There Goes the Gray-borhood...

Once upon a time, pre-30, discovering a single gray hair was a novelty. It was akin to finding a long whisker sprouting from one's pre-pubescent cheeks. And just like that child with the long whisker, a pre-Triple Decker might even proudly show off their solo gray hair. That little gray rogue could serve as a dandy conversation starter or party-trick, and some brave souls might even abstain from plucking or concealing it!

Yet once the clock strikes 30, the end is nigh...

Those little gray travelers that once seemed like silly, lost tourists in the land of pigmented hair have become advance scouts for an invading Gray army. Once a few grays get settled in a hostile takeover is imminent and options are limited to Triple Deckers. Some may opt for immediate removal of any gray hairs by plucking them out by themselves, or through the help of a trusted confidant. Dyeing or other OTC gray-concealing options are also available for any 30-year old who wants their to maintain their monochromatic mane (or facial hair).

Some Triple Deckers choose swing to the other side of the spectrum and embrace the grays, deciding to take advantage of this transition period. For males that means showing off their salt and pepper temples to attract women who respond to that "father figure/professor" look, and for women it manifests in the "silver fox" look that gives off the vibe of a proud, wizened sorceress or yogini who's ready to not only manage their stock portfolio but also enjoy a good tumble in the rough.

The other interesting phenomena of this graying stage is how it affects Triple Deckers psychologically. Many will refuse to pluck their gray hairs as they believe in the superstition that plucking one will cause ten more to spring up in it's place (even though this myth has been debunked as nothing more than pro-gray propaganda). Other Triple Deckers will add to their already abundant vitamin intake such hair-friendly nutrients as folic acid and niacin to help stem the gray-tide from within. Others will agressively pursue meditation and/or yoga to immediately lower their stress to pre-gray levels, in the hopes that the gray hairs will retreat and forget their way back to the neighborhood. This last technique most often results in accelerating a different post-30 phenomenon, stress from reducing stress.

Ultimately, there is no correct or incorrect way for a Triple Decker to deal with their gray hairs, and the most secure 30-year olds will take comfort in the fact that graying is a natural process... just like aging, entropy, and of course, death.

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