had a friend from Nigeria who told me that her youthful looking grandmother got really impatient with how long it was taking for her hair to go grey. Culturally the older women are given more respect in her village (and probably the whole region, I guess) and she wanted it to be clear to everyone that she was old enough for that special treatment.

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#19

And some of us (me) are just kinda lazy.

Not saying I’ll never decide on another color - but I was surprised how much I liked the gray coming in.

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#20

I came to this conclusion after a bad allergic reaction. Believe me, you’re better off avoiding dye altogether.

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