Our Gray Journey Diary

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I took a look at the hair dyes in the drugstore yesterday. All of them had hydrogen peroxide,even the ones meant to fade out.
That may be why they took their time fading.
I used Ion Color Brilliance from Sally's, which has no peroxide.
I washed yesterday with Queen Helene Mint julep shampoo and conditioned with GVPCB, put on GVPpotion 9 and Ecostyler with Argan Oil.
My hair is nice and soft, and the color has faded a bit, just a shade.
It's about time that I post a photo of my natural growth, with the gray coming in. No color job since late December. Transition line is actually pretty subtle.

it's going to look great! nice blend of some silver with the brown, very pretty.
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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
CRWRITT, I think that you were wise to try a temporary, since you know how it works in your hair. We always want changes, don't we? I love the gray that you have coming in, but don't begrudge you a bit for wanting a short-lived change-up.
RBB, thank you! I have miles to go, but the curls are our helpers in all of this. :-D
It's about time that I post a photo of my natural growth, with the gray coming in. No color job since late December. Transition line is actually pretty subtle.

Originally Posted by Gracings
Looks lovely, like blended hi/lo lights!
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/
Gracings, its looking good! When mine had grown to that point, I was surprised by the number of compliments.


As far as my own hair dye experiment goes, I posted in the spirit of confession and documentation, not to suggest that anyone else follow.

The funny thing is, although I find it a pleasant change, and can see the difference, Nobody around me has made a comment at all about it, so it must barely show!

Last edited by crwritt; 03-23-2011 at 08:44 AM.
Thank you, ladies!

Crwritt, thanks. Well, it's nice that you can transition back and forth, and not get flack for it!
I couldn't see the photo yesterday at work - stupid internet filter! - but Gracings, your hair is looking lovely!
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

So I have a question. I'm 48 and have been coloring my hair since I was in my 20's. I would love to go gray just because I am sick.to.death of all the maintenance. I color myself at home.

But if I'm really really honest I am scared to death to go gray. I'm scared that people will treat me differently. I'm scared that I will be perceived as "too old" in the work place. I have really good genes and most people think I'm in my mid-30's. After being unemployed for so long I finally found a job but it's only temporary until end of 2011. I'm so afraid to be seen as "old" or "obsolete." My field is in the design industry and it's sooooooo youth oriented it's sickening, hence the fear.

So, have any of you noticed a difference in how you're treated since going gray? Have you noticed any ageism because of your hair color? Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. I've not read this whole thread. If I've missed this question already being discussed, sorry. Feel free to yell at me and I'll go back and read it all. LOL!
< member since 2006. No idea where 1969 came from.
So I have a question. I'm 48 and have been coloring my hair since I was in my 20's. I would love to go gray just because I am sick.to.death of all the maintenance. I color myself at home.

But if I'm really really honest I am scared to death to go gray. I'm scared that people will treat me differently. I'm scared that I will be perceived as "too old" in the work place. I have really good genes and most people think I'm in my mid-30's. After being unemployed for so long I finally found a job but it's only temporary until end of 2011. I'm so afraid to be seen as "old" or "obsolete." My field is in the design industry and it's sooooooo youth oriented it's sickening, hence the fear.

So, have any of you noticed a difference in how you're treated since going gray? Have you noticed any ageism because of your hair color? Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. I've not read this whole thread. If I've missed this question already being discussed, sorry. Feel free to yell at me and I'll go back and read it all. LOL!
Originally Posted by eche428
i have had sooo many compliments since i stopped coloring my hair, and honestly, most of them from men in their 30s!! seriously!! and, if you look at fashion magazines, gray/white are IN!!
if you have a young hair style, the color will not make you look old. i personally think our natural color goes better with our skintone, and that can make you look younger. i've also had friends comment that my skin looks radiant. (nothing different except the hair color).
it's the style, not the color that makes you look young or old.
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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
So I have a question. I'm 48 and have been coloring my hair since I was in my 20's. I would love to go gray just because I am sick.to.death of all the maintenance. I color myself at home.

But if I'm really really honest I am scared to death to go gray. I'm scared that people will treat me differently. I'm scared that I will be perceived as "too old" in the work place. I have really good genes and most people think I'm in my mid-30's. After being unemployed for so long I finally found a job but it's only temporary until end of 2011. I'm so afraid to be seen as "old" or "obsolete." My field is in the design industry and it's sooooooo youth oriented it's sickening, hence the fear.

So, have any of you noticed a difference in how you're treated since going gray? Have you noticed any ageism because of your hair color? Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. I've not read this whole thread. If I've missed this question already being discussed, sorry. Feel free to yell at me and I'll go back and read it all. LOL!
Originally Posted by eche428
Hi eche428! I agree with rbb's comments - def more about style than colour. Also, think it's about how you feel/dress/project yourself to the world and how you feel about yourself generally. I'm working on the principle that if I like the grey (hoping I will!), then others will too!

