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Learning to love grey hair at 62 — That’s Not My Age

Debra Hepburn founding father of Younger British Designers embracing her gray hair


Debra Hepburn is a 62-year-old sluggish fashion-lover. From the center of the Warwickshire countryside, she based the web site Younger British Designers (YBD) in 2010 together with her husband Julian Whitehead. The platform showcases a good edit of one of the best impartial designers and permits small style labels to realize a presence in a massively aggressive business. ‘I believe being out of London actually helps us step exterior of the style bubble and take a look at each designer with unbiased, recent eyes,’ she says.

With the corporate’s assist, designers resembling  JW Anderson, Eudon Choi and Rejina Pyo have achieved world success over the past decade or so. ‘I like discovering good new manufacturers and introducing them to the fitting viewers. Serving to individuals uncover the garments and equipment they love is intoxicating,’ Debra provides, ‘ My newest discover is Farphoria, based by Xenia Busalova who makes  beautiful, reasonably priced porcelain jewelry. Her rings are a brand new favorite.’


Debra Hepburn photograph taken for That’s Not My Age in 2020, earlier than lockdown.



Since lockdown, Debra has been rising within the gray and sharing the outcomes on Instagram. I caught up together with her to learn the way she discovered being au naturel. Right here’s what the 62-year-old needed to say:


Inform me a bit about your hair

My relationship with my hair has been very hit or miss. I liked it once I was a younger lady rising up in South Africa, and I like it once more now. Then, it was lengthy, thick and made white blonde by the fierce solar. I by no means thought-about its color or size, and my hair was solely a nuisance when mum and pa used to combat about whose flip it was to comb it out after bathtub time, with lashings of some tangle-remover spray, in a Sixties orange bottle.

Now it’s utterly pure and gray, I really feel extra carefree. Not all the time wanting on the roots and questioning if it’s time for the hairdresser AGAIN! And I believe it fits my colouring on the age I’m.


How would you describe you hair?

Apparently, I’m recognized for my hair, I assume there’s a lot of it, it’s the very first thing individuals see! All the previous blonde highlights are lower out. I nonetheless have darker blonde beneath on the again (pure, not low-lights), it simply hasn’t gray’ed as quick as the remainder of it. I fairly just like the totally different shades because it provides some texture.

It’s all the time been a messy mass of colors: darkish blonde, blonde-blonde in summer time, highlights, low lights, ombré, a Henna part within the late 70s, a peroxide bleach buzz lower and a ‘painted-on’ slices, type of French ‘do’. A few of these I’ve loved. Others, not a lot. A lot of taking part in with colors and kinds for I assume round 38 years!


So how did you are feeling about rising within the gray?

With all of this happening, it’s not stunning that I didn’t discover the primary gray hairs showing. My pals, youthful and older, have been bewailing theirs, violently tugging them out and inspecting them up shut, in horror. My hairdresser had clearly seen however by then I used to be shifting into my ‘simply go away it as pure as doable’ part and she or he was subtly including some low lights.

After which it was 2020. I used to be 58 and locked down. All of us stayed residence for months on finish and I set to reducing my household’s hair, however simply left mine. And left it.

A humorous factor occurred. After I spoke to pals on-line or at twenty paces I believed how beautiful they regarded. Sure, as a result of I used to be lacking them. But additionally as a result of their hair had softened, dyes had turn out to be diluted and smudged. The rising greys, whites and silvers suited their older, stunning faces. The color of their eyes popped and sparkled towards the backdrop of hair that checked out ease with itself. Not attempting to be too fierce, too younger, too harsh.


Out with the blonde, in with the gray


Had been you tempted so as to add extra color?

Put up-Lockdown, I by no means went again to a full-head of hair color. Simply added a number of mixing high-and-lowlights to see me by way of the ultimate grow-out.

I do know I’m fortunate. It’s more durable to develop out darkish hair. I’ve all the time had some white, some blonde, some darkish blonde. And I’ve acquired one of the best type of hairdresser who, though she now solely sees me each six or eight months, has helped me each step of the best way to being what Instagram calls a Silver Sister. At my final session, she snipped away the oldest ends of blonde residue and I emerged, faintly victorious. The lady who ran the conditioner by way of on the basin bent low and whispered, conspiratorially: “You do know that girls are coming in asking to be dyed your precise color don’t you?”


And the way do you are feeling?

So, right here I’m at 62-years-old. Loving my hair once more, as I did once I was a baby in South Africa. Not fretting about it (other than which purple shampoo is finest?!). Feeling extra me than I’ve for a few years. Loving that I can put on a brilliant lippie and never really feel overdone. Proud to be the true deal. I by no means say by no means, however I actually can’t think about wanting to maneuver away from my pure silver/white/gray hair ever once more. And other people appear to actually like it as a lot as I do. They preserve telling me, so it have to be true!


You talked about gray hair merchandise – what’s one of the best you’ve discovered?

I do love the Oribe Vibrant Blonde vary because it’s not as too harsh and purple-y (additionally out there in the USA). I exploit it once I really feel my hair wants a cleaning increase. It smells super-nice too and I’m a sucker for pure substances and a good looking scent.


BEFORE: Debra Hepburn photograph taken for That’s Not My Age.


AFTER: Debra, right this moment


Gray haircare, oh yeah!

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