My sister and Mom have been very encouraging. You may wonder why I didn’t just cut my hair short to get rid of the orange. I’m so glad I read this! In retrospect, I should have been more willing to compromise and at least cut the brassiest bottom portion of my hair off. Pretend like this is the way you've always wanted it to look. Although I think anyone who goes with that is very brave. The stylist who did the highlights said that the brassiness was there because she couldn’t bleach my hair light enough the first time, for fear of my hair breaking off (which is a real danger, as vividly illustrated in this video). Stage 3: September 2017 – May 2018 My hair grew quite long and I experimented with some temporary colours and plaited my hair alot to give it more volume. It’s good that you found Katie’s site, as she has a lot of wonderful resources. I’m in, I’m a little nervous but I’m going to do it!! Naomi gave you some excellent advice on going gray with curly hair. Many thanks for sharing your experience as it offers me a guide on what to do. Congratulations on your decision to put your health first, Joann! So own the transition and embrace it. Am moving on wards to this journey.. That’s great that you’re liking your natural color, Alma. Best wishes to you with your transition, if you decide to take it on. He’s in Southern California (where I live) and if I knew about him a few years back, I would have gone to him for help with my hair. I wouldn’t even recommend cutting it all off – unless you know that it suits you. Best wishes with your hair and your grand transformation! Stop. It’s good that you’re willing to part with some length, as it will go much faster that way. The 8 Emotional Stages of Going Gray. I think that going “old school” is the best approach and the scarves and hats will definitely help. – but I’ve found so many supportive women with suggestions on styling products (for curly hair) and general sisterhood of ‘keep going, you can do it’ – it’s been really helpful. It was AWESOME! The grow-out time can be rough, but hopefully you will start to like your natural color more once you see more of it (and your friend might just come around, too). 2. Since you’re just coloring around the hairline, you likely won’t have the dreaded “skunk stripe” that most people feel is unsightly during the transition. Like you I wish I had read this article 2 days ago – I’ve cried and cried but now I have to accept what it is and move forward naturally. I’m glad that my sharing my experience has helped other women. The expensive and time-consuming process was washed down the drain and the brass was back. I worked with quite a few stylists throughout my process and none of them really knew what to do. I am sorry, but I have been a very, very bad blogger….or rather non-blogger! Good luck to you! I think you look lovely! Feb 13, 2020 - Explore Meijoon's board "Growing out grey hair" on Pinterest. Congrats on your decision to transition to gray hair. Growing out grey transition hair with highlights takes patience, sometimes it can feel like you just wake up and see it, maybe because someone may point it out. You have no idea how much I wish I could turn back the clock and avoid getting Lubricity and the supposed color “fix.” I deeply regret doing those processes, as well as both rounds of highlights and the toners that either didn’t last long or were supposed to wash out but didn’t. My hair just couldn’t handle any more bleaching at that point. I hope the Overtone is helpful for you. In fact, gray hair blogger Katie Goes Platinum recently wrote a post geared toward this group, with lots of tips and resources: I hadn’t heard of Colorista silver spray, but it sounds like it could be a good tool for some. I also suffer from horrible migraines and they haven’t been as severe since I stopped dyeing my hair (and some of my other health issues also improved). I kept trimming about an inch every 4-6 weeks. I learned that I didn’t have to have long “updo worthy hair” to have fancy hair. I got compliments while growing my hair out at every stage in the process. Jun 26, 2019 - Explore m dann's board "Brown hair going grey" on Pinterest. Most women won’t have as many issues as I did, but since I wasn’t aware that such things could happen, I wanted to help other women to better understand potential pitfalls. One thing I have done, which I really like… I bought a can of L’Oreal Colorista in Silver. I have had three haircuts in the past eight months and have gotten a lot of the brassiest parts cut off. Health was a big part of my motivation, too, but it was obviously a different time and there was no pandemic to push me to make the switch. On Forgiveness: The Three Types and When They Apply, 2020 Wardrobe Goals - End of the Year Update, Gray Hair Transition - Rounding the Seven Month Mark, Gray Hair Transition - Changing the Narrative (and More Tips on the Process). Not only did I not ask enough questions, but she gave me absolutely no tips for how to manage it and care for it. Although I was on a blogging hiatus for ten months during that time frame, I wasn’t in a hurry to address this topic once I started up this new blog. I use Natural Instincts light brown as my regular hair color. So happy I found this post. Plus, I don’t want to keep adding color. Mine weren’t intentional, but I take responsibility because I sat in the chair and paid the stylists money to do what they did. Hopefully it works as advertised. I didn’t know what to do at that point. I usually mix up a teaspoon of color and accelerator from a Natural Instincts box 6g and paint just my front part where most of the grey is because I start to look tired when it comes in. I just bought some products from them, they haven’t arrived yet. It's enough to want to hide under a hat for 3 months. I have tried the Rose gold on my white at the temples, barely a noticeable difference and after 2 shampoos completely gone! I am sixty years old and decided to let my grey grow out in honor of my sixtyith. Hopefully, it won’t be quite as long as this essay! My haircuts are few and far between, because as Naomi said somehow we lose all our power when we get in the chair. I don’t blow dry or style. However, I can’t without risking my health and I’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time so I am determined to do this. it’s been about 2 years and I am done with the hassle and fake look of dye. I’m actually not as gray as I thought I was when I first started growing my hair out. He often outlines his complete process with before and after photos, which can help guide stylists to help their clients using those same or similar steps. This is new for hair pros too, so remember that. I have supportive friends and another friend who just says it looks terrible, she’s just extremely honest at times! The whole process is different for everyone depending on porosity length etc. He hated the length and the gray. Now breathe... By Alexis Farah. Stage 4 : October 2018 – April 2019 – 7 month growing out the final blonde bits and voila, my new super sexy silver strands, which I love. By April 2017, I couldn’t stand my “orange hair” any longer, so I visited a stylist who uses organic color to see if there was anything she could do for me. I learned how hair products worked differently on my hair at different lengths. I went to a stylist 3 weeks ago. If you’re brave and okay with tossing on a hat when the going gets tough, you can grow it out — but those first few inches can be doozy. It’s not your fault this happened to you! I’ve had long hair and shaved my head with a number one, and then dyed it orange. There is peace and freedom on the other side! My mother had gorgeous silver hair. Good luck. I don’t even know what color to call it its so incredibly ugly. This post, I started to […], A social media post in a local community group caught my attention this week! But, for the first few weeks or months, your short cut should be in prime form if your stylist got it right, so take this time to get adjusted and learn to love your new 'do while it's in a great place. I found that it didn’t help a whole lot with my hair, but others have reported otherwise. Not long after these disappointing processes, I was contacted by a former stylist out of the blue on Facebook. I think a lot of hairstylists don’t really know how to best help women to transition to gray, as it was common to just color one’s hair well into old age for many years. After my second round of highlights and two weeks later – toner didn’t last. Are you familiar with Erica Johnston on YouTube ( Biddy, thanks for your comment and congratulations on making the choice to let your natural hair shine! He liked me with dark hair, and preferred it long as well. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Stay strong girls! Hope this helps! So here I am today at the two year mark, roughly eight months after the Lubricity fiasco, and I’m carrying on with my journey. Trim your hair regularly. Thanks for sharing your insights here. In any event, it doesn’t hurt to give it a try, as you can always dye your hair again if you don’t like your natural color (that is, once all of the salons re-open). I tried one type of silver spray during my transition (I forget the brand name now), but the effect was far too subtle and the smell of the product bothered me. I figure I’m a few months in to growing out already, so why not give it a try? Moisture definitely helps with all types of hair. Those of us who are struggling with this process need to stick together and you gave her some excellent advice. You may feel to just get it cover with some dye but if you are reading this then you are thinking