But before I get into this, here are some photos of how my hair looked in July/August 2017, when I was still getting toner every three weeks. Probably you are hearing some of these terms at the moment, as all around the world women are giving up dying their hair and embracing their natural silver strands #silversisters #grombre. I hope the rest of your process will go more smoothly and that you love the finished result. Many of us only start to consider transitioning after 60 or 65 (even later for others). I’m researching options and I can’t decide if “now” is right. And when I emerge from exile, my friends will be amazed. Those of us who are struggling with this process need to stick together and you gave her some excellent advice. Anyway, thanks so much for the great post, and the valuable info. Hope this helps! And how did you resist those ‘weak’ moments when you think ‘Oh, I need to color it’. My theory has always been that it will always grow out and then I could start again. NOTE: I have done more recent updates on my gray hair transition HERE and HERE. I am now going to just deal with my ever-growing white stripe and get trims as needed. Thanks for sharing your compassion and words of wisdom with Marilyn, Naomi. The Color Crave hair makeup sounds like a good tool, too, especially for special occasions. Well today I stepped into the same disaster. Poetry, pieces and other bits of writing by Tarns Hood © Copyright 2014-2020 Visit my Official Website www.tarnshood.com. The lowlights can be the color of your natural hair before it turned gray. Suzanne, I appreciate your letting me know that this post benefitted you, and I thank you for your kind words. I’m 52 and with an olive complexion.Have 4 grown adults kids and 3 grand kids. The whole process is different for everyone depending on porosity length etc. If I pull back the top section of my hair, it looks pretty good, as the staining was mostly confined to that layer (probably because that’s the most porous part). I don’t like making small talk with a hairdresser and I feel subject to bamboozlement because I don’t know anything about coloring or hair. Aug 7, 2020 - This year I turned 40 and decided to start this epic journey to embrace my silvers! This is new for hair pros too, so remember that. That was my thought as well. A vast majority of men across the globe value hair growth for various reasons. I worked with quite a few stylists throughout my process and none of them really knew what to do. Cutting a bit more of the dye off every 6-8 weeks will help you to see the progress (obviously, after salons re-open and you feel safe going there). Thank you. I was planning on getting some highlights to blend into my ‘skunk stripe’ (a very white stripe, yikes!) I hope that after you get your haircut and low lights (be careful not to do too many of those, as they can turn brassy for some people), you will feel better about your hair. My hair is about the same length as yours and I, too, have no desire to cut it as it becomes more unruly/curly/frizzy/etc. Growing out a bad haircut is the worst — but growing out a good haircut is no walk in the park, either. Even though she used a breakthrough product called Olaplex to dramatically reduce damage from bleaching, it was still risky to use as many foils (close to 100!) Armed with a pack of wetwipes, a sense of humour and wifi. Congratulations on your decision to put your health first, Joann! I told her about the problems I was experiencing with my brassy highlights and she offered to help me. You can check out those stories here: https://katiegoesplatinum.com/category/silver-hair-transition-stories/ Best wishes to you! Debbie, Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I wanted to post this in case it was useful to anyone. If I put my hair in a ponytail, it looks very “salt and peppery” now. I figure that I will finally look my age and that may or may not be acceptable to me when I look in the mirror. Why do we all have to go through this? Solve one problem (getting rid of most of the colour) and end up with another one! I am so desperately tired of coloring my hair. I barely even noticed a grow out stage. The expensive and time-consuming process was washed down the drain and the brass was back. I’m so glad I read this! If you’re able to part with length, that will speed up the process. My gray hair transition process was set back by many months and there was nothing I could do about it except cry, which I did many times. Nov 9, 2020 - Explore Meredith Frey's board "Hair styles for growing out grey hair" on Pinterest. Yes, it’s so tiring to dye our hair every 3 or 4 weeks, only to have to start covering up roots a week after our color appointments. I found that it didn’t help a whole lot with my hair, but others have reported otherwise. A lot of stylists will recommend highlights, but that often results in THREE-toned hair rather than just TWO-toned hair, and the highlights will often turn brassy. Am liking the gray color, hence I decided to stop coloring. (You don’t want to know how many young women come into the salon every week wanting to have silver hair just like in the above picture.) Fear for the unknown? I think these rinses and toners will wash out of some women’s hair, but for those of us who have more porous hair, they can hang on for dear life and really set back our progress. I really didn’t like the pixie cut I got. Very Cruella Devilish and I liked the dramatic look. Gosh 10 years now and I still feel liberated! Thanks for documenting your journey!! Best wishes to you and may you have strength to see the transition through. I think that “playing it safe” is the way to go for most women. Stay well and be true to you! It is just hair, after all ! This is an individual choice that each of us has to make for ourselves. Keeping your hair well groomed and trimmed and split ends-free will make your hair thicker and stronger. Stage 1 : April 2017 the year I turned 50, I decided to start the transition. