M’s hair hasn’t gone grey yet and how’s that for injustice? Because what does it matter if a man has grey hair? Grey haired men look distinguished, don’t they? Just think George Clooney. He’s grey and he’s delicious! But name me a beautiful woman, who is happy to flaunt her grey hairs?
Okay, I hear you, already… How about, Helen Mirren, Judy Dench and Meryl Streep?
I do have a problem with my grey hairs. But, since M had somehow managed to convince me that my vanity about my hair was not actually a virtue, I downloaded the photographs he’d taken onto my computer (dark roots and greys showing) and sent them away off to my publisher with a sigh and a prayer.
My publisher didn’t take long to get back to me but I’m not sure that she quite knew what to say. ‘About your author photos,’ she emailed, tactfully not mentioning the dark roots or the grey hairs that were showing. ‘Could you bear getting some more done? I don’t think these photos really show you at your very attractive best!’
When I showed the publisher’s email to M, he conceded that maybe I better go up to the hairdresser before the next photo shoot. ‘You women,’ he said. ‘You’re all the same. You’re always paying too much attention to the superficial things in life – like your hair and your looks. Just think of all the great things you could get done if you didn’t waste so much time on all that stuff?’
Well, to be honest, I thought M did have a point and, for a few hours, I actually believed M might have had the moral high ground as far as my hair colour was concerned. M’s moral victory was short-lived, however. You see, later that night I gleefully caught him with a pair of tweezers, glaring into the mirror in the downstairs bathroom, frantically trying to pull out his very first grey hair by the roots!
Louise Limerick is a Brisbane based novelist and mother of three.
Do you colour your hair? Do you have a problem with grey hairs?