I was 18 when I found my first gray hair. It wasn’t long before that gray turned into two, then five, then more. Over the next ten years, the grays multiplied and eventually I began experimenting with color.
Fast forward to 40. What I most valued in life had been shifting and I became more interested in natural beauty and holistic wellness. I started replacing chemical-laden products with more natural ones. I swapped out my household cleaning products, stopped using harsh chemicals on my face, and limited makeup to eyeliner and mascara. Then I decided to stop coloring my hair.
My concern about the chemicals was only one factor in this decision: I also realized how much time this process had been costing me. My hair grows fast, so I needed to color it about once every four weeks over a 10-year period. That adds up to at least 130 hours (more than five days!) just coloring my hair. There were other things more deserving of my time.