A woman whose hair went gray’ overnight when she was 21 said she now feels sexier and happier after embracing her natural silver locks.
Sara Eisenman, now 43, said she used to dye her hair every fortnight to get rid of gray tresses. She was left feeling embarrassed whenever she looked at her reflection.
During those times, she started to hide her gray hairs by applying hair color every two weeks. She even dyed her hair a few hours before giving birth to her first child, Abe, so that when visitors came, they wouldn’t see any signs of aging.
After giving birth to her second child, Naomi, Sara managed to change her perspective about her image. She realized there were more important things than worrying about her hair turning silver.
Sara decided to see her gray hair as a ‘crown’ after 15 long years of dying her locks. She now feels reborn and completely liberated.
Her husband, 45-year-old Hanan, supported her all the way. And when she revealed her secret to her friends, they told her she would look like a witch. But she proved them all wrong!
Sara will turn 44 this year but instead of feeling sad about her age, she feels and looks her best all thanks to her silver hair.
“My hair turned almost entirely silver, literally overnight, at the age of 21. I went to the mirror one day to find that silver hair was emerging from the roots all over my head,” she recalled. “It was seen by me as a startling marker of aging at a time when I was supposed to be in the height of youth.
“To disguise this evidence I took to coloring my hair very aggressively every two weeks, with a slew of other products – powders, hair crayons, etc. – to disguise the roots in between dying.
“I could not afford to go to a salon so I would use cheap box dye and undertook this messy process at home as frequently as possible to hide what was happening to me, of which my hair was a glaring symbol.”
She added: “At 37, after more than 15 years of coloring every two weeks, I could no longer remain a slave to the box of dye – other considerations were simply too important.
“I began to have some potent realizations: one, that my shame regarding my hair was connected to whole other realms of hiding and shame within, based in social indoctrination, and secondly that the emergence of my silver hair was a symbol, a crown of sorts, that marked a total release of said shame and radical willingness to fully own all that I am and thereby free myself both for my own liberation and even more so – that of my children.
“At that time I was still trying to “fit in” to myriad social structures – extended family, the clique of moms at my kids’ school – that I knew would be kerfuffled by my blatant silver roots and what was bound to be a very awkward transition from fully dyed black hair, to blazing silver.
“When I confided my decision to friends, I was told how much it would age me, and that I would look like a ‘witch’.
“Yet I knew very steadfastly in my heart that these stereotypes would prove completely incorrect, and I never touched a bottle of dye again.
“I also used this as an opportunity for a radical total self-rebirth, which manifested in myriad ways. First, I started wearing the clothing I always wanted to wear, in new color palates, playing with new makeup shades, using all manner of scarfs, headbands and messy up-dos to dance with the line of demarcation between old and new ‘me’.
“Thus while I found myself shunned by some of the snobby moms and other judgmental people in my life during more transition, I was coming more alive and having more fun than ever.”
She continued: “The silver hair had a reflective, brilliant almost mirror like quality to it. It would reflect the sunsets on the beach or the pure desert light, and it would sparkle.
“Very few people know that silver hair actually has a natural brilliance and magic to it, that is only dulled and deadened with dye. It was an amazing experience.”
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