Our Gray Journey Diary

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You and your hair look beautiful as always banjo. I wish mine was still as thick as it used to be. But Mr Thyroid has messed with that. Thankfully curly hair still looks thick even when it isn't.
If I had a pic of my aunt handy, you would be shocked at how much you look like her. She is from the mountains of WV. A very musical family. I have always admired her high cheekbones.
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 and your hair look beautiful as always banjo. I wish mine was still as thick as it used to be. But Mr Thyroid has messed with that. Thankfully curly hair still looks thick even when it isn't.
If I had a pic of my aunt handy, you would be shocked at how much you look like her. She is from the mountains of WV. A very musical family. I have always admired her high cheekbones.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl

thanks so much jeep!! my hair isnt thick either, just fluffs up like cotton candy.is your aunt a musician? ask her if she knows the appalachian stringband convention in clifftop WV. meet me there next summer!!
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
You hair looks so thick!
My aunt isn't a musician but her brothers were all very talented. banjos, fiddles, etc. My aunt is around 80 now and I don't think she has been home in years. They were 'real' mountain people. Very fun to be around.
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
a little sidetrack for Banjo - I wish I could find some decent pics of my aunt because you just remind me so much of her. Here's an old pic from when she first came to town and somehow ended up with my uncle. and a newer pic (she never looks at the camera!). I wish she would let her hair go grey but she is a curly!
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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
a little sidetrack for Banjo - I wish I could find some decent pics of my aunt because you just remind me so much of her. Here's an old pic from when she first came to town and somehow ended up with my uncle. and a newer pic (she never looks at the camera!). I wish she would let her hair go grey but she is a curly!
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
she looks great--hope i look that good at 80+!!
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
I use this every once and awhile to prevent yellowing. It works great!
hello everyone. i havent been around in quite some time, but i'm still growing out my silver and have been loving it up till recently.
Actually it's become very difficult over the last 6 months when all of a sudden my hair started coming out like crazy. I have been being treated for adrenal fatigue since that time as well and my thyroid is in the so called "normal" range- although i dont think my general dr. is reading the test with a more modern and up to date view... so, everything i'm reading and experiencing tells me that sure- my thryoid as well as adrenals are whacked.
Anyway, I've mourned the loss of my thick curls, and summoned up my strength when i do wash it to go on with it the way it is because i dont have a choice, do i?
Then, i've gotten proactive about it and am taking supplements: biotin & evening primrose oil as well as making sure i take my b's and magnesium. And i've realized i need more protein since my hair is so fine...

So, i guess i'm just coming here to commisserate and/or try to get anyones thoughts if you've been through this. i've tried not to think too far in the future as to what to do with my hair beyond this but i have considered if it get's any thinner i may have to cut it shorter. I do think the thinning has slowed considerably but i still cant be sure.

so. thanks in advance for anything you may offer.
~Laura
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fine texture, porous,2c,3a&b (depending on humidity and length)Going gray

Wash: KCCC
Co wash~ Acure conditioner,JM Citrus Neroli
Leave in: KCKT, beatiful curls shae butter
Stylers: KKCC,
if you feel your dr is not up-to-date with the latest thinking about thyroid levels, first i'd have a conversation with him on what his thoughts are on this thinking and what your symptoms are, and if no results, i'd get a second opinion. it's your health. don't be afraid, be proactive.
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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
Biotin and a bunch of other supplements, eating a clean diet most of the time, getting a good amount of exercise, lots of water, and good sleep have all come together to bring back some of the hair I've lost due to thyroid and age. It has also helped my fingernails get healthier and start growing again, and has helped with my thinning eyelashes too.

Good luck!
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
Jeep,
Just checked out your newest pics. I hadn't seen the August 2012's yet, they are Awesome! I can't wait til my natural hair is that long and the rest of the dye is cut off!!!
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Mostly: Wen Cleansing Conditioner: Lavendar & Tea Tree

Occasionally: DevaCurl No-Poo, One Condition, & Angel; KCCC, KCKT & KCCC
Last Dye 1/4/12; Started Curlygirl Method 6/2012; Final cut to remove dye 3/30/13
I am going to go ahead and order the Ardell Red Gold Corrector finally! Mix it with a conditioner, maybe a cheaper one. How often are you then using the homemade purple conditioner?

