getting tired, 33 yr old, hair is turning white

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Hi ladies,

It's hereditary…thanks mom and dad

I'm getting tired of dying my hair every few weeks but I'm not ready to face the truth yet! These stark white roots are getting depressing.

When new growth comes in I can only part my hair a certain way in order to disguise it until I dye my hair again.

Does anyone have any advice on the healthiest option I should take to maintain my mane?

I was using Revlon Colorsilk to do my roots because of the price and the fact that it claimed to be ammonia-free. But it was still a damaging permanent hair color and my temples are becoming super thin and I feel short hairs where my hairline used to be thicker.

So I tried a healthier option by going to Sally's and getting a demi-permanent color and developer. Well, no one at Sally's told me to go a few shades lighter with a demi so I ended up with almost black hair. It never faded, even after washing several times with a (*gasp*) clarifying shampoo. So I got a partial highlight and that helped lighten things back up. But I have to be frugal so I want to do my hair myself for as long as I can.

I know that you can't lighten your hair with semi or demi, but I'm thinking that eventually I might have to go really light to disguise the new (white) growth better. I'm not sure how to word this, but when all of my hair turns white is it easier to be a blond or healthier to keep dying it brown?

Would a semi color hold onto the white roots or should I stick to demi color?

Thank you if you got this far
I have a similar issue. I have vitiligo and it effects hair as well. My hair on the right side turns white. I dye my roots first and then I bring the rest of the color down some the last 10 mins. I've tried the garnier semi permanent hair color and I covers grays beautifully the only thing is that the color develops darker than the color displayed on the box
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You may want to try eclipta alba. It is an ayurvedic herb that darkens hair. You can buy it in a hair oil. I have never used it myself, I just came across it while researching herbs. If you do try it, please post results. I may put some in my husband's shampoo.
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I recently met a woman who had taken her blonde hair white, and then added a lilac tint. It was really pretty.

I like white hair. I don't have the nerve to let mine go yet, but I think it looks good on people with a warm complexion.
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I have a similar issue. I have vitiligo and it effects hair as well. My hair on the right side turns white. I dye my roots first and then I bring the rest of the color down some the last 10 mins. I've tried the garnier semi permanent hair color and I covers grays beautifully the only thing is that the color develops darker than the color displayed on the box
Originally Posted by Nikki3b
Vitiligo, hmm, I have never heard of that until now.

Thank you for your product recommendation and the warning about it turning out darker I'll have to go pick up some Garnier semi-permanent color. I'll let you know how it turns out. Another question, about how long does the color last on your hair? I low poo about 4 days a week with Elucence. TIA
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You may want to try eclipta alba. It is an ayurvedic herb that darkens hair. You can buy it in a hair oil. I have never used it myself, I just came across it while researching herbs. If you do try it, please post results. I may put some in my husband's shampoo.
Originally Posted by CurlyFireHorse
Thanks for your reply, I will have to look this up.
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I have a similar issue. I have vitiligo and it effects hair as well. My hair on the right side turns white. I dye my roots first and then I bring the rest of the color down some the last 10 mins. I've tried the garnier semi permanent hair color and I covers grays beautifully the only thing is that the color develops darker than the color displayed on the box
Originally Posted by Nikki3b
Vitiligo, hmm, I have never heard of that until now.

Thank you for your product recommendation and the warning about it turning out darker I'll have to go pick up some Garnier semi-permanent color. I'll let you know how it turns out. Another question, about how long does the color last on your hair? I low poo about 4 days a week with Elucence. TIA
Originally Posted by sheilacurl
Well, the color lasts me quite long because I shampoo maybe 2 times a week and it's with a sulfate free shampoo
UGHHHH! I am 44 now and have been dealing with white hairs popping up since my early 20s! I do color my hair at home, but it seems like the color never stays fresh past 3 weeks or so! I am considering getting highlights to kinda hide the grays more, but I have dark brown hair and I love it that color, so not too sure I want hightlights!
Hi kelstar,

Lol, I can remember being in highschool and people pointing out my gray hairs. Now I wish I only had what they were making fun of.
Which at-home color do you use? Do you wash with sulfates?

Highlights are gorgeous and highly addictive, but can be super expensive and time consuming. After I touch up my roots I actually use Loreal's touch on highlights in between getting highlights done professionally which lately has been once every 3 months, lol. Using my shipping scale I divide the contents in the box into 3 uses instead of one use and throwing all of the leftover dye out.
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Well, I have been using Clairol Nice & Easy for years and I love it! However, the great color I have for like the first week does not last long! I usually use a color care shampoo as well, but I'm not sure if it contains sulfates. I get pretty aggravated with the root touch up stuff because it contains such a small amout, and you still pay like $8 a box for it just like the regular haircolor! I think I may try highlights this spring just to see what it looks like, although I know it will cost me a fortune because my hair is long!
I've had some gray since my late 20s (also thanks to my dad LOL). I have been using Color by Robert Craig for about 15 years and love it! Hair Color and Hair Care by Robert Craig Salon Products, Ltd. It is very gentle as it does not contain alcohol/ammonia/peroxide, it is deposit-only and won't lift color. I have medium to dark brown hair and use Golden Chestnut (or sometimes Light Chestnut for the roots only).

As with any color, you do need to choose a color about 2-3 shades lighter than you want to end up with, as most hair colors end up darker than they box shows.

In using the lighter shade, it also turns my grays into natural highlights.

LMK if you have questions or want help choosing a shade if you want to try it. I've been named the resident RC Guru as I've helped lots of curlies choose colors and use RC successfully.