to let it out. Good luck! Debbie, Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Although some women get very “zen” about the transition process, it’s tough for a lot of us and since going gray hasn’t been very common until more recently, there isn’t a lot of consistent help and guidance out there. I loved being grey, and had grey hair for about 3 years. Finally in May 2018 it had reached a length where I could cut off most of the brassy blonde. Then I grew it out. I’m sorry you’ve struggled so much and that your husband hasn’t been very supportive of your desire to “go gray.” As for the stylists, I think they all mean well, but transitioning to gray by means of color is a tricky thing to do well, especially if one has porous hair. It goes on wet and has to be dried, but this would probably be less messy to use and might stay in better. It wasn’t until recently that I told him this and he said “baby, quite the contrary I was thinking how amazing the colour of your hair was”. When I decided to […], Plastic to the left, plastic to the right, plastic, plastic everywhere in sight!! It sounds like you’ve really been through the ringer with your hair, Susan. I couldn’t really find any advice online of how to colour my hair so that the transition would be gradual and even asked a hair dresser but there was no sure fire solution. One person to check out is Jack Martin (@jackmartincolorist on Instagram), who was responsible for both Jane Fonda’s and Sharon Osbourne’s hair transformations earlier this year. When my hair is down, it doesn’t look all that different from the photos above from last July/August, but the ends are now more gold than red/orange. BTW – I think you look so beautiful with your silver hair. I wish you peace and clarity. I’m glad you’ve found my blog helpful, Connie. That allows you to see progress and celebrate more dyed hair being cut off without the type of huge adjustment that Naomi mentioned. I am salt and pepper and I colored my hair to as close as possible to my natural color before starting the grow out process. Thank you for sharing your journey, and helping women like me avoid tough and expensive pitfalls. It is easier with everyone in lock down here in Long Island NY. I returned to the stylist and she toned my hair using what she called permanent color, but it didn’t last either and I was left with the warm tones once again. I apologize for my delayed response here, but better late than never! Alas, I caved again. The other insecurity I have experienced has been when going out to job interviews, and my fears that potential employers would just be thinking to themselves that I was too old, the grey hair would be a dead giveaway. I know some women have successfully used Fanci-Ful temporary color to ease the transition, but there’s always a chance that the color will stain and not wash out completely (like what happened to me with the “toner”). I’m glad you liked my blog. I do appreciate the information…..the do’s and don’ts are so helpful! The stylist who did my highlights used Olaplex, which helped to prevent damage to my hair, but the brassiness still happened. I am going cold turkey. I am in the second month of transitioning my high lighed, low lighted, blond base colored hair to gray. I don’t recommend highlights because what they usually do is add another color into the mix such that there are then THREE colors (natural gray, dyed hair, and highlighted hair) on your head instead of just two. Best wishes! I think most of the critics and trolls from my last blog haven’t followed me over here, so hopefully I won’t be raked over the coals for my stupidity, but I’m taking the risk because I wish I had read this type of post myself two years ago. Glad to hear that you’re over the hump now, though, and good for you for taking the plunge to get a pixie cut. I did a handful of posts on my gray hair transition process to try to offer some perspective and advice for those looking to go gray, so the stories and pictures about “going gray” here only relate to me (I’m 53). I haven’t had a haircut in four months now and it doesn’t look THAT bad. My brother, on the other hand, has a head of beautiful silver hair. Nov 9, 2020 - Explore Meredith Frey's board "Hair styles for growing out grey hair" on Pinterest. A few words of advice if you do decide to stop coloring and have those weak moments… Get in touch with your “whys” – those reasons why you opted not to color your hair anymore. It absolutely does not wash out. Others just can’t get enough of it because they derive that masculine pride from wild hair growth. I am currently in the process of going gray. I am anxious to see the end result, but realize this is a long process. It was supposed to wash out in 8-9 weeks, but never did. Then I will start growing my hair long enough to have a gray braid that cascades