To grey or not? Am I too young?

To grey or not?  That is my question to myself.  I’ve been downloading pictures and getting ideas.  I’ve checked out what other women are thinking and just can’t make up my mind.  I’ll be 69 very soon and thinking by the time I’m 70 I should not be a “bleach” blonde.

I found these and thought, fantastic, my hair is long and then I realized it would take a lot of upkeep because normal grey hair is just not going to look like this.

beautiful grey hair

grey hair ideas

Then I thought, hmmm, color is good.  Maybe this?

vlue hair

This takes courage but I think I can pull it off.  lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I thought, okay, you have to let it grow out to see how much grey you actually do have to make a better decision. That thought made me panic.  That and the thought that my coloring is so pale that I would have to wake up in full makeup to make it work.  So I continued my search.

An interesting take on grey hair.

From Prevention magazine:

Trying to go grey?

Silver is chic, trendy, and yes, can even look youthful if you do it the right way. But going gray would be a whole lot more appealing if it didn’t mean having crazy-looking roots in the awkward growing-out phase. The mere thought of it keeps many women from returning to their roots. But fear not; these tips for gray hair will help you look terrific every step of the way.

Step 1: Blend your roots
Wait until your roots are at least 60% silver before giving up your dye job, so your gray hue will look symmetrical and natural as it grows in, says colorist Jennifer J., owner of Juan Juan Salons in Beverly Hills, California. “The contrast in texture and tone as your hair grows can look unkempt,” she says. During this phase, which can last up to a year, get a do-it-yourself highlighting kit or ask your colorist to weave in a few fine highlights or lowlights (darker streaks) to add dimension and blend in roots.

Step 2: Update your cut

Cropping your hair above your collarbone during the in-between period will lessen the contrast between gray and pigmented strands (you’ll chop off most of your repeatedly-dyed ends). Layers can also help camouflage multiple hues. “A choppy cut looks youthful and helps hide your roots,” says Jonathan Gale, a colorist at the John Frieda Salon in Los Angeles. And most importantly, when your gray has grown out, don’t regress to a matronly style. “For gray to look glamorous and chic, your cut should be contemporary,” says Mark DeVincenzo, creative director at the Frédéric Fekkai Salon in New York City. An above-the-shoulder, layered style that provides movement and softly frames your face is a good bet, but you’ve got options: Try browsing the 9 Hair Cuts That Make You Look Youngerfor inspiration and ideas.

Step 3: Get on the right schedule
When hair turns gray, the protective cuticle thins out, which can make strands coarse and prone to breakage. Keep tresses soft and healthy by doing the following:

For day-to-day cleansing, choose a moisturizing shampoo like Dove Quench Absolute  to soften and smooth gray hair and make it appear more lustrous.

Once a week, wash hair with a formula geared for gray to counteract yellowing caused by sun, pollutants, hard water, and smoke. We like Pantene Pro-V Silver Expressions Shampoo. Just be sure to only use it once a week: Many of these products contain a blue tint that can cause a purplish cast when they’re overused.

Every month, treat your hair to a clear gloss or glaze like John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Glaze to coat the cuticle and boost shine.

Step 4: Upgrade your styling routine
Daily washing and styling can dry out hair—keep your hair looking better between washes with a non-drying oil-absorber like Oribe Cote d’AzureHair Refresher. When you do wash and style it, use a flatiron or blow dryer and round brush to give your hair a sleek, straight look; silver strands absorb light instead of reflecting it, making your mane look dull, and curly or wavy do’s only exaggerate the issue because there’s no smooth surface for light to bounce off of. Also make sure your styling products are colorless: The dyes in tinted mousses, gels, and the like can tarnish gray hair.

So today, I decided to make it the lightest platinum I could and go from there. With all the purple shampoos, maybe it will blend in.

Here is the results. I think I’m on the right road, will now let it grow out which will give me dark roots but then I will have darker grey put in to match the roots.  I think!  I might just say, forget it and go back to my usual darker blonde.

To grey or not to grey

To grey or not to grey?

1 week after light color..

1 week after light color..

2 ND we silver

Week 2 using silver shampoo

Now we wait, wonder how long I can wait till the roots start coming out and it looks really bad.  I’ll keep you posted here so come back and check it.  This is so scary.  I really don’t want to pay the big bucks to keep up the streaks so may decide to try it myself.  Good thing I’ve colored my hair many different ways since I was 17..lol

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13 Responses to “To grey or not? Am I too young?

  • I don’t know if I can do it, but we’ll see what the rest of me looks like in 20 years! Also…if silver is trendy now, couldn’t you dye your hair silver and THEN let it grow out? I wonder how that would look…

    • That’s exactly what I’m thinking, I did it platinum and now I’ll wait and see what happens..An experiment for sure.

  • Your grey is beautiful! My mother went from brunette to a beautiful salt & pepper to totally white. My gray is in a pale, mousy brown. I would go gray in a minute if mined looked like my mom’s. Great post!

    • Thanks Cathy, it needs some darker streaks and lots of purple shampoo. lol

  • I don’t think you should worry about it. I know some ( including my mother ) that were grey in their early -mid 30’s.

    All the best 🙂

    • Well, that’nice to hear…thank you for that, I will stop worrying after I figure out my next step…lol Hey, got nothing better to do…

  • I just turned 37 and found my first grey hair at 21. I’ve decided this is the year that I am going to let it all go natural 🙂 I think grey is strong and beautiful. I joke with my husband that I may only be 37, but I earned every single one of the grey hairs on my head.

    • You got that right, it was earned, I think under all this I have a nice white streak in the front of my hair like my mother did. Just seems to me it would be nice to just be natural..well with maybe a little help to keep it fresh looking. Time will tell. I also think grey is strong…

  • Wonderful article and so true!!

  • I’m in my 40s and already greying…but it’s still the ugly, brownish grey. So I’ll keep coloring, but I think yours looks lovely!

    • Thank you, will keep working on it. Think it needs darker grey added to it…lol

  • I’ve been fighting gray since I was 23 and still not sure that I want to let the gray rule. I will also be 69 and just haven’t made up my mind. It looks great on some people. We’ll see…

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