I’m writing this article on election day and praying that whatever the outcome, it changes our quarantine situation as soon as possible.

I am repeating myself, I know, but we’ve all been in the house way too long. The holidays are just around the corner. We need to start being able to spend time with our friends and family and start showing our beautiful faces again!

Looking older and worn out is not an option right now. Too many other stressful things are happening, so we need to at least feel good about ourselves.

Through all of this pandemic, my clients have shared with me that a lot of their friends and some of my clients (you know who you are) are letting their hair go gray!

I have repeatedly stressed how the absence of color (or the presence of gray) around our faces just makes our wrinkles stand out, and the lack of warmth ages us tremendously.

Believe me, I totally understand the mindset of “I’m staying inside so why bother?” However, there’s no reason to give in.

I know our lifestyles here are very relaxed and a lot of people are content to not have to spend time primping. For many, their years of enjoying their lives without having to primp to go to work are in the past. The quarantine has made it even easier to let our hair get long and unkempt. And gray.

Why bother? Why not! So, you haven’t been able to go on a trip or go out to dinner. But why look older, no matter what our lifestyles are?

Maybe you don’t know that there are several things that can be done to alter your hair color without a lot of maintenance. Maybe you don’t know that just a few warm pieces added in by your stylist can change the entire look of your hair and your face. No maintenance.

The growing out is not obvious, because it’s blended with the gray. You’d be amazed at how much younger you can look and what a difference a little tiny bit of warmth and dimension in your gray hair will make. It’s an easy lift to your spirit.

If someone tells you they like your gray hair, don’t believe it. The color might be pretty, but not against your face.

Treat yourself. It will be the best present you can give yourself for the holidays.

Joy Ross is owner of Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton. styleitsalon.com