Touve-Holland, 34, and stlyist Katie Guinan check
Touve-Holland's hair at Gavin Scott Salon and Spa
in Stow, Ohio, on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Touve-Holland
has chosen to keep her gray hair instead of
Ohio ó It was bound to happen ó youíve found your
first gray hair. It may remind you that the internal
clock is ticking. You make a mental note to call the
hairdresser for a dye job.
or gray is trending now in fashion, accessories and home
decor. And while some local stylists say going gray
naturally may be a trend, others say it can make a woman
look 10 years older.
you squeeze that tube of Vidal Sassoon on your locks,
examine your shade of gray.
have one client with gorgeous white and silver natural
hair that I wouldnít color if she asked me," said
Jackie Parker, owner of J. Parker & Associates in
Green, Ohio. "Most gray hair, though, is not
exception is former Akron, Ohio, TV anchor and
personality Robin Swoboda, who recently embraced the
at a recent picture of Swoboda on Facebook, Parker, who
has been a hairstylist for 35 years, described her hair
as an "uncommon, natural, beautiful color."
talked about it (going gray) for years," Swoboda
said. "I was going to a fabulous salon and the
owner just kept saying, ĎNo, you are not ... you will
look like you are 80 years old.í"
while her late mother was living with her last year,
Swoboda noticed how her shiny white and silver hair made
her eyes sparkle, and decided it was time to make a
gray grow out is a long process, explained Tim Pestian,
a stylist at Georgie Salon & Spa in Fairlawn, Ohio.
"Itís a journey, thatís for sure," he
the occasion of my 55th birthday, right after Christmas,
I knew that the only way to get all of the blonde out
was to cut it short," Swoboda said. "While I
was sitting there, I thought I looked like James
Traficant and asked myself, Ďwhat have I done? Iíve
lost both my length and my blond.í"
viewers liked the look. Reaction "was 98.9 percent
positive," she said.
Swoboda, Michelle Touve-Holland of Streetsboro, Ohio,
began going gray barely out of the starting gate of
life. The 34-year-old has had only a couple of people
suggest that she dye it.
have since accepted it," she said, chuckling.
stylist, Kristie Warner, co-owner of Gavin Scott Salon
& Spa, noted that Touve-Holland has a "funky,
trendy-looking haircut with gray that looks really
Parker and Warner understand why clients are interested
in at least exploring their gray roots.
is freeing, less maintenance and a more simple
lifestyle. It goes along with everything we are doing
now," said Parker. "But unless they are one of
the rare women with that silver and white mix, I tell
them ĎIf you want to look 10 years older, then stop
coloring your hair.í"
Carris, owner of Creative Designers in Portage Lakes,
canít convince me that itís a good thing to go gray
ó unless you are old. When you are in your 80s and you
have pretty white hair, thatís one thing.
think gray hair makes men look older, but they can pull
it off," she said. "It looks more
distinguished. But thatís a different story."
adults we shake our heads at those crazy kids with
purple, pink or orange manes, but remember blue-haired
ladies? The women, you might remember, were generally
elderly with locks the color of a drop-in toilet
freshener. And, no, it wasnít a mistake. They made
their hair that color on purpose.
was way back in the day when everybody used a rinse that
made their hair blue," Carris said, laughing.
going naturally gray isnít so bad. Still, the majority
of women, like Lorraine Fields of Uniontown, Ohio, are
on a mission to keep it covered up.
she recently turned 60, Fields said, streaks of gray
sprouted near her ears ó reminding her of
hunt for camouflage was on, but it had to be cheap. She
perused the aisles of a drugstore for a product with
appropriate coverage, and enlisted her husband to help
her color her locks.
what a dye job. Ö Because of my cheapness, I had a
brown side of hair, the other almost black, and a
chemically burned scalp. The gray streaks (were)
unscathed by the attempt to cover," she joked,
adding that she is heading to a salon to get the job
thing to remember is that age is just a number, and hair
color does not dictate whether you lead a sedate
lifestyle or behave like a character in the "50
Shades of Grey." The choice is yours.