Our Gray Journey Diary

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I just made this transition collage yesterday (took me ALL day) and thought I would share it.

My last color was 1/4/12
but
pics start in order 2/2/12 to 8/21/13

Oh and I learned the curlygirl method after the 9th picture...

http://fotos.fotoflexer.com/38f747da...ea530976d0.jpg

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
That is really cool! Thanks for sharing it! Your hair looks great and seeing the stages is really encouraging. I've been mad at my hair for about 3 months. I think a vinegar rinse this weekend may have helped. In the meantime, bunning helps to keep my mind off it.
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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!

Last edited by Spiralli; 09-03-2013 at 10:00 AM.
What a fun idea! You can really see the progression over time. Don't you just love your color free hair with its natural gray!?
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ewenique,
I LOVE not having to worry about roots! It's nice to be off the "Crazy Train". What a vicious cycle!!! Talk about freedom!!!

Spiralli,
I have been in awe of your curls ever since I first saw your avatar!!!

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
Spiralli,
I have been in awe of your curls ever since I first saw your avatar!!!
Originally Posted by curlygoinggray
That is so sweet! That's not me, but the artist captured my dream 3b curls, back when I had a head of full and thicker hair. The avatar is cut from Christophe Vacher's work called The Wait.
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!
Did any of you worry about looking much older with gray hair? how do you feel now that you have transitioned, do you feel your gray enhances you - or not?
Did any of you worry about looking much older with gray hair? how do you feel now that you have transitioned, do you feel your gray enhances you - or not?
Originally Posted by Myrna
I was so tired of coloring, and I hated having the little line of roots show after a few weeks. It was worth it to me to bite the bullet and grow out my dyed hair. Yes, I was concerned about looking older. I started growing out my gray when I was 42. Some days I think the natural salt & pepper color of my hair is flattering, some days not. I wish I could be in love with it 100% of the time, but I am not. I know that I don't want to go back to coloring it. Occasionally, I use a clear gloss product to try to perk up how it looks a little bit.

I am between jobs now (I opted for early retirement from my company and the timing didn't allow me to make sure that I had another job first), so I am hoping that my curly gray hair won't be perceived as old or unruly if/when I get interviews.
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've never understood why a certain hair color would make people look older. We've been conditioned to believe that grey=old. Kind of ridiculous when you think about it. It's like people saying pink sweaters make everyone look old.

I never thought about it making me look old. If my hair is grey, blue, brown, or purple polka dotted, I am the same age. My hair color doesn't change the way I look. I have the same nose, the same wrinkles, the same sagging jowls, no matter my hair color.

I know this doesn't convince others that grey hair won't make them look old, but that's how I feel about it. And life is so much better, freer, easier, because I simply let my hair do it's thing.
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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.
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I have always been told that I look younger than I am, so when I stopped coloring I was anticipating the end of the, "There's no way you're _____ years old!" comments. But just the other day, a co-worker of mine, who is a year older than me and has no gray hair whatsoever, expressed surprise at my age and told me she thought I must be at least 5 or 6 years YOUNGER than her. I firmly believe age is in your attitude and your overall look, not in your hair color. A woman who is frumpy and doesn't take care of herself will look older than she is without a single gray hair on her head.
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Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Did any of you worry about looking much older with gray hair? how do you feel now that you have transitioned, do you feel your gray enhances you - or not?
Originally Posted by Myrna
OMG, Yes, I was worried! Especially at the beginning when you look like you forgot to color your hair!!!

I will say right out, I feel my natural hair color enhances me and I don't look harsh from the color. This is only my opinion but since transitioning, I don't care for hair color on anyone. I wish I hadn't wasted all those years covering the gray and wrecking my hair trying to look like someone that wasn't me.

Until, you actually stop coloring your hair and go through the transition, then, you will realize what a freeing experience it really is and not just in the haircolor, in so many other ways. I think you really grow as a mature person. It is hard to explain. I can say, it is nice to be me for once in my life! I would have never learned to embrace my curls (or discovered the curly girl method) if I hadn't stopped coloring my hair!

Would I trade my natural color if science had a way of reversing the gray without coloring... NOT IN A MILLION!!
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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
Did any of you worry about looking much older with gray hair? how do you feel now that you have transitioned, do you feel your gray enhances you - or not?
Originally Posted by Myrna
OMG, Yes, I was worried! Especially at the beginning when you look like you forgot to color your hair!!!

I will say right out, I feel my natural hair color enhances me and I don't look harsh from the color. This is only my opinion but since transitioning, I don't care for hair color on anyone. I wish I hadn't wasted all those years covering the gray and wrecking my hair trying to look like someone that wasn't me.