Not had any negative comments so far (I still have multi tone hair going on!) but I know that when my grey finally does come in it won't be everyone's cup of tea! As long as I like it, that will be fine by me!
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've always gotten compliments on my curls, but get even more now that I've gone gray. I'm lucky that I work in an office where I can look however I want (jeans, tattoos, crazy hair, etc). But I can see how it can be hard for others to do that.

I agree with others that it's more likely to not be seen as 'old' if you don't think of it that way yourself.

Plus I don't care what others think. I won't straighten, cut, or color my hair even tho the media seems to think I should.
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**

Thanks you guys. You give me courage. I just hate how shallow and youth-centric my field is. Oh well one of these days I'll take the leap.
< member since 2006. No idea where 1969 came from.
So I have a question. I'm 48 and have been coloring my hair since I was in my 20's. I would love to go gray just because I am sick.to.death of all the maintenance. I color myself at home.

But if I'm really really honest I am scared to death to go gray. I'm scared that people will treat me differently. I'm scared that I will be perceived as "too old" in the work place. I have really good genes and most people think I'm in my mid-30's. After being unemployed for so long I finally found a job but it's only temporary until end of 2011. I'm so afraid to be seen as "old" or "obsolete." My field is in the design industry and it's sooooooo youth oriented it's sickening, hence the fear.

So, have any of you noticed a difference in how you're treated since going gray? Have you noticed any ageism because of your hair color? Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. I've not read this whole thread. If I've missed this question already being discussed, sorry. Feel free to yell at me and I'll go back and read it all. LOL!
Originally Posted by eche428
I haven't noticed ageism in the workplace too much since going gray, I also work in the design field (mascot costumes) but I am self employed.
I have noticed it slightly in the social realm. My husband and I love dancing, and its funny to me that
when we go out to dance clubs the same guys who
even a year ago would have asked me to dance don't come over.
I've also noticed a weird phenomenon of helpfulness, for instance salespeople offering to lift heavy items for me. Can't be all bad.
I haven't noticed ageism in the workplace too much since going gray, I also work in the design field (mascot costumes) but I am self employed.
I have noticed it slightly in the social realm. My husband and I love dancing, and its funny to me that
when we go out to dance clubs the same guys who
even a year ago would have asked me to dance don't come over.
I've also noticed a weird phenomenon of helpfulness, for instance salespeople offering to lift heavy items for me. Can't be all bad.
Originally Posted by crwritt
crwitt -- that is interesting about the dance club, as i had the exact opposite experience. first time i went to one of the dances with my transition clearly visible, headband so front is white, back is black, so many people came over to compliment me, and the men were especially complimentary, saying how well the white goes with my face. i danced as much as always, which could be the entire night. it was my first 'public' appearance with the clearly visible transition and i was literally blown away by the feedback/reception i got. bottom line is, i guess you can never anticipate people's reactions! it was a big help to me, not that i needed it, it was just very nice.
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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
YouTube - 3/30/11 maggie chases a ball

here i am on the trail throwing the ball with maggie my belgian sheepdog, you can see my two toned hair with the pony tail still colored and the other part almost all grey! talk about TRANSITION....
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
in my field, gray hair is a plus. old, fat, frumpy and gray, thats what people want in a psychotherapist


I haven't noticed ageism in the workplace too much since going gray, I also work in the design field (mascot costumes) but I am self employed.
I have noticed it slightly in the social realm. My husband and I love dancing, and its funny to me that
when we go out to dance clubs the same guys who
even a year ago would have asked me to dance don't come over.
I've also noticed a weird phenomenon of helpfulness, for instance salespeople offering to lift heavy items for me. Can't be all bad.
Originally Posted by crwritt
crwitt -- that is interesting about the dance club, as i had the exact opposite experience. first time i went to one of the dances with my transition clearly visible, headband so front is white, back is black, so many people came over to compliment me, and the men were especially complimentary, saying how well the white goes with my face. i danced as much as always, which could be the entire night. it was my first 'public' appearance with the clearly visible transition and i was literally blown away by the feedback/reception i got. bottom line is, i guess you can never anticipate people's reactions! it was a big help to me, not that i needed it, it was just very nice.
Originally Posted by rbb
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 is coming in so well! I think the shade is very flattering on you!!
2Poodles Southeast PA
fine, med porosity, normal elasticity
Currently using the following 2 - 3 x/week:
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day suphate-free Poo, cone-free CO and styling treatment, plus KCCC

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