5 Reasons to Color Your Gray Hair

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Katerine

Subject: Reasons not to

1. Hair coloring must be done correctly to look good, its expensive and requires continuous maintenance. Coloring companies love this. (have they sponsored this artic;e ;)) vitality is a better measure of aging not hair color.
3. No more shame: If all women stopped coloring we'd find a way to grow older and still look gorgeous!
4. No more guilt: women are made to feel guilty about everything: not being toothpick like, not staying at home with the kids, making lots of money, aging. It's over guys, it's time to break free :))!

kathy

Subject: grey hair

i am sick n tired of people judging me for my hair color it is crazy. im am going grey once and for all. it is not how i look that matters but who i am and how i treat others. am i right, i think so. so go greyifu please be yourself. i am. thank everyone later.

Ageless

Subject: Gray

My main reason for not having gray hair U are a target for thugs who know you are elderly and attack you because you are easy prey. At some point it will be impossible to hide age and frailty but until that age comes I will cover

Corinne barnhill

Subject: Coloring gray hair

I'm 69 and quit coloring my 90% gray hair about 6 months ago. It took some getting used to as I was always a medium brown. I got tired of the roots showing and having to color ever 5 weeks and sometimes the color was too dark or not right. I finally said: "this is who I am". I have s thick of head of hair and it really looks very white and pretty. I think a good hairstyle is important too. I am not too wrinkled for my age so I look a young 69! It took a while for my husband to get used to it even though is I'd gray himself. It's about how you feel about yourself not what others think! I love my my silver hair and natural look!

Kathy

Subject: Grey hair

While I really hate it that for the most part it's women who get dinged for greying, I would color my hair if I had to look for a job. It all feels like the hair and the fashion and all that stuff, it's just all about money. I would look a good 10 -15 yrs younger if I did as I have some aging in my face but few wrinkles. I don't now because I don't like to worry about it, I have better things to do than think about my durn hair. I don't have to go through that whole mess and worrying about showing grey roots so I don't. btw, I'm married with grown kids and I'm not ugly :0) and that said, it's my choice, I think if you like to do all that go for it. I'd rather make/build or research something or even read a book.

Robin Bates

Subject: Coloring hair

Hello all
I really do understand coloring your hair; I'm a 54 African American women and when I was unemployed I colored to look younger; so that the focus is not on my gray.
I still color it to feel better about how I look.

Thank you

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.