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Our Gray Journey Diary

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  • GracingsGracings Posts: 43Registered Users
    This is great!! I don't have time at the moment, but I'm really going to have to share a picture of my gray fuzzies at my forehead hairline.

    Again, I'm one who may possibly give my hair a coloring that matches my original haircolor (sort of a neutral midtoned ash....a.k.a. mouse!) with a few cool colored highlights, yet. I'm just not so sure that my gray is going to be gorgeous, so I'll pimp it a bit, if I can. Plus I'm going to have to use an agreeable haircoloring for my now very sensitive scalp.

    Here's to us!!!!
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,248Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I started going grey in my late 40's (about 5 years ago) and decided I wanted to go natural so I didn't color. As it was growing out I did touch up the 'skunk stripe' with Roux Fanciful temporary hair color (I just dabbed it on my part each time I washed and dried my hair).
    My hair is now quite white/grey on the top and still dark in the back. You can see my growing out progress in my fotki below. Password is jeepcurlygurl.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
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  • GracingsGracings Posts: 43Registered Users
    Jeepcurlygirl, I have to admit to you that you are one of my hair idols. I've looked at your photos before, and have to say that they have helped me look forward to embracing the stages. Your hair is gorgeous.

    I have to tell you all something: last week, when I was sitting at my special ed unit's end-of-the-year staff meeting, I spent a fair share of my time look assessing the grays of many of my colleagues. LOL.
  • GracingsGracings Posts: 43Registered Users
    Porzellan, you are clearly understood! It's great to have you among us. :glasses8:
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,248Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Thanks for the compliments! They make my day. And speaking of compliments, I've said this many times before but I'll say it again - I have never gotten as many compliments as I have gotten since going grey. I think that being curly AND grey is just fascinating to people in this age of flatirons and hair dye.

    porzellen, your english is just fine and I love your pics.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    I started my transition to gray in 2008 and am pretty much done. I did a photojournal album in my Fotki. It ain't pretty.
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fsuburbanbushbabe%2F2009%2Ftransitioning-to-gray%2F" class="Popup
    My blog - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fsuburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com%2F" class="Popup
    My FOTKI - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwhatsnew.fotki.com%2Fsuburbanbushbabe%2F" class="Popup
    comic-p.jpg

    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,248Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Your grey hair is so gorgeous suburban.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • anonymous_22139anonymous_22139 Posts: 659Registered Users
    The best way to show you the progress of my hair is to compare it to the vibrant color of my 22 year old daughter.

    Mine is fading to gray. Right now it's a weird color, but I'm okay with it.
  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    Kitschy - I love your hair!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]2Poodles :flower: Southeast PA
    fine, med porosity, normal elasticity
    Currently using the following 2 - 3 x/week:
    Living Proof Perfect Hair Day suphate-free Poo, cone-free CO and styling treatment, plus KCCC

  • anonymous_22139anonymous_22139 Posts: 659Registered Users
    2poodles wrote: »
    Kitschy - I love your hair!

    Thanks, 2poodles. I'm kinda starting to like it too, thanks to this site.
  • MaudieMaudie Posts: 508Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm not around very much, but I caught this thread on Saturday and found it to be very encouraging. Jeep and I both quit coloring in 09/05. I gave it up, though the next June. Her hair is beautiful and I'm still coloring.

    My hair is pretty long now (mid back) and I would really hate to whack it off as it gets grayer. I'm still not firmly convinced I want to stop coloring, but when I see such wonderful silver curly hair, I think, "OK, when are you going to stop coloring already?" :dontknow:
    Maudie


    CO wash-Vo5 Kiwi Lime
    Regular CO-Tresemme Naturals Silicone Free
    Deep CO-Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

    Shampoo-Jhirmack Silver Plus Ageless once a week
    Cream-Garnier Fructis Sleek $ Shine Leave-In Conditioning
    Gels-LA Looks Sport

    Going silver-last hair color 4/10/15
  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    I'm letting my hair gray naturally. I have no artificial color. The hardest thing for me right now since I'm not very gray (I'm about 30%) is that my hairdresser isn't very supportive. She's about my age and colors her hair. She doesn't come right out and say I should color it, but she says things like "If you're ever ready for a change, I'm here for you." I keep saying I prefer to be low-maintenance (heck, I'm a levis-and-tees, yoga-loving gardener!) and I just want my hair to do its own thing. I love the look of wild natural gray/silver curls - but getting to that point can be a lesson in patience.... Have any of you found a supportive hair dresser? How?
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]2Poodles :flower: Southeast PA
    fine, med porosity, normal elasticity
    Currently using the following 2 - 3 x/week:
    Living Proof Perfect Hair Day suphate-free Poo, cone-free CO and styling treatment, plus KCCC

  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,248Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Thanks Maudie.
    Hey, as I keep saying on here, people should do what makes them happy. If they want to dye their hair they should, if they want to go natural they should. And they shouldn't care about what others think or say.
    My family never liked my curly hair (too messy, too sexy, too much). They also don't like my grey hair (it makes them all feel old). They also don't like my sister's hair that she dyes a different color every couple months (right now it's red with black streaks and is very cool). Tough bananas. That's their problem not mine or my sisters.

    ETA - hairdresser story. I was at a bachelorette party Saturday night. Approx 25 girls, almost all 10 - 30 years younger than me. All flat ironed. All dyed/highlighted. The crowd included 3 hairdressers who work on almost everyone there. So there was lots of talk of hair. And there I sat, the only one there with natural hair. No, I didn't have much to add to the conversation. But you'll have days like that. : )
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    hehe, I originally posted this when it sproinged into my life. Since then I've spotted several other interlopers.

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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    Your grey hair is so gorgeous suburban.
    Back at you -- I would not be white/silver today if I hadn't seen how good it looked on you. I also remember seeing some of your Fotki early transition photos and thinking, "hmm that's not so bad." It really helped me get through it.
    My blog - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fsuburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com%2F" class="Popup
    My FOTKI - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwhatsnew.fotki.com%2Fsuburbanbushbabe%2F" class="Popup
    comic-p.jpg

    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
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  • anonymous_22139anonymous_22139 Posts: 659Registered Users
    My hairstylist keeps telling me he can do something about my gray. I just smile and ignore him.

    He's been telling me that for the last eight years. It's now become a running gag.
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  • crwrittcrwritt Posts: 705Registered Users
    Kitschy wrote: »
    My hairstylist keeps telling me he can do something about my gray. I just smile and ignore him.

    He's been telling me that for the last eight years. It's now become a running gag.

    The trouble is, its the hairstylist's bread and butter.
    If they can hook you on color, you are a cash cow.
    The same with the older ladies who go in for the weekly
    shampoo and set.
    Nothing against it, if its what the customer wants, but
    business is business.
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