Our Gray Journey Diary

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Question for you all. Is gray hair always porous? I've been trying to figure out my hair properties. My hair has always been coarse, so the gray doesn't change it much, but I'm starting to wonder about the porosity.

I will get it tested. It'll be interesting if I find that the gray and still pigmented hair have very different properties from each other.
Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
Current favorites:
Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
Style: FSG, BRHG
Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

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I had mine tested and it's medium/average porosity. But I didn't have it tested until I was already grey so I'm not sure if it would have been less porous before.
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 Feb 2014**
https://www.facebook.com/lifetheuniverseandtodd
Hi banjo! I noticed you used Garnier Fructis conditioners as your rinse-out ones. Which ones in the line do you use? I'm looking for a new one that's drugstore(or Sally's if necessary). Thanks!
Liked your videos too. You're doing great with your hair - it will get even better as time goes on - that's a long journey with growing it out on long hair, but I can totally understand not wanting to cut one's hair way shorter either.
I haven't been here in a LONG Time so I thought I'd "try" to post some updated pics. I got the rest of the dye cut out of my hair right before Easter. Now, I'm waiting for it to GROW! I flat ironed for a while after the cut but I am a true curlygirl and don't want to wreck my natural hair so I'm back to being nice to my hair and embracing my curls. My products are everchanging and will have to also change my sig line.
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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
Gorgeous hair! And look at those cheekbones. Jealous.
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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 Feb 2014**
https://www.facebook.com/lifetheuniverseandtodd
your hair looks good! how long did it take you to get to this point?
and, have you noticed any difference in your hair, how it reacts to products?
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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
Thanks jeep & rbb!!!!

Those pics were taken two days ago. My last color was January 4, 2012 so its been 18.75 months of transition (cutting and growing my hair). My hair was past my shoulders when I got my last color. 5 months into my transition I learned about the curlygirl method. I was strictly cg until my final haircut to get rid of the dye, around Easter. Of course, I had to see what it looked like flat ironed. I wanted to see what my natural color looked like. As I've heard the curl doesn't reflect the light as well or something to that effect. Anyways, I'm back on track with cg and now that I have more length, it seems to be cooperating better. As far as products go, I'm still experimenting somewhat. The Deva line and the Kinky Curly line seem to be working but that may be because its summer? I know I had a really hard time working the curls here in the Minnesota winters because it is so dry. I think winter will be a challenge again but maybe I'll get it figured out this time. Fall is just around the corner, Yikes!!!

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
Looking good! It took me two years to grow the color out. I've been all natural for two years now. Growing out is hard, but it's worth the wait! Silver, gray, white is so flattering to those of us who are trying to age gracefully!
2C wavy with some spirals. CG since April 07. Medium texture and porosity.
COs: Yes to Cucumbers
Stylers: Krystal Ecostyler, KCCC,


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ewenique - LOVE your Avi! Your hair looks GRAYT! Is that your current length in 2 years time?

jeep - Looked at your pics again to see the newest ones. I looked at the whole album again! It was fun! Thanks for sharing! I enjoy seeing how everyone progresses into this transition.

rbb - Is your hair the same length as your avi? Are you growing it long?

I LOVE everyone's natural color and curls!!!!!

Is everyone's sig lines up to date, pretty accurate?

Tell me which product/products you could not live without.......
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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 pretty much keep the same length. my favorite length for my hair/face would be shoulder, which i had for years, but the white hair around my face has a 'tricky' texture, so it seems to need to be shorter. if there were a 'magic' product..... the hairs around my face can at times be either too heavy with product, or too light & fluffy, needing more. of course, there are days i get it just right, and most of the time since i work from home i can just add a little of this or that. the rest of my hair seems happy all the time! LOL!

any of you notice a change in hair and product needs now that you don't color?

my sig products are up-to-date.
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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
Curlygoinggray, I get a curly haircut 4x a year, so my hair length ranges from about your avi length to my avi length. It looks like we have a similar curl pattern. Right now my hair length is shorter than my avi by a couple inches! I kept my length during the 2 years of transition, just getting the color cut off little by little. I've not noticed too much change in texture, although a few stray gray hairs are rather coarse and kinky. I still use the same products, but always in the summer I try other gels since the KCCC works best for me during the winter months.
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2C wavy with some spirals. CG since April 07. Medium texture and porosity.
COs: Yes to Cucumbers
Stylers: Krystal Ecostyler, KCCC,


