7 Signs You Are Ready To Go Gray

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!

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!

7 Signs You Are Ready To Go Gray

1. Your roots are advancing faster than the marching guard.

I tell ya, this was one of the major factors in my decision. It seemed like I would just get my hair done one week, and the next week, the roots would just be flourishing silver. It didn’t seem like my hair was growing any faster but boy those roots would come in real fast.

2. You can’t get yourself to the salon every 6 weeks at the least.

Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the salon, but I just couldn’t seem to get there often enough. Plus the fact that I would never pre-book my appointments. I know, stupid. I would wait till I really needed to go before I would call and it would be more like 8 to 12 weeks before I would get there. Totally fine in the winter in Canada because I would just wear a hat but in the summer, in the sunlight. Not pretty.

3. You can’t afford it or you are obsessing about the cost.

Trying to save money, more than once, I bought the box from the drugstore and coloured my hair myself. Every, single time I did, I regretted it. The colour would never turn out the way I wanted and my hair would get fried. The next time I needed to do it, I would shuffle off to the professionals. I hated the dreaded question, “Did you colour your hair yourself last time?” I would reply “Yes” with my head hanging low in embarassment. I should know better. I’m not twenty anymore. I dyed my hair every colour of the rainbow then and my hair would look great or at the very least would re-cooperate very quickly. But I digress. Going to the salon, a real salon, not a quicky cut place, is really expensive. I would rather spend my money elsewhere, like say, in Bali.

Related Post: 5 Helpful Tips To Easily Transition To Gray Hair

4. Your dyed hair color is looking very harsh against your skin.

Have you ever seen those older women that still dye their hair dark brown or black and their skin is so pale? It looks awful. I was worried I was starting to look like that because my hair, naturally, is one slight shade lighter than black. I have stayed out of the sun for many years now so I do glow white in the dark too. Going grey just toned down the contrast between my hair and my skin tone. I love the way my silver streaks soften the dark shades of my hair.

5. Your hair is thinning.

I don’t have any scientific proof, just my own observations. My mother dyed her hair well into her 70’s. Her hair became so thin and you could see her scalp. After she stopped, her hair got thicker and fuller. It stands to reason that pouring chemicals over your head every 6 weeks would do some kind of damage. I believe my hair has also gotten thicker and fuller too since I stopped dyeing my hair.

6. You get a lot of split ends or frizziness.

I don’t know if it is just age or all the colouring I have done in the past, but I just couldn’t grow my hair any more. I would get tons of split ends and no amount of straightening would hide the frizziness for very long. Now obviously, my hair is short so I can’t really say whether those problems have disappeared but I love how manageable my hair is now.

7. You just can’t be bothered any more with the upkeep.

I was done, D O N E. I didn’t want to do it any more. I’m over fifty. I know it. You know it and everyone that sees me knows it. I’m embracing it. This is what fifty looks like. Gray Hair. I’m not going to hide it.

I have no second thoughts about stopping the colouring. How about you? Have you done it or are you thinking about it?


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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60 thoughts on “7 Signs You Are Ready To Go Gray

  1. 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!

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  2. 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”.

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  3. 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!

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    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.

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  4. 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. 🙂

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  5. Unfortunately for me my skin tone/color and my “age” hair color do not match. They look awful together so I am dying my hair lighter, trending to blondes and strawberry blonde. I will eventually have to resort to wigs unless I decide a buzz cut. My hair color (real) is steel grey (NOT pretty). Because I use really good hair products as does my hair dresser, my hair never has looked better, is thick and is growing like a weed. She being 18 cannot get over the health of my hair. I use Lanza Hair Products. 🙂

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    1. 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!

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      1. Deep down I envy you because I would love to let this coloring business go. My Mom is a beautiful silver and how I wish I was too. Steel grey. Yuck. Count your Blessings you can go natural. ❤

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  6. 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.

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  7. I just let mine grow gray. 😀 Now, I still have some black at the neck line. So what? At 73 I could care less. I’m thankful I’m still here to see it. 🤔 Thanks for following my blog.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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”.

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  12. 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. ?

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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.

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  15. 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.

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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!

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    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.

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  18. 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.

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  19. 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.

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    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.

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  20. 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 🙂

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  21. 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.

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  22. 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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