Tomorrow is the Big Day!

Tomorrow is the big day – the day I cut my hair and officially “go grey”. I am soooooooo excited!! I can’t wait to get my hair cut because it is so long that no matter what I do to it, or what products I use, it just doesn’t hold a style or a curl or anything else for that matter. I’m also excited to embrace the grey and stop with the color. I had been coloring with henna, and that’s a 12 hour experience to get it done right. Then, I couldn’t do the henna so I just used box color and that didn’t always turn out well. Once, recently I went to a salon and had it colored and the woman didn’t listen and turned my hair black. And, it always seems that I’m seeing roots after a week anyway.

As Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” And because I’ve been going through some major life changing events, I hope that this is going to be a change for the good.

I feel and believe that embracing the grey as a woman is the epitome of self acceptance and confidence. I can’t wait!!

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I’ve Decided to Go All In

I’ve decided to do it. I’ve decided to cut off my waist length wavy hennaed locks and just go grey. I made an appointment with a hairdresser for the 27th of June. I have already talked to her and let her know that I want her to cut my hair into a “retro” cut known as a “Middy” – basically, a 6″ long uniform cut – think Marilyn Monroe. I am ready to be totally grey even if I have to color it that way, at least I won’t have the harsh line between the grey and the hennaed red.

Since my appointment is 2 weeks away, I am going to try to remove as much of the red as gently as possible. I did some reading, and I found some suggestions:

  • dandruff shampoo (has harsher detergent)
  • baking soda mixed with dandruff shampoo
  • vinegar
  • oil

There are several products on the market designed to remove color, but they’re basically hair bleach so I will avoid those. I use coconut oil in my hair on a regular basis anyway and I have noticed that while I’m rinsing quite a bit of color rinses out. I also use baking soda and vinegar on a regular basis, so those items I already have available.

Please leave me a comment if you have any suggestions (other than bleach) to help get the color out of my hair. And I will continue to keep you posted on my results.

Update on the Color Situation

This time, I used a dark golden blonde color (Clairol Natural Instincts brand) and it did tone down the blazing red, but it really didn’t touch the grey. There’s a little bit of softening to the line between the grey and the permanent color, but not what I had hoped for. I really don’t want the hassle of recoloring again so soon, even if it isn’t permanent. My hair is so long, it’s like a whole event….

I wonder about just having my hair colored grey and adding some white highlights. I just don’t know, I’m torn.

YAY! Grey!

I am so excited! I have been reading other blogs about going grey – Revolution Gray is even doing webinars on the subject, and I’m glad to see other women embracing their grey. I wish my hair would grow faster so I can be all grey (actually, I think I’m going to be salt and pepper from what I see showing). Since all the young girls are coloring their hair grey, I hope the trend isn’t gone before mine grows out.

The 28 day color didn’t really last 28 days, but that’s okay. I picked a golden blonde color this time around. I will color on Saturday and I’m curious how it will come out.

Update on the Temporary Hair Color Nearly a Month Later

It has been 20 days since I applied the temporary hair color that is designed to wash out in 28 shampoos. So far, so good. I’m noticing some new growth but it’s not as noticeable as when I use permanent hair color, although my temple area, where I’m totally grey is more prominent. I had been using henna, and had gone to a similar auburn red for ease of application because henna is a long tedious process, but I’m thinking of going a bit lighter and more ash the next time I color.  If it doesn’t look good it’s only temporary, right??

Update on the Temporary Haircolor

As you recall, I used Clairol Natural Instincts about 10 days ago to help the transition to grey. According to the manufacturer, the color should stay on your hair for 28 shampoos. Although I rarely use shampoo, I do “co-wash” (conditioner only) on a daily basis. So far so good! The color is still true and while I have a bit of new growth, I’m not seeing much fading at this point.

Going Grey Gracefully

I took the first step in my plan to go grey gracefully; I colored with Clairol Natural Instincts, which claims to be temporary and is supposed to wash out in 28 shampoos. I picked a color that was way too dark auburn, but I’ll endure until it washes out.  The color covered my grey completely and my hair is shiny and saturated with color. So far, quite a bit of color has been coming out in the shower and I will write about if and when the color fades completely. I’m thinking that this temporary color will allow me to experiment with quite a few colors if it fades (or washes out) as the box claims. Understand that temporary color can’t lighten or change your color too drastically as it only deposits color on top of your natural or existing color. I am slightly concerned about a line of demarcation as my grey grows out.

If you didn’t see my first post on this experiment, my plan is to use temporary color for one year to mask the grey as I grow it out and then cut all the color out of my hair at once.