Our Gray Journey Diary

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I see this woman who works at a store I frequent and she has the most beautiful gray hair you have every seen. She looks to be about my age (5 and her hair is down to her waist - it is straight as a stick. The blends of grays and whites is fabulous. Every time I go in there I just stare at her hair.

My sister finally decided to stop coloring her hair and go gray. I wish you could see how beautiful her's has come in. I have a lot of the steel gray where as her's is a very soft gray. I am jealous.
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My grays have definitely calmed down as they grew longer. I still have some new ones that stand up and wave at inopportune times. But overall, the longer they got, the more they blended in with my curl pattern.

The interesting thing for me is to see the variation in gray strands on my head. I have some that are silvery and shine, some are translucent like fishing line, some are very thin and some are thick.
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My sense, from exploring that website www.goinggraylookinggreat.com is that the color of your gray depends a lot on how much of your natural color you still have. If most of your hair is without pigment, you'll have whiter hair. Shades of gray result more from non-pigmented hair reflecting underlying colors. So right now, since I still have a lot of my natural dark ash blonde, my hair looks a bit faded - the result of scattered grays throughout. And I'm okay with that.
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I've always gotten the impression that many men prefer a more natural look to women. Some seem rather bemused by the length of time and amount of effort some women will go to in an effort to "look good". I wonder if women go to those lengths more to feel better about themselves in comparison to other women rather than to attract men.

For me, I'm so grateful that my DH doesn't require me to look a certain way. He's quite happy if I have make up on, or not; have my hair done, or not; am dressed up, or not. I keep telling my daughters that finding a man who loves them just the way they are is a goal worth holding out for....
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I just thought I'd pop in here. I really want to just let my hair gray. Well, actually, there is no "letting". It is graying. I keep thinking about coloring but haven't so far and probably won't. I get kind of excited to see the shimmery white strands mixed in with the brown in the front. I have a few totally gray curls in the back. I was looking in my car's rear view mirror this morning before taking my 11 year old out and spotted my white strands looking very shiny. I was thinking ok, this is pretty neat. I like the way the grays are coming in. I'm definitely not coloring. I tell my 11 year old (daughter) to look at my white hair mixed in with the brown. She says, "cool"! So, I'm feeling quite happy until she adds, "just don't let it get all over your head". Oh well. I read on here that someone calls the grays their "fairy hair". I'm trying to keep that description in my head to feel like this is a good decision to let my hair do its thing.
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I have been going (almost totally there) gray for a while. At first it came in very steel gray and stuck out whenever they felt like it. As the years have gone by the hair calmed down and also a mix of colors began. I still have the steel gray but I also now have some very white strands and soft grays and a tad of my natural brown. I actually like the color(s) of my hair. I call it colored by God.
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I love this site and have lurked on it for a couple of years. This is my first post and I wanted to share my turning gray experience.

I tried dyeing my hair when it first turned gray, but could not stand seeing the roots. Plus I felt like it was really damaging my hair. So I decided to go with the gray. My Mom has beautiful white hair and I am looking forward to eventually having hair just like hers.

I have enjoyed following everyone's stories about their gray hair journey!
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saltnpepper - you have GORGEOUS silvery curls!! That's exactly the sort of look I hope to have some day. How long did it take between the time you noticed grays really filling in and now? I'm just curious and impatient.... Love your hair!!
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Last edited by ...; 07-08-2010 at 08:50 AM.
Awww-thanks! You are all so nice.

My hair has been graying over the last 10 years, but has really filled in over the last 5. It has been fun, and I have gotten more compliments on my hair since it has grayed than before.

As far as hair care goes, I use a violet-based low-poo to brighten the gray once a week. My hair needs a lot of moisture, so I also DT once a week. Every 2 or 3 weeks, I'll do a protein treatment before the DT. When the gray hair first appeared, it was pretty wiry - but after time they seemed to have calmed down. Of course, there is always that one stray hair that refuses to curl and sticks straight out!
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saltnpepper - If you don't mind, could you be a bit more specific re: which violet-based low-poo and which protein treatment you use? I'm always looking for suggestions. TIA!
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

Saltnpepper, your hair is so beautiful! What's the low pow you use?
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Not saltnpepper, but from her sig it looks like she uses DevaBlonde Low Poo.
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 use Deva NoPoo for Blondes, which is a blue-toned NoPoo. My Deva stylist told me to put it in dry hair for about 20 minutes before I took my shower since I was having trouble keeping my white hair white, especially in the summer when it gets yellow very easily.

My hair started going grey when I was about 22. I colored my hair for fifteen years, then transitioned to using toning glazes with low-lights to help blend my white (the front half of my head) with my dark blonde (mostly at the back). I am now pretty much all white. I am 43, but get more compliments on my hair color now than I did when I was coloring. (although I admit to missing the fun of choosing a hair color!!) My hair is so white now, it isn't worth trying to color it.
Growing out my curls. White hair, fine to medium texture but a lot of it. Low to medium porosity. Botticelli curls -- 2c/3a mix. My hair loves protein.
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