Created By: ThreeferFAQMinorityChick on November 19, 2011 Last Edited By: ThreeferFAQMinorityChick on December 8, 2011
First Gray Hair
A character finds a single gray hair and it suddenly hits them that they\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'re getting old
- Willy Wonka: A few months ago, I was having my semiannual haircut and I had the strangest revelation. [cut to Willy Wonka having his hair cut by an Oompa-Loompa. He looks in a mirror, sees a strand of gray hair on his shoulder, and picks it up] In that one silver hair, I saw reflected my life's work, my factory, my beloved Oompa-Loompas. Who would watch over them when I was gone? I realized in that moment I must find a heir.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005 version)
- Old Clairol ad: "Does she or doesn't she? Only her hairdresser knows for sure!" The implication is that if she is (using clairol) it's to cover up the grey. And of course, that it's just the right product to start using once one has had this happen to them.
- Grecian Formula had commercials for men's version and women's version to help them cover up that grey. Their ads usually started with a man looking in a mirror and visibly unhappy about having this, and the woman being mistaken for her husband's mother rather than his wife. They're happier once they use the product and their grays have vanished.
- Mis Mishtal from the anime El Hazard went into hysterics after finding a single gray hair.
- Clarissa Stump has a moment like this in Murder on the Leviathan, and it is implied to not be the first time. She rips it out but is immediately ashamed of herself being in denial about her age.
- This is what kicks off the plot in Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson. Arriman the Awful has been waiting around for his prophesied successor to show up; now that this one gray hair has shown up, he can't wait anymore, and his manservant suggests that the prophecy means his son. Of course, he isn't married, so this requires him to find a wife...
- Played with in The Catcher in the Rye - 16-year-old Holden acknowledges having a great deal of grey hair, but does not seem concerned by it. Nevertheless, it is listed as being one of his 'adult-qualities', which is significant considering the themes of the novel...
- At the start of Vanilla Sky, David finds a grey hair and promptly yanks it out. It seems like an innocuous detail, but actually ties into the film's underlying theme.
- As quoted above, Willy Wonka tells Charlie that this happening to him is the reason why he started the Golden Ticket contest to find an heir in the 2005 film version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- Disney's Sing Along Songs had one song about the stages of life, one of which involved the man finding his first gray hair and snipping it off with a sour look.
- Film/Poltergeist has the mom acquire a Skunk Stripe [[spoiler:as a result of the stressful haunting she has undergone]]. She considers dyeing it, but doesn't.
- Movie!Rogue from X-Men gets her Skunk Stripe not from age, but as a result of being used to power Magneto's machine. She never even considers dyeing it.
- Jack theorizes that he's ageing in Doctor Who canon, when he finds a grey hair.
- An episode of The Fairly Oddparents plays this for laughs. Timmy's dad finds a gray hair in his nose and starts going on about how he's getting old. It leads to him buying a car and Timmy wishing to become it.
- Dr Cox of Scrubs goes a little nuts when he finds a gray hair in his happy trail.
- This happens to Marge when she finds one gray hair in her blue beehive.
- John Crichton discovers one in "A Human Reaction." Not that the rest of the episode actually grants him the time to ponder the significance.
- In the final episode of Lost, Richard finds one. Though rather than being a source of angst, he considers this a very good thing since it means he's no longer immortal.
- One episode of Clarissa Explains It All sees Clarissa's mother panicking about getting older after discovering that she has a gray hair. Clarissa's dad, however, is quick to point out to her that she only had a gray hair, having just plucked it out before both characters entered the scene.
- Mostly averted on Going Gray Looking Great, though some members on the site share stories about experiences fitting this trope.
- Thoroughly averted on the Salt & Pepper Thread on the Long Hair Community forum in that those who regularly post in that thread don't mind and even celebrate what they feel is the beauty of their gray hair. Played straight in the accounts members share about feeling old upon finding their first gray hair(s), but subverted in that posts about finding gray in one's hair is considered a cause for celebration.
- Whoopi Goldberg had an entire monologue built around realizing she's getting old. Part of it mentioned grey hairs showing up in her pubic region.
- If you have found any grays in your hair, chances are you've had this reaction.
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