Our Gray Journey Diary

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It looks good! just be patient. after more than a year, my hair now blends from whitest in front to darkest in the back. You may be able to tone down the reddishness of that brown color by putting some red gold corrector in your conditioner.
Here's my hair more than a year ago

and here it is currently.You can see how it is darker in the back.Its all my natural color now.

Last edited by crwritt; 02-12-2011 at 08:42 AM.
2poodles, thank you!! And crwritt, yours looks like I hope mine will - terrific!
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Here's one; it's not great, but it'll have to do. I couldn't get a straight shot unless I put the camera up in front of my face!

Originally Posted by Rustina
Looks fab Rustina!
UK - 3a/b med/coarse - mix normal/ high porosity.
Currently in my rotation:
Cleanser/Cowash: CJDF,
Tresemme Naturals, DGJ Hairjuice clarifying, Urtekram Lavender
Conditioners/DT's: CJH&BDF, CJCR, DBPSC, AOWC, Y2C
Protein: AOGPB, Joico Reconstruct Condish (regular not PT)
Leave Ins/Curl Creams: CJCCCC, CJ Smoothing, KeraCare/JCAC
Gel: FSG, BRHG, Giovanni LA Natural Styling Gel, L'Oreal Studio Mineral Control Invisi'Gel
http://www.flickr.com/photos/41240927@N03/
It looks good! just be patient. after more than a year, my hair now blends from whitest in front to darkest in the back. You may be able to tone down the reddishness of that brown color by putting some red gold corrector in your conditioner.
Here's my hair more than a year ago

and here it is currently.You can see how it is darker in the back.Its all my natural color now.
Originally Posted by crwritt
Looks lovely! Comparison pics give me a good idea of how much growth to expect in around a year!
UK - 3a/b med/coarse - mix normal/ high porosity.
Currently in my rotation:
Cleanser/Cowash: CJDF,
Tresemme Naturals, DGJ Hairjuice clarifying, Urtekram Lavender
Conditioners/DT's: CJH&BDF, CJCR, DBPSC, AOWC, Y2C
Protein: AOGPB, Joico Reconstruct Condish (regular not PT)
Leave Ins/Curl Creams: CJCCCC, CJ Smoothing, KeraCare/JCAC
Gel: FSG, BRHG, Giovanni LA Natural Styling Gel, L'Oreal Studio Mineral Control Invisi'Gel
http://www.flickr.com/photos/41240927@N03/
Thank you, crystal tips! I must tell you that I have always coveted your curl pattern and cut - just fabulous! Your gray looks terrific, too, by the way.
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

You all's hair is looking awesome! Of course I'm partial to grey hair. : )
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
http://public.fotki.com/jeepcurlygurl/ password jeepy **updated Aug 2014**
https://www.facebook.com/lifetheuniverseandtodd
You all's hair is looking awesome! Of course I'm partial to grey hair. : )
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
Yours looks amazing. Nice new picture!
Agreed - jeep's hair is FAB! The curls, the gray, the whole thing. Love it!
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Thanks! I had 3 young women stop me today to say they loved my hair. Loved the curls and wanted to know how I got it that color. hahaha!
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
http://public.fotki.com/jeepcurlygurl/ password jeepy **updated Aug 2014**
https://www.facebook.com/lifetheuniverseandtodd
rustina -- that is exactly how i did it with the headband, which was a suggestion from the woman who used to color my hair. she also suggested the shimmer lights for the yellow in my hair. she has been a great help to me letting my natural color come through!
i bought stretchy headbands, too, different thicknesses, some of them on the lose side as after several weeks you kind of get headachy wearing headbands every day, or at least i did. the lose stretchy ones were a good change off.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
What are some good stretchy headbands that stay put? I've been really frustrated when I've tried material/stretchy headbands. They start off okay for an hour or so, then they move too far back like they want to make a ponytail with my hair. When I use thicker material, it sort of lifts the hair at the nape of my neck up and away from my head, making a weird looking/feeling bulge there. Since my hair is thin and fine, should I try the ones that are about as thick as a ponytail holder? I've never tried those before because they looked dinky, but maybe that's what I need.
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
i was so DESPERATE for anything that would help me get through the growing-out phase, i bought headbands whenever something about them seemed good. they are also inexpensive, i'd get them at rite aid, cvs..... for me, i liked the thicker ones. i don't mind when they lift the hair off the nape of my neck, almost gives it an updo look. i also used satin covered plastic ones like the one in rustina's pic. whatever worked to keep me growing out the color.
experiment and find one the works for you.
i use the ones i did not like to hold my hair back to wash my face, put them to use! :-)
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine

