Dear Readers: We got a whale of a response to our “Go gray or keep it colored?” column. Read on.

— Heloise

You can look vivacious and be gray at the same time. Wear your jewelry and a little colorful makeup for a classy presentation.

— Respectfully, Gray in Ohio

I’m frugal except when it comes to my hair, and there’s no way I would stop coloring my hair. I’ve been told by hairdressers that letting one’s hair go white adds 10 years.

— Babs, via email

Let it rip! I gave up dyeing years ago. I use that extra time and money for living!

— Janet, via email

I colored my hair for years. Decided to go natural a few years ago. How liberating! A person can cover the gray, but the other signs of aging are still there. The color of our hair doesn’t determine our age — attitude does. Be yourself. Age naturally.

— Joan D., via email

I’m a hairdresser. This trend of going gray is just that — a trend. Your hair is your mane. Women should feel beautiful. I have my hair highlighted. I am not hiding gray. I just want a flattering look. One of my best friends has gorgeous gray. People who decide to go natural shouldn’t judge those who don’t. This reminds me of “When you turn 40 you have to cut your hair short.” There are no rules. Do what you want to do.

— Michelle G., via email

A brick in every pot

DEAR HELOISE: When I help my wife plant her flowers, I put half a brick in the bottom of the pot. It helps them stay upright during the occasional windstorm.

— Rich K., La Vista, Neb.

Sent hints to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5001 or email