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    Tips on How To Let Your Hair Go Gray

    Attractive 30ish Woman with a short haircut and gorgeous gray hair

    How long will you color your gray hair?

    The title,”Tips on How To Go Gray,” might sound like an oxymoron, but it’s not an incongruous statement. I wish I knew percentages here, but baby boomers are graying by the millions and they have two choices . . . to color their gray hair or not!

    I met up with some of my old high school classmates the other night, some that I hadn’t seen since way back when . . . notice I’m deliberately avoiding dates here, but yes we qualify as baby boomers. Anyways, a great time was had by all and it went by waaay to quickly.

    But before it was over, we had shared a bit of our histories, philosophies, quirks and stories. Of course in the buzz of it all, the subject of hair, hair styles and hair color would come up as you might expect. Two of us were in the hair industry, but I think the topic of hair would naturally come up anyways, in the course of an evening out with seven women.

    Of the seven women present, three had let their hair go naturally gray . . . as pointed out by one of the naturalists of course. They looked great! Gray hair can be beautiful! But as you know, I am not one of them. But don’t get me wrong, I will be a true gray hair naturalist one day. I’m just not sure when I’ll be ready to do that. I still like seeing color in my hair when I look in the mirror. But, even being a hair styling professional I must admit, I get tired of the month to month ritual of touching up my gray roots.

    So if the majority of baby boomers color their gray hair, which I think might be a good assumption, they will be up against the dilemma of, how to go gray, once they make that decision. I’ve heard from a number of desperate women, looking for advice on how to quit coloring their hair gracefully. I’ve written a number of articles with regards to going gray. Check out the “related articles after the article below, or, enter a search on the topic on this site.

    Here is one success story from Judy in a recent comment:

    I’ve just turned 50 and decided to stop poisoning myself with hair color. My scalp has been blistering and sore for the past few months each time I used a hair color, even the ‘natural’ ones. My hair was red/brown and medium length. I found a good hair colorist, she used pure gentle bleach to strip out my old color (lotsa foils) and cut my hair much shorter, to the delight of my friends. A month later, I had more color stripped again using many foils and had a toner added to reduce the yellowing. This helped lots.

    Another month later and a shorter cut again, and stripping the remaining color out of the whole lot, and my hair has never looked better and the comments have never been better. The regrowth was hardly noticeable, however the hair ends were a bit brittle, hence the shorter hair cuts. I’m almost there with about half my length very blonde (stripped) and half regrowth (varying shades of gray). I’m looking forward to what color I’ll end up – a mix I think, white, silver and grey. I’m loving the process. I hope this encourages others to go natural.

    ~~Judy

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    Next time you place an order at Amazon take a peak at “Going Gray, Looking Great! by Diana Lewis Jewell,” she’s the guru on the topic.

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    Gray Hair; Wonder if People Would Treat You Different?

    Color Gray Hair

    Color Gray Hair or Not?

    If you walked out of your house tomorrow wearing your normal clothes and your normal makeup but changed to color gray hair, would you be treated differently by others?

    That’s a question one woman decided was best answered by suddenly color gray hair as an experiment. MacKenzie Brown, of More.com wrote the article Try it On!

    She describes in four short stories, her experiences when taking on some everyday scenarios, with color gray hair rather than her natural high lighted blonde hair. She made me laugh describing the reaction of construction workers, men at a bar, the sports club scene and a high-end shopping experience, when she wore a color gray hair wig. It’s fun reading. My only problem with it, is that she is only 29 years old. I would like to read a similar type experiment done by a 50 something woman. (I guess there are those, like a cousin of mine, who turn prematurely gray haired however.)

    I would venture to say questions about color gray hair come up in every class of Finding the Right Hairstyle for You! that I teach. What’s the best way to color gray hair? Is high lighting an easier, less costly way to continue covering my color gray hair? How do I quit hair coloring and go to my natural color gray hair? Will letting my color gray hair grow out make me look older? For some of my thoughts on these questions see my blog, Going natural with your color gray hair I also highly recommend the book Going Gray, Looking Great!: The Modern Woman’s Guide to Unfading Glory

    If you’ve lived long enough on this planet you will have similar questions one day. You can try on a wig and take it for a spin, or you could try on some virtual color gray hair with a new hairstyle makeover.

    Next time you place an order at Amazon take a peak at “Going Gray, Looking Great! by Diana Lewis Jewell,” she’s the guru on the topic.

     



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    Grey Hair Dye

    Grey Hair Dye

    Is Grey Hair Dye Going Mainstream?

    I have been spotting celebrities going grey haired everywhere. Some let their natural grey hair shine through and some use grey hair dye to achieve this look. Celebrities from Emmylou Harris to British star Pixie Geldof are all turning to this grey hair dye trend.

    Grey Hair Dye
    Young British Celeb Pixie Geldof with Her Grey Hair Dye Style

    I’m not sure that there is an actual grey hair dye product on the market, but I think instead, these young celebrities are going grey haired thanks to an ash or blue based hair color. The process could take a while, especially if you are starting with dark hair. The process would involve bleaching or lightening hair to the palest of yellow or blonde and then coloring the hair with not grey hair dye, but an ash based one.

    Grey Hair Dye
    Jamie Lee Curtis Doesn’t Need Grey Hair Dye for Her Look

    If you know that under all that hair color, you have a full head of grey hair and you want to go for that look. You can get there by touching up your re-growth with a semi-permanent hair color instead of the usual permanent. The semi-permanent hair color will allow your grey hairs to grow in gradually and blend your previously colored hair with your newly grown in grey hair.

    “Grey Hair Dye
    Trend is Hot”
    So who is grey hair for? I wouldn’t say that many people can pull this look off in their teens and twenties. I’d say to hold off on the grey hair dye look and go grey gracefully as you age if that’s the look you are going for.

    So why is grey hair dye or letting your natural grey come through so popular these days? Perhaps it’s because it’s something different for young celebrities to try. As for aging celebrities and the rest of us, it is low maintenance to go grey naturally and that may be why they choose it.

    Next time you place an order at Amazon take a peak at “Going Gray, Looking Great! by Diana Lewis Jewell,” she’s the guru on the topic.

    Don’t miss our complete guide to hair coloringfor more in-depth information

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