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Last night, I hopped in bed with the October issue of In Style magazine and oh my lord, the 32-page hair special was divine. Chris McMillan (Jennifer Aniston’s hair stylist) used the curling iron technique, except he clamped the hair mid-shaft before curling, leaving the ends free. Very interesting – I will need to try that soon.

I must get to work on tomorrow’s participants (both are undeniably fabulous ladies), but I wanted to conduct an informal poll in the meantime. In Style conducted a survey of more than 2,200 women about their hair. Granted, the 2,200 women were In Style readers, who are probably more invested in their personal upkeep than the general public.

Yet, I was still shocked to see that of these 2,200 women, 78% colored their hair. Wow! That number seemed astronomical to me (probably because I’m in the 22% category).

Does that ring true with you? Tell me, do you currently color your hair, whether it be highlights, permanent or semi-permanent color?


Voting is closed.

  • nabbalicious

    September 19, 2007 at 6:50 am

    I’ll take option number three: I used to, but stopped. I’ll only do it when I start getting so much gray hair that plucking it out is no longer a viable option. Which is why I started highlighting. As soon as I did, the gray stopped. Grr.

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  • Jennie

    September 19, 2007 at 7:02 am

    If it makes you feel any better, I wouldn’t let color anywhere near my hair if it naturally came in a lovely shade of Whoorl :)

  • Jenifer

    September 19, 2007 at 7:22 am

    I highlight and I love it. But, I’ve done everything from blue (in high school) to red (Ronald McDonald – it matched my college cap and gown) to normal with highlights.


    I give you photo proof because I love it and it still stays shiny.

  • chirky

    September 19, 2007 at 7:25 am

    My hair is virginal and shiny. Love.

  • Heidi

    September 19, 2007 at 7:27 am

    I wish I didn’t have to color my hair. I held off as long as a could; it’s those damn greys that make me do it. It’s not easy to accept looking “older” when you aren’t. I’m fine with being 30…I’m no okay with my mom’s grey on my 30 year old head.

  • Beth

    September 19, 2007 at 7:28 am

    I wish I wasn’t compelled to color, but seeing as how I found my first grey hair at 25 (“How’d I get Noxema in my hair up there?” I wondered, then pulled it out and freaked!), I’m now in the permanent highlighting cycle, until such time as I’m mostly grey, then I’ll grow it all out and be natural again.

    But I hope that doesn’t occur for a long, long, long time.

  • erin rae

    September 19, 2007 at 7:38 am

    I’m a determined highlighter….

    But if I had a great color of natural hair, I wouldn’t. As it is, I went from a beautiful blond child to a dirty blond teen to just dirty mouse brown color.

    And now it’s been so long I’m not entirely sure what it would look like natural!

  • sizzle

    September 19, 2007 at 7:42 am

    i would have been completely gray at 30 if it weren’t for the miracle of hair dye.

  • Audrey

    September 19, 2007 at 7:52 am

    I do highlights (“partial foil”), but I actually have an appt. for Saturday to get back to my natural color. The reason I started this vicious cycle is that my hair naturally bleaches out so much in the summer that it looks awful with the roots if I don’t color them back to my natural “winter color.” I’m hopeful that, as I spend much less time outside and I’m much better about wearing a hat these days, this will be the last of my coloring until I begin to go gray – which better be a LONG way off!!

    PS I’m searching for the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum you recommended and can’t wait to try it!

  • metalia

    September 19, 2007 at 7:59 am

    With the exception of an unfortunate Sun-In incident in 10th grade, I’ve never colored/highlighted my hair. (Although the thought of having deep auburn/red hair has long been a secret dream of mine. Sadly, I don’t think I can pull it off.)

  • RA

    September 19, 2007 at 8:07 am

    When I was in college, I got my hair cut at a hair-cutting school (I don’t know the real name for that. Styling school? Cosmetology?) because it was seven whole dollars to run the risk of having a student cut your hair. I was a poor student with resilient hair, what can I say? Anyway, one time, I had this girl who combed through my hair and shrieked, “Ohmigod!!! VIRGIN HAIR!” And seriously, people turned around to see the oddity.

  • abbersnail

    September 19, 2007 at 8:11 am

    I used to be in possession of naturally golden blonde hair. Alas, now that I live in San Fran (home of gray skies), my hair has gotten a little mousy. Thus, highlights! And really, they make me look like myself, at least to me!

