Chandra Garcia, Chicago Public School Teacher, 50.
“I am known for my gray hair. During the strikes last year, it was ‘Just look for Garcia’s hair’ It became a marker for me. I find now that I’m 50 I know who I am. In my 20s all I cared about was everyone else, 30s, more balanced, by my 40s, it was like, fuck it. 50s, kids are off to college and I can be who I want to be. At 50 I have free time and it’s amazing to have it again. People talk about a mid-life crisis: Please, I’m having a renaissance! This hair is part of it. Part of the freedom.”
I have never dyed my hair. I had a streak of gray as far back as high school. And it wasn’t salt and pepper hair, no. I had full strands of gray. People thought I was doing it on purpose, but it’s just my hair.”