Our Gray Journey Diary

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Barbarosa and Rustina, you guys are such an inspiration! Thank you!


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It has now been a little over 11 months since I had my last hi/lo lights and still a long way to go! Thought I'd post up a couple of pics. Def coming in more 'grey' than 'silver' or 'white'. Still not lovin' the old 'yellow' highlights and kirby grips are my friends! lol

Thanks to all you lovely ladies for your inspiration!
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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/
the gray is coming in nicely, you don't have a 'line,' it's blending in well. i remember from 9 months to about 18 months seemed forever, then it seemed like it was reaching some length. you are well on your way!
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leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
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Agreed - I think it looks great! I love the contrast between my dark hair and my gray hair, but I have to say that I like how your blonde allows for a less obvious "line", as rbb said. It's blending in so nicely! And I do see some silvery strands in there - it's like your gray is highlighting your blonde, and your silver is highlighting your gray. Very pretty!

I just said a page ago that I wasn't going to cut all my hair off, but I don't know - I'm feeling a little bored with my cut now, and with the hunks of super-dark hair on the sides that I just feel look so darned weird. I haven't made a hair appointment yet, though I'm planning to go sometime in the next couple of weeks. We'll see how I feel when I go and what I end up with - and whether I get something to hasten this transition!
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

OK here are the promised photos. I don't know how to post them in here directly so here's a Fotki. Basically shows many of the colors I've been. It was getting really dark before the big chop. Sorry for the weird face I was making in that one! I'm so excited to see what the color looks like as the gray grows out.

http://public.fotki.com/eche428/grayhairjourney/
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Last edited by eche428; 08-02-2011 at 09:23 PM.
Your hair looks great - in all the styles/colors! I agree that it will be fun watching the gray grow in as the color grows out. And by having shorter hair, you'll end up with pure "virgin" color much faster. Best of luck!!
2Poodles Southeast PA
fine, med porosity, normal elasticity
Currently using the following 2 - 3 x/week:
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Wow, that is definitely a big chop - so exciting! It's going to be really cool to see your grays come in.
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Thanks so much, rbb and rustina! The kirby grips come in handy to pin the top of my hair to get rid of a parting (a parting doesn't suit me anyway). That, and the fact I'm 6ft tall helps to disguise the top of my head - lol!

@eche429 - bit gutted I can't see your pic as the link is not working for me!
UK - 3a/b med/coarse - mix normal/ high porosity.
Currently in my rotation:
Cleanser/Cowash: CJDF,
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/41240927@N03/
The link didn't work for me either - I had to go to fotki.com and search for her username, but that was pretty easy!
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Sorry. Fixed the link. Don't know what I did wrong. I'll be adding pic's as it starts growing. Maybe once a month though that might be too often.
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Sorry. Fixed the link. Don't know what I did wrong. I'll be adding pic's as it starts growing. Maybe once a month though that might be too often.
Originally Posted by eche428
Wow yes, you really went for it! Excellent! You'll be 'all grown out' in no time!
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/
A closeup.




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Partyhair! It looks great. I can't wait until mine starts growing!

I must say I reeeeeeeealllly hate the cut and highlights I got. I didn't realize until it was too late that she was giving me a razor cut. Now I have a 1/2" chunk of hair that will do nothing but stick up straight out of my part. Hairspray has become my daily friend.

She also did a really sloppy job with the highlights. Lots of big chunky splotches with space between on one side and really nicely even on the other. Guess I'll have to find another stylist as I grow the gray out.
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Eche - sorry you don't like the hair cut you got - that's a shame. I suppose since you're growing out your gray and got a big chop, you're planning on frequent trims until all the colored hair is gone and then growing it out, right? That will allow plenty of time for you to have the hair cut re-shaped by someone who will listen to your request for a cut that is trendy yet appropriate for curly hair. Perhaps browsing magazines or looking online for examples would be helpful. Best of luck!
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

Yeah I'm not super stressed about it since my hair does grow pretty quickly. I for sure have to find an experienced stylist next time. I know we live in a culture that worships at the alter of youth but boy is there something to be said for experience.

I'm so super excited to see the gray growing in. It's only been a little over a week and I keep checking. I've got to relax and give it time. GROW HAIR GROW!
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hey crystal, jeep. barbarosa, rustina--all of you have fabulous hair--love the gray and blond together. here are a couple of pics from my fotki of me and my friend, also a rear shot of another woman with amazing gray wavy hair...it's been 14 months for me
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Last edited by banjocurl; 08-18-2011 at 10:30 AM.


love this lady's hair too!!
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 looking awesome and it suits your free-spiritedness so well! Tell you friend I love her hair too!
In Western PA
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hey crystal, jeep. barbarosa, rustina--all of you have fabulous hair--love the gray and blond together. here are a couple of pics from my fotki of me and my friend, also a rear shot of another woman with amazing gray wavy hair...it's been 14 months for me
Originally Posted by banjocurl
Oh, you two are so beautiful!
< member since 2006. No idea where 1969 came from.
hey crystal, jeep. barbarosa, rustina--all of you have fabulous hair--love the gray and blond together. here are a couple of pics from my fotki of me and my friend, also a rear shot of another woman with amazing gray wavy hair...it's been 14 months for me
Originally Posted by banjocurl
Thank you banjocurl! What a great pic - both have fab 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/

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