Are You Embracing or Running Away From Your Gray Hair?

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Beautiful hawaiikaren!!!

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I'm not even sure how to begin growing out my gray hair, because of the length. (see my avatar pic) I don't want it to look like I'm wearing a little gray cap. I'm thinking about not coloring my hair and using either a dark spray or Joan Rivers hair powder just on the roots at the top. How did you other long haired ladies do this?
really need a trim but i havent found a stylist i trust so ive been trimming it myself..
Originally Posted by hawaiikaren2001
I am so jealous, your hair is gorgeous! Why can't my hair go white faster??

Hi! Thought I would pop into the over 40s forum for the first time and figured this is a good thread. I'm 41ish!

I haven't decided if I want to embrace the gray or not. I grew up with dark blonde/ light brown hair...a bunch of different colors all blended.

The hair around my temples is growing in very soft and white. I have a few silvery ones throughout my crown. I am told they look like highlights but I just don't see what they see!

I just don't know. I keep saying I'm going to let it come in natural and afer a couple of inches, I change my mind and grab some dye. It doesn't help that my boyfriend is almost a decade younger than me either. I keep feeling like I need to look younger than him. He has a lot of silver but wears it short and you can't see it until up close.

If my hair would just come in all white and soft like my grandmother's is, I would be all over not fighting it!

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Welcome, Wavedownsouth!

I totally do what you do. My fiance is 6 years younger than me. He doesn't want me to grow out the gray. I should have colored this weekend, but didn't. I think I'll hang out until after the holidays and see how it looks.
Continuing my natural journey...gray,long and curly. Loving the freedom!
I'm not even sure how to begin growing out my gray hair, because of the length. (see my avatar pic) I don't want it to look like I'm wearing a little gray cap. I'm thinking about not coloring my hair and using either a dark spray or Joan Rivers hair powder just on the roots at the top. How did you other long haired ladies do this?
Originally Posted by Lotsawaves
My sister (11 years older than me) was inspired by the look of my natural 50% silver to let her 90% silver go natural a few years ago. Her original color was dark brown and she had been dying it a med brown. To transition out she gradually shifted to a lighter and lighter brown, eventually going blonde and then to her natural almost-platinum. Her hair was shoulder length to start and is now waist length.
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I saw another woman around my age at the farmer's market the other day and she had long curly very white hair. I was so jealous. I want MORE silver/grey/white hair. Mine hasn't changed in a long time. Same amount of grey as I've had for awhile now. : (
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I'm not even sure how to begin growing out my gray hair, because of the length. (see my avatar pic) I don't want it to look like I'm wearing a little gray cap. I'm thinking about not coloring my hair and using either a dark spray or Joan Rivers hair powder just on the roots at the top. How did you other long haired ladies do this?
Originally Posted by Lotsawaves
Lotsawaves,
I know many people have used the Fanciful Rinse (not the Fanciful Roux, the Roux can stain the hair) in what ever color works for you. The Rinse is temporary color that washes right out.

I did not personally use it as my line of demarcation was not as great as some. I also wasn't sure how to incorporate that into the curlygirl method and it sounded messy to me, lol. My last color was a year ago and I did it cold turkey but cut alot of hair off. I have a little dye left on the ends now, need to update pics. I can't wait to have long hair again and now I get to see what it looks like curly. Seeing all the beautiful long haired curlies on here gives me something to look forward to! Thanks everyone for posting!

HTH!

I thought I'd mention, semi-permanent and temporary hair colors ARE permanent and don't wash out. That is what I've heard anyways.
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I don't like my whites (and they are white and not gray). I'm 48 and have so much white hair against dark brown. I color my hair. If I don't, I look like I haven't washed my hair and of course, older.

But there are some women I've seen with beautiful white or gray hair that just looks great on them and shouldn't mess with it.
I embraced the gray several years ago. Funny thing is that I receive more compliments on my hair now than I ever did when I was younger!
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Love that pic, ewenique! Your gray is so pretty and its a great length. I can't seem to get my curls to get past shoulder.
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I'm new here and I'm embracing the gray! I stopped coloring several years ago and I am SO glad.

I decided to try to CG method to help with the frizz. It seems like with the gray/aging hair I need to work on the health of my hair more now.

I posted these photos over in the 2 forum, but I'll post them here too. I'm <1 week on the CG method, so I think (hope!) it'll get better.
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^ LOVE your wide grey streaks!
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.
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I'm not over 40 (am 22) but I've been running from my grays for 7 years now (was 15 when the grays were that visible that kids at school called me granny).

What do you think is a good age to stop colour-treating?
I am not ready to stop colouring now maybe first find a boyfriend and so on.
Thanks, Jeep.

Neleke, I'm 50. I dyed my hair until around a few years ago. I didn't start at the first sign of grey. I wasn't going to color it at all, but my stylist kept urging me to. I dyed for at least 10-15 years, I think, first at the salon and then at home, where I thoroughly trashed my hair My stylist's lack of support for my natural hair is one of the reasons I finally got up the nerve to leave her after so many years. She also used to talk about flat-ironing my hair and wanted to do things like use texturizing shears - not at all natural hair-friendly!

I think you can do whatever you want with your hair. If you want to dye it, then do. If you like it natural, then don't. If you like grey in your hair but a guy won't be attracted you because of it, then he isn't the right one for you. My husband was always very supportive of my grey - I was the one who had a problem with it. If only my mom was on track - she even tried to enlist my kids to get me to start coloring again!

The only one you need to please is yourself. Being happy with yourself, dyed or natural, is the most attractive thing around!
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To add, there is no shade of grey I have found that even remotely keeps me from looking sallow and deathly. If I could look half as good as you guys I'd consider it.
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