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Is anyone else here growing out their natural color?

OctoberBaby02OctoberBaby02 Posts: 105Registered Users
I'm on month 6 of doing this and it's been hard not dying my hair because I was a total hair color junkie for the past 11 years! I've gained around 3 inches in the past 6 months which isn't too bad considering I don't take any special vitamins or anything. My goal is to reach bra strap length and have all virgin hair. Right now my hair is to my collar bone. Is anyone else growing out old color or highlights?
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  • godgivenpermgodgivenperm Posts: 678Registered Users
    I'm thinking about it. But so far I keep caving; I just HATE seeing the grey hairs scattered around my head.

    I think jeepcurlygirl has grown out hers.
    3B/3C
    No more PJ tendencies. Tigi Curls Rock Curl Amplifier is the best thing to make my curls rock all day! Next best are KCCC and Re:Coil +HE TT Gel.
  • mariag002mariag002 Posts: 3,557Registered Users
    Same here! I only dye my hair maybe twice a year, but I can't just not do it anymore because I have too many grey hairs in the front. :shock: I hate them! I wish I could just go natural 100% and not dye either.
    - Maria

    Big Chop: 9/23/07
    Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    godgiven is right, I did grow out my hair.
    I used henna for about 4 years. Loved the stuff, but decided I wanted to go natural so I stopped using color almost 2 years ago. I kept my hair at chin length, cutting off the dyed hair as the natural hair grew in.
    My hair is now all natural (grey on top and in the front, black in the back) and I love it. And I'm letting it grow long. It's now just below shoulder length when dry.
    It wasn't easy (and harder for those of us with dark hair), but I'm so glad I did it.
    I have nothing against hair color (my sister dyes her hair a different color every couple months and I love it), but for me it was the best decision I could have made. I never have to spend time or money at a salon (I also cut my own hair), I get tons of compliments, and my hair is always healthy and happy.
    --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
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    Does it count that I only get high & low lights over top my natural color & I don't give a rat's hairy behind whether or not the stylist touches the gray?

    I figure they'll add contrast to the striping or chunking!
  • BarbM45BarbM45 Posts: 55Registered Users
    I got tired of highlighting my hair last year - it became too brassy and just wasn't me. So I had it cut really, really short - think short pixie - and I'm loving the real color - even the grays (i'm 45 y/o). I cut it in Aug '06 and it's now about jaw - chin length when dry. I plan on growing it to shoulder length when dry and never coloring it again. It's so much easier and healthier - especially now that I don't blow it straight either.
    Barb
    fine, 3a hair; using Suave CO, trying to find right gel
  • HeatherDawnHeatherDawn Posts: 300Registered Users
    I dyed Red in Oct and then highlighted in Dec. My hair grows FAST (around an inch a month) so I now have a crown of mousey brown hair with slightly red toned - blond streaked hair to BSL. Sigh. I am really temped to color as close to my natural color as I can on my length, but I'm sure it would do more damage.

    Dang coloring! LOL!
    HeatherDawn
    2C/3A
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I am. I haven't colored my hair since February 2005...so it's 2.5 years. I still have color on my ends. I would like to color of the ends so it all looks close to my natural color. But no matter what color I use, it always winds up fading and turning brassy over time so I'd wind up right back where I started. I'm planning to just leave it. It should be all grown out in a year or less.

  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users
    My hair too becomes brassy over time, no matter what color I use. This time I think I've put enough ash tones on it that it looks highlighted from the sun rather than an obvious all over color line.

    Anyway, I'm trying to grow out the processed hair. I'd love to have virgin hair again. I would also like to get some serious length, and grow out the layers.
    ~ the artist formerly known as babywavy ~

