Joy here – I was aghast when I saw Jane Fonda present best picture of the year at the 2020 Academy Awards. Sexy, bombshell, toned, Fonda, who had inspired millions to exercise to her 1982 Jane Fonda’s Workout, walked out and showed herself to millions of viewers with gray hair!!!
I think this trend of going gray might have started with Helen Mirren (elegance personified), culminating with Sharon Osborne, who had dyed her hair flaming red every week for 18 years! What gives? Are women of a certain age feeling more confident in their aging hair and skin?
Not only did the fabulous Jane Fonda go gray, but she vowed that she was done with surgery to make her look younger. At 82, she is remarkable by anyone’s standards. I give her credit for speaking her mind and standing up for what she believes, still an activist in her 8th decade of life!
The guy who is responsible for both Jane and Sharon’s tresses is a top colorist by the name of Jack Martin. Lady Clairol this is not! The shades they both chose are truly beautiful grays, not your dingy dish water gray that creeps up on you and says “time to go to the beauty parlor!”
I admit that I am not ready to go this route. When I’m 80, (G-D willing) I might go gracefully into the white space. It will highlight my blue eyes, which will be cataract free by then!
Barclay here – I’m with Joy!
In fact, I never want to catch sight of what lies beneath! When I sense its wire-like, springy presence, it is time to call Colette, my miracle working colorist and stylist who has become a good friend, given all the time we spend together!!
The truth is not many of us can afford the likes of Jane’s and Sharon’s colorist, who has deftly overseen their transition to the gray side. OUR transition would likely be raccoon like, and reveal texture about as smooth as steel wool.
But I DO applaud Jane Fonda for boldly embracing the gray (smooth and perfect as it is) and encouraging us all to age with grace and gratitude.
Personally, I am grateful for her example, but I am equally grateful for Colette, whom I should probably call now.
-You can spot them on the Red Carpet and on the streets of Naples, Florida, where I am presently. The big lips, the pained smile, the too-arched eyebrows. I have heard it said that, “The gods we worship write their names on our faces.” May our faces radiate contentment and gratitude with normal sized lips and the inner beauty that comes with generosity of spirit.
-That said, let’s give thanks for make-up and hair products!
Enjoy the ride!
xox Barclay and Joy