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belwilcoily -- stay with it. the time will pass and you will get thru this. my hair was also a soft black, and i was about 80% gray/white by the time i bit the bullet and stopped coloring it -- hated coloring it, but could not get up the nerve to go thru the transition as i knew i would not do a pixie cut....
i have never, ever, regretted transitioning and wished i had never started coloring, but.....
what i found that helped is pulling the front of my hair back in headbands,but your hair looks long enough to do a few tiny braids along the front facing away from your face, do you know what i mean? i saw a picture of that hairstyle on goinggraylookinggreat and loved it! so i improvised with my shorter hair and used headbands. believe it or not i actually got a ton of compliments from both friends and family, so that kept me going.
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My last dye was 12/18/13. My growth is now showing a little more down the length of my hair than in the avi pic. My original hair color was nearly black and I began to gray in my mid 20s and starting dyeing then. I am retired now and 67 so it is time to give up the dye plus it was making my hair fall out. I don't like the fact that I will be totally white after grow out, would have liked to retain some natural dark hair but it is what it is. I plan on doing nothing chemical again to it. But I am going to keep growing the length, I don't want to look like a gray haired old lady with a short kinky perm ( my curl is natural but you get the idea).
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My last dye was 12/18/13. My growth is now showing a little more down the length of my hair than in the avi pic. My original hair color was nearly black and I began to gray in my mid 20s and starting dyeing then. I am retired now and 67 so it is time to give up the dye plus it was making my hair fall out. I don't like the fact that I will be totally white after grow out, would have liked to retain some natural dark hair but it is what it is. I plan on doing nothing chemical again to it. But I am going to keep growing the length, I don't want to look like a gray haired old lady with a short kinky perm ( my curl is natural but you get the idea).
Originally Posted by CurlyInParadise
i call it the 'cloud' hairstyle! LOL!
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styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
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Hi guys- it's been months since I've posted on this site, but popped in today to catch up. I tried to take photos to show my gray, but they just cannot be captured on film because there aren't enough of them, lol. I am, as of last night when I chopped the last inch off, officially fully transitioned to au naturel! It has been over a year since I started....mother's day 2013 to be exact (so, May). It took a lot longer than I expected. Here are a few of my observations:

1) I am a lot less gray than I expected to be. My temples are very gray, but I am a light salt & pepper everywhere else. My overall tone went from warm to cool.
2) I LOVE the ease of not having to dye anymore.
3) I did lose a lot of curl. I don't know why, but my hair is now wavy and not curly unless I really coax it which I'm too lazy to do. This journey was about being more low maintenance, so I'm just taking it in stride.
4) I'm 40 years old and have been graying since my 20's.
5) I only get compliments from two distinct groups of people. One group is the 20-somethings who think it's "cool". The other group are women who have transitioned, are transitioning, or are already gray. No one inbetween compliments my hair. Ever.
6) The people who do not like my hair are those that are either not gray, or who color their gray, and they are pretty vocal about it. I feel it is an insecurity on their part.
7) I feel my hair is unique and I like that, whether it's perceived to be cool or hideous by others, it IS unique.
I'm so glad I did it and don't plan on dyeing ever again.
9) My goal in doing this, was to grow it out and then decide. I always kept an open mind that if I hated it, I could always start dyeing it again. But I really needed to see the FINAL look before I made the decision. And you know what? I like it!

Best of luck to you ladies who are transitioning! You're looking great! Keep up the good work!
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do you have pictures? that is a great feeling to be totally transitioned, and i had the same feeling -- i really loved my hair. i will never dye it again.
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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
do you have pictures? that is a great feeling to be totally transitioned, and i had the same feeling -- i really loved my hair. i will never dye it again.
Originally Posted by rbb
This is from today, the gray is really hard to photograph!

Untitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

Untitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

These are a reminder of mid-transition photos. You can see the gray better in these, lol!

Untitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

Untitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

Untitled by chloe92us, on Flickr
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
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Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip

Last edited by chloe92us; 07-11-2014 at 11:49 AM.
Originally Posted by Myrna
Myrna that looks great!!!
You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
do you have pictures? that is a great feeling to be totally transitioned, and i had the same feeling -- i really loved my hair. i will never dye it again.
Originally Posted by rbb
These are from this morning, and they are so bad because you can't see the gray at all really! Anyhoo...here you go!

Untitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

Untitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

These are a reminder of mid-transition photos. You can see the gray better in these, lol!

Untitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

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Originally Posted by chloe92us
Love the cut. I'm worried about losing pattern because I'll be straight. I think yours is gorgeous though.
You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
I took a few more photos and replaced the first two, the light has shifted and it was easier to get the gray.
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
i think it looks great,both the color and the waves!!
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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'm scared of losing my curls . The texture is so different I've had and worn curly hair for 42 years. Wouldn't feel like me or even know how to care for just wavy or straight hair
My progress should be visible in my avitar. I hope it shows up, was taken today. Still have such a long way to go. I am also growing it out longer.
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My progress should be visible in my avitar. I hope it shows up, was taken today. Still have such a long way to go. I am also growing it out longer.
Originally Posted by CurlyInParadise
looks great1 i remember that stage well......
you have a lot of patience if you are simultaneously growing out the length. i actually cut mine shorter at about 9 months, still had color but wanted to see less of it.
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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
Thank you. I am only aiming for my shoulders. Once it gets there, I will trim an inch every so often until I get this dye off.
Ooooh, can I join in here?

I am DESPERATELY in need of some support!

A little background: I am 54 years old, been dying my hair since I've been 8 (yes, that's exactly right...my mom didn't like my mousy brown hair color when I was little...she dyed it red which came out awful, so in her attempt to bring it back to my "normal", she dyed it dark brown over that....it was nearly black but somehow it looked okay on me). So fast forward a whole bunch of years....

I was getting to the point of having to re-dye my hair every 3 weeks in order to get rid of the white "halo" effect....and my husband was telling me I was looking like Morticia from the Addams Family. Not a good look.

I believe the last time I colored my hair was about 3 months ago, probably around March or April 2014 ?

Let me just say that it looks AWFUL. I've got about 3 inches of gray growth and the balance (past my shoulders) is all different shades of brown.

Add to that that I work in "corporate America"....people at work look at me like I've gone crazy. Strangely enough, no one mentions it all - they just stare at it when they think I'm not looking. LOL

My hair is naturally curly and I've always worn it natural that way - it's gotten very thin now that I'm on some medication (enough that I have currently been using Rogaine which amazingly has worked wonders for me). Since I won't be getting off this medication any time soon, it looks like Rogaine is here to stay.

And that's pretty much my "hair story".

I'm going to see how I can attach a picture but I'm hopeless when it comes to these types of things - bear with me!

I'm just thrilled to have found all of you!

Terri
Hi! I'm worried about losing my wave. How curly are you? It seems like the curlier patterns stay better.
You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
Ooooh, can I join in here?

I am DESPERATELY in need of some support!

A little background: I am 54 years old, been dying my hair since I've been 8 (yes, that's exactly right...my mom didn't like my mousy brown hair color when I was little...she dyed it red which came out awful, so in her attempt to bring it back to my "normal", she dyed it dark brown over that....it was nearly black but somehow it looked okay on me). So fast forward a whole bunch of years....

I was getting to the point of having to re-dye my hair every 3 weeks in order to get rid of the white "halo" effect....and my husband was telling me I was looking like Morticia from the Addams Family. Not a good look.

I believe the last time I colored my hair was about 3 months ago, probably around March or April 2014 ?

Let me just say that it looks AWFUL. I've got about 3 inches of gray growth and the balance (past my shoulders) is all different shades of brown.

Add to that that I work in "corporate America"....people at work look at me like I've gone crazy. Strangely enough, no one mentions it all - they just stare at it when they think I'm not looking. LOL

My hair is naturally curly and I've always worn it natural that way - it's gotten very thin now that I'm on some medication (enough that I have currently been using Rogaine which amazingly has worked wonders for me). Since I won't be getting off this medication any time soon, it looks like Rogaine is here to stay.

And that's pretty much my "hair story".

I'm going to see how I can attach a picture but I'm hopeless when it comes to these types of things - bear with me!

I'm just thrilled to have found all of you!

Terri
Originally Posted by Tania777
I know my hair has gotten thicker since I stopped coloring my white roots every 3 weeks. Maybe it will help you as well
tania --don't give up! you are in the right place. in about another 3 months you will see so much more progress and you may decide to go for a trim, maybe a couple of inches (i don't know how long your hair is). i also had to color my hair every 3 weeks which got to be such a waste of time, energy, money. not to mention all those chemicals....

read the book, "going gray, looking great," by diana jewell. you can get it at the library, on amazon, bookstores..... it has great tips, many ideas how to wear your hair. she also has a website by the same name, but i found it difficult to navigate. but some others on here are on the website. it is not a curly hair website, but for gray/white hair and has so many tips.

once i hit an inch or so i started wearing headbands, so that the white framed my face and the contrast was not up front. i actually got lots of compliments on it.

just remember, the time will pass whether you transition or not, at least if you transition you will have reached your goal.
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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
@Tania77: You're lucky your hair grew 3 whole inches in just three months! At that rate, your hair will go faster than most people's in its transition to natural. The average rate of growth of hair is a half inch for a lot of people, so that would mean only an inch and a half in 3 whole months. My hair grows barely that much, so it would take awhile for me to transition if at some time I decide to do so. Not yet though! I don't envy you going through this while still working in a corporate setting. It would be hard enough even doing this at home without having to go to work.
rbb has great suggestions too

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