It’s a decision every woman is faced with at some point: to dye or not to dye.
And after years of colouring her hair, journalist Tracey Spicer has decided to stop and embrace the grey.
However not everyone is as happy with her decision..
“It will be extremely ageing,” Spicer recalls a TV hair and makeup artist warning her after she confessed her plans to let her grey grow, starting with streaks at her temples.
“I feel like yelling, ‘Our cells die each day! Why do we live in denial? Ageing is better than the alternative’,” the 48 year old wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald.
“But I stay schtum. It’s uncomfortable confronting our mortality: no one wants to look death in the face.”
However it’s two unlikely subjects that have proved the most strongly opposed to her decision – her children.
“‘Mum, if you go grey, you cannot pick us up from school,’ 10-year-old Grace says to me. ‘Yeah, Mum, please don’t embarrass us in front of our friends,’ 11-year-old Taj adds,” wrote Spicer.