I asked Amanda to be part of my Silver Hair Transition Stories because her photos on Instagram leaped off my phone. Not only are they great photos, but she is also obviously having fun transitioning to natural grey hair. How inspiring! You can follow her on Instagram here: @amanda.obrennan
Hi friend!! My name is Amanda O’Brennan and I’m a 34-year old wife and mama of four beautiful kiddos, and I live in Vancouver Island, B.C.
I didn’t used to be “crunchy” but in the last few years, I’ve started paying a lot more attention to what food I put in my body, and what products I put around and on my body.
My bright red hair was something that I clung to. It was one of the last swaps I have made, switching from dyeing my hair every 5 weeks, to letting my silvers shine.
When did you start noticing greys?
I started noticing greys when I was a teenager. A few odd strays here and there. I always pulled them out.
How long have you been dyeing your hair?
I started dyeing my hair in my teens. So almost 20 years!
Why did you decide to transition from dyed hair to your natural grey hair?
My husband had been encouraging me to let it go grey for a few years!
My hairdresser and others that I asked always told me that I was way too young to let my hair go grey. They told me it would make me look so much older.
But around my 34th birthday, I decided that that was enough. I was going to give it a shot.
I chose to let my hair go grey because I was tired of being dissatisfied with my roots after 2 weeks.
It looked awesome for only a couple weeks before I started wanting to get it coloured again.
I also had made the transition in the last few years to actively making healthier choices in all areas of my life. My world is now full of plant-based products, natural means of wellness and an active lifestyle.
I talk about the importance of being aware of the chemicals in your products all the time. This is just one more area I could improve.
How did the transition go?
I had my hairdresser add in some very very fine highlights and lowlights. Working to blend with what was coming in naturally at my root. She did this about two times before I just left it alone.
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Did your hairdresser support you?
My hairdresser was super supportive once I made the choice and is very encouraging of the color and how it is growing in. I still see her for trims, deep conditioning treatments & toning.
The first 5 months was the hardest, but I felt so motivated and inspired by the whole silver grombre community.
I’m only 8.5 months into my transition. But it gets easier all the time as the length grows and it looks less like I just forgot to get my hair done.
What was the overall response from your friends and family?
My friends and family were, surprisingly, all really supportive and wonderful. I had a lot of really kind comments encouraging me that they really liked it!
Favorite Natural Grey Hair Products
There are over 12 toxic ingredients to avoid in shampoo and conditioner, mainly because they have been linked with causing cancer, and other disease and illness.
Even shampoos labeled as containing “all-natural ingredients” often aren’t safe.
I think it is important to make the best-informed choice you can. I often add Blue Tansy (an essential oil) into my shampoo to help to tone.
Did your beauty routine change with grey hair?
I go to the hair salon WAY less, and I no longer at all about when my next hair appointment is. 🙂
I started playing with more braids! It is fun to see all the colors showing.
I feel like I have a lot of variety depending on how I part and style it. Some days I can choose to be a darker brunette and some days a sparkling bright silver!
I’m finding myself being more basic with my makeup as well. And being more content embracing my natural face.
Do you find that hair is really connected to emotions?
For SURE! I really associated myself as a bright redhead. I was that redhead girl and had so many comments about my red hair.
I also associated my past red hair with my brand on social media. That was a difficult thing for me to let go of. But I think it was way harder for me than other people. 😉
Could you describe what helped you decide to go grey?
I am confident and I know who I am. This choice was mine, and it was the best for me.
I’m ok with going against the grain, but it was very helpful for me that my closest people, my husband and friends, fully encouraged and supported me.
What would you tell your 25-year-old daughter who is experiencing her first grey hairs and is worrying about it?
I would tell her she is beautiful exactly the way she is, and she should do whatever makes her heart the happiest.
Final Thoughts about going naturally grey?
I am so grateful for the community of Silver Sisters I have found on Instagram. It helped me to see that grey can be so beautiful and in so many completely different ways! Each one is unique!
There is no replicating that exact pattern. It is all completely and totally special and individual.
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