Is there any way to temporarily try out gray?

ttoosdayttoosday Posts: 509Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
edited December 2017 in Coloring Your Hair
I grew up naturally very dark brown, and I have an olive complexion. I've been graying for 15+ years, since I was about 20. Im almost 39 now. Im really kind of tired of dyeing roots every 3 weeks. I've been dyeing dark dark brown so long I seriously don't even know the percentage of gray coverage I have. I think its all over my head tho. Is there any way I can try out gray without doing the horrendously damaging multiple permanent bleach job? I sometimes wonder if I could pull off the trendy gray/silver look and then that way I could just transition and stop all this dyeing. Thanks!
CG since 11/2014
Mostly 2B, but ranges A-C front to back and root to tip
Low density, very coarse, high porosity
Collarbone length, gray dyed brown, dry and rough
Typical LEG routine could be any combination of:
Lo poo: Shea Moisture brand shampoo, Ion Hard Water Shampoo
Cowash: As I Am Coc Cowash
RO: GVP CB, Aussie Mega Moist, Not Your Mothers Gardenia
Leave In: As I Am LI, KCKT, or Not Your Mothers Gardenia
Enhancer: Camille Rose Curl Maker
Deep condition: SM Deep Treat Mask
Protein: Hask Keratin
Styler: Curl Keeper Original, Ouidad Climate Control gel, LA Looks gel

Answers

  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,684Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    edited December 2017
    I've never dyed my hair (except for fun when I was young) but I wouldn't think you could dye it grey without bleaching. I will say what I tell others when they say they're not sure if they will like their hair grey. I hated mine at first. I never thought of dying it, just not my thing, but I really didn't like it since it was such a change from my normal dark brown. But after awhile it just became the new normal and now I love it. 
    --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 - 
    https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/color/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • ellajellaj Posts: 826Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    If you are dark brown I don't think you could try out the gray without bleaching first. I have been living with my natural (mostly gray with a small of amount of my natural brown) hair for coming up on three years now. I asked my stylist the same question and she said my hair would have to be bleached and strongly advised against it. I ended up going cold turkey and kept my hair in a pixie throughout the transition.
       

    Type: 2c
    Density: medium
    Porosity: high
    Thickness: fine


  • BrittanyMBrittanyM Posts: 992Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    The only way I know without bleaching is temporary color sprays. Tasha Leelyn  (YouTuber) just uploaded a video where she "dyes" her boyfriend'so hair silverfish grey with a loreal temporary spray. It showed up on his dark hair. It would washout as soon  as you washed your hair, and probably wouldn't look good to wear out in public. But it might give you an idea of how the color would look on you without commitment. Just a thought.
  • ttoosdayttoosday Posts: 509Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Hmm thanks for the input everyone. I did read about a wax product that is supposed to be pretty good and a temporary thing- people use it on halloween and such and for a pop of color for a night. I have thought about trying that since it may be a better application than a spray product. Anyways, thanks for the input!
    CG since 11/2014
    Mostly 2B, but ranges A-C front to back and root to tip
    Low density, very coarse, high porosity
    Collarbone length, gray dyed brown, dry and rough
    Typical LEG routine could be any combination of:
    Lo poo: Shea Moisture brand shampoo, Ion Hard Water Shampoo
    Cowash: As I Am Coc Cowash
    RO: GVP CB, Aussie Mega Moist, Not Your Mothers Gardenia
    Leave In: As I Am LI, KCKT, or Not Your Mothers Gardenia
    Enhancer: Camille Rose Curl Maker
    Deep condition: SM Deep Treat Mask
    Protein: Hask Keratin
    Styler: Curl Keeper Original, Ouidad Climate Control gel, LA Looks gel
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,798Administrators, Moderators Administrator
    edited January 4
    I'm so glad you asked this question, @ttoosday .  I've been wondering the same thing. I'm not there yet but was wondering how to do it. 
    Pixie's a good idea @ellaj


    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!
  • LileireLileire Posts: 1Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My friend lowlighted her hair for awhile so it was a gradual thing. Think that is what I’m going to try
  • bomegabomega Posts: 1,353Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    @Lileire: Welcome to nc.com. I'm not quite ready to go gray, but a low-light sort of thing is probably what I would do.
    Low-poo: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Shampoo for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Coconut & Shea Hydrating Shampoo
    Clarify: Kinky Curly Come Clean
    Rinse-out: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Conditioner for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Everyday Coconut Ultra Hydrating Conditioner
    DT: Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner
    Leave-in: As I Am Leave-in
    Styler: Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
    Treatment: Daily tea spray; Coconut oil overnight treatment; Citric acid rinse for hard water; 2-step Henndigo w/ amla to cover gray

    2C, fine, low porosity, low/medium density, protein sensitive

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