I tried to take a picture of the actual gray stripe that is forming in my own, actual hair. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show up on film because it isn’t really a gray stripe, yet. It’s more of a Gray Stripe-in-Waiting. It’s there, more on the underlayers than on top, and whether or not you can see it depends on where I part my hair, where the curls fall, and how the light hits it.
But trust me, it’s there. And I’m not sure how I feel about this. These creeping gray highlights have been coming for a while. On the one hand, I’ve been dreading the day when they become more visible to the casual observer. On the other hand …. some really badass ladies have gray stripes! For example:
Musical Badass: Bonnie Raitt
If any younger folks are still in the room, Bonnie is a musician who achieved international prominence in the early nineties. She didn’t just spring onto the scene, though. She had already spent 20-some-odd years paying her dues and doing her thing on the blues scene, rather than jumping into every pop trend to come along. Pop music is often lousy with sugar-coated, pastel-colored, 20-something girls — but Bonnie showed us what a real woman over 40 can do. The music world discovered and appreciated her quiet strength and uniqueness, and she spent the next few years snapping up every Grammy Award that wasn’t bolted down. What’s not to love about that?
Biker Chic Badass: Gemma from TV’s Sons of Anarchy.
Even though Gemma wears slightly more conventional highlights, to me she’s totally got that Badass Gray Stripe vibe. Played to perfection by Katey Sagal, Gemma is First Lady of the Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club (or, as she calls herself, “Old Lady” to the club’s leader, Clay). The Sons are a pretty tough bunch, but they’re no match for Gemma. Sure, she hangs with outlaws. She may have been complicit in her previous lover’s murder. She even smacked a girl with a skateboard for sleeping with her man. But physical violence isn’t the worst way she’ll mess you up. Oh, no. One steely-eyed glare, followed by a withering put-down, and you’re a pool of jello on the floor. Seriously.
Fashion Badass: Stacey from TLC’s What Not to Wear.
Stacy is a different breed of Badass. She doesn’t sing the blues or hang with bikers, at least not to my knowledge, but she can rock a pointy shoe like nobody’s business. More importantly, she somehow finds a way to be absolutely ruthless with her fashion-challenged clients, pulling no punches in her criticism, while still being charming and funny. Would you hug somebody who told you that you dressed like a hooker? I think not. Yet her makeover “victims” do just that, week after week.
So I don’t know…. with company like this, I think a gray stripe might be an awesome thing to have! What do you think? Can I be a badass, too, when I grow up?