I dyed my hair Monday. I use Clairol Nice and Easy and am on a 3-4 week schedule. (I tried a dye by mail service but it didn’t cover well enough for me.) I’ve been going gray for at least 20 years and would be almost completely gray if I didn’t dye it. That’s why I dye my hair light blonde, so the gray doesn’t show. Anyway I’ve considered letting it go gray, as my mom did that around my age and keeps encouraging me. Now that more women are letting their hair go gray, it feels like more of an option. Andie MacDowell, 62, was on Drew Barrymore’s show remotely when she talked about her new salt and pepper look. She said that it doesn’t feel like letting herself go and that it’s kind of empowering. Andie has two daughters, Rainey, 30 and Margaret, 26, and a son, Justin, 34, from her first marriage to Paul Qualley. (Unfortunately Andie’s daughter Margaret has been seeing Shia LaBeouf. I hope she’s ok.) Andie told Drew and Ross Mathews that her daughters kept telling her that her hair looked bada-s and that’s why she kept it. She also said that we’re going to come back like the roaring 20s and party so hard. I got goosebumps when she talked about that.
In a clip from “The Drew Barrymore Show” published Monday, MacDowell opened up about her decision to stop dyeing her hair in coronavirus lockdown, while showing off her curly silver locks.
“I don’t know what’s gonna happen in five years,” she said. “I might color my hair again, but I’m enjoying it right now.”
Host Barrymore opened the segment by referencing a USA TODAY report about women who say they’ve felt liberated from societal beauty standards and are embracing relaxed looks in quarantine.
MacDowell, 62, said she could relate.
“What happened was, I wasn’t coloring my hair, and it was half-colored back here,” she said, touching the back of her head. “You could see my roots, and my daughters kept telling me that I looked bad a–. And the idea that I could look bad a– really appealed to me. So I went for it, and I am enjoying it.”
MacDowell also noted that she prefers a specific descriptor for her natural hair color.
“I always correct people: ‘It’s not grey, it’s silver,’ ” she said. “It’s not that I’m letting myself go. I don’t think of it that way.”
And going silver has its perks, said the actress, recalling how she and a fellow “silver fox” shared a moment at the grocery store.
“I went to the grocery store, and I saw a man there, a ‘silver fox’ guy,” she said. “I immediately just put my shoulders back, and I was like, ‘And so am I,’ you know? We both just shot a look to each other. It’s like, I’m a silver fox. That’s where I am right now.”
“I think people are going to come back like the roaring 20s. I think we’re going to come back and we’re going to be so glamorous. And we’re going to be dressing up and… just wanting to be with each other. I think we’re going to party like crazy people.”
I have always loved Andie and found her aspirational. If I had seen this interview before Monday I might not have dyed my hair! She also gave me so much hope when she talked about how fabulous we’re going to be when this is over. Also Ross said that he likes to wax and do his own pedicures and it makes him feel better about himself. I agree with that so much. I am still shaving my legs, doing my hair and putting on makeup every day. It’s just part of feeling like I’m put together. Plus I Zoom with people all the time, so in a way I see more people than I did before. I’m so looking forward to getting a haircut though. I’ve only had two in lockdown and with the new variants I’m afraid to go back. My mom’s hairdresser in Florida died of covid and I’m not going to risk it. Getting back to Andie, it sounds like she’s close to her daughters and like she’s doing very well.
Here’s that interview segment!
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