Little did I know how gray my hair was -- I was only in my 30's! Love your post…I stopped coloring my hair in my early forties and I’m late forties now. So now I have about 2″ of gray/silver showing and I gotta say, I’M EXCITED! You could try having a few scattered soft bleached highlights through the colour this might make it less noticeable when the grey comes through or going a shade or half a shade lighter. Thank you for writing this. I want to see your finished hair! Frankly, it’s like the 8th Wonder of the World in my book. OH MY GOSH! Platinum is hot right now. After years of seeing my hair as a struggle—and most African-American women still live in a world of weaves, wigs, and straighteners—I feel fortunate to finally like my hair just as it is. SAD. So I’m doing this for myself but I am also doing it because you have to be different to make a difference. There isn't one week that someone doesn't say, 'I love your hair!' Neutralise any yellowing in your grey hair, and stop the silver from deoxidising, by coating your hair once a week with a violet-toned conditioner or shampoo. Hair color and spryness are not inversely proportional. Just do it - you won't regret it! Okay thanks for your support! Thanks for reading girl! Extended periods of stress and exhaustion take a toll on your body and lower your vitamin B levels, which is linked to going grey. You’ll need to work on removing permanent colour before you begin the process of lightening. I’ve been dying my hair since I began going grey at age 20 – I am now 40 and am sick of keeping up with the dye and having my hair chemically treated. I love Hairprint. By simply CHOOSING, we can make a positive impact on our health and the health of the planet. My hair is so much softer and curlier now. I thought of all the time, aggravation, and money that I'd dedicated to my hair for so many years. But anyways my mom stopped dying her hair in her mid 50s and then my dad wasn’t feeling it so she went back to dying it. Yes, that's right—I quit dyeing my hair. While sitting at the Beautiful You salon , I noticed a new range of Keune colours that included three shades of grey. I’m going to share now. I have to color my hair every 2 weeks (just coloring roots) to cover the gray. This is my grey hair. (Love these wise words from Upbeet). So when a reader emailed for help, I got Celebrity Hairstylist Billy Lowe to jump in with some expert advice. Why trust us? Then 8 weeks turned into every 6 weeks and most recently It’s been every 3 to 4 weeks. I kept telling myself to man-up, suck-it-up, and just get over myself because one 3 hour night would give me 30 days of satisfaction. She has her own studio called Creature and word on the street is if it can be done, Jen can do it. Grey hair is seriously on trend, and people of all ages are rocking the so-called ‘granny look’. So when a reader emailed for help, I got Celebrity Hairstylist Billy Lowe to jump in with some expert advice. or 'Your hair is so beautiful! My hair length is below shoulders and really don’t want to shorten. When my husband suggested I go natural, I was appalled at first. I agree, gray/silver/white should just be another color! You need to have a healthy dose of confidence and genuinely not care what others think to stop coloring your hair in today’s youth-obsessed society. Going grey with (grohm)(bray) shared a post on Instagram: ““It wasn’t a well-thought out decision. Like having brown eyes v. blue. You look fabulous now and you’ll look amazing when it’s all grown out! You are going to look so amazing with your natural color! I feel like you’re leading the way, giving me courage, and I feel really proud of your bravery! Let’s make some change. I was really struggling with the idea of “I don’t feel like I’m old enough for all this grey hair” and I haven’t had hair this long in forever. Yes you may! I'm in my early 50s and have about 50% grey hair. The question is, what shade of pink do you desire? I didn’t want her to look different than how I knew her. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io, Diana Upset the Queen With This Fashion Choice, 50 Best Short Hairstyles for Women in 2021, Kerry Washington Swears by This $6 Cleanser, Matilda de Angelis Shares Makeup-Free Acne Photo, Jada Pinkett Smith Shares Her Top Skincare Tips, How Alyssa Milano Is Treating COVID-19 Hair Loss, 15 Hand Creams to Soothe Your Dry, Itchy Skin, The Best Full-Coverage Foundations for Dry Skin, "I learned what works for me and what doesn't.". As many of you know, in December of 2016 at the age of 45, I made the hard decision to stop dying my hair. When I have mentioned that I might want to stop coloring my hair, he objects, But, this post is making me reconsider. It took 2 years to get my hair where I wanted it to be, and now I feel authentic and unique. Like I am okay with being gray but I want it to be cute gray. Hi Kelly! I now have more people then ever—more men then women!