    Please excuse any typos. For the time being, we are blaming it on my computer.
  • lilmoongoddesslilmoongoddess Posts: 1Registered Users
    I have decided to grow out my hair and I can't wait to see my roots! It's gonna be a hard road, since right now I have highlights and lowlights in my hair. But I think it's definitely gonna be worth it to have virgin hair again!!! I have joined this group for support. :)
  • BarbM45BarbM45 Posts: 55Registered Users
    Good luck to you! I grew my roots out just long enough that I could cut off all the rest of my hair into a pixie. I used to wear my hair like that all of the time, so I knew I could pull it off. It was a great feeling watching all of the overprocessed, bleached hair fall onto the floor!! Now I've got my own natural color and curls, and my hair is about jaw-length. I'm still trying to find the right products for my curls, but my hair is the healthiest its been in years! And I don't even mind the grey hairs - curls really do camouflage them! :wink:
    Barb
    fine, 3a hair; using Suave CO, trying to find right gel
  • The ScientistThe Scientist Posts: 239Registered Users
    i'm growing out right now. i dyed my hair with henna back in january, and i've regretted it ever since. it's only grown about 3-3.5 inches since then, and while i realize that's pretty good, that's just not fast enough for me! i get married next may, and even though it's about a year away, i know i'm not going to have long updo hair like every bride wishes for on their wedding day because i plan on cutting the red off of my naturally light brown hair so it doesn't look mismatched. i need a superfast hairgrow pill NOW!
    2c/3a modified CG
    HG product: AG Recoil... Searching for others...
    HG method: pixiecurl method of drying. I'll never go back!
  • GiveMeABMWGiveMeABMW Posts: 219Registered Users
    I would say yes but I'm all done growing out my dyed hair now, it's 100% natural. It's a bit hard getting used to my more "boring" natural light brown, but I feel like it looks a lot healthier than it did before.
    What's working this week:
    Shower: Garnier 3x Nutrition shampoo 1x per week, cowash with Tres Semme Naturals, condition with
    GF Sleek and Shine deep conditioner
    Styling: Tres Semme Naturals as leave in, L'Oreal Melting gel and HE SMU raked in, LOOB and AG Re:Coil scrunched in, Jojoba Oil scrunched in when totally dry
    :toothy4: 3B
  • alaskabellealaskabelle Posts: 216Registered Users
    Five years ago I had blonde frosted hair. I went to red for a while to sort of blend it into my warm light brown color. I have done this gradually to get back to a color that I call "strawberry brown." Now I am a combination of natural and lowlights and I am tired of all the fakeness. Most times, I have done my own foils or semipermanents because I apply fewer foils and do thinner pieces than they do in salons where they just want to charge you a lot of money, so I have very gradually transitioned away from blonde. Yes, I have had to maintain a just-below-the-shoulders length for several years and regularly cut it off. My last trim was in March and since CG you really can't tell how much has been done to my hair.

    Literally this morning I threw away my semipermanent haircolor mixes. I hated seeing like $50 bucks worth of stuff go into the trash but it felt good.

    I am actually surprised at how light my natural color is growing in, since I went so many years not even remembering what it was. But what is growing in is not too exciting since there isn't a whole lot of sun up here to bring out my natural orange tones (which I really like, I was a readheaded baby).

    Now I am planning to do "glosses" with natural plant dyes to fill in the ends that still tend to fade, as I continue to grow out my virgin hair. I'm pretty confident with a tint brush and a roll of aluminum foil since I've done my own hair for about 10 years....so I may actually do foils with natural plant dyes for a few pieces on the top to continue to blend in my new growth. At the very least, doing glosses will keep my ends nice and "filled in" without having a bad root line at the top of my head. I think I'll do sort of a reddish brown color similar to what I've been doing.

    I'm just not willing to cut any more off of the length of my hair. It looks fine, so nobody has to know the horrors that were once underneath....or maybe by now the blonde is all cut off. Probably is.
    3aFii, ?/26/36+ (wet)
    CG since 5-29-07
    Current condish: Nature's Gate Aloe & Regis Cherry Almond
  • cymprenicympreni Posts: 9,609Registered Users
    I'm growing out a bad dye job from a year ago January. The color was supposed to be a chocolate mouse, just a few shades darker then my natural color, it ended up bozo red. I waited about a month for my hair recovered as it was quite fried, then dyed it again, it didn't cover up all the red, but it toned it down and made it look more natural.