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. ( Log Out / Please try to forgive yourself and move on. Thank you SO much for your essay Debbie! That has not always been the case for me. But I know the process is still challenging for you. This photo isn’t a perfect rendition, but it has been helpful, as it allows me to visualize the end goal and keep my eye on the prize. Yes, you’ll likely experience some rough spots, as it IS a big change, but you’ll also likely learn a lot about yourself in the process and hopefully you’ll be happy with the finished product. See more ideas about gray hair growing out, transition to gray hair, grey hair color. If you've been wanting to gracefully grow your hair gray but aren't sure where to start, you're in luck. For the last 10 years I’ve been wanting to go gray. The stylist offered to fix it for free a week later (to give my hair some time to “rest” between processes), but it ended up looking worse after that. update on my gray hair transition process, here’s how to tell if your hair is porous, https://fulllifereflections.com/2019/02/20/gray-hair-transition-changing-the-narrative/, https://katiegoesplatinum.com/category/silver-hair-transition-stories/, https://katiegoesplatinum.com/lockdown-gray-hair/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS9YenHjxBs&list=PLHFFQj78rSN6WSpJSeXMHSPBXeZHhOOHY&index=22&t=0s, On Forgiveness: The Three Types and When They Apply, 2020 Wardrobe Goals – End of the Year Update, Selling Clothing Items Online – December Update, 20 for 2020 “Life Goals” – November Update, Online Clothing Sales Update – What I’ve Sold and What I’ve Learned, Reflections on the “Infinite Present,” Confidence, and Personal Style, Following Up on My Holding Zone – and More Closet Purges. My obsession with every subtle nuance of my transition definitely didn’t serve me. Trimming it won’t necessarily make hair grow faster, but will make it look definitely better and in better shape too. Before and after my first round of highlights – brassy even with toner. Thank you for your kind words, Loretta. That way, I could have had the toner done less frequently or stopped it altogether. Wishing you all the best with the remainder of your transition and keep rocking the scarves and big earrings! I have been reading your blog since “shopaholic” and find it very helpful and insightful and honest. It sounds like you have a good attitude, Monica. I had it re-colored and switched stylists. It sounds like you’ve really been through the ringer with your hair, Susan. Like Liked by 1 person. It’s 2 months past my last dye job thanks to sheltering in place. Here are some pics of my hair. My whole purpose for writing this post and my others on gray hair was to make sure women are aware of potential issues so they can make more informed decisions. This makes me happy because I can still go through with my grow out go gray plan and do so with the knowledge that my having playful hair will continue.they even have a silver which I may try to help hide the line of demarcation while enhancing the gray (I think) without actually coloring anything and not having the drying everyone seems to mention of the blue shampoo.. Thinking about going shorter with my curly hair. I investigated this product further and asked my hairstylist if she thought it might be a good option for me. I think that going “old school” is the best approach and the scarves and hats will definitely help. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. If you search for “gray hair transition” or a similar phrase on Facebook and Instagram, you will find lots of groups and accounts to follow and you’ll see lots of women over 60 as well as those of us who are a bit (or a lot) younger. If you opt to comment, please be kind, as I have already flogged myself more times than I can count for the way I have mishandled this. I do appreciate the information…..the do’s and don’ts are so helpful! The growing out phase can last a few months up to a year, depending on how fast your hair grows and how much needs to grow out. Congrats on your decision to transition to gray hair. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. “If you’re blonde, brunette or highlighted, your hair colorist can absolutely transition you to your natural silver without massive stress to your hair,” says celebrity hair colorist Beth Minardi of Warren Tricomi Salon in NYC. I’m so sorry that you have had a similar experience to both Marilyn and me, Kamie. I am anxious to see the end result, but realize this is a long process. My stylist convinced me against my better judgment ( having read your blog earlier) to integrate the front grey. I’m about 3 centimetres out, and I quite like the grey colour, I’m a bit worried about how it will look once it’s framing my face. Dyed hair CAN look harsh and unnatural, although that’s certainly not always the case. Stage 4 : October 2018 – April 2019 – 7 month growing out the final blonde bits and voila, my new super sexy silver strands, which I love. I’m even thinking about a pixie cut since I have had short hair before – if not pixie, then a shag. She actually just did a video today on looking youthful with grey hair. Gray Hair Transition - Don't Do What I Did! It wasn’t little strands of grey but a full regrowth of white/silvery hair. So own the transition and embrace it. https://www.dapperconfidential.com/how-to-grow-out-your-hair Stage 3: September 2017 – May 2018 My hair grew quite long and I experimented with some temporary colours and plaited my hair alot to give it more volume. None of this sounds very appealing, and may even be enough to turn someone off of growing out their hair altogether. I figure I’m a few months in to growing out already, so why not give it a try? At 41, one writer weighs of the pros and cons of putting down the hair dye, consulting experts on how to grow out gray hair without superexposed roots. 2. I think that doing patch tests can help to prevent disasters, but that also adds time to the process and requires patience. Just be careful with using high heat on your hair, as a YouTuber had to re-dye her hair a year and a half in when a very hot flat-iron discolored it (this is the video that explains what happened: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS9YenHjxBs&list=PLHFFQj78rSN6WSpJSeXMHSPBXeZHhOOHY&index=22&t=0s). I know full well how hard that is and how difficult the entire process is. I might try to find a layered shorter hair style (my hair is at my shoulders now so not long, but not short) and then once I’m totally gray (1-2 years depending how short I go and my hair grows fairly fast) I can grow it back out if that is what I want to do. BTW – I think you look so beautiful with your silver hair. Hair grows about half an inch per month, which means that the in-between-hairstyles stage can last months if you're letting locks grown on their own. I hear you on needing a haircut, but at least we’re not alone in that regard… I wish you all the best with your transition. I am so mad at myself for ignoring my instincts and for allowing this person to cross the line when my instinct against it was so very strong. First, the stylist applied my toner after the Lubricity instead of before it as was recommended. So, my journey begins again. So, it’s been about 6 months and I really need a haircut. Talk to a stylist that will work with you for a few weeks. I’ll bet a lot of women are either starting their process now, Sara, or are considering it, especially since the shutdowns have given them a head-start. I am currently in the process of going gray. Finally in May 2018 it had reached a length where I could cut off most of the brassy blonde. If you’re referring to the photo at the end of this post, that was a Photoshop that my stepson did to help me see how my hair might look in the end. If you wait to transition for many more years, your transition may be more difficult, which is one thing to consider (but is only one piece of the puzzle). So – all that being said, thank you so much for reposting this. Naomi, Of course it’s okay to suggest other sites! You validated my gut feel for putting up with the demarcation Skunk line (my hair is pretty dark brown). Best wishes! Using blue (for dark brown dyed hair) or purple (for light brown or blonde dyed hair) shampoo or conditioner can help to tone down that effect, but results definitely vary. Me !!??? If I were to offer any advice, I would recommend the following: Many women try more than once to grow out their natural hair and that’s okay. My brother, on the other hand, has a head of beautiful silver hair. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I shared the passage below in my last update and while I believed these sentiments back then, I’m even more convinced of their veracity now. White Knuckle the Skunk Stripe. But Katie of Katie Goes Platinum has featured a lot of transition stories from women of various ages. I wish that growing out dyed hair were an easier process, but unfortunately, there is only so much we can do. As a 34 year old, transitioning to full silver, I am so grateful to have a community of silver sisters that are willing to share lessons learned in their own lives. I am very glad I found your website as you and I have similar coloring and hair. If you cut your hair shorter and don’t mess around with highlights or toners like I did, your transition time will be decreased. A lot of women when going grey start looking for new hairstyles. Oh yes, self compassion. Is your hair in an awkward in-between stage of growing out? When I decided to […], Plastic to the left, plastic to the right, plastic, plastic everywhere in sight!! The condition is the best it has been in years. “Going gray” is a big commitment no matter what and one needs to be in the right frame of mind before starting the process. The color change was enough! . Enjoyed your blog very much. 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