Until, you actually stop coloring your hair and go through the transition, then, you will realize what a freeing experience it really is and not just in the haircolor, in so many other ways. I think you really grow as a mature person. It is hard to explain. I can say, it is nice to be me for once in my life! I would have never learned to embrace my curls (or discovered the curly girl method) if I hadn't stopped coloring my hair!

Would I trade my natural color if science had a way of reversing the gray without coloring... NOT IN A MILLION!!
Originally Posted by curlygoinggray
Well said.
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Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
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I've been pleasantly surprised that I regularly receive compliments about my graying curly hair from random strangers. This never happened when I was coloring. I was even told that I looked younger than my youngest sister! She wasn't too pleased about that - lol

On another note, it seems that the younger generation, the 20 somethings, are into coloring their hair. That I don't get at all. And the crazy pink, turquoise, and purple streaks - well, that makes me wonder if the author of the Hunger Games series started that fad or has just followed it to a logical conclusion...
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i've actually had people ask me if i color my hair. i guess you could bleach your hair to white, right? they are always surprised when i say i don't, then they ask if it is my natural color...... even when i went for a haircut another stylist there knew it was my natural color as he was aware of my transition phase, but told me it looks platinum, like i did it on purpose.
so, no, i do not feel older with gray/white hair. :-)
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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
I think I spent hours reading all these posts last night and just had to say, wow, just beautiful hair, and.... you've got me thinking I might be ready to try this yet again. I let my hair go natural after I retired, turned out my hair came in all white. At that time I had very, very short hair, my hairdresser dyed it blond so the transition was easy, very easy.
I have very pale skin and I just felt like I looked washed out, almost sick sometimes so then I started adding lowlights to give me some color. That phase lasted about 3-4 years and then finally I had enough and dyed my hair red, my natural color, childhood color.
Fast forward to now, my hair is chin length, I'm finding my curl and don't want to cut it and having the hardest time finding the right color red, wanting to dye only the roots and having to do that every 4 weeks, what a pain. Soooo, thinking once again about letting it go back to white.
My family loved it, my friends, not so much, to my face they said they liked it, once I went back to red, they said the white hair had "aged" me. What to do, what to do???
2C * Normal Porosity * Medium Density * Chin Length

Still playing with products ( using mostly Deva right now)

Working on finding my inner curl.
personally what i think can be aging is the condition and style. did you feel your hair was moisturized? did you love the style?

you said your hair is all white. mine was mostly white. i found i had to dye the roots every 3 weeks, going darker and darker as the white was so resistant. now i watch women with hair like that and watch their roots become more and more prominent and the color darker. it is soooo freeing not to do that anymore and to always be happy with the color, not worrying about camouflaging roots.

there are some friends who said i should color but there are many others who love it. what people don't get when they tell me to color it is that i really don't care what they think, i am happy with my hair. just like there are people who tell us we should relax/straighten our hair, not let it be curly, that curly is 'messy.' everyone has different opinions, yours is the only one that counts.
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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
I dont know how old you are and it does not matter. I think it is AGEING to see women in their 60's, even 50, sometimes, who are dyeing their hair to look like it was when they were teenagers. We have acclimated to that "look" as being "young", and gray is considered "old". I dont buy it. As long as you wear the makeup you need, and complimentary colors - which change when you go gray, especially for redheads - I dont think gray is ageing. It involves a shift in perception. I attached a pic of me with my silver showing, and my hair is pulled back. You judge for yourself. Moreover, since I quit the root touches, my hair is softer, fuller and better curls.
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Our Gray Journey Diary-picture-244.jpg  
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Just gotta say, Myrna, that your natural color is really great with your skin tone!!
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

Thanks, 2Poodles. You know, when I was a freshman in college - literally in the last century - I met a young man whose father and mother were well known in the art world. WEll, back then, 1969, straight hair was really, really IN. I wore mine straight, but this young man argued very convincingly that we look best with what we are born with. As I age, I think this more and more; that all these middle aged and older women who are dyeing their hair - do they really look good? I dont think so, but it is, as I said, a shift in perception.
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And why so much fear around looking older, anyway? Do what makes you happy.
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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
^ ditto. The whole wanting to never look our age thing is a huge pet peeve of mine. I just don't understand it and it makes me kind of sad. So much time, money, worry, effort trying to hang onto something we once had instead of actually living life every day! I'm just happy I stopped worrying about that long ago.
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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**
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