  • Gretchen

    September 19, 2007 at 8:19 am

    I wish I didn’t color, but when you find your first gray hairs at 17 (seriously, 17, what have I done to offend the universe???) it’s hard not to end up dyeing. Most of mine are in a fairly isolated patch on my crown, but it’s not a true “streak.” A true streak *might* be kinda cool and edgy if you could avoid the Cruella DeVille look, but mine isn’t consolidated enough for even a Bride of Frakenstein look…

  • Sarah

    September 19, 2007 at 8:38 am

    I color my hair and have ever since high school and I love constantly changing my hair color. I am always changing my hair color because I love changing things up and trying something new. I love red until it turns brassy and then I usually switch to a dark brown then I get highlights, then some low lights, then try natural for awhile, and then dark again. Sometimes I color it to look natural and other times to be dramatic, no pink, but chocolate-vanilla swirl. I also don’t pretend that my hair is natural and at 28 I was starting to get some grey hair, but that might be a new look if I can give it some time. Oh, and my hair is so fine that I love my hair colored because though it is damaged, it is thicker with more body.

  • Not The Mama

    September 19, 2007 at 8:43 am

    Like the other bemoaning the luck of being prematurely grey, I have finally decided to start coloring my hair. At 27, I’m starting to be noticeably grey, rather than just finding stray grey hairs here and there, so I need to do something. But I’m clueless about what I need/want. I recently purchased my first box color and did it myself. I’m reasonably happy with the result — the grey is hidden and no one seems to have noticed, which was my goal. But it looks strange and flat to me. All one color rather than the natural highlights I’m used to. So I need to start having it professionally done. I’m just a little too overwhelmed to think about it seriously.

  • liz

    September 19, 2007 at 8:46 am

    I think you’ll find that a high percentage of blondes color their hair to try and recapture the beautiful color they had as a child. I consider that my natural hair color even though I was 12 the last time hair that color actually grew out of my head. I’m still a blondy-blonde at the age of 46 even though my natural color now would be a mix of mousy, ashy blonde and gray. My friends with dark hair have come much later to hair color and not until they had more gray than they could pull out.

  • Kami

    September 19, 2007 at 8:51 am

    I colour my hair but believe me I held off as long as I could… then the grey started (I’m 33!) and the highlighting started and now it’s excalated to full colours.

    But the shine and the managablity of a good colour is priceless!


  • Olivia

    September 19, 2007 at 9:15 am

    For the purpose of your poll I voted No, but I used to color for a few years. I got tired of the upkeep though. Interestingly, I get more compliments for my natural hair color then I ever did with the faux stuff.

    I do think the In-Style poll, and yours, are fairly accurate. You can’t watch a make-over show without the person having their hair colored at least a little. For hair stylests it seems to be requisite.

  • jonniker

    September 19, 2007 at 9:21 am

    I unapologetically color my whole head different shades of blond, brown and red, for no other reason that my natural hair color is really … well, my God, it’s awful.

  • Shelly

    September 19, 2007 at 9:39 am

    Delurking to comment–I held off until age 38, as long as I could, but after 3 kids in less than 4 years, the greys were taking over. Although my family is blessed with beautiful gray hair if I do say so myself I was not ready to be gray. So yes, I’ve been coloring my hair for 6 months but had never done it chemically before!

  • Natalie 42

    September 19, 2007 at 10:08 am

    I colored a lot in high school. Back then it was red. I used to get stopped in the mall so people could tell me how much I looked like Sydney from Melrose Place. I heard it at least twice a week, it was the craziest thing.


    I stopped coloring after high school and didn’t touch it for years. I’m talking a decade. Then one day I just decided to go dark…DARK dark. (I’m already a brunette but….ya know, DARK.)

    So anyhoo, I do color my hair but I only color it about once or twice a year mostly b/c I don’t want to damage my hair too much. My natural color ends up blending with the colored hair once it’s faded a bit so it works out.

  • cocodrie

    September 19, 2007 at 11:48 am

    My hair has been as virginal as the pure driven snow for the last 10 years. That statistic is somewhat shocking to me, I gotta admit.

  • Lori

    September 19, 2007 at 11:10 am

    I belong in the category of…I have a couple of times and I will again once I get bored (or grey).

  • gorillabuns

    September 19, 2007 at 11:12 am

    i’m all about frying the crap out of my hair.

  • ~Sheryl

    September 19, 2007 at 11:40 am

    I found my first grey at the ripe old age of 16. Prior to that, the summer pool would always lighten my hair. I honestly am not sure what color my hair would be if I didn’t color it. In my late teens it was a blonde (highlighting accident), then (before it was cool) I colored it red with a henna rinse. Well that didn’t last long, as henna is a bitch when you have a ton o’ hair. Now it just goes through a few different shades of red (light, to auburn, to dark). I mix my own color and the grey keeps it looking natural looking (if you can beleive it) because the grey colors differernt and gives it a natural highlight. Yep, every 6 weeks or so for the last 20 years.

    When I think I’m old enough I will let the natural white come thru – my Mom’s hair is absolutely gorgeous.

