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another going gray question

MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,360Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
Has anyone found it useful to have demi permanant color applied to the roots, in progressively lighter shades? I planned to start this but I dont see how it will work. And, I have been told by a member of a group on line about going gray that this approach is a waste of time and money. Has anyone done this? what did you think??

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  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,205Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    i tried this many years ago -- before i was actually motivated enough to just stop coloring.
    it was explained to me that my dyed color was too dark to strip, so if i used lighter colors as we went along at some point they could strip the color.

    for me, it was a disaster as the colors were too light to cover the gray and they oxidized and had an orangey cast to them, not good at all for my complexion. i stopped after about 3 months, went back to my regular color. then a few years after that i just stopped coloring.

    and, while the lighter shades that were used were not demipermanent, my daughter had demipermanent in her hair for her wedding to cover her grays. (like me and my dad, she started graying early, but really, not noticeably at that time, but....) well, same thing happened to her. instead of it fading out in 3 weeks as she was told, it stayed, oxidized, and two years later she cut off the last of the orange color.

    so, that was my experience and my daughter's. others will have different experiences to relay.

    i sure wish we had a "gray curlies" forum!!!!

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    In my experience, semi and Demi permanent colors seem not to "wash out" as they're supposed to, but instead change into funky colors on gray hair. I think that's why most people with a lot of gray use permanent instead. I've read on gray boards that the Demi color never washes out, so all you're doing is extending the time it will take to transition. For me, the choice was easy; get it over with as quickly as possible. Cold turkey.
    2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
    Cleanse: AIA cowash, TJ Tea Tree Condish
    Condish: JC Too Shea, Tresemme Botanique
    Stylers: flax/okra gel or KCCC + CJ PP or JC Spiralicious
    Experimenting with Got2B Ultra gel and loving it so far!
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,360Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Thanks, rbb and Chloe, that is what I have heard from other women who have gone gray. I have low porosity hair, so it might not absorb the color as much but as my hair is long, i think it would just cost time and money. I guess I have to go cold turkey and use some of those markers, TouchBack, to help me for a while. But: I am going to ask the administration for a "gray curlies" forum. Seems quite needed!
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My mom has been using the Roux mousse- she has a LOT of gray and previously dyed very dark. She does mainly the area where she parts her hair, the rest she leaves as is but it camouflages the skunk stripe very well in the most obvious areas. To be honest, my skunk stripe doesn't really bother me, and I own my business and have to look professional every day. I think it's pretty obvious what I'm doing, and no one has said anything unless I bring it up (which I suggest not doing!).
    2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
    Cleanse: AIA cowash, TJ Tea Tree Condish
    Condish: JC Too Shea, Tresemme Botanique
    Stylers: flax/okra gel or KCCC + CJ PP or JC Spiralicious
    Experimenting with Got2B Ultra gel and loving it so far!
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,360Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Chloe, where does one get the Roux mousse?
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Myrna wrote: »
    Chloe, where does one get the Roux mousse?

    I'm pretty sure they have it at Sally's.
    2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
    Cleanse: AIA cowash, TJ Tea Tree Condish
    Condish: JC Too Shea, Tresemme Botanique
    Stylers: flax/okra gel or KCCC + CJ PP or JC Spiralicious
    Experimenting with Got2B Ultra gel and loving it so far!
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,681Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    When I was growing out my grey (I didn't dye my hair but it still had the same skunk stripe and growing out phase as dyed hair) I used the Roux Temporary Color Rinse. After my hair was dry and styled I dabbed it on the skunk stripe with a cotton ball. It rinsed right out with the next shampoo. As the grey started blending in more I just stopped using it. That was the only thing I really used in the growing out phase.
    They do sell all the Roux products at Sally's.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey. Yes, it's in the senior section. : / -- https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/seniors/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,360Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Thanks much, Jeepy and Chloe!
  • jerseywavejerseywave Posts: 5Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I transitioned to gray after coloring my hair for over 20 years. I started by going a shade lighter then adding highlights. The highlights began to make it too light so then I got lowlights for several times and my growing in gray began to blend with the hi/ low and it has been about 18 months since any color process and it has grown in nicely. I did start out with dark blonde hair before the gray and now its been described as ashy not platinum or white. I have also been CG for about a year and it has been the more challenging journey since I live at the beach and the dews and wind are always an issue. 60 and embracing my gray and my waves!

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    2a/b? fine high porosity, growing out highlights to transition to grey

    CG 8/12
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,360Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Hi, Jersey: your process makes total sense for a blond. For us brunettes, the contrast between dark brown hair and gray means the dreaded stripe. I have considered using demi permanent color on the roots and highlights, but I think I am just prolonging the process, and in not the best way. But, as I commented to another member here, all these comments indicate the need for a Gray Forum.

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