Our Gray Journey Diary

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Funny, funny blog post! You can always get low lights as you transition.
My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
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Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
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Funny, funny blog post! You can always get low lights as you transition.
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
Thank you for reading my blog post. And yes, I suppose low lights are a good option.

Your blog looks great by the way! I like your colour choice in particular (gray/red/black... classic)

Last edited by deadendrite; 09-01-2010 at 08:03 AM.
I have formulated my, "Hello Gray Hair" plan. I am going to have a party for my 50th. It will either be a spa party where we do girlie things and I have my hair short to some gray I have let grown out for 6 months (hiding under scarves and hats) or I will just show up at a hootinanny with gray hair!

I will make invitations announcing the arrival of the 50th and gray hair.

I have almost 4 years to plan so things could change...
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May the hair gods shine on me (and you!).

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anyone ever try zerran blue shampoo? their website says it is sulfate, paraben, silicone free.

i have grey/white hair and would like to take some slight yellow i have out.
any ideas if not zerran?

(i would have used deva no poo blonde, but apparently it is not being made anymore. )
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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

Last edited by rbb; 09-19-2010 at 08:08 AM. Reason: more info
anyone ever try zerran blue shampoo? their website says it is sulfate, paraben, silicone free.

i have grey/white hair and would like to take some slight yellow i have out.
any ideas if not zerran?

(i would have used deva no poo blonde, but apparently it is not being made anymore. )
Originally Posted by rbb
This has been discussed before, but I'll say it again. Buy a little tube of Red Gold Corrector at Sally's and add it to your cowash conditioner or the shampoo you like. It has a purple tint, and is made for this type of thing.
I like this better than buying some unknown blue shampoo or conditioner. I just add it to a product that works for me. I don't mix up a giant amount, as I use it every once in awhile. Either mix some in a smaller bottle or add it to a half full (or less) bottle of your favorite stuff.
crwitt, I only use the blue stuff maybe once every 4-6 weeks. Once the Red Gold Corrector is mixed in a bottle with conditioner, have you noticed any issues with how long it "keeps"?

I thought I'd read on another post somewhere that using the whole Red Gold Corrector application with a full bottle of conditioner was a good ratio.

ETA: I checked out the zerran site and I don't see a blue conditioner.
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Hi - I'm newly going gray and was looking at this the other day on another webpage. I also don't see a blue conditioner but only the blue shampoo (under the Sulfate Free heading). So, I'm also wondering if it does come in conditioner form.
crwitt, I only use the blue stuff maybe once every 4-6 weeks. Once the Red Gold Corrector is mixed in a bottle with conditioner, have you noticed any issues with how long it "keeps"?

I thought I'd read on another post somewhere that using the whole Red Gold Corrector application with a full bottle of conditioner was a good ratio.

ETA: I checked out the zerran site and I don't see a blue conditioner.
Originally Posted by Spiralli
I mixed some up some months ago, still seems to be fine. When I bought mine, Sally's had it in a little one application tube, but also in a tiny resealable bottle. I bought the bottle and just squeezed drops of it into a partially full bottle of conditioner until I was happy with it.
got an answer from zerran regarding the ingredients in the blue shampoo:

