This Is What 45 Looks Like

Writer Dini Von Mueffling shares her secret for accepting your age—and making the most of your hair

As told to Nikki Ostasiewski
dini von mueffling
Photograph: Melanie Acevedo

ON DOING WHAT SHE LOVES
“As a child, I always dreamed about being a writer . . . and now I am one. Next up is a book for young adults on the history of fashion.”

ON HER PASSION PROJECT
“I cofounded an AIDS charity, Love Heals [loveheals.org], after my friend Alison Gertz died of the disease in 1992.”

ON TAKING CARE OF HER MANE
“My mother said, ‘Don’t color your hair until you must’—advice that kept my hair healthy. Now a colorist covers my grays with L’Oréal Professionnel’s ammonia-free INOA dye [inoa-us.com].”

ON OWNING HER AGE
“The day before I turned 40, I panicked and went out to run 10 miles. On mile nine, I said, ‘What am I doing? This is ridiculous; you don’t need to prove anything.’ And I went home. Today I’m not at all freaked out about my next birthday. There’s serenity in letting go.”

Click here to see fifteen more women who know the secret to aging gracefully

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First Published July 28, 2011

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