Progress thread

chupiechupie Registered Users Posts: 5,280 Curl Connoisseur
I didn't see one of these. So post progress.

I think my last dye was around 1/1/14ish. So this is right around 60 days.

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  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,355 Curl Connoisseur
    wow, your hair is growing fast! you'll have a great mix when it's in. :-)

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  • chupiechupie Registered Users Posts: 5,280 Curl Connoisseur
    I think so!!
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  • WavyMaurWavyMaur Registered Users Posts: 46 Curl Neophyte
    Looking good, we stopped coloring at the same time, I'm still debating if I should go a little shorter or just leave it longish, actually this is the longest it's been in 40 years, it's about collar length when wet, what to do, what to do, lol
    2C * Normal Porosity * Medium Density * Chin Length

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  • chupiechupie Registered Users Posts: 5,280 Curl Connoisseur
    At least right now I do NOT want to cut it. Maybe toward a the end I'll feel different.
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy8bclCLgER5N_uVYSYZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
  • caramix3acaramix3a Registered Users Posts: 462 Curl Neophyte
    Sure, cutting it would make it take less time to grow out and all. But don't cut it if you really don't want to, other than trimming off dead ends or maybe trying a somewhat different style so it looks better during the transition. All too many women whack off their hair when it's going grey just to get it over with, but during that time, that really short haircut might or might not suit them at all. It takes a LONG time to grow out a really short haircut as anyone(including myself)who has done so can attest. So the choice is, waiting for grey to grow out with one's current length, or waiting for that short haircut to grow out.
  • WavyMaurWavyMaur Registered Users Posts: 46 Curl Neophyte
    And I have had REALLY SHORT hair, pixieish for almost 40 years, it's only when I started to grow it longer, not even sure WHY I did that, that I discovered I had waves and now some CURLS, what fun!! Well, actually when it was longer, in high school/college I had waves and curls, and lots of FRIZZ which was why I cut it in the first place and kept it short all those years.

    SO, I am thinking I'll keep some of the length, hating to give up the curls right now and just go with the ombe look, lol
    2C * Normal Porosity * Medium Density * Chin Length

    Still playing with products ( using mostly Deva right now)

    Working on finding my inner curl.
  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,355 Curl Connoisseur
    WavyMaur wrote: »
    And I have had REALLY SHORT hair, pixieish for almost 40 years, it's only when I started to grow it longer, not even sure WHY I did that, that I discovered I had waves and now some CURLS, what fun!! Well, actually when it was longer, in high school/college I had waves and curls, and lots of FRIZZ which was why I cut it in the first place and kept it short all those years.

    SO, I am thinking I'll keep some of the length, hating to give up the curls right now and just go with the ombe look, lol


    i remember reading in diana jewels' book, Going Gray Looking Great, that you need to think about it carefully before you cut your hair much shorter than you usually wear it. she said that many people go back to coloring their hair thinking that is what they do not like when it is actually a very short haircut that they are not used to.

    i waited til i was about 9 months into the process, then went shorter. not a pixie, and i still had a good amount of color, but i went from almost shoulder length to chin length. i think i just wanted to stop wearing headbands after so many months. it was ok, but i am glad i did not go shorter.

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  • MyrnaMyrna Registered Users Posts: 2,472 Curl Connoisseur
    I am determined to not cut my hair. It is LONG. in the back I think it is nearing my waist but I like being able to put it up in a bun on top of my head for a different look, which then frames my face with silver. I have a hair appt this morning and we'll see what she does with it.

    I have not colored since January. My avatar was taken about 3 weeks ago. I pulled it away from my face so I could show how the silver is coming in.
  • BeinDebBeinDeb Registered Users Posts: 583 Curl Connoisseur
    Myrna, Your Silver is so beautiful! It makes your complexion glow!
  • WavyMaurWavyMaur Registered Users Posts: 46 Curl Neophyte
    Just got a Deva cut yesterday, she took off about 2 " and framed my face so that the side will curl better. I really like how it looks, now to be able to duplicate it at home.
    BUT.... she looked at my gray growth and said it's really coming in fast and she predicted that if I keep it at the length she cut it, I should be transitioned in about a year!!!!! I thought it would take much longer than that.
    2C * Normal Porosity * Medium Density * Chin Length

    Still playing with products ( using mostly Deva right now)

    Working on finding my inner curl.
  • MyrnaMyrna Registered Users Posts: 2,472 Curl Connoisseur
    Pics! pics!
  • chupiechupie Registered Users Posts: 5,280 Curl Connoisseur
    Yes pics!!
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy8bclCLgER5N_uVYSYZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
  • WavyMaurWavyMaur Registered Users Posts: 46 Curl Neophyte
    I know,still no pics...
    went to see my grandkids this past week, haven't seen them since I stopped coloring my hair.Ages 3 and 5, First words out of their mouths" Gamma , your hair is white!, Did you paint your hair white?" Obviously my 4 and 1/2 month grow-out is showing:)
    2C * Normal Porosity * Medium Density * Chin Length

    Still playing with products ( using mostly Deva right now)

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  • CasslrCasslr Registered Users Posts: 34
    Does it count as progress if I haven't dyed my hair in over 2 years?

