How long did it take to go all gray?

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I've been going gray for years & it's going much too slow. It's still only at temples & scattered throughout the crown. I'm tempted to dye to cover it instead of waiting to be a silver fox. I'm too impatient.
It really all depends! How long one's hair is, if one is trying to grow out previously-colored hair. But if you're talking about just letting the greys come with hair that's never been colored, indeed it can take years. How it looks overall depends on how evenly distributed it is. Some people have striking streaks of grey that come in, others have patchy grey that doesn't look all that great, and some others have grey that's evenly distributed. Genetics come into it too. Look at your parents to see how they grey and at what age it seems to be complete if they're old enough - that will give you a clue as to how your grey will progress. Some people really are almost all grey even before 40, others might be close to 80. Most of us are somewhere in between along the spectrum.
As far as coloring it, I can hardly blame you, as there's often a stage where there's just enough grey to wash one out, but not enough to look like a silver fox! If you do decide to color, just try something semi-permanent at first - this way there's no commitment or roots. If you don't like it, it will wash out over a few shampoos. Best of luck!
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I started going grey at 47, and almost 10 years later I'm still not all grey. I'm probably at 70%.
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Ok. Thanks. I don't know how long it took my parents to gray. I think my mother gave up waiting and dyed it silver or gray. I'll have to ask my sister how long she's been growing out her gray.
My striking streaks are what I joke as being highlights. They're on top. The temples are almost solid. They're ugly so I hide them.
I checked with my sis. She's going on 60 and has been going gray since her early 40s.

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Some people never go all gray. Both my paternal grandparents as well as all of my great aunts and uncles stop graying at about 80%. They also stay silver as opposed to turning white. I think it just depends on genetics. I have been going gray since childhood and I am still not all gray.
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Some people never go all gray. Both my paternal grandparents as well as all of my great aunts and uncles stop graying at about 80%. They also stay silver as opposed to turning white. I think it just depends on genetics. I have been going gray since childhood and I am still not all gray.
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that's interesting. i started slowly graying at 17. i colored my hair for about 15 yrs, then stopped almost 6 yrs ago. and in those 6 years, i seemed to have not gotten more gray/white -- the very bottom back of my hair is black. and it is a looser curl pattern so it grows faster and i end up having this black peeking thru at the bottom back of my white hair. strange. i do think the grays i had have gotten white, so that has changed. or, my hair is just continuing to very slowing go all gray/white and i'm losing the color at the back bottom very slowly....... my brother has the same thing, gray/white except for the back bottom of his hair. my sister, on the other hand, had beautiful even salt/pepper for years and is now more gray.
it's interesting how everyone grays at a different rate, start at a different age, no one person is the same.
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My Mom went gray overnight after my Dad died. It was incredible. I quit dying my hair around the age of 50 (I'm 55). I probably would have kept using the bottle longer, but the perpetual, perplexing, porosity factor (it's HIGH ) simply wouldn't "hold" color, regardless of what was used. I was having to color every 3 weeks, so I conceded. After that, I mostly gave up on it, and did a really BC! Now, it's just above my shoulders in a bob. I had to cut a lot off after using beach wave products, as they caused a lot of damage, drying it out. Today, it's various shades of silver with chrome on the top and sides. I suspect I'll go all chrome eventually, as all new hair is coming in that way.
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I stared last October. I went a year, and then had about 6 inches cut off, to an angled bob. I would say I am fully transitioned but I am not all silver. I have silver and dark brown streaks.
I'm 50% silver. Started turning at 21 years old. I dyed my hair from age 12 until I turned 40 in November 2014. I'm just growing it out. I'm tired of the upkeep and damage and want long hair again that requires no color upkeep. I like my silvers.
I started going grey at 47, and almost 10 years later I'm still not all grey. I'm probably at 70%.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
Jeep, I haven't been around for a long time. If you remember, you and I "went gray" at the same time in 2005, but I didn't last too long. Then I tried again in 2008, but caved for a son's wedding. Now here I am again and I think I will go for it. It's time.


Your hair looks lovely, btw. Very inspiring!
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I'm 29 and already have some gray hair. The first gray I've noticed at 25. I would've thought that it's not normal but my father's hair was half gray when he was 30, so I guess it's just genetics. Right now I do not look gray (it hidden somewhere inside) and it takes a long time for a new gray hair to appear. So it differs on every person.

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