Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hair Today... And going gray. A year later- UPDATE.

Keeping things light today and talking about hair.  Which always seems to be a very popular subject  around here.  For those of you who have been with me for the past year, you might remember that it was the fall of last year, when I decided to stop coloring my hair and go... au naturale. 

I first talked about it last September here.  Then again here and then here.  Then I quit talking about it because I hated having short hair and I was just in the process. 

I knew it was going to be a process when I began.  I really did.  We first began by coloring my hair as closely as possible, to my natural color.  (Previously I had partial foils of blonde, meaning the back and underside of my hair was already mostly natural.) The way we did this was by picking out as many of my highlights and coloring ONLY those. I'm not sure what it would have been like if I had been doing all over color.  I'm thinking it might have been a bit painful. 

Step two in "Operation stop coloring my hair" was a cut. Though really I must back way up and say that the first thing you need if you want to begin this process, is a hair stylist you love, adore and totally trust.  (Local peeps I can hook you up if you need one!) You have to have her on board and I am so thankful for my hair stylist!! Anyway... I waited as long as I could but I decided to go for more layers and chop off the back shorter than the front, a couple months into this process, in early November. It was a cute cut... I was simply born a long-hair girl and anything above shoulder length makes me feel all wrong. However, I knew that for the most part, keeping it short over the course of a year, and getting a few trims with plenty of layers would eventually speed the chopping off of the old color. 

At my last hair appointment, my girl did a very selective layer cut where she kind of went seeking pieces with old color out and did her best to cut and blend them in.  It was instantly darker like my natural hair and I have officially trimmed off almost all of the old color. (See photo below) My hair grows extremely fast, but I really did think this process would take longer than a year.

I do have plenty of gray.  It's a silvery color that blends well with all of the red and golden blonde in my natural hair, but if you're in broad daylight you'll totally see it.  I've gotten many compliments from strangers which I always think is a good sign.  Photos don't really show the gray well.  I will tell you that a lot of the streaks that you think are blonde from afar and from a photo with questionable coloring... aren't.  They are gray.

 From the top you can see me with many blonde pieces and differing styles and lengths.  The one with me and the blue phone is where I began thinking about a change both in letting my natural curl do it's thing, and not coloring any more.  I do show my roots in two photos above and those streaks are gray not blonde. The photo with writing on it is where I went back to my natural color and had just left the salon.  All of the photos from then on are mid-process in varying stages.

 Which brings us to today.  A year later. I literally just got up from the computer, snapped a picture and posted it here and I didn't do my hair all cute for you- this was truly of the moment.  Please excuse the fact that I have been spray painting and have had it back in a headband at various points in today and it probably would look a little smoother if that hadn't been the case.  I just wanted you to see.
I have had a few questions from many of you over the year and here are my thoughts.  First if you want to do this, go back and read the previous posts I linked especially the first one as you will most likely find answers to questions there. I have loved this process most of the time.  I thought my grays would stand up all wiry and obnoxious and every now and then I get a short new one that does and I've got about 3 doing that today but again that might be because I've been pulling a headband on and off all afternoon as I worked in the garage.  Once the hair has a bit of weight on it, it smooths right down. 

I have never had healthier, softer hair than I do now.  I think all of the coloring I was doing did damage to my grays and made them seem a bit more threatening than they really were. I have tried a few different hair products but I have been using John Frieda shine products for brunettes lately.  Everyone in my family is always touching my hair now, so that tells you that it's very soft compared to what it used to be. My husband says (and I quote) that he "loves it and thinks it's just gorgeous."  Truthfully that's all I needed because if he hated it, I'd be in my colorists chair in a moment's notice. Now, I just plan to grow it again.  Long.  Lovely, long and gray-streaked.  I love it and am thrilled that I did this.  Not to mention the cash it has saved us over the year.  I estimated about $600!

If you have any questions put them in comments and I'll do my best to answer them in comments so make sure you check back!
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26 comments:

  1. I love it! I have really come to favor my naked grays over the past few years. And yay for healthier hair too!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  2. Your hair looks great! In all honesty ~ if you were a dark brunette do you think you would have caved and colored your hair again? I'm 48 and I reallybwantbto stop coloring, but it looks yucky. I'm probably 1/3 or a little more gray. Thanks!

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    1. Yes i think I would have. I just wanted to be natural and not worry about it any more. Plus I kept thinking about how the growout would be- if I decided in 10 years that it was time to go for it... I'd be a LOT more gray and it would be a much worse process. I just wanted to get it over with.

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  3. I think yours looks great!! Mine is too gray and my husband isn't crazy about it nor am i. I color mine myself with cheapo stuff from Walmart so I don't feel too bad about the minimal cost. It blows my mind how much is spent on hair cuts, color, manicures, etc. :O I just can't bring myself to do it. :) Thanks for sharing the process. :)

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    1. I think you gotta do what works for you! As long as our hubbies like us, that's the goal! Ha!!

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  4. You are GORGEOUS! Whether you colour your hair or not, or you do anything to it, or not, you are sooo PRETTY!!! The series of pictures you posted clearly illustrates this!
    I love your personality that shines through in your posts. I am so glad I found your blog a few years ago and I would miss you so much if you stopped blogging.

    Sending you love and hugs across the miles
    Esther.

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  5. i think this is really beautiful in many many ways. way to embrace the grace of aging instead of covering it up. plus, you look maybe 30. YOUR SKIN! gorgeous, woman.

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  6. I've never colored my hair and have never regretted it. So glad you are more comfortable in your own skin. You look gorgeous!

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    1. THank you- wish I would have but I'm undoing the damage now so it's good. :)

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  7. I have to say that unless you said something you can not even really see the gray in your hair. It is mixed in nicely with your natural color so it looks really great, pretty lady. :-)

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    1. I know it appears that way in photos. Real life though... I promise you can tell.

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  8. Oh my gosh you are so cute and your hair looks amazing! I actually saved the first picture to take to my stylist! My hair is super duper straight though so I urge you to go with the curl! LOL!

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  9. I love the first pic. Your hair looks great. I have never colored my hair although I did go thru a perm stage back in the 80's, not sure what I was thinking. So now go do something fun with all of that money you saved!

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  10. Soooo pretty - you look gorgeous! Do tell -- what mascara do you use? Share all your beauty secrets please! :)

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    1. You asked... I posted today! It's called Younique and I LOVE it. I'm hosting a little vitural party so make sure and grab a tube!! :)

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  11. With your gorgeous eyelashes I don't think it matters what color your hair is! :)

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