    The backwards shot gives a nice closeup of my greys near the camera.
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  • chupiechupie Registered Users Posts: 5,280 Curl Connoisseur
    Amazing curls!!!!
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy8bclCLgER5N_uVYSYZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
  • CasslrCasslr Registered Users Posts: 34
    Thank you :)
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  • caramix3acaramix3a Registered Users Posts: 462 Curl Neophyte
    @cassir: from the looks of the pix, you have hardly any grey, so no separation between natural hair and that that was colored. It must be all grown out or extremely close to it, like just a very few inches on your long hair.
    @rbb - good points about the too-short haircut and going back to coloring, that the Going Grey Looking Great woman said.
    Again, there's no need to go so short if one REALLY doesn't want to and it doesn't suit one. Somewhat shorter is OK, and one DOESN'T have to get an "old lady" haircut just because one is transitioning to natural.
    One thing I saw a lot of in Santa Fe when I was living there in the 90s and part of the '00s was mature women who were very determinedly going all-natural, and even skipping good haircuts while they were greying. Scraggly hair of any length isn't a great look anyway, but when one is greying, it's like throwing the baby out with the bathwater, IMO. With so many women there, I wanted to go up and suggest at least a trim but of course it was none of my business LOL! A friend of mine who also lived there theorized that there were many women there who had just been through a divorce and they were "finding themselves" even giving up on grooming. It doesn't have to be that way if one is greying. Just some thoughts here!
  • belwillcoilybelwillcoily Registered Users Posts: 303 Curl Neophyte
    :::Le sigh:::


    All of you have such beautiful transition pics. One day I'll be brave enough to post mine. Right now I have good and bad days. Sometimes I wake up, look in the mirror and love the transition that my hair is going through with my decision to embrace my gray and other days I want to jump back in the bed and pull my pillow and sheets over my head and hide because I hate how it looks.


    My natural hair color is black, not jet black...more like soft black...but nonetheless, the contrast between my natural hair color and the gray is very, very stark. My gray is silver and white in color and I have most of it along my front hairline. I'm developing a gray streak in the front but it hasn't gotten long enough yet where I feel it looks cool. :neutral:


    Oh well, I will keep coming here for inspiration and support (as I only have one friend IRL who is embracing her gray too). One day I will post my transition pic and I will know at that moment that I have transitioned my mind too! :toothy4:
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  • MyrnaMyrna Registered Users Posts: 2,472 Curl Connoisseur
    belwilcoily, mine was the same. I had dark brown, not black hair, but, well, dark brown, soft black, jet black - there is still a huge contrast when it goes silver. But, mine is growing in the same as yours! I think the worst part, in a way, was at first - when I had the thin line of contrast between the silver and the dark - so it looked like I was going bald, or at least it did to me. Now, I have these huge streaks of silver in my hair - kind of underneath. I started in November so it is..6 months. I am so happy I am doing this.
  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,355 Curl Connoisseur
    belwilcoily -- stay with it. the time will pass and you will get thru this. my hair was also a soft black, and i was about 80% gray/white by the time i bit the bullet and stopped coloring it -- hated coloring it, but could not get up the nerve to go thru the transition as i knew i would not do a pixie cut....
    i have never, ever, regretted transitioning and wished i had never started coloring, but.....
    what i found that helped is pulling the front of my hair back in headbands,but your hair looks long enough to do a few tiny braids along the front facing away from your face, do you know what i mean? i saw a picture of that hairstyle on goinggraylookinggreat and loved it! so i improvised with my shorter hair and used headbands. believe it or not i actually got a ton of compliments from both friends and family, so that kept me going.