over my shoulder (kind of like this). It sets an example to other women who might think about making the change and embracing the greys. Growing out a pixie cut can be tricky business—and that's putting it lightly. Antes y después. I last colored my hair (permanent color) on Feb. 6. Its just not in a good place right now. I was searching how to go gray gracefully and came upon Katie goes platinum, which led me here…. Wishing you strength and fortitude and an end result that you’re happy with. How to grow out your grey hair gradually. I know it can be difficult to be the only one in a friend group who has gone gray, but perhaps you might inspire a friend or two to follow suit. The type of deep-seated insecurities I wrote about back in 2014 led to a series of missteps that have made the going gray process harder and significantly set back my progress. What I realized is that this could be a good tool for easing the transition. Get the old colored hair cut off. Pixie cut. It’s definitely harder for those of us with darker hair, as the contrast is far more pronounced. I don’t necessarily think that dyed hair looks more youthful, but that’s the narrative that we’ve been given for many, many years, so that’s what most women believe. My hair was breaking off and falling out due to the frequent dyeing as well, and it’s now MUCH healthier than it was back then and I don’t lose nearly as much hair these days. Very Cruella Devilish and I liked the dramatic look. Categories: Gray Hair Transition, Self-Esteem•Tags: brassy highlights, going gray, going grey, gray hair mistakes, Gray Hair Transition, gray hair transition do's and don'ts, grey hair transition, growing out gray hair, growing out grey hair, highlighting coloring hair, highlighting porous hair, how to transition to gray hair, porous hair, toning brassy highlights, ways to transition to gray hair•. The Color Crave hair makeup sounds like a good tool, too, especially for special occasions. Three stages of letting your hair go WHITE/Grey (Gray) A – you are extreme and very brave B- you don’t care if your hair is long or short C- you want it safe and almost instant I hope you learn new things about yourself along the way and end up with lovely silver hair in the end. Good luck to you! In order to save me money, she applied the “toner” at the shampoo bowl and I left the salon with wet hair. Fortunately, however, no hair decision is permanent. this may be the best thing to come of our home confinement, I had been considering for quite awhile but my natural hair is nearly black and I like to jazz it up as well… I add panels of deep reds to it! Here are some of the main reasons why I love silvery, grey, glittery hair: I think the silver colour makes the colour of your eyes really stand out. Thanks for your comment, Rhonda. Here are some tips: Get a mix of highlights and lowlights to blend in the new growth with the old growth. It can be difficult to swim against the tide in all areas of life, and embracing natural hair when most women use hair dye is no exception. Your hair will be and look healthier, giving it the boost of energy it probably needs in this growing out stage. That was the push I needed so no more chemicals on my head!!! This is not helpful or even kind. (You don’t want to know how many young women come into the salon every week wanting to have silver hair just like in the above picture.) In today’s post, I give a recap of the steps I have taken during my lengthy gray hair transition process. No matter what your age or stage of life, we think there’s something undeniably classy and sophisticated about a head full of gray hair. I don’t hate my hair anymore – this post was over two years ago! My hair is shorter than I’d like it to be at present, but I’m finally willing to make some compromises I wasn’t willing for earlier on. I don’t think it’s usually a good idea to continue doing that process after the first few months, as any processes we do can add time to our transition (in my case, it took MUCH longer than it would have anyway). I’ve recently decided to stop coloring my hair. . I was planning on getting some highlights to blend into my ‘skunk stripe’ (a very white stripe, yikes!) We have classes and new cir lines to make this process simpler and cir removers and e excellent 5 minute toners and color shampoo. Blow it out, curl it, or wear it natural - own the hair on your head, no matter how it looks. The saying about time healing all wounds held true here, as my hair grew and I got all of the brassiness cut off. All the social gatherings I was invited to have been cancelled – so I don’t have to worry about how I look. Good luck whatever you decide to do with your hair. , Good for you. I am now going to just deal with my ever-growing white stripe and get trims as needed. 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