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The day you discover the first few strands of grey hair is not one to add to your #100HappyDays on Instagram. From then on, you notice it more: in the barber's chair where fallen chestnut-brown clumps of hair start to look decidedly grey; in the bathroom mirror after a particularly lavish night on the liver. The red carpet may abound with ambassadors for turning silver fox - a fine euphemism for going grey - but no amount of Mr George Clooney confidence can get away from the truth: grey hair is a stark reminder of time ticking on.

But here's the silver lining: you've never heard a bald man complain about going grey. The truth is your hair hasn't died and gone to follicle heaven. Your locks may be losing the pigment needed to produce colour - and grey hair is really the contrast between coloured strands and white - but there's still plenty of life in the old dog yet. Going grey should be the impetus to sharpen up one's act rather than throw in the towel. You may find it a smart move.