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Silly question - if you put RC in a blonde shade on white hair - will it end up blonde? And it would essentially leave the rest of my hair alone??? I'm 43 and turning SUPER white - more than 50% and also very sick of coloring so frequently i'm a medium brown now with a couple highlights and just starting CO washing and trying to get my hair into semi decent shape.....
Sheilacurl and everyone else, I'm so sorry that you're dealing with this, too! I turned 40 a few months back, and my grey roots are driving me nuts. I used to be able to extend my color visits to every ten weeks at the salon, but now it seems like the greys are popping in after just about three weeks.

CurliLocks, I know I've asked you about RC color before, but would love more input. Is it safe to use if I already have dye on my hair? Is it easy to do on your own? I'm afraid that I'll end up with green hair if I try it myself!
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"I like white hair. I don't have the nerve to let mine go yet, but I think it looks good on people with a warm complexion." - ninja dog

On me it certainly doesn't, and I'm warm. I know, I even tried on various grey and white wigs, all with different percentages of white in dark hair, all the way up to all white. ALL of them looked dreadful - they ALL washed me out something terrible! That's when I decided for sure that the bottle would be in present and future too. Before that, when I actually had less grey in my hair than I do now, I was toying with the idea of growing it out. I never made it past 3 months though, SEVERAL times of trying too.
In general, those people who had dark hair and warm complexions often have the hardest time going grey because of this, and they often go back to coloring and look and feel a LOT better. A recent case of this is my sister-in-law, who is fair but warm, let her hair go grey for awhile, even cutting it short to get rid of the blondish color she had it colored at the time. But after awhile of living with the grey, she just felt old and recolored it a beautiful coppery strawberry blonde that looks completely lovely on her and livens up her fair warm complexion(she has lovely even-toned skin at age 64 too). To each their own!
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Silly question - if you put RC in a blonde shade on white hair - will it end up blonde? And it would essentially leave the rest of my hair alone??? I'm 43 and turning SUPER white - more than 50% and also very sick of coloring so frequently i'm a medium brown now with a couple highlights and just starting CO washing and trying to get my hair into semi decent shape.....
Originally Posted by Kimberlee
It's not a silly question. Yes, the blonde shade will color the greys blonde, and will just add some shine to the rest of the hair. It's a non-lifting color so it won't change the rest of your hair. Most of the RC Swatches are done on white or blonde hair, same as other brands. That's why they come out darker if you have darker hair. So if you choose a blonde shade, it should turn those grays into highlights for you. If you tell me which RC swatch is closest to your natural color, and what color you'd like the highlights (grey) to be, I can help you choose a color. LMK

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Sheilacurl and everyone else, I'm so sorry that you're dealing with this, too! I turned 40 a few months back, and my grey roots are driving me nuts. I used to be able to extend my color visits to every ten weeks at the salon, but now it seems like the greys are popping in after just about three weeks.

CurliLocks, I know I've asked you about RC color before, but would love more input. Is it safe to use if I already have dye on my hair? Is it easy to do on your own? I'm afraid that I'll end up with green hair if I try it myself!
Originally Posted by LeanneM
Yes, RC Color is safe to use over other brands (but not henna). It is easy to do on your own, it mixes to a mousse foam. You won't get green hair! LMK which swatches match your natural color, dyed color, and what you'd like, and I can help you choose a color too.

Remember to always choose a couple of shades lighter than you think you want, as most haircolor goes darker on curly hair.

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Yes, RC Color is safe to use over other brands (but not henna). It is easy to do on your own, it mixes to a mousse foam. You won't get green hair! LMK which swatches match your natural color, dyed color, and what you'd like, and I can help you choose a color too.

Remember to always choose a couple of shades lighter than you think you want, as most haircolor goes darker on curly hair.
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
Thanks so much, CurliLocks! My natural color is a dark brown; one stylist told me that it's a "Level 5 or 6" in terms of color. In looking at the RC swatches, I think I'm probably close to their Chocolate Brown or Dark Brown colors.

My current stylist has been dying it red since December, and I really like it. Would the RC colors of Titian or Medium Auburn work for me? (I've had it a mahogany red color before, but didn't like it as much as I like a more subtle red.)

Thank you, thank you!
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Thanks so much, CurliLocks! My natural color is a dark brown; one stylist told me that it's a "Level 5 or 6" in terms of color. In looking at the RC swatches, I think I'm probably close to their Chocolate Brown or Dark Brown colors.

My current stylist has been dying it red since December, and I really like it. Would the RC colors of Titian or Medium Auburn work for me? (I've had it a mahogany red color before, but didn't like it as much as I like a more subtle red.)

Thank you, thank you!
Originally Posted by LeanneM
You're welcome! Your avatar pic looks close to my color, and I use Golden Chestnut to cover gray and blend into warm highlights. So your natural color is darker than that but your color lightens it? You could try the medium auburn, Medium Auburn is an orange based, warm color.

Just be sure to do some strand tests to make sure it isn't too red or dark for you, and to see how long you'll need to leave it for your best color. LMK if you try it!

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You're welcome! Your avatar pic looks close to my color, and I use Golden Chestnut to cover gray and blend into warm highlights. So your natural color is darker than that but your color lightens it? You could try the medium auburn, Medium Auburn is an orange based, warm color.

Just be sure to do some strand tests to make sure it isn't too red or dark for you, and to see how long you'll need to leave it for your best color. LMK if you try it!
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
Thank you so much -- that helps a lot! My natural color is quite a bit darker than it is in my avatar pic, and I've always gone lighter with it. (I'm so pale that my natural dark brown really washes me out!)

I probably won't give it a try until I'm on summer break, but think I'll order the RC colors now anyways. I'll definitely keep you posted! Thanks!!
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