Katie's Transition / August 27, 2019

My 9 Month Gray Hair Transition Progress Report

Inside: My 9 month gray hair transition update

Hello, Silver Sisters!
Big News:

It has been 9 months since my last hair dye!

See the video below for a short & sweet update, featuring a slideshow of my progress at the end.

Since I’m going gray cold turkey, there’s not a whole lot to report. Basically, I’m just watching my hair grow. 

It’s a little like watching water boil, but more exciting. 😜

** Please Note:  This post contains affiliate links.  I only link to products that I personally like or that have been recommended to me by my silver sisters.  You can see my full policy here.**

My gray hair transition routine hasn’t changed

Wash once a week with Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo (to fade the dye) and follow up with Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Conditioner

On Saturday, I wash my hair with Joico Blue Shampoo, followed by Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator.

It’s time for a change, however, as my ends are becoming not just blorange, but downright ORANGE! Just call me “Bozo the Clown” – that’s how orange they are.

image of woman - 9 months gray hair transition
No makeup, and bright orange ends. It’s a great look, LOL

To combat the orange, I’m going to try a new product this week and will post the results shortly.

One thing I can’t figure out – why are my dyed ends darker than the faded dye in the middle of my hair? Doesn’t it seem like they should be the lightest since they’ve had more time to fade?

Note: Duh! My friends pointed out it’s because those bottom layers have had more dye put on top of them than any other layer.

So, of course, they are darker! And this is why I was an Art major and NOT a science major.

image of woman with gray roots at 9 months of gray growout
Multi-colored hair, with the ends being the darkest. Whaaat?

This is what I like about going gray: these little mysteries.  It’s fun!

Speaking of fun, I had a dream the other night that Abraham Lincoln and I were involved in an intense discussion…about my gray hair!

He LOVED it! 😜

image of Abe Lincoln Gray Hair Meme

Do you dream about your gray hair?

A lot of women in the gray hair community have had nightmares where their hair was dyed against their will.  Have you experienced this?

A few updates:

In my 8-month transition post, I said I was going to experiment more with colors.  I’m still on a tight budget, however, so I have not been able to go clothes shopping.  I think it’s time to raid my closet and dresser and see what I can find.  It’s definitely time for some color to go with this lighter hair!

9 month gray hair transition with braids
My first experiment with braids.  I’m making a face as I realize this is not easy for me.

I’ve started experimenting with braids!

I don’t know about you, but my manual dexterity is not great – so I haven’t gotten very far.  A reader recommended this YouTube braiding tutorial and I want to try some of these, how about you?

If you’re into braids, check out my silver sisters Carla and Heidi on Instagram for some great braids – these ladies are super-talented!

Some cosmetics companies have reached out to me to review their products!

Many of these products are geared specifically to mature women.  I still have a lot to learn about skincare and cosmetics, but I will be learning as I go and will post the results here.

My first review will be for City Beauty.  Their products are cruelty-free, and so far, they all seem to be very high quality.

The most exciting news? I’m now an Amazon Influencer, which means I now have my very own shop for silver sisters!

Check it out here: Katie Goes Platinum Amazon Storefront

I’ve loaded it up the shop with products that I personally recommend, as well as products recommended by our silver sisters in their Silver Hair Transition Stories

Am I missing anything? Please let me know!

Other updates, not on my hair, but on this blog and related accounts:

That’s it for my 9 month gray hair transition progress report.

Thanks for reading, and please share the blog if you have friends who are thinking of going gray (or are already!)

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18 Comments

  1. Norma

    Not only do other women suggest that I dye my hair (I too stopped due to a severe allergic reaction), but that I cut my strap length hair into something “more age appropriate.” There’s not one thing wrong with short hair, just not my thing since I got chopped in Navy basic years ago. I am happy to find this!

    23 . Feb . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      It’s so frustrating. Haven’t these ladies learned that it’s not polite to comment on someone else’s appearance? (Unless it’s a sincere compliment, of course!) . I don’t know why so many women insist that older women cut their hair off. I don’t like myself in short hair, and that’s all that matters. Sounds like you are doing what YOU want to do, which is great, Norma!

      23 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  2. Kristie

    I’m so tired of dying my hair so I’ve decided to let it grow out. I’m thinking of purposely putting grey highlights in to help with the transition. Has anyone done that…how did it go?

    29 . Dec . 2018 Reply
    • Katie

      H, Kristie – You should check the Silver Circle and Silver Revolution Groups on Facebook to see what other women have posted. It seems that many women with dark hair have had issues with their hair being damaged by the highlights/lowlights process because of the bleaching that is involved. But women with lighter hair have had more success with it.

