I am in my 43rd year and I decided in the spring that I was going to ditch the dye. I discussed with my hairstylist and she was more than supportive. We’ve been working on a color blend and I have about an inch of natural growth. I would like to add that my whole life, my hair has been a source of my ‘vanity’, it is thick, it has remained healthy even when I’ve abused my beautiful mane ever since the age of 13 with colorant and style trends. The funniest thing is, I have been wanting to grow out my grey for a long, long time and once I made my mind up to ‘go grey’ I no longer freak out when I see people checking out my roots, I’m totally okay with it whereas before I would feel anxious until I got my next color job. It is so liberating. Most of my female friends were NOT supportive, (my male friends were all for it) they think I’m too young to have grey hair and a youthful face. I think it’s perfect timing! They’re now all curious about the end result and they are embracing my grey to the point that they themselves may try to do the same. There really is a stigma attached to grey hair and I want to be part of the movement that changes the attitude- grey hair is natural, sexy and beautiful. Aging should not be feared, it should be embraced and appreciated ! Love your grey they are part of who you are. I love mine, they are part of what makes me unique.
Her thoughts along the way:
July 7, 2014. 4 Months into ‘growing out the grey’ Hmmnnn…not as bad as I thought!
July 30, 2014. Went for the cut, first time my hair had been this short in over 20 years. I love it! So, the grey isn’t invasive, it’s coming in gradually. My hairstylist has been putting in lowlights and highlights to blend it all so there’s no ‘skunk line’ Honestly, my hair isn’t as silver as I thought, having dyed my hair really dark accentuated the silver as it grew out, so it was very noticeable. It blends beautifully now.
Observations: The pattern of grey is mostly on the crown of my head, hardly any at the nape. This is hereditary as that is how my grandmother grayed and my mother, who now, at 64 has a beautiful silvery white head of hair. Going grey isn’t something that everyone embraces. I get comments all the time with their own opinions. It’s what I had expected though and I’m okay with it. People are certainly entitled to have their opinions and perspective. I will admit, having a professional colorist has helped immensely!