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  • CurlyInParadiseCurlyInParadise Registered Users Posts: 137
    My last dye was 12/18/13. My growth is now showing a little more down the length of my hair than in the avi pic. My original hair color was nearly black and I began to gray in my mid 20‘s and starting dyeing then. I am retired now and 67 so it is time to give up the dye plus it was making my hair fall out. I don't like the fact that I will be totally white after grow out, would have liked to retain some natural dark hair but it is what it is. I plan on doing nothing chemical again to it. But I am going to keep growing the length, I don't want to look like a gray haired old lady with a short kinky perm ( my curl is natural but you get the idea).
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  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,355 Curl Connoisseur
    My last dye was 12/18/13. My growth is now showing a little more down the length of my hair than in the avi pic. My original hair color was nearly black and I began to gray in my mid 20‘s and starting dyeing then. I am retired now and 67 so it is time to give up the dye plus it was making my hair fall out. I don't like the fact that I will be totally white after grow out, would have liked to retain some natural dark hair but it is what it is. I plan on doing nothing chemical again to it. But I am going to keep growing the length, I don't want to look like a gray haired old lady with a short kinky perm ( my curl is natural but you get the idea).

    i call it the 'cloud' hairstyle! LOL!

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
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  • MyrnaMyrna Registered Users Posts: 2,472 Curl Connoisseur
  • chloe92uschloe92us Registered Users Posts: 1,203 Curl Neophyte
    Hi guys- it's been months since I've posted on this site, but popped in today to catch up. I tried to take photos to show my gray, but they just cannot be captured on film because there aren't enough of them, lol. I am, as of last night when I chopped the last inch off, officially fully transitioned to au naturel! It has been over a year since I started....mother's day 2013 to be exact (so, May). It took a lot longer than I expected. Here are a few of my observations:

    1) I am a lot less gray than I expected to be. My temples are very gray, but I am a light salt & pepper everywhere else. My overall tone went from warm to cool.
    2) I LOVE the ease of not having to dye anymore.
    3) I did lose a lot of curl. I don't know why, but my hair is now wavy and not curly unless I really coax it which I'm too lazy to do. This journey was about being more low maintenance, so I'm just taking it in stride.
    4) I'm 40 years old and have been graying since my 20's.
    5) I only get compliments from two distinct groups of people. One group is the 20-somethings who think it's "cool". The other group are women who have transitioned, are transitioning, or are already gray. No one inbetween compliments my hair. Ever.
    6) The people who do not like my hair are those that are either not gray, or who color their gray, and they are pretty vocal about it. I feel it is an insecurity on their part.
    7) I feel my hair is unique and I like that, whether it's perceived to be cool or hideous by others, it IS unique.
    8) I'm so glad I did it and don't plan on dyeing ever again.
    9) My goal in doing this, was to grow it out and then decide. I always kept an open mind that if I hated it, I could always start dyeing it again. But I really needed to see the FINAL look before I made the decision. And you know what? I like it! :)

    Best of luck to you ladies who are transitioning! You're looking great! Keep up the good work!
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  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,355 Curl Connoisseur
    do you have pictures? that is a great feeling to be totally transitioned, and i had the same feeling -- i really loved my hair. i will never dye it again.

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
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  • chloe92uschloe92us Registered Users Posts: 1,203 Curl Neophyte
    rbb wrote: »
    do you have pictures? that is a great feeling to be totally transitioned, and i had the same feeling -- i really loved my hair. i will never dye it again.

    This is from today, the gray is really hard to photograph!

    14649068513_666da5f59d_n.jpgUntitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

    14649069193_7ab74e82ec_n.jpgUntitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

    These are a reminder of mid-transition photos. You can see the gray better in these, lol!

    9344641397_e9735c4a72_n.jpgUntitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

    9344640571_f132a524b8_n.jpgUntitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

    9518118354_0dc533d1d2_n.jpgUntitled by chloe92us, on Flickr
    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!
  • chupiechupie Registered Users Posts: 5,280 Curl Connoisseur
    Myrna wrote: »

    Myrna that looks great!!!
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy8bclCLgER5N_uVYSYZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
  • chupiechupie Registered Users Posts: 5,280 Curl Connoisseur
    chloe92us wrote: »
    rbb wrote: »
    do you have pictures? that is a great feeling to be totally transitioned, and i had the same feeling -- i really loved my hair. i will never dye it again.

    These are from this morning, and they are so bad because you can't see the gray at all really! Anyhoo...here you go!

    14628606582_aeca2576eb_n.jpgUntitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

    14625826761_2360efff84_n.jpgUntitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

    These are a reminder of mid-transition photos. You can see the gray better in these, lol!

    9344641397_e9735c4a72_n.jpgUntitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

    9344640571_f132a524b8_n.jpgUntitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

    9518118354_0dc533d1d2_n.jpgUntitled by chloe92us, on Flickr

    Love the cut. I'm worried about losing pattern because I'll be straight. I think yours is gorgeous though.
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy8bclCLgER5N_uVYSYZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
  • chloe92uschloe92us Registered Users Posts: 1,203 Curl Neophyte
    I took a few more photos and replaced the first two, the light has shifted and it was easier to get the gray.
    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!
  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,355 Curl Connoisseur
    i think it looks great,both the color and the waves!!

    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 
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