Going Gray: How to Embrace Your Authentic Self with Grace and Style

Paperback | January 7, 2009

byAnne Kreamer

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When 49-year-old Anne Kreamer saw a horrifying photo of her harshly dyed brown hair, she realized she wasn't kidding anyone. So she set out a plan: over the next few months she would give up her weekly visits to the salon and let her hair go its natural way. The result isGoing Gray: an exploration of that experience and a frank, funny, and unflinchingly wise investigation of aging today. Through interviews, experiments, and surprising personal acounts, Kreamer probes the issues behind two of the biggest fears mature women face:Can I be sexually attractive as a gray-haired middle-aged woman?andWill I be discriminated against in the work world? In searching for the balance between attrectiveness and authenticity, Kreamer offers an entertaining and valuable look at the politics and personal costs of our definition of "aging gracefully."

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When 49-year-old Anne Kreamer saw a horrifying photo of her harshly dyed brown hair, she realized she wasn't kidding anyone. So she set out a plan: over the next few months she would give up her weekly visits to the salon and let her hair go its natural way. The result isGoing Gray: an exploration of that experience and a frank, funny,...

Anne Kreamer is the former executive vice-president and worldwide creative director of Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, and a co-founder of SPY magazine. She currently writes a monthly column for Martha Stewart Living and is a former columnist for Fast Company. Kreamer lives in Brooklyn with her husband, novelist and journalist Kurt Andersen,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:January 7, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316166626

ISBN - 13:9780316166621

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from VERY READABLE Looking at herself in a picture, standing beside her teenage daughter Ms. Kreamer decided that she did not like the artificial look she had perpetuated for so many years and made the decision to stop coloring her hair. She was 49 years old. In this memoir about following through on that decision Ms. Kreamer tells of all the avenues she explored while “going gray”. Often funny and always insightful she takes us through the experience of gathering opinions on her new “old” look from friends, professional personal style consultants and family members. She takes a hard look on how much time and money her hair coloring has cost her over the years (scary!) and how she felt the gray hair would affect her feelings about her age, her sexuality and of being a vibrant, feminine woman. The results were often not what you would expect … such as when she put herself on a dating site, once as a brunette and once with the gray hair, or when she went bar-hopping with friend, again once as a brunette and then again with gray hair. She pulls no punches when she writes about the white “skunk” stripe which has to be endured and how she eventually made the decision to cut her trademark long locks to expedite the process. At the risk of TMI, I read this book because I have been toying with the same decision for many years. Becoming a victim of the dreaded gray hair when I was barely into my 20’s, I too am sick of the time and expense required to maintain the façade. When the title of this book popped onto my radar I knew it was one I had to read. I am glad I did.
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