Grey Hair:When Is It Time To Let Nature Take It’s Course

I’m trying to remember a time when my mom wasn’t a blonde. I look at older pictures of her and she had dark hair like me. I’m not sure when her transition to lighter hair was but she was definitely way younger than I am now. I never really noticed her grey hair roots coming in. The blonde seemed to camouflage the grey hair. It was only a few years ago, she’s 85 now, that I convinced her to stop colouring her hair and let it go grey. Now, her hair is thicker and a beautiful silver-grey. No one noticed when she made the switch. To be fair, all of her friends are her age and their eyesight isn’t the best.

Fascinated with women that have had the guts to stop colouring, I talked to a woman at work one day that had let her hair go completely grey. She is slightly older than I am. She said she did have dark hair like me too when she was younger. She keeps her hair in a pixie cut, so for her, the complete transformation did not take long at all.

Staring into the mirror, all I can see is the grey roots advancing.

There comes a time when coloring your hair isn't about wanting a change as much as covering grey hair roots. When do you stop and let nature do its thing?

So, here I am again, staring into the mirror and all I can see is the grey hair roots advancing. What is it with the one day it’s fine and the next day your bangs are too long and the grey roots look like they’ve gained an inch. Off to the stylist I go, thinking this it, let’s go blonde. I could do with a change and I think blonde is the only colour I didn’t try out when I was a teen. This will be awesome!

“Really? You want to go all blonde?” my hairdresser asks.

“Yes, I’m tired of noticing these grey hair roots just one week after colouring!” I reply confidently.

“But you have no grey at the back of your head at all. It’s all in the front.”

“That’s ridiculous! Is that normal? Why?!”

“So you can see it.”

“Same again please and I’ll re-book for six weeks”

Sigh.

Update: I am embracing change. See my post about putting down the bottle.


The following are a list of products (affiliate links) that I use on my gray hair. It needs special care to make sure it doesn’t go brassy or really coarse and frizzy.

Recommended Products:
Pantene Pro-V Silver Expressions Shampoo 13 oz
Pantene Pro-V Silver Expressions Daily Color Enhancing Conditioner for All Silver and Gray Shades, 13.5 fl oz (400 ml)
One n Only Shiny Silver Ultra Shine Spray 4 Fl Oz
Heavenly Hair Coconut Oil Hair Serum – Chemist formula heals, protects and returns your shine!
Marc Anthony True Professional Bye Bye Frizz Keratin Smoothing Blow Dry Cream Cream, 4.7 fl. oz


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16 thoughts on “Grey Hair:When Is It Time To Let Nature Take It’s Course

  1. I am 43 and I stopped coloring my hair in Dec. I was having to color every 2 weeks and I just decided I was done. I cut my hair short and in a month or so I will be grown out. I found it quite liberating!!

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  2. I’ve been coloring my hair for years. I’m 52 years old. I am naturally a brown/ auburn color when I was younger. I keep thinking about letting my hair go gray but when my roots start growing out and showing gray , I am off to the hairdresser again. Lol

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    1. It is a struggle and I tell you, even when you do finally let it go, you have twinges of running to get it done. Everyone has to decide for themselves. You have to feel good about it or it is not for you.

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  3. I took the same journey starting last spring much to the discouragement of my daughters and you are so correct when you say it is liberating.. It turns out my grey is not really grey but a kind of platinum white………some people think blonde. I don’t hate it and sometimes I even almost like it. However I must add when I am really tired and have no make up on… I do look old, but I feel good so glossy lipstick where are you!

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    1. Platinum white sounds awesome! And there is nothing wrong with looking our age. I think trying to look like you’re in your twenties ages you even more. Good for you for transitioning!

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  4. Been coloring my hair since I was 25 got to where my hair resisted the color. Been every color im now 62. Get more compliments on my hair than ever before in my lifetime

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  5. God knows I have tried several times to stop coloring my hair. Then my husband died in our 50th so now I’m like do I let my hair go now? Guess I’m afraid it will be geez her husband died and she let herself go, look at her hair! So when do you give up on the bottle dye? I’m a light brown now and yes my hair was dark growing up. I have a hard time picturing myself as a blonde , which I tried highlighters and it only made me looked washed out, so how do you go grey?

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    1. I think the easiest way to ease into it is by having low lights put in your hair. That is dark highlights instead of the blonde. That breaks up the grey and does not look at harsh and fake as getting your whole head done. Plus, roots growing in are not as noticeable. Hope that helps.

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  6. I made the decision to stop dying my hair just over a year ago. It was my second attempt, as heading to uni at 50 two years earlier had me dashing to the hairdressers for fear of looking like the ‘old girl’ in class. Fast forward to today and I have shoulder length, wavy grey hair (still slightly salt & pepper, darker at the back) and I love it. There are perhaps a few more silver sirens on campus amongst the academics, but as a former brunette the year of dealing with the multi-colours was worth it! New hair, new make-up and wardrobe colours, new style. Be bold, it is fabulous 🙂

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