I'm a guy. I'm getting old(er). One of the many consequences is gray hair. Lately, it's reaching the verge of being noticeable. Based on family history, I have a short window of time before most of my hair is gray. This means that I have to answer an important question:
To color or not to color?
There are many aspects to this which affect my professional life as well as my personal life. In professional life, gray hair denotes experience, but also puts you closer to retirement in an employer's mind (despite your actual age), which can affect how long they think you'll be around. Psychology is just as important as reality in such matters.
Granted, I realize that as a Paralegal blogger most of my readers are probably women. Honestly, I don't know how women approach this question. In my own family it's just something you aren't allowed to discuss. My mother started coloring hers around 50, because she went from her original light brown to "frosted" over about 5 years, and then to medium blonde pretty suddenly.
Most of the men I know either let it go gray fast and live with it, or start coloring at the first sign of gray and fight it as long as possible. My father did the latter before he finally stopped around 65 or so.
So, any tips or thoughts? I'm really wrestling with this. I'm not normally a vain person, so this is more about what's better for my career prospects than anything else.