I am dye free now ONE YEAR! Still some color on ends. Pictures were taken on my one year anniversary, 1/4/13. Should've taken some pics of the back. Hope these upload...
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Mostly: Wen Cleansing Conditioner: Lavendar & Tea Tree

Occasionally: DevaCurl No-Poo, One Condition, & Angel; KCCC, KCKT & KCCC
Last Dye 1/4/12; Started Curlygirl Method 6/2012; Final cut to remove dye 3/30/13
you hair looks great!

order the larger size, it gives you lots of mileage!! and it's only like $5.99 i think. it lasts me for months.

i use it ABOUT once a week, more or less, depending on my hair. i mostly do it on a low poo day, so my hair is free from product. then i work it through my hair, put a plastic processing cap on, and keep it on while i shower, then rinse, and add my leave in. i think it's great as it lets me use whatever conditioner i want, so i feel like my hair is getting a good conditioning meanwhile.
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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
Looking good CGG!
I use my purple conditioner 3 or 4 times a month. I leave it in while I give my hair a good detangling and massage my scalf really well, then condition wash and style as usual.
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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
Thanks rbb & jeep!

I ordered the larger (not packet) Ardell. I think .25 oz. What ratio are you using? I'm thinking of buying like a 12 oz curly girl friendly conditioner and mixing with the full bottle of condish. How much of the Ardell would I use and will it go bad? I'm thinking it would last me like a year.

If I found the correct up to date ingredients, they are:

Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Red 33 (CI 17200), Blue 1 (CI 42090).

The alcohol sounds really drying! Any recommendations on a conditioner? High or low end, what are you using for your mix?

Thank you!

Mostly: Wen Cleansing Conditioner: Lavendar & Tea Tree

Occasionally: DevaCurl No-Poo, One Condition, & Angel; KCCC, KCKT & KCCC
Last Dye 1/4/12; Started Curlygirl Method 6/2012; Final cut to remove dye 3/30/13
i tried several different conditioners. the one i now use is cj argan & olive oil, i feel it is good for my hair, so i'm doing two things at once. but others also worked, it's whatever you want. and, i may change it going forward.

i started with a slightly used bottle, like 10 ounces in a 12 oz bottle so i'd have room to add the ardell and shake it up. i started with 15 drops per ounce (as that is the recommended when it is used in conjunction with color) and now use about 18 drops per oz. shake it up, good to go whenever. you can use more or less ardell, see how it works for your hair. your hair will never be blue with this, just whitens it, so it is 'error-free!'
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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
you all look fabulous! so i just got my new passport pictures. they wouldnt let me smile and show teeth! so they have a field to enter your hair color on renewal of passport. i guess i will put gray tho it looks different in every light....no these pics are NOT the passport pics!!
i am now dye free since june 2010....i only have about 3 inches of color left...
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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
^^ Looking beautiful as always.
My passport pic is so so terrible. I think it's why I never travel anymore. I don't want anyone to see that pic. 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
Banjo, your hair looks so great - I love your natural color so much! My hair has grown out from my avatar pic - it's shoulder length in back, collarbone length in front, and your length is what I eventually want to get to. Keep on rockin' that hair!
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Banjo,
Awesome Curls and Natural Color!!! Beautiful!!!

Got my Ardell today! Ordered KCCC from Curl Mart. My first time ordering from Curl Mart. Been using the KCKT, really like that and love the smell! Still experimenting with products...

Mostly: Wen Cleansing Conditioner: Lavendar & Tea Tree

Occasionally: DevaCurl No-Poo, One Condition, & Angel; KCCC, KCKT & KCCC
Last Dye 1/4/12; Started Curlygirl Method 6/2012; Final cut to remove dye 3/30/13
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/bo...aits.html?_r=0

cool article!!
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

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