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What is it like to go 11 months without
dyeing your hair, you ask? Well, let me tell you.
It is freaking FANTASTIC!
Talk about freedom! It feels like a weight has come off of my shoulders. I feel light as a feather. A peacock feather, not a pigeon feather. (What can I say? I’m fancy!)
Why does ditching the dye make me feel so free?
The pressure to color my hair, to hide my age and to fit in with my peers is GONE. I used to feel so awkward if my roots were showing. Now, I proudly display my 6″ of gray roots and feel great about it.
I have more TIME. No more wasting
It is FUN! Do you know how fun it is to look into the mirror and see shiny silver hair?
It’s like being in one of those comic books where someone gets hit with a bolt of lightning and suddenly has superpowers. But instead of getting superpowers, I got silver hair. Yay!
I posted my current gray hair routine, for those of you who are curious. It hasn’t changed much over the past 11 months, as I’m pretty happy with it.
There’s just one thing bugging me right now…
Which might be a surprise to you, since I’ve been consistently positive since I started this journey. I haven’t looked back once and I have NO regrets.
So let me be clear that what I’m going to complain about is simply a minor annoyance.
It’s the orange tones in my brassy brunette dyed hair.
I’m fine with my brassy
But let’s face it, the more the brunette dye fades, the oranger it gets.
Is oranger a word? OK, let’s just say my resemblance to an orange is growing greater by the day.
Will I cut my brassy brown ends off?
I’ve been resisting cutting my hair (except for the occasional trim), for reasons you can find out about in this post.
I like the length and I don’t want to end the transition yet. I like the reverse ombre, otherwise known as om-gray.
But I just found out that Aveda Salons are
I have nothing against gray blending or highlights/lowlights. I’ve seen some posts where women who go that route feel worried that they are somehow cheating.
Gals, you have to go gray in whatever way works best for you!
Since I’ve decided to go gray cold turkey, I’ve had to deal with the
Unfortunately, blue shampoo doesn’t seem to help as much now that my hair has gotten oranger over time.
So, I decided to try yet another product to reduce the brassiness. Watch below to see what happened!
I had better luck with Overtone Daily Conditioner in Extreme Silver – a friend gave me a sample, and it temporarily helped with the orange brassy tones:
I might experiment some more, or I might just leave it alone. I love the silver coming in, and the oranges tones don’t drive me COMPLETELY crazy. We’ll see…
If you want to see my transitioning-to-gray hair in action, here is a short video:
Crazy Gray Eyebrows
I’m getting more gray hairs in my eyebrows; are you? They’re not the same texture as the gray hairs on my head, which are smooth.
These gray hairs are coarse, wiry and have completely changed the shape of my eyebrows.
Have you ever seen a Mad Scientist? If not, just stop by my house and I’ll greet you at the door and then you can say you’ve seen one!
I was hoping to do a video about how to fix this problem, but I don’t have enough manual dexterity to talk AND fix my eyebrows at the same time, so let me just tell you what I’m doing to combat the crazy eyebrows:
I bought this eyebrow kit – it includes a brow brush and special curved scissors. It’s easy to use.
If you need tips on how to use it, Canela’s video has great tips. Start at 1:45 to learn how to properly trim your eyebrows using the brush and scissors.
She also recommends this eyebrow razor:
Did you know that eyebrow razors were a thing? I had no idea!
I might buy one, although I am still trying to recover from the summer of 1981 when I thought it was a good idea to shave my eyebrows instead of plucking them.
I don’t have a photo (thank goodness) but let me tell you, it was not a good look.
The silver hair in my eyebrows is making them a little lighter than I would like, so I use Benefit Gimme Brow to tint them a little. Some people prefer brow powder, but the Gimme Brow is easy to use (like mascara) and works pretty well!
Even when my eyebrows become completely silver, I will most likely continue to keep them darker, how about you?
OK, that’s all I’ve got for now. I hope these updates are helpful to you. Let me know in the comments!
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