Initially she decided to mask this new coming of age with regular visits to the salon.
An unsettling comment from her then employer was the impetus to try to “fix her hair.” For years the stylish New Yorker bleached her hair blond because her mane didn’t take to dye.
“My hair was breaking and in terrible condition” says Johnson.
“It looked more like a field of wheat than a head of hair.” In 1996, Johnson made the decision to go natural and has never looked back.
NEW YORK – MAY 08: Donna Brazile attends the ‘O, The Oprah Magazine’ 10th anniversary Live Your Best Life event at the Jacob Javitz Center on May 8, 2010 in New York City.
(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Actress Ruby Dee attends The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s presentation of the 38th Annual Chaplin Award at Alice Tully Hall on May 2, 2011 in New York City.
(Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images) Darlene Evans vividly remembers the day she noticed her first gray hair.
She was in her 20s, juggling life as a single mom while trying to hold down a job, when she looked in the mirror and there it was: a shiny white hair.
Instead of hiding their roots they opt to maintain their head full of gray hair.
Diana Lewis Jewell, author of Going Gray, Looking Great, runs a website which allows women to share their fears and successes about the issue.