Gray Hair

A lot of people think that if you're growing your gray hair out, surely you're just letting yourself go.  Why would you go gray?  At such a young age?  
If you have made the decision or are trying to decide whether or not to go gray, please be sure to check out my post on 5 Super-Awesome, Incredible Support Groups on Facebook that help people who have made the decision. They will encourage you and share their stories and gray hair beauty tips!
Image for post about 5 awesome facebook support groups for people who have decided to let their gray hair grow out


Gray does not mean:
Medium Length Gray Hairstyle
Gray Hair Does Not Mean You Have to Stop Playing with Fashion
Short Gray Hairstyle Bob
Gray Hair Does Not Mean You Can't Change Your Mind About Hair Length


Gray Haired woman in cowboy hat
Gray Hair Does Not Mean You Can't Still be Silly or Wear Hats
Woman with medium to long length natural gray hair
Gray Hair Does Not Mean You Can't Still Take (really poor) Fashion Selfies

Gray Hair Does Not Mean You Can't Experiment with Up-Dos or Braids or Side-Dos
Whoville hair with Natural gray hair
Gray Hair Does Not Mean. . . .What Was That I Said About Being Silly?

Once upon a time, there was a girl who decided to stop coloring her hair. She decided that she was tired of coloring her hair once every 4 weeks and embrace the silver.  Okay, part of that is true.  The real truth is that I'm an anxious, neurotic mess and there was a spot on my head that I wanted my dermatologist to check. Thankfully, it was just an age spot. . . . . . but it lead me to decide that I didn't want all of those chemicals on my head every 4 weeks!  And so the process began.  It was a decision that I have never regretted.  

Here is part of my journey in pictures.  While I was still coloring. . . 
When I first began going gray. . .
two inches of gray hair roots when growing out natural gray hair
2 inches of gray hair roots showing while growing out dyed hair
When I decided to just chop it all off!
When I decided to grow it out long!
The Quirky Homemaker with long gray hair

GRAY HAIR IN MOTION!



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16 comments:

  1. you look so pretty i am trying to go grey but it is hard,want to but still chicken

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    1. Awww, thanks Marlene! Don't be scared. It's all worth it in the end! :)

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  2. I have a 'mohawk of dark brown' down the center, so tinfoil in the rest (which is gray) until it's all one color. Hurry up Mother Nature...LOL

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    1. I know it feels like it takes forever while you're growing out, but pretty soon you'll be all done and you'll forget how hard the process even was. It's been 6 years since I began growing mine out and the "growing out" hasn't even crossed my mind in almost as many years. And believe me, it is so worth it!

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  3. How long did this take to grow out? I’m just beginning the journey! Still highlighting to grow out tbe gray, but no more color. Hoping to phase out the highlights later on

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    1. Hi Trisha, I colored for the last time in December 2011, made the decision in January 2012, and chopped it into a pixie in July 2012. If I remember correctly, there was still about an inch or two of color left. I left it short until I got all of the color off and then grew it back out again, so it was quick for me. A lot of people don't like cutting off their length, so it might take a couple years. It all depends on what you're comfortable with doing. I recommend checking out the Facebook groups I've recommended because women deal with the grow out process all different ways!

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  4. Six months ago I stopped coloring - best decision ever! Not everyone around me was happy or supportive (HOW WEIRD IS THAT???) but I am so glad. I got highlights about month three to help with the transition and cut it short. When I look in the mirror, it's authentic me. How wonderful is that?

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    1. Really wonderful! Good for you. I know I feel most authentic with my gray hair as well.

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  5. I have been thinking about doing this for a while but finally decided this year. My hair has been thinning and falling out and maybe coloring is not the reason but ut us one less thing to worry about. Seeing alk the puctures of beautiful women like you rocking the gray has been the push I needed. I don't yhink I have as much gray as I thought. It seems like it is mostly all in the front right now. Thank you for the articles and puctures. It helps immensely and makes me feel corageous.

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    1. Good Luck to you if/when you begin your transition. The transition can be tough, but it's totally worth it in the end!

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  6. May I ask which products you use on your hair as it really has "zing" to it?

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    1. In most of these photos, usually just a purple shampoo/conditioner. There are several on the market. A lot of people use Clairol Shimmer Lights (??). I don't like the smell of that one, so I used a brand called Shiny Silver. I don't use a whole lot of products besides that. Sometimes I use a natural shampoo and every now and then I use a clarifying shampoo. I've been trying to transition to no-poo, but I've actually used shampoo several times since I began because of all the running around over the Summer. I usually only wash about once every 6 days right now, though. HTH!

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