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Dyeing Gray Hair But Ready To Quit?

dyeing gray hair

You needn’t be dyeing gray hair forever . . . Here’s how to go natural!

As baby boomers age,  we get more and more  questions surrounding the dilemma of how to stop dyeing gray hair.  Here’s a typical question;

Judy asks;

“I am 65 and have been dyeing my gray hair forever.  Now I’m not sure what is under it all.  I have been coloring it light blonde for years,  waiting for it to turn white. I think I’m ready to go natural, but I don’t know how to stop using color, and just let my natural color grow in without looking freaky. My natural color was dark brown. Is it just a dream to think I can strip out the blonde dye and it will be beautifully white? I still have quite a bit of dark hair peeking through in the back.”

Naturally dark hair has the tendency to turn to beautiful shades of silver and white, however, genetics play a role here.  If you were fortunate enough to see your parents through the process of going gray, it will give you the best road map on when and how your hair will likely gray. I’ve found that most women turn gray similar to the way their Mother’s and Grandmother’s did.

You are not in a ‘dream’ world believing that a beautiful white hair color is attainable, however you may need a little help getting it there. It sounds like you are not seeing ‘roots’ in the front and if that’s the case, you will be able to get to white more quickly. Your natural dark hair in the back can make for a gorgeous contrast, and it’s the way most women gray naturally.

Here are a couple of suggestions for transitioning your blonde dyed hair to white or naturally gray hair.

  • Shorten your hair as much as possible.  Shorter hair will make for a quicker transition while keeping your hair healthier in the process.
  • Start a process to lift the blonde out by gently bleaching in many foils with fine sections.
  • Repeat foils in 4 to 6 weeks and tone with a violet based gloss or color shampoo to reduce any yellow.
  • Cut hair and repeat foils till hair is white.

If you have dark roots in the front or on top, your hair has not turned completely gray or white yet. You could bring your hair to its natural color by following these steps.

  • Cut hair short for a quicker blending of your old hair to the new regrowth.
  • Foil in low-lights with semi-permanent hair color that matches your regrowth. A semi-permanent hair color will stain the gray and the foils will reduce lines of demarcation as your natural hair color grows in.

An experienced hair colorist can determine your best options by looking at your regrowth, so allow your roots to grow in about an inch before having a consultation. If your colorist is unsure on how to get you through this, do some due-diligence and find one who is confident and knowledgeable. Don’t simply assume that anyone who colors hair, has the knowledge it takes to bring you through this transition.  If you suspect hesitation on their part . . . look elsewhere.

 Going Gray, Looking Great, by Diana Lewis Jewell, is a great book on this topic.

  



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Don’t Let Grey Hair Ruin Your Day

Gray Hair

White hair, gray hair . . . badge of honor?

White hair and gray hair is just another natural event we can rely on, usually somewhere in our mid to late 30’s as our hair starts cutting off its production of melanin or pigment. Even though most of us can count on it, like death and taxes, few of us are ready for this sign that we are passing into middle age.

For me, at 53, I’m not ready to go, “au natural” yet. Maybe it’s vanity or maybe it’s because of my hair background with coloring everyone else’s hair, but never the less, I know someday I’ll be ready to look in the mirror and see white hair or grey hair. Why not, at some time it will be a welcomed new change of look and style.

We have a number of options on how to go . . . or not to go gray-haired. If you want to put off the moment of truth, a semi-permanent hair color may do the trick. It can tint your white hair or gray hairs making them look like mini high lights with reddish or golden hues. I did this up until recently, when this formula was no longer covering my increasingly grey hair.

Foiling lighter shades of blonde or caramel tones into your natural shade, is an easy way to transition into going gray with your hair. Maintenance is much easier and less costly, which is a big plus for many, as there isn’t that definite line of demarcation as your roots grow in more subtly.

Chart of 24 different hair color swatches

I’ve always had dark brown/black hair, a level 4 on the hair color chart. I now use this method of foiling in lighter shades as the dark was becoming too harsh with my changing skin tone. I’ve also lightened my base color by one shade. I’ve got to admit, it was hard for me to go lighter, to be objective about my own hair color becoming too dark. I can definitely see this faux pas on others, but like I’ve always said . . . it’s hard to be objective about ourselves.

