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Growing out the gray...

Postby TerryB » May 2nd, '14, 11:43 am

I'm thinking about letting the gray hair grow out. I'm so tired of coloring it every 3-4 weeks. It would be salt and pepper, not totally gray. Then I wonder if I could add highlights and lowlights. I'm excited and scared at the same time. Has anybody here had any experience with this? I'm going to see the gal that cuts my hair next week, and I will discuss it with her then.
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby Margrethe » May 2nd, '14, 12:18 pm

Not with gray, but with my (I think) blonde. I haven't had my own hair color since I was 12, but am now, with the help of a hairdresser, slowly bleaching streaks and growing the dark color out.
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby Funky Fairy » May 2nd, '14, 1:57 pm

Terry that's a big decision to make.
I'm so happy that in inherited my Mums genes and have never had to die my hair.
I have also inherited her baggy eyes though. :)

Margrethe I had no idea that you are blonde.
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby nittygrittyjody » May 2nd, '14, 2:01 pm

I haven't had my real hair color for over 20 years. I sometimes think about going to my natural color, but so far I can't talk myself into it. I do mess the color up a lot and my kids think it's funny when it gets bluish or purpley gray. I aim for some ash tones, but obviously I have no clue what I am doing and just let the box color soak in and get my surprise when it gets rinsed out. I have been known to color it 3 times in two days.

I am surprised I have hair left on occasion! I don't recommend my way, but I bet your hairdresser can talk you into or out of something. Good luck! O0
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby mlepitts » May 2nd, '14, 4:30 pm

I saw a woman the other day with the most lovely salt and pepper hair, I almost stopped her (not kidding you) and told her I loved her hair. It was cut very nicely and she just looked sharp.

I say go for it.
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby Funky Fairy » May 2nd, '14, 5:52 pm

Emily do you colour your hair?
It's a lovely blonde.
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby Sherry C » May 2nd, '14, 6:26 pm

You are much braver than I am! While I love the concept, I'm not ready to see a gray-haired reflection just yet. You are lucky that yours will be salt and pepper, mine would be all salt. lol
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby mlepitts » May 2nd, '14, 7:26 pm

Funky Fairy wrote:Emily do you colour your hair?
It's a lovely blonde.


I don't colour it Lisa, I'm very very blessed, I know. I did find a lovely silver hair today, so I think I'll just get lighter and lighter until all my hair is white. Kind of anxious to see how that goes...
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby DeniseM » May 2nd, '14, 9:07 pm

Terry, I am already doing it!! Have been for several months. I am fortunate that it is really just in the front of my hair. The rest is pretty dark with a little salt and pepper. When I wear it down, I have an "Elvira" like stripe in the front. It almost looks like I dyed it like that. When I wear it back, it looks very silver on the top with my dark hair at the back, which I am not overly fond of.

I have naturally dark brown hair with no hint of red. It would get silvery blonde highlights in it in the sun. When I was about 24 I started noticing a lot of grey in the front, in my "widows peak" if any of you know what that is. I started dyeing it. I had blonde highlights put in it for years but went more naturally brown about 10 years ago. I noticed that unless I wanted to dye my hair lighter, I would have to keep it pretty blackish. I don't like the way that looks on older women and so I thought, what the hell. I have to say, most days I love it. When I am working and it's just thrown up on my head, not so much but when it's down, I think it looks really nice. I have had several compliments on it.

Terry, It sounds like you could definitely stop dyeing it and get some low lights put in. I have to tell you though, not all hair dressers are good or happy helping with this. If yours isn't, don't be afraid to find one that is. My friend Adrienne had to get a new stylist when she made the change and she doesn't regret it!

Good luck, and if you change your mind, that's okay to. It's just hair color right?
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby Funky Fairy » May 3rd, '14, 6:24 am

You are right Denise. It is just haor colour.
Listening to what you say about changing from the age of 24, it's not always a representation of you getting older either.
Hollie is just 14 and very dark. But she's get a lot of thick white hairs.
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby TerryB » May 3rd, '14, 8:22 am

Thank you girls for all the advice and encouragement. I agree with Denise....if I don't like it I can always color it again. I'm hoping I can eventually get it to look like something like this...

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but I have no idea if that's even possible.
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby DeniseM » May 3rd, '14, 8:46 am

well it's worth a try Terry! I think that would look lovely on you.
Mine is sort of like this, except darker besides the front.
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby DeniseM » May 3rd, '14, 9:47 am

I decided to take a photo. Mind you this is just out of bed, but you can sort of see the stripe on either side.

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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby Margrethe » May 3rd, '14, 3:41 pm

You look lovely, Denise!

I have to say that I do like that salt and pepper-look - wish I had dark hair so that I could be like that one day :)
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby TerryB » May 4th, '14, 12:05 pm

Oh I love it Denise! And you have beautiful eyes! I'm encouraged to stay the course. Thanks!

I ordered this book from Amazon. I bought it used, so only paid $4 with shipping.

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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby gem66 » May 6th, '14, 10:50 am

Cool idea ladies! Can't wait to see what you decide Terry! Denise awesome picture!
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby LauraC » May 6th, '14, 10:57 am

Denise - you are truly a beautiful woman. It becomes you. I don't know that I'm ready to do like Diane Keaton did with her hair though. Mine is white at the temples and just starting to look salt pepper at the top and it looks funky. I think I'm ready for another color job. Maybe I need to reconsider.
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby TerryB » May 6th, '14, 1:06 pm

I just got back from the salon. My stylist said that in another month or so, we can add some lowlights to the roots to blend the color as it grows out. I like this idea better than using a semi permanent color. The semi-perm color washes out, and I'd have to reapply every 2-3 weeks. The lowlights would have to be done every 3-4 months as it grows out. Worse comes to worse, if I don't like it, I'll just color it. I'll have to get a pic to show you gals what it looks like now.
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby Patricia » May 6th, '14, 1:15 pm

If I look that awesome with salt and pepper, I would never dye. I have been lucky and still have my own color but I do pull the grays and there are more.

Beautiful Denise!!
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Re: Growing out the gray...

Postby Funky Fairy » May 6th, '14, 2:03 pm

Denise, I like it.

Terry, keep us updated.
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