I have struggled with my feelings about my gray hair since I was in my mid-20s. The cost of coloring, the mess, the impact on the environment. Especially the way I looked between colorings.
One day I went to my colorist and he refused to apply chemical because not enough of the old color had grown out. After some consultation, we agreed to cut it all off. Now I was gray with silver highlights.
Very short hair was something I had always wanted to do but stopped short because of what the people around me wanted.
Taking that simple step has made me feel free. And ‘those people’ have come to accept it. I haven’t used hair color since that day but I have let it grow longer, and could cut it short again on a whim.