    Now my roots are down to my chin. I'm always torn on redying the redish length to match my roots, but I kinda likes seeing how much progress I've made.
  • rosannarosannadannarosannarosannadanna Posts: 109Registered Users
    I just colored my hair about a month ago after not having colored in years. It took me going to the salon twice to get the gray covered for the most part. I had wanted to just go back to natural, but when I'm 38 and I am asked if I am my sons' grandmother enough is enough!
    "Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Our goals should be health (and) stamina." - Emme Aronson
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    3A short inverted bob, auburn with red highlights colored hair
    Fine, but lots of it

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  • girlymobgirlymob Posts: 1Registered Users
    I am trying to both grow my hair longer while growing my color out at the same time. I want to do color like Gisele's, like natural color at the root and lighter at the ends. My hair is about shoulder length right now and I have about an inch of natural roots, but has too many short layers in it. I want it to be long, but it takes forever. this whole process is going to be so long for me cuz i am always changing my hair, but i figure i will buy myself something with all the money i will save by not coloring my hair! I have a long way to go!

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  • thataliciagirlthataliciagirl Posts: 477Registered Users
    I'm on month 6 of doing this and it's been hard not dying my hair because I was a total hair color junkie for the past 11 years! I've gained around 3 inches in the past 6 months which isn't too bad considering I don't take any special vitamins or anything. My goal is to reach bra strap length and have all virgin hair. Right now my hair is to my collar bone. Is anyone else growing out old color or highlights?

    I'm growing out and my goal is to not dye. Like you, I've been a coloring junkie for a long time! I've had everything from black, bleach blonde, to pink and blue! Right now my natural-colored roots are about 2 inches long ... I'm excited to see my natural color, as I haven't since I was about 13!! On the other hand, my natural color rather bores me :( SIGH, we're never happy, are we?

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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Spray on color/highlights or color mascaras/wands.
    I'm growing out a brassy red but don't plan on *never* coloring my hair again but I'm looking for more nature ways to color.

    Speckla
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Ditto to JeepCurlyGurl. I too, have let all my gray grow out. In fact, JCG, I just looked at your August photos and I think our hair color and texture looks amazingly similar. I love your haircut! :love7:
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Thanks unpoof. I've cut my own hair for decades. Sometimes I screw it up but I don't trust anyone else to cut it.

    We just had a 50th Birthday party/class reunion a month ago and I was one of only 3 or 4 women there with undyed hair. And I was the only woman there with long grey curly hair. And I got more compliments than I have ever gotten on my hair, from both women and men. I love my hair right now.
    --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
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    You're welcome JeepCG.

    Oh wow, you cut your own hair as well. It looks so great! Isn't that nice that you got so many compliments on your hair at the reunion? I had looked at your pics when I first joined nc.com, but I was :lurk: then and was too shy to post. It took me two years to grow out my gray also. There is only one person that tells me I should dye my hair again, that I looked better before.

    Now, when I am walking outside and I see the wind blowing parts in womens' hair, and I see their roots growing in with gray, I think to myself, does that really look better? I guess the gray has aged me some, but I'm still cool. :glasses7: My hair and scalp sure do appreciate not being chemically traumatized anymore.

    I wish I could mail you my hair so you could cut it for me. :laughing9:
  • FearnotsomuchFearnotsomuch Posts: 368Registered Users
    I chopped off 7" of overprocessed hair (7 years of multiple colors) and then dyed it hopefully for the last time to a med-dark brown since it got too light over the summer. It is still growing in lighter than the color I have now, but that is from areas of my head that for some reason don't have as much pigmentation (yay natural highlights!).

    My hair looks a million times better than it did pre-cut, and hopefully I'll be able to resist the urge of dying it again!
    In DESPERATE need of a haircut.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Does anyone have pictures of color transitioning. I just can stand the thought of cutting it all off and starting over or growing it out and just cutting. Did anyone keep it long while growing out and gradually trim??

    Speckla
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    speckla,
    You can kind of see my hair growing out in my fotki album.
    When I first started growing it out, I used Fanciful temporary color on the part so it didn't look as skunkish. I cut it to chin length and just trimmed the ends off every few weeks til the grey was all grown in. It wasn't a fast or easy process, but I'm thrilled with it now.
    --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
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    speckla,
    You can kind of see my hair growing out in my fotki album.
    When I first started growing it out, I used Fanciful temporary color on the part so it didn't look as skunkish. I cut it to chin length and just trimmed the ends off every few weeks til the grey was all grown in. It wasn't a fast or easy process, but I'm thrilled with it now.

