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Old 06-14-2013, 11:15 AM   #21
 
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I was just reading about brightening yellowed gray hair, and I read in a couple of places that a vinegar rinse could help if it's caused by any build-up.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:17 AM   #22
 
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On looking pale, my skin tone is naturally medium dark since I am of Asian Pacific Islander ethnicity. Here in the continental US, I almost never look pale, it's only when I go back home to Kauai that I look a bit pale for the first few days.

On looking older: well I'm no longer a aping chicken, lol, but like a lot of those with Asian Pacific Islander ethnicity, we tend to look younger than we really are and tend to live longer, too. In Hawaii, the age where one can receive senior citizen's discount is at least five years older than it is here in the continental US (still not quite there for either place, lol). Years ago when my little Asian Mom visited me and my 'ohana here on the "mainland," she was tickled to get a senior citizens discount, since she had not quite reached that age back in Hawaii. She still had to show her ID to the cashier, cause they didn't believe she was that old!

Bring on the discounts!
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Spring chicken, not aping chicken!
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:47 PM   #24
 
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There's my gray highlights, lol

Two questions for you curlygirls that are gray . . .-imageuploadedbycurltalk1371235632.212626.jpg
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:26 PM   #25
 
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There's my gray highlights, lol

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Thanks! I'm telling you, people in the picture are older than they appear, lol!
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Wow!! Those locks do look like highlights! I love your hair; it looks healthy and hip!


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Thanks.

I resent the over emphasis of youth as the only representation of beauty anyway.

I don't wear makeup, so I'm the wrong person to ask about looking pale. If you're looking for a more polished or professional look, I certainly think you can achieve it with gray(ing) hair.

. . . a hatred of the beauty industry, laziness, cheapness, and getting a kick out of not doing what's expected of me all play a role too.
Excellent! As a teacher, I do not need to worry about that polished look. I am particularly low maintenance in regards to jewelry and make-up. One of my students did a caricature of me with an inch or two of white roots. I am certainly not fooling anybody.
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Thanks a bunch, RBB, CurlyGray, Kauai, Jeep, and Bobby.

RBB and CurlyGray, I love the pics of your hair in your avatars.

Do you feel like you look older or pale? Or does this not matter? My vanity sometimes gets in the way of my principles.
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i don't think i look older or pale, but that could be because what colors i wear has changed in that pale/light colors don't work -- no white tops, makes me look like a ghost!, pale colors.... i got a lot of helpful info in the going gray looking great book by diana jewel. she gives lots of tips on makeup, jewelry, clothing colors -- ie, adding a dark color on top with a light top makes a big difference.... i felt coloring my hair made me look old, harsh. also, keeping the yellow out of the gray is important. and that is easy.
So, the book is a good investment? I thought about getting it a while back . . . it is kind of costly. My coloring is dark enough that I tend to stay away from pale colors . . . that's a start.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:32 AM   #30
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KMC - love the 'nature's highlights!'

stacy - yes, the book is worth it. actually, i did not buy it, got it from the library. :-) but she has sooo many tips, including how to get thru the transition. i picked up ideas from the photos.

actually, headbands were how i did the transition. so i had white around my face, black in the back! weird, yet i cannot tell you how many compliments i got. some were for the way the white looked around my face and how great it would look done, others for the two-toned look. the two-toned look got compliments from men and women ages 45 and under. i did not like the two-toned look. but i love the finished look now.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:36 AM   #31
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the book also comes in paperback, which is how it was in the library, so that would be cheaper. first see if you can get it from your library. then, amazon.
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I have been coloring my hair since I was 21. Finally 1.5 yrs ago at 45 I just flat stopped. It was a ball & chain that I was tired of dealing with.

I feel like my hair is much healthier now! I never embraced my curls before so after coloring, hair dryers and flat irons it was a frizzy mess. I looked like a skunk a few times but I wore lots of cute hats or clipped my hair a certain way.

I love my silver and get many compliments. I recently chopped it off and finally started embracing my curls.
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I have been coloring my hair since I was 21. Finally 1.5 yrs ago at 45 I just flat stopped. It was a ball & chain that I was tired of dealing with.

I feel like my hair is much healthier now! I never embraced my curls before so after coloring, hair dryers and flat irons it was a frizzy mess. I looked like a skunk a few times but I wore lots of cute hats or clipped my hair a certain way.

I love my silver and get many compliments. I recently chopped it off and finally started embracing my curls.
I love your cut and color, K-Kim!

RBB, I think I can get it via inter-library loan from one of the local towns here! Yay!
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I have been coloring my hair since I was 21. Finally 1.5 yrs ago at 45 I just flat stopped. It was a ball & chain that I was tired of dealing with.

I feel like my hair is much healthier now! I never embraced my curls before so after coloring, hair dryers and flat irons it was a frizzy mess. I looked like a skunk a few times but I wore lots of cute hats or clipped my hair a certain way.

I love my silver and get many compliments. I recently chopped it off and finally started embracing my curls.
I felt the same way about it being a chain.

I LOVE your hair!
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:32 AM   #35
 
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Thank you ladies. I am still very new to the CGM. Just a week in so far. I am still trying to figure out my hair type but I am thinking 2c. I think my hair is normal to high porosity and the texture is pretty normal now that I chopped off the damaged part.

My hair stylist has always been able to do pretty much anything to my hair but I have never succeeded in recreating the look the next day. LOL

I figure after embracing the silver then losing 30lbs by eating clean...I hope to embrace the curls and treat my hair better.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:52 PM   #36
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kurlykim -- love your curls and color!
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I am loving the pics. You all have great hair and great cuts.

I loved the Going Gray Looking Great book (along with both Curly Girl books).
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This is just me but based on what I have seen over the years, most women can color their hair and look better. My mom is 74 and still colors hers. However, with guys, for the most part, it turns into a trainwreack when they color theirs. I'm good with going gray, I just accept it as reality of getting older.
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This is just me but based on what I have seen over the years, most women can color their hair and look better. My mom is 74 and still colors hers. However, with guys, for the most part, it turns into a trainwreack when they color theirs. I'm good with going gray, I just accept it as reality of getting older.
This is exactly what drives me crazy. It's ok for men to go grey, but women should just suck it up and dye it? I see women all the time in their 70s with dyed hair. My opinion is it *never* looks natural.
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The double standard of women as "form" and men as "function " is pervasive. Women perpetuate it too. This is a hot button issue for me.
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