  • Liss

    September 19, 2007 at 11:41 am

    I have colored in the past, but at a certain point I realized that my natural medium brown is truly the best shade for me. Sometimes I get a clear glaze treatment for extra shine and body. I’ll probably start getting a brunette glaze when those first greys start to multiply…

  • janet

    September 19, 2007 at 11:43 am

    my hair is virginal, but then again, I did not inherit long legs, a slender tummy, narrow hips, or nicely shaped fingernails, so I feel like I DESERVE my blonde tresses, dammit! :)

  • Schnozz

    September 19, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Hey! Hey! Clamping, but leaving the ends free, and then twisting! I do that!

    Don’t ask me why I get so excited about this. But the technique WAS responsible for the recently photographed Best Hair Day Ever. It’s a great technique! People should try it!

    (swigs more caffeine, runs around in circles, falls down)

    I’ll be fine. Carry on.

  • Angella

    September 19, 2007 at 11:54 am

    I have been colouring my hair since my early twenties. Because I have SO MUCH GREY.

    Oh, the money I could save if it weren’t for those nasty grey hairs. I’d pluck them, but then I’d be bald, and that would not be pretty.


  • Leah

    September 19, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    I’m also curious to know how many of the dyers are blonde. You might say I’m kind of protective of my natural color in the face of IMPOSTERS. Just kidding. Kind of.

  • Sarcomical

    September 19, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    i have not seen my REAL hair color for probably 10 years.

  • Lara

    September 19, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    I haven’t colored my hair in a while…but it is definitely time to do it again. I have blonde hair but it looks a lot less “sunny” than in days of old. I would describe the current shade as “blah.”

  • Lori N

    September 19, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Highlights & low lights for me. More low than high lately – I’m liking the richer tones – the blond streaks were getting too brassy for me. I am not good at upkeep & go too long between touch ups, but no one seems to notice.

  • bethany actually

    September 19, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    I’ve been coloring my hair since high school in one way or another–Kool-Aid streaks, semi-permanent color at home, highlights at the salon, lowlights at the salon, etc. Why? Because it’s fun! For the record, I had dark blonde hair as a child, and now have naturally medium brown hair. I am not going gray yet.

  • OMSH

    September 19, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    I bought a curling iron and have no idea why – nor HOW to use it on my head of growing out hair.


    You people with hair kill me.

    And? I colored my hair from age 19 to 29. TEN YEARS OF COLOR. Why? Oh, because my grey hair is in a race to take over my head. And winning.

    Trying to figure out why I had to follow your sexpot lip splatter (or whatever) link. Trying to justify spending $23 on lip gloss. Tell me why I need it more than Almay’s $6.00 lip gloss.

  • Sadie

    September 20, 2007 at 6:07 am

    I started in high school with the cheap Clairol drugstore kits, and turned my hair various shades of orange, aubergine, and straw-yellow, before seeking professional help around the post-college years. Ever since then, I have had my hair professionally colored. My natural color is a darkish blonde/light mousy brown and it gets dark and dull in the winter (which lasts about 6 months ’round these parts), so I have been getting golden/caramel highlights for years. I don’t even really know what my natural color looks like anymore, except that I know I hated it.

  • Alice

    September 20, 2007 at 6:59 am

    i love dyeing my hair! my natural colour is a very boring, flat, dark, brown with no shine or highlights. i color it reddish, usually. whenever i get it done after waiting too long since the last time / having another ill-advised return to my natural hair color, i get loads of compliments and people who say “oh, you were dyeing your hair brown before?” because i apparently look more natural as a redhead. yaaaaay pale irish genes.

  • Dani

    September 20, 2007 at 9:36 am

    I found my first gray hair at 16, and shortly thereafter, started down a long road of temporary colorings. I went back and forth between coloring it myself and having it professionally done, or not doing it at all when money was too tight. During my pregnancy, my hair grew insanely fast and the gray seemed to pop out more (she wasn’t even here yet and was giving me grays?! not.fair!) and everyone and their brother saw fit to point it out to me. A month or so after giving birth, I went and had it dyed a deep auburn shade (I’m naturally dark brunette), but funds have been tight and I haven’t been back in the last four months. I don’t feel like keeping up with it, to be honest. It’s just too much work and too much money. I need to find peace with my premature gray.

  • cristen

    September 20, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    I have virgin hair. And it’s blonde. But don’t hate me–I also have a big jelly 3-baby belly. Thankfully I have good hair.

    My aunt colored her hair for years and years to cover grey (she’s 51). She stopped doing it recently–can’t remember why–and was AMAZED at the way it changed her energy level, memory, and overall happiness. She thinks the chemicals were affecting her brain. Anyone else hear of or experienced similar?!

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