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As we exit lockdown and salons reopen - grey roots are now a badge of honour

Stefanie Preissner



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SWEET SUCCESS: Stefanie Preissner as she is today. The writer achieved this dramatic loss by cutting sugar from her diet. Photo: Kip Carroll

SWEET SUCCESS: Stefanie Preissner as she is today. The writer achieved this dramatic loss by cutting sugar from her diet. Photo: Kip Carroll

SWEET SUCCESS: Stefanie Preissner as she is today. The writer achieved this dramatic loss by cutting sugar from her diet. Photo: Kip Carroll

Is it just me or are other people getting a little bit attached to their grey hair? For the first time ever, looking well-groomed is almost a bad look. Scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day, I saw some influencers wearing hairbands and headscarves. That's not been too unusual; I have been sporting a baseball cap since April to hide the silver hair proliferating at my temples and roots. These influencers, however, were covering up their lack of roots and regrowth because they had broken the rules and seen their hairstylists.

In the past, the things you may have feared would look unsightly or unkempt - unmanicured hands, grey hairs, unruly beards or Einstein wild hair - are badges of honour. There is an economy of compliance now. The physical manifestations of your obedience are virtue signals to society.

In the same way I might have kept wearing a wristband from a music festival long afterwards to signal what I'd been doing for the summer, I have now dispensed with the baseball cap and am shaking my salt-and-pepper look with pride.