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To Dye Or Not To Dye? Reflections On Going Gray In A Society That Judges Graying Women

Mar 10, 2018

Gray hair is one of the inevitable timestamps of life, and Ashley Gross has noticed a few springing up on her head lately. Or rather, her kids have noticed, and enjoy pointing them out. This didn't seem like such a big deal, until she noticed that there tend to be relatively few prominent women who let their gray show.

Hair colorants are a multi-billion dollar industry that seems to target women's insecurities about aging. They also reinforce a strain in our culture that diminishes older women.

So what to do? Let it all hang out, social consequences be damned? Or cave in and buy a little dye?

Gross looks for advice from female friends, her mother, and a token male: her husband, Sound Effect host Gabriel Spitzer.