Last edited by rbb; 02-13-2011 at 02:56 PM.
Thank you, crystal tips! I must tell you that I have always coveted your curl pattern and cut - just fabulous! Your gray looks terrific, too, by the way.
Originally Posted by Rustina
Thanks for the lovely compliment Rustina!
UK - 3a/b med/coarse - mix normal/ high porosity.
Currently in my rotation:
Cleanser/Cowash: CJDF,
Tresemme Naturals, DGJ Hairjuice clarifying, Urtekram Lavender
Conditioners/DT's: CJH&BDF, CJCR, DBPSC, AOWC, Y2C
Protein: AOGPB, Joico Reconstruct Condish (regular not PT)
Leave Ins/Curl Creams: CJCCCC, CJ Smoothing, KeraCare/JCAC
Gel: FSG, BRHG, Giovanni LA Natural Styling Gel, L'Oreal Studio Mineral Control Invisi'Gel
http://www.flickr.com/photos/41240927@N03/
@jeepcurlygurl - love your new avi! You have fabulous hair!
UK - 3a/b med/coarse - mix normal/ high porosity.
Currently in my rotation:
Cleanser/Cowash: CJDF,
Tresemme Naturals, DGJ Hairjuice clarifying, Urtekram Lavender
Conditioners/DT's: CJH&BDF, CJCR, DBPSC, AOWC, Y2C
Protein: AOGPB, Joico Reconstruct Condish (regular not PT)
Leave Ins/Curl Creams: CJCCCC, CJ Smoothing, KeraCare/JCAC
Gel: FSG, BRHG, Giovanni LA Natural Styling Gel, L'Oreal Studio Mineral Control Invisi'Gel
http://www.flickr.com/photos/41240927@N03/
I have started to see elastic headbands in the stores now that are wider up at the top, where they go across your hair, and thin at the bottom where they go under your hair at the nape, rather than being one size all the way around. And they're being made in cool colors and patterns, too. I'll be darned if I can find a link to anything like it online right now, but keep an eye out anywhere you can find a decent selection of hair accessories, and you'll see what I mean.
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Thanks crystal tips! Growing out the gray isn't easy, especially with darker hair. But I am so glad I let mine go gray naturally. I really like the way it looks, it saves me tons of time and money, and I just don't have to worry about it.
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
http://public.fotki.com/jeepcurlygurl/ password jeepy **updated Aug 2014**
https://www.facebook.com/lifetheuniverseandtodd
It has been such a long time since I stopped by to check up on the graying journey with you ladies. I caved, in that I switched from reddish brown to my more natural neutral ash with highlights. BUT, I'm thinking about going more of a gray ash and gray highlights, just to enjoy. Just don't know if I can do it, yet. Meanwhile, I'm going to keep enjoying your journeys for inspiration and potential strength.
you all look wonderful--my hair is multicolored also. now it has been about 9 months since last coloring in june. i have LOTS of gray underneath and it comes thru streaky and now on top it shows, people have complimented me a lot--it is very freeing. now does anyone want to buy a few boxes of robert craig golden blonde #18?
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Susan suburban NY
3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
CG since 11/11/04
http://public.fotki.com/banjolady/
PW: banjo
HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos http://www.youtube.com/user/lazycurls
banjo, your hair looks great! The multi-colored hair is part of the fun, IMO of growing it out. Definitely freeing!

I didn't get many compliments when I was doing it. Sometimes women would look at me and it made me self-conscious. I would try to remember to think to myself "yeah, you're looking because you wish YOU had that guts to do it, too!"

Your new growth is beautiful -- looks like shades of gray and your natural (a bit reddish?) color.
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
Lookin great Banjo!
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
http://public.fotki.com/jeepcurlygurl/ password jeepy **updated Aug 2014**
https://www.facebook.com/lifetheuniverseandtodd

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