7 Signs You Are Ready To Go Gray

Have you been thinking about making the transition to grey hair? If any of the following reasons resonate with you, it may be your time for you to take the leap and embrace your naturally beautiful gray hair!

In June of 2015, I made the decision to stop dyeing my hair. Honestly, I was really curious to see what my hair would look like. I wasn’t sure I was going to continue it in the beginning. The contrast between my roots and the growing out colour looked awful, so in November of the same year, I made the drastic decision to cut my hair super short. Ever since then, I have had absolutely no second thoughts of going back to the bottle.

Have you been thinking about making the transition to grey hair? If any of the following reasons resonate with you, it may be your time for you to take the leap and embrace your naturally beautiful gray hair!


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  1. When my roots were about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch long, My hairdresser (who was totally supportive about the idea) took really thin pieces of my hair on either side of my part and bleached them white so it looked highlighted and matched my hair growth. So then there was not a definite line of growth. Also, I was completely hones which everyone who asked what I was doing. Now I would never go back. I wish I had done it sooner.. I’ve never had so many compliments on my hair. People on the street stop me to say they love my hair,.

  2. I’m 53 and have auburn hair naturally. I decided a few months ago that I was done coloring my hair . I showed my husband some pictures on Pinterest of some different ways to go gray and he loved them . My gray is coming in silver so in 3 weeks I will go to the salon for the first of my final 2-3 visits to transition to my natural salt and pepper look. I suspect more salt than pepper . Lol

  3. I wont ever stop coloring my hair although i need to. I am 53 years old. My mom who was 75 when she passed away had grown her hair out one time and her silver gray hair was beautiful. But she went back to coloring her hair ..

  4. Stay strong! Honestly, when you have that line, you hate the way the grey looks but once you are totally converted you will love it. Your sister is the proof. Send me a picture when you are done!

  5. I am 57 and going to take the plung,. I cannot grow hair anymore it just splits, I have to color every 3 weeks. I tried temporary dye , not much different. I haev had men tell me that grey just makes us women look old. One I told tonight and the line just went silent. Frankly I don’t give a damn anymore. I her about transition. How does thes younger ladies who are doing it for fastion just go in and come out grey? I wa told I would have to bleach my hair, well it would fall out. I am disabled and live on very little. How much is it to go intoa pro and have them transition it to grey? I live in a rural community. I am looking for a hair color specialist. Ithought about the hair schools but thought it was too big a task for them. I have always beenthe golden girl since high school. I wer gold prosepctd gold. tan gold. Now I will haveto get silver or charcol glassses, were silver or white gold. and even been told wear my makeup different to pull it off. In the end I want to be the old grndma with long grey hair blowing in the wind and hope it thickens up too, it is very fine right now. what should be my first step. I do not want the grey grow out line. Oh and I see most do Not have bangs I have always had bangs.

  6. I will be 62 in Match, I have always looked young for my age. I have been coloring my hair about 30 years . After seeing all the Beautiful Woman embracing there silver hair I felt it was time! It has only been 4 months and I only have a little silver mixed in with the ash color. My. Hair feels GOOD and thicker and so love the FREEDOM of NOT having to color it! Now the next thing is to work on my dry skin and make-up here in COLO. ♡

    1. That’s exactly why I am trying to get my sister to stop. Her hair is so thin and brittle. I’m glad you’re enjoying the transition. Now you have time to tackle those other things.

  7. I noticed my first grays at age 22. I’m turning 32 very soon and my roots are all noticeably gray(naturally dark brown hair with more and more silver strands) While I feel too young to go gray like this and have been dying my hair frequently over the past few months to try to cover it…it isn’t working. After only a few weeks, the dye loses out and grays are return. Plus, my hair feels so dry and itchy from all the dye. My husband has suggested I just get gray highlights to make it look more intentional. But perhaps I should just stop damaging my hair and accept it and not worry about the gray hair. Let it come as it will. My husband(age 31) shaves his head because of early hair thinning issues and now I’m already going gray….sorry to our kids! haha

    1. I started getting grey hairs at 18! I coloured my hair for about 25 years but having very dark brown hair it was practically impossible to cover the grey. I had to colour my hair almost every week if I didn’t want to see the grey. I decided almost a year ago to stop colouring and let it all go grey. I’m only 43 but now that it’s more than half grey I love it. The in between stage is the hardest part. Once it is completely grey you won’t regret your decision to go grey.

