My going gray journey continues . . . an update.

My going gray journey continues . . . an update.


A few of you have asked for updates on my going gray journey that started here , so this is it–My going gray journey continues . . . an update.  I’m still at it.  Here’s a photo from today.
It’s a slow process, and one that has its challenges for sure.

I’m not enjoying the skunk look.  But I’m lucky that I didn’t wait until I was 100% gray or white to grow it out.  At least I have a nice pepper mix in there to temper it a bit.   Still, I have considered other options.

I consulted a stylist to talk about adding highlights to blend out the gray.   We met for an hour.   Looked over photos.  Came up with a plan.   She asked me to wait another month so that she could get a better idea for a good “match” for my silvers.   That was March 5.   So I waited the month and eagerly anticipated my highlights day, only to be disappointed when she announced that she’d changed her mind and would not be doing them after all.  WHAT??


So I went and talked to another stylist who has asked me to wait until at least July to think about coloring, with the goal being that if I can get to July without coloring, I might get past the worst of the grow out and decide not to color at all, or at the most to do the opposite of highlights.  If anything, she said she’d love to add lowlights to the gray to further blend out the stripe.  She’d really like to not strip the rest of my hair with bleach.   Apparently it’s very healthy and nobody wants to be responsible for compromising the integrity of such a healthy head of hair.

So I experiment with different ways to pull it back or throw it up–anything to break up the stripe.  I haven’t yet tried cute little hats, but I suspect those days are coming.  July is a long way away.

I’ll keep you posted.  🙂

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  1. Wow I applaud you! I am considering doing the same, although I am more of a non descript mousy blonde naturally so thinking highlights may help the transition! I love to see really healthy silver hair on ladies it looks so much more natural than dyed hair! Well done! Cheryl-England UK xx

      • My friend….my friend… my friend! I could have written this blog 13 years ago! You can do this!
        I know what it’s like….I did not dye, I did not cry, I did not let any one else’s opinion get in my way. The 10 months was so worth it, no more touch ups, no more maintenance , no more chemicals going into my head! The gray hair of the Wise woman is earned, the Croning years greet us with knowledge and you are Croning beautifully, be proud!

        • That right there is why I stopped dyeing my hair in my mid 20s (my first gray hair popped up at 23). My mom went grey very early and so I came to terms with the fact that I may very well be completely grey by 30. I’m not, thankfully, but I would be ok if I was. Yes, I have a lot of grey already at 30, but I will not ever have to worry about the stripe. 🙂

  2. Thought of this after Halloween…High Beams Intense Temporary Spray on Hair Color… for those times when you just can’t take it any more.

  3. I’m also transitioning into going grey. I’ve read everything I could about it and decided I didn’t want to go the skunk route. I can’t afford to get professional high/lowlights several times either. I grew my roots out about 1/2 inch and had a professional stylist match my natural color. I then started using semi-permanent hair color as close to my natural color as I could find. I re-color every 4 weeks and the re growth isn’t as obvious because the color slowly washes out. I plan to keep doing this until the permanent color grows out and I cut it all off. It’ll take probably two years. This is much less painful than I thought it would be. It’s so much nicer than permanent color. It doesn’t stink and it processes in 15 minutes instead of 40. I love your blog by the way! I just found it and am gorging on the archives!

    • Hmmmm…. My only problem with that method is that my original color is too dark. The semi permanent is actually more like permanent, but I’m glad it’s working for you because the grow out is awful. Just awful.

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