Is anyone else here growing out their natural color?

Thanks unpoof. I've cut my own hair for decades. Sometimes I screw it up but I don't trust anyone else to cut it.

We just had a 50th Birthday party/class reunion a month ago and I was one of only 3 or 4 women there with undyed hair. And I was the only woman there with long grey curly hair. And I got more compliments than I have ever gotten on my hair, from both women and men. I love my hair right now.
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Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
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You're welcome JeepCG.

Oh wow, you cut your own hair as well. It looks so great! Isn't that nice that you got so many compliments on your hair at the reunion? I had looked at your pics when I first joined nc.com, but I was then and was too shy to post. It took me two years to grow out my gray also. There is only one person that tells me I should dye my hair again, that I looked better before.

Now, when I am walking outside and I see the wind blowing parts in womens' hair, and I see their roots growing in with gray, I think to myself, does that really look better? I guess the gray has aged me some, but I'm still cool. My hair and scalp sure do appreciate not being chemically traumatized anymore.

I wish I could mail you my hair so you could cut it for me.
I chopped off 7" of overprocessed hair (7 years of multiple colors) and then dyed it hopefully for the last time to a med-dark brown since it got too light over the summer. It is still growing in lighter than the color I have now, but that is from areas of my head that for some reason don't have as much pigmentation (yay natural highlights!).

My hair looks a million times better than it did pre-cut, and hopefully I'll be able to resist the urge of dying it again!
In DESPERATE need of a haircut.
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Does anyone have pictures of color transitioning. I just can stand the thought of cutting it all off and starting over or growing it out and just cutting. Did anyone keep it long while growing out and gradually trim??

Speckla
speckla,
You can kind of see my hair growing out in my fotki album.
When I first started growing it out, I used Fanciful temporary color on the part so it didn't look as skunkish. I cut it to chin length and just trimmed the ends off every few weeks til the grey was all grown in. It wasn't a fast or easy process, but I'm thrilled with it now.
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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speckla,
You can kind of see my hair growing out in my fotki album.
When I first started growing it out, I used Fanciful temporary color on the part so it didn't look as skunkish. I cut it to chin length and just trimmed the ends off every few weeks til the grey was all grown in. It wasn't a fast or easy process, but I'm thrilled with it now.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
I love how your color is. My hair is really starting to grey now. I did something dumb yesterday....I pulled at least 100+ greys out of my bang area before I gave up...it's a losing battle and not dyeing is driving me nuts. I just hate the growing out process of having tri-colored hair (red ends, brown and grey roots).

Speckla
I just colored my hair about a month ago after not having colored in years. It took me going to the salon twice to get the gray covered for the most part. I had wanted to just go back to natural, but when I'm 38 and I am asked if I am my sons' grandmother enough is enough!
Originally Posted by rosannarosannadanna
This is exactly what is STOPPING me from not dying even though I really want to. I have about 85% gray and I am only 35. I will look 15 years older if I grow out now. I am going to do it when I am 45 I think. I just don't want to look that much older than my husband.
I am a 2c w/spirals underneath! 35 years old with 85% white hair. I am currently using DevaOne everyday with No Poo. I am using Smooth N Shine Gel Conditioner Extra-Hold on my course hair and it works awesome for 3 bucks. I found putting Color Magic into my hair color really covers the gray well.
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speckla,
You can kind of see my hair growing out in my fotki album.
When I first started growing it out, I used Fanciful temporary color on the part so it didn't look as skunkish. I cut it to chin length and just trimmed the ends off every few weeks til the grey was all grown in. It wasn't a fast or easy process, but I'm thrilled with it now.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
I love how your color is. My hair is really starting to grey now. I did something dumb yesterday....I pulled at least 100+ greys out of my bang area before I gave up...it's a losing battle and not dyeing is driving me nuts. I just hate the growing out process of having tri-colored hair (red ends, brown and grey roots).

