I'm back on the going-gray-and-going-to-like-it-no-matter-what wagon. But roots are really ugly. I've wondered if anyone on earth had ever had their hair dyed, or rather bleached in small streaks and then toned silver or gray to match the real sliver roots. I've never had my hair professionally colored, and am more nervous about trying to explain what I mean (and getting anyone to not insist on covering the gray rather than emphasizing it) than paying large sums of money for a service.
Then as if a gift from heaven, I just stumbled upon a slideshow detailing this very process while scouring my RSS feeds instead of focusing on meeting a work deadline, which is pretty much my M.O. every day, until I panic and end up spending the entire last weekend before a project is due working (which will be this weekend) to catch up.
They never say the designer's age, which is overly coy to me, but I would be surprised if she was older than 30s, more likely young 30s (ok, she was 31 in October 2010, so yeah, still early 30s) which I don't consider to be an "older" woman like some of the commenters were calling her. Not only have I been searching for a good gray-haired role model under 40 (women still think they're radical for letting their hair go natural in their 50s, or at all, I guess) but one who wears make-up and is style-conscious, not earthy; of course a non-makeup, sensible haircut type would be inclined to go gray with less hemming and hawing.
Now I have to decide if at my advanced age I want to finally take the salon color plunge.