—stopping me and exclaiming, 'I love your hair!'" You are a knock out, sister, and I feel like you’re going to be one of those women who make gray look so cool! I mean I even remember saying at one point, No matter how green I go, I will never go gray. But anyways my mom stopped dying her hair in her mid 50s and then my dad wasn’t feeling it so she went back to dying it. Thus began what felt like a very long process of transitioning to gray hair. I like how the color is coming in and can’t wait until it’s all back to natural (my hair has never grown so sloooooowly though – ugh). My natural color was medium brown. Should I shave my head and go natural, keep dying, or is there a process to take color out of just gray hair? Good to know that I only have about 4 months to go to get over the hump! Thank you! "—Paige Clem, 42, San Francisco, MORE: 5 Ways To Make Your Haircut Last Longer, "Premature graying runs in my family, and I started dyeing my hair when I was 23. Aug 7, 2020 - This year I turned 40 and decided to start this epic journey to embrace my silvers! In return all the men I know, recommended me to die my hair. After hi-lighting my hair for years – started when I was 14, at 42 I decided to stop. It is freeing when you give up the maintenance! Thank you for this warm welcome! Read on… Deborah, please help me! Also try a brightening shampoo and rinse once a month with water with lemon juice in. I have the same results if I have it professionally done or I do it myself. It makes me feel old lol. And that’s it. XO. I’m just not there yet with my own self-confidence. I am in the midst of a pretty great body transformation and I feel all kinds of confident so I think now could be the time to pull it off. Thank you in advance for any suggestions. I actually supported my mom doing it in her 50’s while siblings said she was crazy. Okay so lastly, I want to create change. My grow out really just looked like ombre while it was happening so I am thankful for that. Pertinence. But when I saw the result, I was mortified. Three hours a week for a year = 36 hours. Liquid dyes are mixed with a solution that allows it to remain on your hair. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. 15 Answers. Thanks so much! It’s resorcinol and aminophenols. Such a long process! MEANING that if your hair dye is working (regardless of what it says on the label like organic, or natural or nontoxic) it’s employing the same chemicals as conventional dye. I’m about 75% light grey with some dark grey on the back of my head. A paradigm shift! I’m “dirty blonde” naturally now with silvery temples and strands through the top. Fed up of shorter and shorter times between hair appointments to keep pesky ever-increasing grey hair under control? Thank you! I had no idea it would be the last time, but I was already starting to hate being a slave to the dye, resenting the need to rush and get a hairdresser appointment as soon as my greys started to show. If you have darker hair, you might end up with calico hair for a bit. : ). Dying my hair grey (finding the right shade!) My stylist dyed my hair various shades of gray with highlights, lowlights, and some blonde to help with the growing-out process. As well as following our guide closely, there are a few important tips to remember when dyeing your hair grey or silver: 1. and my mother has also few grey hair. One day it will just hit you : ), Your email address will not be published. When people look at you do you just *know* they are checking out your hair? What gave you the courage or what changed your mind? Not easy to cover! Such a double standard) – just like people who tell me that I’m pale and need to get a tan. One day I just went for it: I walked into the salon and said, 'Let's cut it all off!' The Ugly, Going Gray: (at 40!) It’s a popular thing to spend hundreds of dollars to get what I have for free. My point is at 50 or 60, going gray makes a huge impact on your look. At 52 I have been going grey for 40 years and it’s really a very pretty silver. "—Linda Muehlinghaus, 54, Cheverly, MD, "I was about 35 when I started going gray and immediately started coloring it. However, it takes a bit of work to get there. I started to feel more authentic, not hiding behind a chemical veil of color anymore. The grey hairs started sprouting thick and fast, with whiter streaks around my face. I want going gray to be the norm. Thank you! So I finally jumped ship with Hairprint because of one factor. Also, I didn’t want to become one of those older women who keep dyeing their hair and don’t know when to stop. Good for you. I asked around town and found #bestcoloristatlanta Jen Jones. I’m hanging on!) I got a lot of flak for deciding to stop coloring my hair. I admit I…” • Follow their account to see 1,490 posts. I'm quite grey (in my mid-forties too) and I dye mine blonde - the re-growth is much less noticeable than dyeing it darker. The first 2-3 months of your transition, you will have a demarcation line where the dye meets the gray hair. It will just be my look. Now I never have roots, I save money, and it's so easy to maintain. Like first place gold, not an honorable mention. Thank you for this! “My hair is already dyed, can I still go grey?” This depends on your circumstances. Let us know what you decide and congrats on your great body transformation! It is scary but I am passionate about standing up for this! 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