Growing up I loved being a red-head. Not really confident in my looks, I felt my red hair made me special. There are not that many red-heads around. One of my sisters was a brunette and the other a dark blonde. When we met people I would be the one they would notice first because of my red hair.
My grandmother had been a red-head and as she aged, she began to lose her eyesight. When we would go to visit she would have me stand in the door where the sunlight would shine through and she could see my red hair. Again, that made me feel special.
On Saturday nights my mother would roll my hair into banana curls (just like Shirley Temple) and come Sunday morning I would feel so special.
For many years I kept that red hair.
Then cancer came and chemo and I lost all that thick red hair.
The doctor told me not to worry, after treatment my hair would come back even thicker. But it did not. It slowly came back but it was very, very thin and it was grey. They did tests trying to figure out what was wrong because my hair should have come back much thicker that it did.
Only a few years ago we found one of the drugs used caused permanent hair loss. But not to worry. There are always red wigs.
I began wearing a wig during my cancer treatment so afterwards I just continued to wear a wig.
Long after my natural hair was grey I remained a red-head. I told my husband that I would remain “red until dead.”
The last few years as all my friends turned grey I have debated with myself if I should start wearing a grey wig. I hated losing that special feeling of being a red-head.
But this April I will turn 71 so I decided to make the change.
I used to tease my husband and said I was a fiery red-head. Putting on my new grey wig, he pronounced that I am now a silver fox.
It’s taking a little time to get used to the new look – but I think being a silver fox will be just as much fun as a fiery red-head.