Grey is great: why hair is the last bastion of vanity
As Hillary Clinton said, hair signifies your hopes and dreams to the world. But now the grey gene has been identified, can we reclaim greyness as part of growing old(er) gracefully?
What dismal news that scientists (scientists!) have found the gene responsible for turning hair grey – or rather, the one that switches off so that hair loses its natural pigment. Of all the areas where those hard and expensively won skills might have been deployed, who cannot see it as a kind of betrayal that they have been devoted to the quest for a cure for greyness?
But then, hair matters, as Hillary Clinton sagely remarked back in 2001. “This is a life lesson my family did not teach me,” she told Yale students back when she was a mere senator. “Wellesley and Yale Law School failed to instil: your hair will send significant messages to those around you. What hopes and dreams you have for the world, but more, what hopes and dreams you have for your hair. Pay attention to your hair, because everyone else will.’’ Continue reading