'I got sick of the Cruella de Vil jokes!'
Published 31/10/2012 | 06:00
Grey hair isn't just for grannies, insists Powerscourt Townhouse tour guide Shireen Marcus (64) from Dublin.
"Deciding to go grey four years ago was very scary. After 20 years as a bottle brunette, though, I'd had enough. At first, I just had a silver streak at the front. However, I soon got sick of the 'Cruella de Vil' gags -- and decided to go fully grey for my 60th birthday.
"With the help of my hairdresser Marcus at SitStil, it took about a year to transition from black to grey. But I'm thrilled with the results. People can't believe that this is my natural hair colour -- everyone thinks I dye it.
"My biggest tip for other women considering going grey is to get a modern cut so that it doesn't look old-ladyish. You also have to make an effort with your make-up. Grey hair combined with casual clothes and no make-up is not a good look. Sometimes when I look at myself in the mirror in the morning, I scare myself. As soon I put on my red lipstick, though, I look and feel amazing.
"Greying gracefully definitely takes confidence. When you get to a certain age, though, you just go for it!"