Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. (Proverbs 16:31)
In ancient times, old age and gray hair were synonymous with wisdom and knowledge. According to Rachael Gibson, the Hair Historian, throughout the 18th century powdering elaborate wigs and your hair off-white became all the rage for the European elite. We’ve come a long way from that mindset for now in our culture it is implied that gray hair is unattractive. We’re fixated on looking young which has spawned the hair coloring industry. As a person ages, melanin production is reduced and causes the hair to turn gray and, ultimately, white, which means there's no melanin stimulation in the hair follicle.
By default, gray hair is associated with age. But many things come with age including beauty and strength. As a culture, our hair – the color of it, the length and the style seems to have a direct impact on our value and worth, which is sad. I am a woman of a certain age – over 50, with the gray hairs to show for it. I too fell victim to our culture’s lies around gray hair as I used to pluck them out as fast as they grew in. When I realized that this was a fruitless endeavor, I stopped. I admire older women who rock their gray hair with grace and beauty. They seem to breathe rarefied air and I wanted to be like them. It’s not the hair but what they personify – grace, beauty, strength, confidence. Their hair lets those in their presence grasp these truths sooner. Though gray hair lacks color it possesses strength and resilience. Gray hair is nothing to be ashamed of. Because of the increasing gray hair on my head, I can say the following with certainty. You can too.
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