I’ve reached that time in life when grey hairs are in danger of outnumbering those of any other colour. The reality of the situation is brought home every time I go to the barbers for a haircut.
With each movement of the clippers, a cascade of grey hairs makes its way down that poncho they put around you.
And because these capes are always black, it makes the hue of your chopped-off locks even more pronounced.
As the trainee comes over with a broom and sweeps up the cuttings from around the chair, I look at the colour of that neat little pile and have to accept that Father Time is marching on.
But I can honestly say that going grey has never bothered me. Men are lucky, because it can make us look distinguished (or at least we like to think so).
I mean, take a look at George Clooney. A bit of the old salt and pepper in his hair never did Gorgeous any harm with the ladies, did it?
Even Brad Pitt is now happily sporting a greying goatee and Angelina Jolie still sticks with him.
I also remember going to school with a lad whose hair started to turn a silvery shade before he’d even sat his O-levels, but he never had a problem attracting girlfriends.
However, there are lots of men out there who are desperate to avoid looking like their dad.
Just as premature baldies like Wayne Rooney resort to hair transplants, so the grey gang end up buying Grecian 2000 or getting the hairdresser to turn back the clock with some dye.
The problem is it never looks remotely authentic. So, in the same way that a wig only succeeds in attracting attention to the fact that somebody is thin on top, dyed hair on men shouts out that they are actually very grey underneath and are vainly trying to hide it.
Scientists now reckon they have got to the root of grey hair, identifying a protein called ‘wnt’ that could restore white or grey hair to its former colour.
So we can expect all sorts of drugs, lotions and shampoos containing this protein to be flooding the market before too long.
But what’s so wrong with going grey gracefully?