Do you remember the days of the well-dressed Church Ladies? I do. You’d see them every Sunday morning dressed in their finest in honor of the Man Upstairs.
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By and large I suppose we humans have been more of a disappointment than a joy to Him over the centuries, but I can’t help thinking that the Church Ladies always brought a smile to his face. And who knows? At those moments when He was just so fed up with us that He thought about pulling the plug, maybe, just maybe, He said to Himself, “Hmm, Miss Agnes just bought herself a new Sunday hat. Maybe I’ll wait to see how she looks in it.”
I’ve read some recent studies on church attendance in the US – some say it’s up, some say it’s down – but whether there are more of us or less of us in church these days, there’s no denying the fact that few of us “dress up” any more for the occasion.
So, imagine my delight last Sunday to see a whole pew taken up with what was clearly three generations of a family all beautifully turned out for the occasion; but the member of the family who really caught my eye was the family’s well-dressed doyenne holding her granddaughter’s hand.
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Suddenly, I was transported to Angélina, the chic salon de thé on the rue de Rivoli, and it brought back so many fond memories. On a Saturday afternoon, after a day’s shopping, you will see the Parisiennes in all their glory lined up in the foyer waiting for a table – the Bobo, the Artiste, the Intello, the Femme d’un certain âge, etc., etc..
Angélina - Vintage Photo
At the head of the line is a woman of indeterminate age (probably in her seventies) holding her granddaughter’s hand as they patiently wait for a table while the little girl dreams of the hot cup of chocolat that awaits her. Like the lady in church, this Parisian Mamie is wearing a beautifully tailored suit, also of indeterminate age, (i.e., timeless), with a silk scarf tied just so. Like the lady in church, her grey hair is impeccably coiffed. And, like the lady in church, her hair has a healthy, youthful shine to it. And that, ladies, is the key to going gray the right way.
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Many of us who color our hair will one day make the decision to stop doing so. Mme Mère colored her hair until her late eighties, at which point she just got tired of doing it. It turned out she had a beautiful head of shiny, silver hair that was perfect for her coloring. She was delighted.
If you do make the decision to go gray, remember that going gray the right way depends on three things.
1) The Right Cut;
2) The Right Shade;
3) A Healthy Shine.
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Dull hair will drain the life out of a great shade even with a great cut. Shiny hair makes you look youthful and healthy, especially if you go gray.
I’m still a redhead, no longer by nature but by design, and every two or three months or so I have my hairdresser use a semi-permanent glaze to lock in the color and the shine, because I know the importance of healthy, shiny hair no matter the color.
In between, if I feel my hair needs a little boost, I’ll use a product like Bed Head’s Motor Mouth, which is supposed to add volume and shine. I’m not sure about the volume, which I don’t really need, but it does add a nice shine. The only drawback for me is the strong blueberry smell, which, fortunately, dissipates by the following day.
I don’t use hairspray very often, but when I do, I use Aussie’s Sun-Touched Shine. It adds hold and a lovely shine to your hair.
There are so many hair products available to us today that were not available to our Mamies, from wash-in to leave-in to spray-on. Whether or not you have made the decision to “go gray” or have just noticed that your hair color looks a little dull, talk to your hairdresser about what he/she recommends and don’t be afraid to experiment with products on your own.
Remember…..beautiful hair at any age depends on the right cut, the right shade and a healthy, youthful shine.
Next time, we’ll talk about shimmer and shine, where we want it and where we don’t.