If you question your hair color choices, ask for advice from good hair colorist you can rely on. (For help check out: Hair Color Experts Advice) There is a natural aesthetic reason why white hair or grey hair appears at a certain point, it softens our skin tones and new wrinkles that inevitably appear.

Grey hair can be a mark of your own personal style. It certainly was for my grandmother and for my mother as well. Both had dark hair that turned to a beautiful bright white. I’ve often heard others compliment them on their gorgeous gray hair. Those strands of silvery gray hair can be sexy and beautiful as long as you still do something with them. We have so many hair care products now to enhance white hair. Shampoos with blue or indigo tints can take the yellow out. Leave in rinses, used after shampooing, like Ultra White Mink Fanciful Rinse by Roux

Short gray haircut with flipped ends

If your hair is an unacceptable color of gray for you . . . you have options. Brighten the gray, lighten the gray, blend or color the gray or . . . not. Some graying hair may retain a hint of color. When naturally red hair turns white, there may remain a slight pinkish undertone. Naturally gold high lights may appear white with yellow undertones. Other natural colors like dark brown or black may retain a silvery tint.

Luckily, with today’s long lasting 100% gray hair coverage colors, you can quickly and easily return to the true you – or have fun discovering another color hidden within!

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

  



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How to Get Irrestible Gray Hair

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

Tips to make gray hair styles pop!

What makes some gray hair color fabulous and others drab? It’s simple, gray hair gets noticed and truly stands out when it shimmers and shines. Some lucky ladies and men may come by magnificent gray hair naturally, but that’s not the norm in my world!  I see plenty of gray-haired people who could use these tips to make their gray hair styles pop!

Always start with a good haircut . . . a great hair color on a mediocre haircut is like trying to put lipstick on a pig. Why bother! However, your gray hair color will fade into obscurity, no matter how great the haircut, when the hair color is drab and dull or worse yet, murky or yellowing . . . yuck!

Some environmental factors play a role in yellowing or drabbing down the gray; such as smoke and other pollutants.   But, the nature of your gray hair is influenced mostly by your genes. So, if you’re not lucky enough to have family relations with naturally silver-gray hair or icy white hair, you may want to try these DIY how to tips to make your gray hair brilliant!

Try Ultra White Mink Fanciful Rinse by Roux, this leave-in rinse is an industry favorite and has been hairstylists favorite for years. It’s called a ‘color refreshing rinse’ and it comes in a variety of shades to refresh your color and extend the time between color treatments. It rinses in and shampoos out. It corrects brassiness and evens out tone. Ultra White Mink refreshes and tones gray, white and silver hair. Put it in after you’ve towel dried your hair, comb through and style your hair as usual. Fancifull also conditions the hair to restore shine. A bottle will only cost you about $8.  Here are the product features;

  • Whitens gray hair, bleached or tinted hair
  • Rinses in and shampoos out
  • No ammonia or peroxide
  • 15 applications per bottle
  • Keeps color looking its best between hair color treatments

Grey Hair

Bluing shampoos are also used to get the yellow or other environmental staining residues out of white or gray hair or to tone down brassy blondes. Bluing shampoos can give a silvery hue to your gray hair and whiten and brighten your white hair.

Aveda Blue Malta Shampoo is the best shampoo for greying hair or blonde hair. The shampoo removes the brassiness from blonde and makes gray hair look silvery and shiny. Aveda is a great company that has made environmentally safe products from its beginning and this particular product has had some great reviews.

Here are the product features;

  • Adds silvery brightness to gray hair
  • Neutralizes brassiness in chemically treated hair and all shades.
  • Known for its ability to intensify hair color.

These are simple and easy DIY how to secrets to ‘silverize’ the gray hair you currently have but, there are plenty of options your hair colorist can offer to brighten or give a boost to your greying hair process.  They can use non-ammonia toners or even a ‘silverizing glaze treatments’ to make your gray hair fabulous!  Ask your professional what options they offer to make your gray hair pop! For more great hair color ideas check out our Pinterest Hair Coloring Ideas Board.

  



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