This article caught my eye yesterday: Going Gray.
While I was out on leave post-brain surgery and the hair started to grow back, I went about 2 months without coloring the rest of my hair, and grew some impressive gray roots. And I toyed with the idea of keeping it, but decided against it, at this time in my life. So I was interested to read her experiences as a woman who chose to go gray and write about it - she found it was more of an issue in the workplace than in her personal life. That's what I had thought/expected too. I work with a lot of 35 and under people, and while one of the few "older women" lets her gray hair go natural (and looks stunning with it, because it sets off her young, rosy complexion) the rest of us kill the grays. If I lived in a different place or worked in a different business, where I didn't sit in late afternoon meetings under harsh florescent lighting with people who are almost all 10-15 years younger than I am, I think I'd be tempted to let the gray go natural. But now is not the time for me.
I did think it was interesting that after the author went gray she lost 15 pounds and bought better clothes. I think that's a huge factor in "how well one ages." It's possible to be gray and look utterly fabulous and sexy. Look at Jamie Lee Curtis. But she's not schlumping around in ill-fitting mom jeans in public, though she seems like the kind of gal who'd own a pair and wear them to wash the dog.
So, though I don't quite feel the urge to abandon the brown from a box just yet, I think the day is coming - and as it approaches I will prepare for it with working out, weight loss and the aforementioned closet purge.