      25 . Jan . 2019 Reply
  3. Kelly

    I am 40 and currently going natural (which is maybe 1/3 grey now) for the second time. Am I the only person that’s done this?? Maybe. I grew it out completely and had lovely natural shoulder length grey brown hair only a year ago, but after a messy breakup caved to peer pressure and the hope of feeling better with a different hair colour. Six months later I started growing it out again! Last time I went straight from dark brown and just let it grow. This time I had it turned blond first. It’s the first time I’ve ever had any blond hair so that’s kinda weird. I’m not sure if it’s better, but it’s different so it’s like a whole new science experiment! I also am leaving it shoulder length this time instead of getting short cuts. Being patient!

    04 . Dec . 2018 Reply
    • Katie

      How interesting that you’ve gotten to experience different kinds of transitions. It sounds fun! Good luck!

      05 . Dec . 2018 Reply
    • Krista

      Kelly, I totally get you! I went gray young, so in my mid 30’s I stopped coloring my hair. Over the past 7 years I had a lovely shade of very gray hair going on. I had so many compliments and affirmations on my bravery of going gray. But a hard break up made me cave and I’m back to coloring my hair. I’m 44 and back in the fuss of roots and oh what a mess! I’m not sure how long I will last. How do people afford this year after year???! I miss the simplicity of my gray hair. And I plan to return. It’s online supporters that help me with re-making that step.

      10 . Dec . 2018 Reply
  4. Elisabete

    Hello,
    I am 44 years old and I decided also to stop dying my hair on March this year.
    I have ladies friends telling me that It’s a bad idea… but I don’t care… I begun to dye my hair when I was only 20 years old. So it was enough…
    Now I really enjoy having my gray hair. I love long hair…. It’s still growing up….. next to my neck only….
    Happy birthdy for your 9months 😀

    02 . Dec . 2018 Reply
    • Katie

      Thank you! I love long gray hair, too – it’s lovely!! xoxoxo

      02 . Dec . 2018 Reply
  5. Gray Morris

    Looks great! Just remember to “live life grayfully!”

    01 . Dec . 2018 Reply
  6. Teri Smith

    It’s great to be here and enjoying our transition in a sisterhood fashion! I loved your video and can’t wait to see more!
    -Teri (@fitnsilver)

    26 . Nov . 2018 Reply
    • Katie

      I’m so glad, Teri! xoxox

      27 . Nov . 2018 Reply
  7. Mel

    Your hair is looking great! Mine is still at that ‘what the hell is that white blotch on her head?!’ stage lol. I’d say that the dyed ends of your hair are stubbornly darker because they’ve absorbed multiple dyes. Whereas the dyed bits closer to your head have been dyed less over time and therefore strip colour quicker. Mine is the same.
    Since my decision to transition to silver I’m so much more aware of other women’s hair. Has anyone else noticed that? I look at women with obviously dyed hair and now wonder why I was one of them for so long. I’m hyper aware of silver strands now and seek them out like a ‘Gray-dar’ 😄

    26 . Nov . 2018 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Mel – Your theory makes total sense – why didn’t I think of that? 🙂

      I am definitely noticing other women’s hair more. I especially love it when I see women with transitioning hair. I always hesitate to approach them, in case they don’t want to be “outed” – but if they have a head of beautiful gray hair, I’ll make a point to compliment them!

      26 . Nov . 2018 Reply
  8. Carla (silvergirlmx)

    Thanks Katie, the darker ends it’s because the ends get saturated with color dye from all the times you colored it and the middle had less dye deposit. The transition is long but the end result is so great. Someday I will make a video of myself showing how I do my braids.

    26 . Nov . 2018 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Carla:

      That makes sense!

      I would love to see a video of you doing your braids – the one you posted today was sooo gorgeous!

      26 . Nov . 2018 Reply
  9. Jane Patsakos

    This is so much fun! Abraham Lincoln? Hilarious! And it certainly is strange that your ends are darker than the faded dyed hair in the middle of your head. There has to be a practical solution, but I sure cannot come up with anything.

    26 . Nov . 2018 Reply
    • Katie

      Isn’t that hilarious about Abe Lincoln? I wish I could remember exactly what he said!

      26 . Nov . 2018 Reply

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Katie

Katie is the founder of Katie Goes Platinum. After constantly dyeing her hair for over 25 years, in 2018 Katie decided to stop the madness and embrace the gray. Since then, she’s been sharing her favorite gray hair tips, resources, and stories to empower women to feel beautiful during and after their transition to gray hair.