Since we have been sheltering in place and unable to get to the hairdresser, many of you have emailed me and asked about going gray. I am absolutely delighted to be joined by three uber- fashionable over 50 bloggers Vicki Archer, Beth Djalali from Style at a Certain Age, and Sandra Sallin from Apart from my Art. Collectively we decided to ditch the dye and embrace the gray and are excited to share our experiences. Gray is not for everyone, but for me, it has worked and I have never looked back. Let’s talk about Going Gray and Maintaining It-The Good the Bad and the Ugly. I have written several posts about gray hair. I have linked them below rather than make this post too long and lengthy.
My journey began almost ten years ago I think. I had gotten to the point where I was coloring my hair (or needed to) about once a month. My daughter came home one weekend and said “mom your hair looks like a “frazzled mess”. I knew it was time for a change. Both my husband and my daughter had been encouraging me to give to go natural, my son and daughter in law were not so sure. I was concerned that if I didn’t like it, how could I go back? This is a picture taken at my daughter’s wedding in 2012. My hair was still salt and pepper, short, and I looked a lot younger!
If you decide to go gray, it has to be your decision. It is helpful if your husband and your family are supportive. Don’t let your hairdresser tell you that your hair will not be a “pretty gray”. If she does find a new one! I had multiple hair stylists tell me that. When I went back to my original hairdresser she supported me.
I did a detailed post on Simple Tips to Going Gray and you can read the whole post here These tips may not work for everyone but they have worked for me.
You might think that once you quit coloring your hair you will save yourself a lot of money. Well, that is not entirely true. Gray hair is more porous and in my case more unruly. I go into more detail in this post How to Keep Your Gray Hair Looking Great.
When I went gray there were not a lot of products out there. Now that gray has become more “de riguer” there are a lot more options available. I have tried a lot of products and I have switched my favorites up now and again. I am learning all the time. I admit to being an “over researcher”. If you want your hair to look it’s absolute best, spend some of the money you are saving on coloring for really good products. I have found many that work the best have mostly natural ingredients and are the most expensive. These are the products that work for me that I can’t do without.
I am currently wearing my hair longer. I have to be honest I was reluctant to do so for fear it would make me look even older. I am anxious to hear Vicki’s recommendations because I think we have similar hair. My hair is naturally just wavy enough to be annoying. If I wear it short I can kind of let it go it’s own way on occasion. Now that I am wearing it long, I have added a few tools and tricks to my regime. If I am working from home, I wear my hair in a ponytail and do not wash it any more often than I have to. If I work in the garden I wear a hat.
I get a formaldehyde-free keratin treatment about every six months. My hairstylist recommended the SRI Salon Dry Pro HairdryerI find it works for my hair which is thick and coarse. I try not to use a flat iron very often (it can yellow your hair) but when I do I have found the baby bliss nano works the best for my hair type. My stylist recommended that I use velcro rollers at the crown of my hair while I am blowdrying. They add volume and they help soften the look around your face if you wear your hair straight. These clips are the best for sectioning hair while blow drying. This paddle brush is great for gray hair that gets a lot of static electricity (mine does). I like this brush for general blow-drying. I have linked all of my favorites below.
SHOP MY FAVORITE GRAY HAIR PRODUCTS AND TOOLS
I am dying to hear what works for Vicki, Sandra and Beth.