Beth Rooney, Photographer and Writer, 38.
“Mommy, your hair is getting very gray! Are you going to die?” This was my daughter Rose’s reaction to my increasingly gray roots. It was heart-wrenching. I told her, “Yes, I will eventually die, but not because I stop coloring my hair. Coloring my hair will not keep me from dying.”
Several years ago, I dyed my hair red for a David Bowie Halloween costume, but then I just kept it because I liked the color. A couple of years into it, I noticed more gray coming in when my roots started to show and I didn’t know what to do. So, I went to a salon to ask about transitioning to gray and they told me it would be expensive and possibly damaging to my curls. Instead, I chopped my hair short and just went cold turkey. There are days when I love my gray and there are days when I just don’t feel “ready” to be so gray."