'Cancer made me see there are more important things in life than going grey'
Published 31/10/2012 | 06:00
Mum-of-two Stephanie Turner (58), from Drogheda, embraced her roots after recovering from cancer.
"Three years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Before starting chemotherapy, I got my hairdresser, Mary at The Orange Room, to cut my hair as short as she could. I was determined not to wait for it to fall out in lumps.
"Ever since I started going grey in my early 40s, I kept my hair dark brown by getting my roots done every six weeks. After my treatment, however, I was advised not to dye my hair straight away because of the chemicals. So, when it eventually started growing back, it took me a while to get used to my new grey hair. I actually made an appointment to get it dyed, but cancelled it at the last minute. Now I'm glad I did.
"Since going grey, I've gotten loads of compliments. Best of all, it's halved my hairdressing bill as I just get highlights to enhance the natural greys every 12 weeks. It's sad that women like Fiona Bruce think they can't have grey hair and still look great.
"You don't have to be in your 80s to go grey. I certainly don't feel old -- and even splashed out on a colourful new wardrobe to go with my 'salt and pepper' hair. I had my last mammogram in August and everything was fine. Roots don't worry me any more. There are far more important things in life than going grey."