From the "skunk stripe" along my part-line that would show up about 6-8 weeks after coloring, to the "distinguished" silver of my temples I assumed I'd be pretty darn white. Turns out, those peek-a-boo grays really overstate things. The uncolored hair against the growing out color made a much starker contrast than really existed.
|About 2-3 months into the process, so just starting to get the "skunk line" |
along my part. Pretty visible at the crown, too.
|After 10-months, the contrast between uncolored top and |
the growing out red was pretty stark.
|Getting pretty ugly back there. Time to do something, |
but I wasn't quite ready to cut it all off.
|The purple streaks certainly took attention away|
from the gray/red line!
|Mostly my own haircolor, after 13 months of not coloring.|
In November, after 13 months of growing it out, one round of low-lights, and another of purple stripes, I made the decision to cut! The non-colored portion of my hair had reached about mid-cheek, so there's still some in there, and a few of the white streaks are remnants from the purple highlights, but that's mostly my hair color.
Has there been a down side? Maybe the comments from friends saying, "Oh, no! You'll look old!" Ouch! But, the compliments on my new color and cut have surpassed those dozens to one. Do I look older? I don't know. I think I no longer look like a 50-something-year old woman trying to look younger. And I think that's a good thing.
My most favorite part of going back to my natural color is that I match my dogs! (If you follow this blog or know me, you know what a big part of my life my agility dogs, Muggle and Lupin are!)
|Me with my agility dog, Muggle. (December 2014; 14 months of not coloring)|
|Me and Lupin, my agility dog-in-training (Dec 2014)|
The triggering incident: Turning 50
The announcement: November 2013
8-weeks: December 2013
4-months: February 2014
Lavender stripes: August 2014 (the post has nothing to do with going gray, but does have a good picture of the stripes. Those faded out in less than a week, so had a darker purple put in.)
For all of you still on the fence, I say give it a shot. It takes some patience, and you will have more than the usual number of bad-hair-days for a while, but in the end, for me, it's been worth it. The one thing that kept me on track was looking in the mirror every morning and saying, "I can always go back to coloring it."
I'm glad I didn't take myself up on that.
Thanks for coming along on this journey with me!