Speckla
Originally Posted by Speckla
Hi Speckla. <<< isn't that cute?
I had to keep my hair at a little below chin length and kept having trims as well. It is quite a long process, but I just forced myself to get through the multi-color stage. I really wish I had more of the white-grey. I would like my hair to be so bright that it would be a beacon in the night for those who are lost. I don't have any pictures. I never take pictures of myself. Isn't that dumb?
Wow, glad I'm found this thread! I'm in the process of growing out my dyed red hair back to my natural dirty blonde. I wish the contrast wasn't so, well, contrasting! lol I'm in cosmetology school and feel I'm suppose to uphold a certain "image". Maybe I'll just take the opportunity to go really, really short. All I know is, I can't stand the thought of having to bleach it.
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me! i've been dying my hair for a long time and i decided my natural colour is just fine how it is
luckily i don't get roots. cause i died it dark brown about 5 months ago and it turned back to my natural reddish/purplish brown colour by itself
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Last edited by carberry; 05-25-2009 at 06:33 PM.
i hope there are more of us out there now growing out haircolor!! i last colored my hair darkest brown (my old natural color) march 9th. so i'm 12 weeks into the process and have that skunk line. but i am determined.
i did have my hair cut about 4 weeks into it, from shoulder length when wet to chin length, and had more layers put into it. i hope to keep it this length, not go shorter!! i cannot do a pixie cut. but i know it will get worse -- two toned -- before it gets better.
i think my gray hair has a little more curl?? it seems to be trying to curl at the roots, and i've only had that with a few clumps at my back crown before; that would be great.
i do like the way the gray looks around my face when i put it back in a headband. it's just getting through this stage...
i am happy not to spend anymore time/money on haircoloring, and honestly do not see myself going back to coloring.
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I had a sharp demarcation line until I got semi-permanent low lights. It helped a lot. Now my color is fairly faded, but I still look a little marmalade. My gray is very white/silver in some places. I would also have used Roux Fanciful but was allergic.
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I am. Not too much of a big deal though as this only the second in my life that I've ever colored my hair. This was done November 2007 and the previous color was done at least 10 years prior! I think I may try Henna after this is grown out. I bought it, but I'm to chicken!
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I had a sharp demarcation line until I got semi-permanent low lights. It helped a lot. Now my color is fairly faded, but I still look a little marmalade. My gray is very white/silver in some places. I would also have used Roux Fanciful but was allergic.
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
my colorist told me semipermanent won't cover my gray, so that is out. by marmalade, are you saying orange color? that is why i can't do anything but permanent color. i'd rather have the line than that orange/red color against my skin. i did consider lowlights (permanent color), but am thinking at this point i just want to get it done with, don't want to do intermediate steps.
what is roux fanciful?
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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'm vascillating about growing out my hair to my natural color. I find my medium brown boring, as it's not a rich color. So far I've had it highlighted, dark brown, auburn, and black. Sad to say I liked THEM ALL better than my natural color.

Right now it's faded to a medium/dark brown from black. My roots blend pretty well. On the one hand I really like having a color that's more rich than my natural color. On the other hand, I'm curious what my virgin, healthy hare could do on mod-CG.

I've considered the following:
Option A: Do nothing, let it grow out natural
Option B: Color it auburn, then when I get bored of that let it grow out natural.
Option C: Henna it auburn, then when I get bored of that it grow out natural
Option D: One of the coloring options above, then get an inverted chin-length bob and grow it out natural.
Option D: Either take up henna or the least damaging permanent color I can find and stick with it for the forseeable future.

I think I may need to just grow it out natural and then decide whether I value the health of virgin hair or the richer color more.
2bMii, normal porosity
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Growing to natural color since 6/13
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I started dying my hair over ten year's ago. I loved the colour but decided I preferred length over colour so the last time I coloured it was in May 2008. I absolutely love my natural colour now and I can't wait for it to grow out. I am not planning to do a huge cut as there is not much difference between my natural colour and the dyed hair. I micro-trim my hair every three to four months and do a S&D at least every fortnight.
If growing in my gray hair counts, then yes for me. I am so glad that I stopped coloring because my hair definitely looks and feels healthier; far less breakage. I had been lowlighting with foils to break up the line of demarcation from May 2007-Jan 2008. Totally stopped coloring in Jan 2008 and I still have some barely noticeable faded color on the bottom 6" of my hair, but it doesn't look too bad.
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