    I love how your color is. My hair is really starting to grey now. I did something dumb yesterday....I pulled at least 100+ greys out of my bang area before I gave up...it's a losing battle and not dyeing is driving me nuts. I just hate the growing out process of having tri-colored hair (red ends, brown and grey roots).

    Speckla
  • KaisercurlsKaisercurls Posts: 100Registered Users
    I just colored my hair about a month ago after not having colored in years. It took me going to the salon twice to get the gray covered for the most part. I had wanted to just go back to natural, but when I'm 38 and I am asked if I am my sons' grandmother enough is enough!

    This is exactly what is STOPPING me from not dying even though I really want to. I have about 85% gray and I am only 35. I will look 15 years older if I grow out now. I am going to do it when I am 45 I think. I just don't want to look that much older than my husband.
    :blackeye:
    I am a 2c w/spirals underneath! 35 years old with 85% white hair. I am currently using DevaOne everyday with No Poo. I am using Smooth N Shine Gel Conditioner Extra-Hold on my course hair and it works awesome for 3 bucks. I found putting Color Magic into my hair color really covers the gray well. :blob7:
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Speckla wrote:
    speckla,
    You can kind of see my hair growing out in my fotki album.
    When I first started growing it out, I used Fanciful temporary color on the part so it didn't look as skunkish. I cut it to chin length and just trimmed the ends off every few weeks til the grey was all grown in. It wasn't a fast or easy process, but I'm thrilled with it now.

    I love how your color is. My hair is really starting to grey now. I did something dumb yesterday....I pulled at least 100+ greys out of my bang area before I gave up...it's a losing battle and not dyeing is driving me nuts. I just hate the growing out process of having tri-colored hair (red ends, brown and grey roots).

    Speckla

    Hi Speckla. :brushteeth: <<< isn't that cute?
    I had to keep my hair at a little below chin length and kept having trims as well. It is quite a long process, but I just forced myself to get through the multi-color stage. I really wish I had more of the white-grey. I would like my hair to be so bright that it would be a beacon in the night for those who are lost. :laughing9: I don't have any pictures. I never take pictures of myself. Isn't that dumb? :bounce:
  • DoodlesDoodles Posts: 1,984Registered Users
    Wow, glad I'm found this thread! I'm in the process of growing out my dyed red hair back to my natural dirty blonde. I wish the contrast wasn't so, well, contrasting! lol I'm in cosmetology school and feel I'm suppose to uphold a certain "image". Maybe I'll just take the opportunity to go really, really short. All I know is, I can't stand the thought of having to bleach it.
    2A/2B, fine, normal porosity

    Growing out a pixie as of November 2013 :elephant:

    Shampoo: Elucence MBS & Renpure Originals Argan Oil
    Conditioner: Elucence MBC & Renpure Originals Argan Oil
    Leave-in: CJ BeautiCurls
    Stylers: BA gel & AG Re:coil

    Product Junkie that keeps falling off the wagon!:tongue3:
  • carberrycarberry Posts: 74Registered Users
    me! i've been dying my hair for a long time and i decided my natural colour is just fine how it is:)
    luckily i don't get roots. cause i died it dark brown about 5 months ago and it turned back to my natural reddish/purplish brown colour by itself:)
    2a/f/miii/normal porosity
    wavy, hip length, very thick
    hair length journey:
    december '08 12 inches long, shoulder
    june '12 31 inches long, hip
    summer 2012 goal: in between hip and tailbone
    Ultimate goal: tailbone or or maybe classic length
    my hair loves henna !

    :love5:

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  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,095Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    i hope there are more of us out there now growing out haircolor!! i last colored my hair darkest brown (my old natural color) march 9th. so i'm 12 weeks into the process and have that skunk line. but i am determined.
    i did have my hair cut about 4 weeks into it, from shoulder length when wet to chin length, and had more layers put into it. i hope to keep it this length, not go shorter!! i cannot do a pixie cut. but i know it will get worse -- two toned -- before it gets better.
    i think my gray hair has a little more curl?? it seems to be trying to curl at the roots, and i've only had that with a few clumps at my back crown before; that would be great.
    i do like the way the gray looks around my face when i put it back in a headband. it's just getting through this stage...
    i am happy not to spend anymore time/money on haircoloring, and honestly do not see myself going back to coloring.

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
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