Cathleen Mulcahy, Nurse Practitioner, 45.
“Initially, I think it [going gray] did feel like I was letting myself go. It was hard for me to show that this 'grow-out' with the sharp contrast between the gray and the dyed hair, was intentional in the early stages. Part of it also had to do with the covid 19 pandemic. All the masks, eye shields, and PPE didn't really allow for beach combed waves or styled hair anyway. My focus became taking care of my family, and my patients, both physically and emotionally. Meticulously doing my roots every 3 weeks just didn't seem that important to me anymore. I had other priorities. It felt like a good time to let it go. I stopped because this is the hair I have at this point. It seemed like the truth…Early on in my teens and twenties, I was dyeing my hair the Claire Danes “My So-Called Life” hair color and I was doing it for me. Now when I asked myself who I am doing this for, the answer was for other people and that didn't feel so good to me. I don't want to present myself more youthfully just to make other people more comfortable.”