I've been fighting the battle against gray hair for pretty much as long as I can remember. Even when I was a pre-teen, I'd find strands of gray hair among my dark brown strands but it was when I stepped into my 20s that the gray really started to take over.

I've been having my hairdresser scatter blonde highlights through my hair to try to cover the gray since I was in my early 20s. I had an appointment a month ago to get my hair colored but had to cancel it and here I am into the fourth week of the NY's PAUSE and I'm kicking myself got canceling my appointment because I don't know when I'll get the chance to go to the salon again and the gray re-growth is nearly an inch and I definitely don't love it.

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Some women look dignified and regal with gray hair. I am not one of those women. For most of us women, going gray is a cruel effect of aging. Think about it - virtually all men with gray hair are seen as sophisticated. My husband is starting to develop a little bit of gray and I think it looks sexy but, for the most part, women with gray hair look dowdy.

In a survey conducted by the Crown Clinic, people believe that gray hair ages women twice as fast as it does men and that women who have gray hair look six years older than they actually are. This comes as no surprise - 72 percent of women dread going gray compared to 36 percent of men.