Transitioning to gray is a difficult task. Some women use color to camoflauge and blend in new gray hair, others just go for it. This is one reader’s story:
I’m a 50 something Asian-American women that has been coloring my hair since my thirties. I would spend exorbitant amounts of money and time here in the S.F. Bay Area to upkeep my hair. The 6 weeks between touch-ups became 4, then 3. I found myself scrutinizing overly dark dye jobs on women of a certain age. I didn’t like what I was seeing. I had toyed with the idea for years but finally made a steadfast decision in March of this year.
Collaborating with my stylist who blinked only slightly at the substantial loss of income, we embarked on a journey together. An amazing amount of support ensued from friends and family, many jealous of their own perceived lack of courageousness.
We utilized low lights to ease in the initial outgrowth as well as temporary allover coloring if a special event arose during this painful time. I used Prell (I know…) & high quality conditioners (products with Argan oil are a miracle) to help wash out the remaining color.
It’s still a journey but I’m almost there w/o nearly the trauma I envisioned and this is coming from someone with black hair. It’s looking more salt and pepper by the month. A good stylist, a great cut (can’t overemphasize this) and an open mind helped me through the dog days of skunkdom with no regrets. It became a valuable education for my youthful stylist seeing as how a trend may be emerging and she will be well positioned with tips and techniques for other Boomers ready to go for it. P.S. I’m also thinking of of low lighting again once all the gray grows in. My stylist will be very happy!
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