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Yes, every 2 weeks now, I see the silver where my hair parts, and it look s like I am losing my hair, and I am not. I am sick of it. every 3 weeks to get the roots touched. I started the process of adding highlights - but I can barely see them..how did others do this?? I have dark hair, and I work professionally, so I cannot have a stripe down my hair, nor can I wear it up on top of my head for the next two years. I am reading the Anne Kreamer book and feeling inspired and daring.
I won't be much help if you're looking for a gradual way to transition, because I went cold turkey and just lived with the skunk stripe. I found that it wasn't too bad, and once it got long enough that it was obvious I was growing it out and not just way overdue for a touch up, I even enjoyed it. I often pulled back the front to show off the white roots - it looked kind of cool white in the front and dark everywhere else.

Kreamer's book was an inspiration to me, as was the site goinggraylookinggreat.com (which I think no longer exists, unfortunately, but there is a site called Silver Sisters Cafe Gray, which I think grew out of that). Have you read through this whole thread? There are lots of stories of how women made the transition in different ways. Whatever you decide, good luck, and remember there are lots of gray curlies here to support you!
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Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Myrna,
I would not have been able to transition to my natural hair if it wasn't for the The Silver Sisters Cafe Gray. I also went cold turkey. The support and help in transitioning is Amazing at the Cafe. I don't know all the rules here at naturallycurly.com so I hope its okay to post a link for the Cafe. If not will someone let me know. Thanks!

http://w11.zetaboards.com/Cafe_Gray/index/
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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

Last edited by curlygoinggray; 08-03-2013 at 12:23 PM.
Rustina, goinggraylookinggreat.com is still up but it about the book. I just reserved the book at the library, thank you! and the cafe is there too. No, I have not read the entire thread at all, because just yesterday I decided I was tired of it all. I mean tired. I wish I had done this when I was younger, preferably before I started using permanent color. Oh well. I do want to hear how others have done this.
...just yesterday I decided I was tired of it all. I mean tired. I wish I had done this when I was younger, preferably before I started using permanent color.
Originally Posted by Myrna;
Lol, if you do find some time to read through this thread, you will find many variations of the same sentiment! The good news is that once you come out the other side, you will feel so unbelievably free.

I did see that the goinggray... site is still up, but it used to have hundreds of stories of women who went gray, in their own words and with pictures to show the transitions. It was so inspirational to be able to read those on my low days and realize that I wasn't the only one going through it and that I wasn't some sort of freak for wanting to embrace my gray and quit coloring. I don't know, maybe the Silver Sisters Gray Cafe has the same type of thing, once you sign up and join? Might be worth a look.
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Yes, I did sign up. And I went on youtube too. One video was a real turn off; the presenter was not herself gray, which may just be how it was, but certainly not as effective a statement than if she was. But the real turn off was what she said, which was that gray hair is finer and more porous. Huh? My colorists have always had to leave my color on for longer because that gray is so resistant, and me with the low porosity hair...and she had a bunch of aveda products in front of her. ARRGGHH! did any one here with long, dark hair transition doing the highlights thing?
The Silver Sisters Cafe Gray is run by Diana Lewis Jewell, the same person who wrote the book : "Going Gray, Looking Great" and the had the old website goinggraylookinggreat that you are talking about....

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 have to buy that book and join that website. I didn't permanent color, ever, and am about 20% silver throughout my black waves/curl. When my life circumstances changed back in 2007 and the "natural highlights" began to increase, I used semi-permanent dye. As it faded out, my adult daughters told me I should just wear it natural. Best advice those once rotten children have ever given me, lol!
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The Silver Sisters Cafe Gray is run by Diana Lewis Jewell, the same person who wrote the book : "Going Gray, Looking Great" and the had the old website goinggraylookinggreat that you are talking about....
Originally Posted by curlygoinggray
There's a FB group too.

I went cold turkey too. I just decided I had it. I definitely wish I had never colored because I missed so many of the interim stages and interesting mixes of color. I get compliments on my hair from complete strangers. I never did when I colored.
Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
Current favorites:
Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
Style: FSG, BRHG
Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

iHerb discount code: PNQ285

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