  8. I am just about to turn 30 and am about 30 percent gray. Well, not gray, white. Red and white, I have a very patriotic head. I do a henna treatment to cover them, but I will go completely white by the time I am 35 I’m sure, Matt Le Blanc style . I think it’s a sexy look though! ❤❤

  9. I’ve been considering it for years now, but my hair stylist, whom I love, keeps telling me it will make me look so much older. Well…I am 62! I know it’s not because she’ll lose $$ because she’s not like that. Well…this next app. we are going to start the transition. Wish me luck! Love your articles!

    1. I am so excited for you! Deciding to transition is a very personal decision but remember, if you don’t like it, you can go back to dyeing. Thank you so much for reading and let me know how it goes.

      1. I’m being forced into this transition. Trying to embrace it. The reason is at age 46 my body has decided to be very allergic to hair dye. Rash, vertigo, and headache are not my fav’ so here we go. Worse still my hair is not silver it’s white and black. Scared I’m gonna look skunky.

        1. Sounds a bit like my hair. Trust me when I say that you won’t know how you will look till the transition is done. You will be pleasantly surprised!

    1. I’ve been growing my hair out for 3 months and can’t wait to see how much gray I have. I’m 70 in January and I only have about 1 or 2 % gray. It is mostly around my face and looks like it is going to be a pretty silver, however, it is very frizzy. Any suggestions on taming the frizz?

      1. My hair was super frizzy and coarse when I started my transition. I conditioned a lot and shampooed and blow dried every 2nd or 3rd day if possible. The thing that made the biggest difference was getting a trim every 6 weeks. It seemed to eventually get cut away. Maybe it was just me but you should try.

  10. Your article has sealed the deal…I’m going gray and I’m not going to look back! I turn 47 in a month and I’m going to AZ to see my kid for my Bday. I’m going to the salon just before for a fresh cut and I’m going to tell my stylist to start the transition. When it’s complete I’m going to ask for a new cut and I’m going to rock that gray hard!

  11. Has anyone tried adding gray highlights to dark hair that is going gray? Gray is in now and I have always had dark hair. Anytime I have added blond highlights I have hated them. Just doesn’t look right with my skin tone. So I’ve mostly been dark brown with red highlights. Well now that I’m in my late 40s I have tons more gray and was considering the option to try gray highlights to ease transition of going “gray”.

  12. Thanks for visiting The Glasgow Gallivanter! This is the post that jumped out at me from the three In the WordPress notification. Couldn’t agree more! I coloured my hair for a while when I started to go grey then got fed up and decided to embrace my Grey Goddess. In the last few months I’ve started getting a coloured streak at the front when I have my hair cut – green or purple, it fades out but that doesn’t matter. I love it and I’ve only had one negative comment from a friend who said she preferred me without it. Too bad!

    1. How sad that someone felt they had to try to rein in your individuality. I am so glad you are doing what makes you happy and that is what matters. Thank you so much for dropping by and I look forward to sharing each other’s posts.

  13. I was born with auburn hair color, and I enjoyed a lifetime of being very satisfied with my hair. Then, I reach around 50, and it started going gray. I had it colored and kept it up until two years ago when I was totally tired of trying to keep it up. Haven’t looked back, and it has been a very freeing experience. 🙂

  14. Everyone is different. I have tried blonde tones but it looks awful on me. All I want women to know is that they should do whatever makes them happy so good for you! Thank you so much for sharing!

  15. I recently decided to embrace my grey…no color for almost a year. ..it’s a change. .although I love it !
    Retired and a grandmother of 7…I’m enjoying my freedom. ..I love it.

  16. Grey is the ‘distinguished color’ signalling that you have been throug a winter night before! Thanks for subscribing, and please don’t mind my grey hair! 🙂

  17. Congrats on that decision, Elena! I haven’t dyed my hair, except purple, in many, many years. As you say, people can tell how old we are! Who exactly are we trying to fool!! Going short too, is so freeing! I have so much better uses for my time, and money than wasting in a salon, on my hair!
    Thanks for the great read, and the follow.

  18. And article after my own hair! I finally decided to go grey but after looking washed out for a number of years would have it lightly highlighted to blend. Now I don’t even bother with that very often.

  19. Hi Elena. Great to meet you. Had little hair for years and now beard with grey patches. Thank you for wanting to follow my poetry adventures. Very Interested in all things Paranormal! UFO’s! Conspiracy theories! Observing this crazy unstable society! Shall never be rich and famous but writing is a passion that keeps me sane and alive! Peace and Best Wishes. The Foureyed Poet.

  20. In May this year I t decided I was never going to colour my hair again. I had been thinking about it for many years but when I hit 60 this year,a light bulb movement went off. Who am I trying to please? I hated the 3 weekly sessions…yes roots were showing after just 3 weeks! So I found a wonderful hairdressers who didn’t try and change my mind but actively encouraged me to grow out my old colour. I am enjoying the process now that I’m a bit further down the line about 50% grey now. Sometimes I get a negative comment but my reply is “it’s my hair and I don’t have to please you”.

