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Chrissy Teigen Doesn’t Dye Her Gray Hair, and Neither Do I. Here’s Why
Supermodel Chrissy Teigen has gray hair and doesn’t care who knows it.
In fact, she flaunts it.
And from one gray lady to another, may I say, “Rock those silver locks, girl.”
Teigen proudly posted on Twitter this week her “skunk-like streak” of gray hair is fondly reminiscent of “101 Dalmations’” Cruella de Vil.
Her fans cheerfully responded with photos of themselves (and a couple of adorable babies) sporting white streaks in their tresses or beards, as well as full-blown manes of lush gray hair.
Teigen didn’t elaborate on her decision to not color her hair, but the celebrity is known for her down-to-earth approach to life and is also open about her thrifty ways (she learned how to cook to save money on her dates with husband John Legend).
Whatever the reason, Teigen surely saves money by staying away from hair dyes and color treatments.
My hair is about half-gray, so during my last haircut I asked my stylist whether she thought I should color my hair.
She said only if I was prepared to make a very expensive commitment to the process for the rest of my life or shave my head when I didn’t want to spend the time or money coloring it anymore.
If we’re being honest here, neither option sounded all that great.
If we take head-shaving off the table (please!), that leaves regular coloring and touch-up sessions.
Let’s do some math:
A local salon here in St. Petersburg, Florida, charges $50 to $85 for all-over color treatment. Color retouches start at $50.
According to the Sally Beauty, people with color-treated hair should have touch-ups every four to six weeks.
If I conservatively touch-up my color 10 times per year, I’m looking at $500 just to maintain the illusion that I still have the same hair color I was born with.
Then there are all the special shampoos, conditioners and hair masks I’d need to maintain the color in between touch-ups.
I’m exhausted just thinking about it. I’ll keep my hair au natural, thanks.
But the decision to color your hair is a personal one, so don’t worry about what random celebrities or personal finance writers have to say. If changing your hair color makes you happy, I say go for it.
You won’t get any argument from me, because what I spend on bi-weekly professional nail treatments each year could pay down the national debt of a small nation.
So, you do you.
I’ll bet Chrissy Teigen would agree.
Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her hair is tinsel-colored, thankyouverymuch.