I'm 67, and have never had more fun. In love myself, am comfortable in my own (admittedly a bit wrinkly) skin, and love my hair. I found the Curly Girl book just last year. I was dubious at first, but tentatively tried cowashing with the Dove conditioner I already owned--and was blown away by how much better my hair looked, felt, and behaved. As for the color? I REALLY love it. It's a silvery iron grey, mostly in the front, is still chestnut in back, but that's changing as time goes by (lol). I say, color by God beats color out of a bottle, hands down. And think of the money you save!