In comic books, skunk hair is a side effect of having mutant powers, surviving a mad science experiment or being one of the bad guys.
In real life, a skunk hair is just another step in the process of going gray: a silver, white or gray streak of hair that stands out from the rest of your otherwise uniformly colored hair. For many women, the emergence of skunk hair is not unlike the moment they first spot a single gray hair. But the responses are different.
When the threat consists of only one gray hair, it’s easy to pluck it and pretend nothing ever happened. Finding a patch of gray hair, like realizing the salt-and-pepper process has begun, forces women to choose between embracing the gray and dyeing their hair.
Showing off a silver streak in your hair can be scary. But the right style and a whole lot of confidence is all it takes.
Stacy London, a fashion consultant and co-host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear” has beautiful hair and enough confidence to let her white hairs shine through. And London is not alone. Author and activist Susan Sontag was known for the bold white streak in her hair. Arlene Dickinson, a Canadian marketing professional and the CEO of Venture Communications, also sports an edgy skunk style. Indira Gandhi, the third prime minister of India, had white hair that grew from the entire right half of her hairline. Singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt is mostly a redhead, but a streak of gray makes the red pop that much more.
These women all followed Tim Gunn’s golden rule of fashion: “Make it work.” And you can too. Forget the dye and flaunt your skunk hair. There’s nothing wrong with going Rogue.