By Cozette Eldridge

W.P. Co. Field Representative  

Ten years ago, I decided to see what color was under my dyed hair. I let my hair grow out, and I didn’t mind my new and natural salt and pepper color at all Genetics play the biggest role in determining when we start to go gray. Also, medical conditions, such as thyroid problems, can cause premature graying. Some evidence points to poor nutrition and environmental exposure to certain toxins as factors for early graying. One thing is clear: Graying is a normal part of aging, and it is difficult to avoid. Although it’s nothing to be ashamed of, hiding gray hair is a big industry. Americans spend over $2 billion annually on women’s hair-coloring products and $150 million on men’s products. Approximately 56% of women over 70 color their hair.                             

Whether or not you choose to cover your gray is a personal decision. Many people prefer the way they look without gray showing. One study found that women who dye their hair have lower blood pressure, not because of some magical substance in the hair dye, but perhaps because they feel and look younger.                                                                                       

 If you decide to flaunt your gray hair like me, stylists recommend using a hair gloss to keep it shiny. Gray and silver absorb light and can look dull. Because the texture of gray hair can be dry, using a good conditioner will help.                                                                              

 Hair loss can also be a tough issue for seniors. Going bald is the top fear related to the male aging process. Many men of all ages choose to shave their heads, ever if they haven’t begun to lose their hair. So, it may be better to accept your hair loss than to fight it. Stylists advise that balding men avoid the comb over, it doesn’t fool anyone. And you don’t know where it will end up in winds and when swimming. Whatever you decide to do with your hair, choose what makes you happy and feel good about yourself.                                     

 In addition to dealing with gray hair, looking good also involves skin care. Wrinkles, fine lines and age spots are another part of the normal aging process as our skin becomes drier and less elastic. There are hundreds of anti-aging skin products. Most don’t work instantly, so you won’t see immediate results. Sunscreen is essential, even when cloudy.                                                                            

There is also reconstructive surgery, tucks, lifts and complete overhauls. Make sure you have a very reputable surgeon for any surgery.                                                                                                                                       

Good skin starts from within with good nutrition, moderate exercise, and a good night sleep. Our attitudes may be more influential in how we are perceived than our winkles.  That’s because people who have a happy expression are often perceived to be younger. Whatever you decide to do with your hair or skin, choose what makes you happy and feel good about yourself.                 

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FEBRUARY 18 – FEBRUARY 22                                                                                                                                          

MON. CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS DAY                                                                                                                                                      

TUES. Chicken tenders, Potato Wedges, Key West Vegetables, Fruit                                                                                                                                        

WED. Chef Salad, Roll, Fruit                                                                                                                                       

THUR.  Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Spinach, Bread, Mixed Fruit                                                                                                                                       

FRI. Chicken Fajita, Spanish Rice, Ranch Beans, Spinach, Pineapple Chunks, Cake