10 Proven Ways to Make Your Cold Turkey Gray Hair Transition Fun!
Inside: 10 Ways to make your cold turkey gray hair transition easier & fun.
Going gray cold turkey (i.e., without help from a salon) is a popular way to transition to gray hair as it is inexpensive and doesn’t damage your hair.
I personally find the cold turkey gray hair transition fun, but I know not every woman feels that way, so here are 10 ways to help you get through it!
However, some of you did not choose to go gray cold turkey; instead, you may have had an allergic reaction to dye, or perhaps there was another medical issue that caused you to forego hair color.
Or some of you may have chosen to forego hair dye because you are adopting an all-natural lifestyle.
Or, perhaps you did choose to go gray cold turkey, but some days you wake up and look at your hair, and just feel “blah” about it.
So, read on for some tips & tricks to put a little more fun back into your cold turkey gray hair transition!
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HOW TO MAKE YOUR TRANSITION TO GRAY EASIER
1. Join the silver hair community on Facebook:
You will find a lot of women here who are going through the same process as you, and there is a lot of encouragement and support! It really made a difference for me, and for a lot of the silver sisters I’ve met.
I can’t overstate how much it helps to engage with other women who are going through the transition to gray hair.
2. Create a “gray-only” Instagram account:
In other words, an Instagram account that is solely meant to document your gray hair journey. It’s a great way to connect with other silver sisters and it’s fun to see everyone’s progress.
Need some inspiration? Check out my list of 17 Gray Hair Instagrammers to follow!
3. Experiment with lipstick and clothing colors:
You might be surprised to find that you now look great in colors that you couldn’t wear before!
A lot of women report that the neutral colors they favored before make them look a little washed out now that they’ve gone gray. Have some fun and try something new.
4. Can’t stand seeing your demarcation line? Hide it!
You can use root powder, or you can do what many women do and try headbands, scarves, and hats to cover your growing-out roots.
I mean, look at these lovely ladies from Instagram below. They are having fun and looking stylish and, in some cases, hiding their roots!
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5. Adopt a “Screw It!” attitude
Advantages: it’s free and once you adopt a “screw it” attitude towards your nutty calico hair color (or skunk stripe or whatever you call it), you will find that there are a number of things in your life that you may want to change as well.
I haven’t read this yet, but my librarian sister recommended this book (pardon the language!) and the title says it all.
I have better things to worry about than if someone thinks my transitioning hair looks crappy. It’s very liberating to adopt this attitude – I recommend it!
6. Take selfies and track your progress
It’s fun to watch your hair change. If you were a dark brunette like me, it feels crazy and exciting to watch your hair get lighter.
“Who IS this woman?!”, you will exclaim to your reflection in the mirror.
So, make sure to take photographs and learn how to use a good photo app (like PicCollage) to create beautiful collages so you can track your progress. You’ll be glad you did!
7. Watch Gray Hair Influencers on YouTube
There are so many gray hair videos on YouTube, with loads of good tips for getting through your transition happily and stylishly. I find these ladies inspirational.
Here are a few of the videos that I’ve found helpful:
Elisa in Montreal’s “Going Grey Is Not A Trend“
Monique Parent’s “How To Survive Going Gray: The First Year: Tips, Tricks & Hacks“
Nikol Johnson’s “My Gray Hair Journey“
8. Take a little of the money you were going to spend at the salon, and treat yourself to something different:
Have you ever heard of Persephone Books? They specialize in reprinting fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century female authors.
Not only do they pick outstanding writers, but each book is bound in a lovely light gray (!) jacket with a beautiful faux-fabric endpaper.
Don’t feel like buying a book? There are a million other things you can spend your well-earned money on: frivolous things like pedicures, manicures, facials.
Or, sock that money away and go on a vacation! There are so many better ways to spend our time and money than spending hours on a Saturday coloring our hair.
9. Learn to enjoy the shocked reactions of the people around you!
I was at a restaurant at lunch today, and a man was staring so hard at my hair that he walked into a table! WHAM!
And what’s really funny is that this is not the first time something like this has happened since I started going gray. Some people CANNOT believe that a woman would walk around with half-gray hair, and it’s hilarious when you catch them being OPENLY PERPLEXED!
10. Avoid negative or rude people!
For gosh sakes, you don’t have to put up with that. If you have someone who is being negative about your gray hair transition, it might be time to give that friendship a break.
Be around friends and family who support you in your decision to go gray. Time is precious and it’s better to spend time around people who love and support us.
HOW HAVE YOU MADE YOUR GRAY HAIR TRANSITION EASIER?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
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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.