  21. I just shared this encouraging article on my Facebook page. I can so relate to this! I haven’t colored my hair in 10 months and I am about 75% gray now. ?

  22. Hi! In June 2014, I took the plunge! After 3 years of dwelling on this decision & seeking images, ideas online, I cut my hair short & very layered, and heavily highlighted, I began my journey into the unknown. After coloring my hair for over 20 + years, I had no idea what my ‘natural’ color was- gray maybe? BEST thing I have ever done, besides quit smoking! My hair is beautiful! Yes, it’s gray, and silver, and thick, healthy and wonderfully easy! I have strangers stop me all the time & compliment the color! I also grew out the layers, have no more (stupid) bangs and get a trim it every 12 weeks or so. I feel so liberated! Free! And, healthier! I’m not sure coloring was very healthy. I have had to adjust my makeup, awe had to visit Sephora a few times for makeovers, and color adjustments, but have discovered less is more now with the makeup too! So, as i sale towards my Golden years, I have less stress, and more $$$! Not too shabby.

  23. I decided around the same time as you, and I’m so happy! Bonus: my mother, age 90, decided to quit coloring her hair after seeing my example. Now we chortle about how much time, money, and hassle we save every month.

  24. I stopped coloring my hair for over 6 months because I loved the silvery greys I had. Unfortunately my light ash brown natural hair looked horrible against my aging skin and without hair color it was a limp mess. I’m probably going to have to color forever as my mother only had 40% grey into her 80’s.

  25. I also had very dark brown hair, and I colored it myself for years. It took me three tries of growing it out before I stuck with it. I finally started using a lighter hair color a few times until the grow-out line became less obvious, and I’ve never looked back. Like you mentioned, with my pale skin lighter hair looks better.

  26. I must confess I tried going gray/silver. As a dark brunette by nature, I loved the silver coming in as my hair grew out from very short to below my shoulders… until it started to fall out by the handful. Menopause and drugs can be cruel… this year at 58, I went back to the salon, got my hair cut a bit shorter than yours and had the brown put back into my hair and eyebrows. What A Difference! I look alive and spunky again. Yes – my next color will have highlights to soften the color, but I think I will wait until I fully retire or gold bald before I stop color. LOL.. who knows, maybe one day I’ll try navy for a color! Good Luck with the journey!

    1. I am so happy that going back to brunette gave you some spunk. Every once in awhile I am tempted to go back to dark brown but then I remember I am not very good at the upkeep. I have been thinking about adding some lavender streaks in the gray.

  27. I haven’t colored my hair in over a decade. I am not yet grey…perhaps to balance out the fact that I still get acne in my forties. I was just considering adding some highlights because friends have told me it would help with my greasy problem. Wow I was going to keep writing but this comment is going weird places. In any case your hair looks good in pixel form. Cant wait to see it live.

  28. Hair colouring in India is a fairly recent phenomenon. Since most of us have almost black hair, at best, people dyed their hair black. Now a lot of people try out various shades and streaks.

    I started going grey in my early forties and somehow couldn’t get myself to start dyeing my hair. A good decision, because in my late 40s, I’ve started to lose a lot of hair and I’m convinced that hair colour doesn’t help with the health of one’s hair.

    1. I’m 62, I have friends that have gone gray. It is a personal choice, I have to be honest and say ” they look old!
      I have red hair and it is expensive , but my hair matches my inside. People are shocked when I tell them my age. My daughters have told me I look much younger than their friends mothers. I asked , what do you think the difference is? The hair color and cut. I am proud of my age, the alternative sucks! I’m not trying to fool anyone. I feel better when I take care of myself.
      My husband is all gray and of course, he looks like Richard Gere.
      We please ourselves at this age. I try to be good to myself. I don’t and have never compared myself against other women. Health is my goal, that’s it.

  29. I’m still in the throes of the battle – I don’t have enough grey to go full tilt, but keeping my natural colour gets a little tedious at times – especially getting to the hairdressers regularly! I’m busy throwing in a random colour here and there to make my life a bit more interesting – I’ll probably go purple or pink when the grey wins 🙂

  30. Not ready to embrace yet. I think I’ll try it once I stop going into a Corporate office every day. I did opt to go lighter which allow that gray/blonde line to fade out a little…..much harder to do when I had dark hair.

  31. I’m not grey but I have heard that chlorophyll has helped some people reverse thier grey. I drink a superfoods powder that contains lots of chlorophyll, among other nutrients, and I wonder if that has kept my hair from turning? It’s a mystery.

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