ingredient listing for the blue shampoo.
Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauramide DEA, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Althea Officinalis, Achillea Millefolium, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Panthenol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavander) Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, PEG -120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Peg-2M. Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Violet 2
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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
This has been discussed before, but I'll say it again. Buy a little tube of Red Gold Corrector at Sally's and add it to your cowash conditioner or the shampoo you like. It has a purple tint, and is made for this type of thing.
I like this better than buying some unknown blue shampoo or conditioner. I just add it to a product that works for me. I don't mix up a giant amount, as I use it every once in awhile. Either mix some in a smaller bottle or add it to a half full (or less) bottle of your favorite stuff.
Originally Posted by crwritt
crwitt -- how much do you use??
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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 started going grey in my late 40's (about 5 years ago) and decided I wanted to go natural so I didn't color. As it was growing out I did touch up the 'skunk stripe' with Roux Fanciful temporary hair color (I just dabbed it on my part each time I washed and dried my hair).
My hair is now quite white/grey on the top and still dark in the back. You can see my growing out progress in my fotki below. Password is jeepcurlygurl.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
nice hair and you look awesome jeep!!!
Susan suburban NY
3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
CG since 11/11/04
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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 started going grey in my late 40's (about 5 years ago) and decided I wanted to go natural so I didn't color. As it was growing out I did touch up the 'skunk stripe' with Roux Fanciful temporary hair color (I just dabbed it on my part each time I washed and dried my hair).
My hair is now quite white/grey on the top and still dark in the back. You can see my growing out progress in my fotki below. Password is jeepcurlygurl.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
nice hair and you look awesome jeep!!!
Originally Posted by banjocurl
thanks! so do you! your new gray hair is beautiful.
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.
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ok everyone--thanks for your awesome pics and stories. i now have 3 months of gray hair growth and so far so good. my hair is still long and multicolored. i find that pulling it back is better than having the part--more streaky and blended that way.
i've got a few new pics on fotki. i find that people who color their hair tell me my hair looks terrible (who asked them??) and people who are gray like it. well at 60 i don't care who likes it except me and dh. he is totally gray so we complement each other now.
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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
You and hubs are like peas in a pod now!

All men, young and old, love my gray hair. Most of my family disliked it at first. It made them feel old I guess. Many women love it. Some don't. I overheard one of my supposed best friends say "I think it's stupid for anyone our age not to dye their hair. Or wear it long. Or not straighten it". Well it wasn't hard to figure out who she was talking about! hahaha.
Like you banjo, I'll do or not do whatever I feel like.
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**
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Banjocurl & Jeepcurlygurl - I wonder if you realize just how inspirational you both are - not only for me as a newbie-grey-wannabe but just in generalization of warmth spirit to others.

Iíve always done my own thing and danced to the beat of a different drummer (so to speak) - thats how I got to be living the life I now live (my way) but you both do it in a whole nother positive direction.

Bravo to the both of you for keeping it real.

anyone ever try PRAVANA whitening shampoo? it is sulfate free, but i cannot find a list of ingredients. there are other pravana products on this site, but not this particular one.
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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
Banjocurl & Jeepcurlygurl - I wonder if you realize just how inspirational you both are - not only for me as a newbie-grey-wannabe but just in generalization of warmth spirit to others.

Iíve always done my own thing and danced to the beat of a different drummer (so to speak) - thats how I got to be living the life I now live (my way) but you both do it in a whole nother positive direction.

Bravo to the both of you for keeping it real.
Originally Posted by SilverCurls
Awww, thanks! I have dated lots of drummers so I actually have danced to the beat of a different drummer. hahaha.

RBB I've never heard of that brand.
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 is looking fabulous! Great transition!
My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
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Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
Quote:
Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
That is a pretty look, isn't it? (at the link)


My husband asked me a few weeks ago, "why not go all the way natural?" meaning stop coloring my hair. My immediate thought was, "Are you out of your MIND?!" I think I even asked him as much.

But the more I thought about it the more appealing the thought was so I went to the hairdressers and stated my goal.

He wasn't happy with it because there really is no easy way to go grey with as dark as my hair was without chopping it all off.

We discussed my options and although he didn't think it was a good idea because of the damage to my hair (and boy, was he right) he stripped/frosted my hair.

It certainly achieved the desired affect; you can no longer see my grey root line, at least not at the moment. (He didn't touch the regrowth)



It's lighter still around my face because my hair is much greyer in the front than it is in the back.

My hair, however, isn't thanking me. I have deep conditioned it to the point it should be limper than a well cooked noodle and it's still like straw. (we'll see how it feels after I take the plastic off my head tonight)
2C, maybe
Biolage Conditioning Balm
Deva Curls One condition
GF Triple Nutrition conditioner, deep conditioner and leave in spray
anGell and Set it Free
RoseMadder, I think your hair looks great in the pic! Shiny and healthy-looking to me. I love the color variations! I realize that it may feel dry for a while, but continued deep conditioning treatments would continue to help it and prevent breakage, I would think.

I hope you enjoy the change and freedom from coloring appointments. Best hair decision I made (besides going CG).
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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!

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