Blog / February 12, 2019

10 Ways to Make Your Cold Turkey Gray Hair Transition Fun!

I personally find the cold turkey gray hair transition fun, but I know not every woman feels that way!

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.

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So, here are some sure-fire ways to make your cold turkey gray hair transition fun (or, at least, 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 accounts to follow? You can follow me here, and I also suggest you follow @grombre, @embrace.the.grey, and @greybaelyfe to start.

Those last three accounts share images from others, so they are a great resource to help you discover accounts to follow.

3. Experiment with lipsticks 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!

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!

I created a free PDF that will help you learn to take better selfies. You can download it if you sign up for my weekly newsletter.

Click here to get it!

image of ebook

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.

I don’t live in the U.K. so it is cheaper for me to buy their books through AbeBooks.com.  Two of my favorites by Whipple are High Wages and  Someone at a Distance.

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 do you make the gray hair transition fun? I’d love to hear from you in the Comments!

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Not everybody finds the cold turkey gray hair transition fun. So, here are ten ways to help you get through it and enjoy yourself along the way!  #grayhair #grayhairtransition #greyhair #grombre
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19 Comments

  1. Tracie

    Wow I’m over a year in and as a African American opting out of perms as well the struggle is real,Yet Thanks for your much needed insight👍

    12 . Feb . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      You’re welcome! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      12 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  2. Elaine Fotinos Burrell

    Katie, I just want to thank you for sharing your journey and offering these fun articles to read! I’m only about 6 weeks in, and am very inspired by you and the other ladies. It’s good to keep the fun and the humor in it, and I appreciate that about you! I’ll continue to follow and I will share pics when I am ready, a little farther along…thank you!

    08 . Feb . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Thank you, Elaine! I really appreciate your sweet words. ❤️ . I’ll look forward to seeing your pix!

      08 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  3. Vicki

    i have been growing out my gray for 7 months now. On the drive home from my last color appointment in June 2018, I just knew that was it for me. Cold turkey. I’ve gotten a short cut, which I admit is still a bit of a shock to my system, as I’ve been a long hair girl my entire life, but my hair is so healthy now. Fuller and seriously new growth all around my hairline. It’s crazy. I probably have another cut or two to go and all the remaining color, about 2” will be gone. It’s so freeing. And I feel authentic. I’m 60. Seriously. We all know there was silver under that dye! Lol. My husband and daughter love it. And I get more compliments than I have in the last five years. Who knew!?

    26 . Jan . 2019 Reply
  4. Vicki

    i have been growing out my gray for 7 months now. On the drive home from my last color appointment in June 2018, I just knew that was it for me. Cold turkey. I’ve gotten a short cut, which I admit is still a bit of a shock to my system, as I’ve been a long hair girl my entire life, but my hair is so healthy now. Fuller and seriously new growth all around my hairline. It’s crazy. I probably have another cut or two to go and all the remaining color, about 2” will be gone. It’s so freeing. And I feel authentic. I’m 60. Seriously. We all know there was color under that dye! Lol. My husband and daughter love it. And I get more compliments than I have in the last five years. Who knew!?

    26 . Jan . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Vicki, that’s great! I keep asking myself, “Who knew? too! I wish I had known sooner, but at least we eventually did get to find this out!

      26 . Jan . 2019 Reply
  5. Marilynn

    I was in the local coffee shop the other day and the darling cashier said she loved my hair! I haven’t dyed it in 8 weeks and my gray is underneath, and around my face. I thanked her and then she said the most precious thing. Each gray hair is your wisdom showing. 🙂 Stinkin Adorable.

    01 . Jan . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      I love it! What a sweet girl!

      02 . Jan . 2019 Reply
  6. Silverilocks

    Great tips, especially the Persephone books idea. Love that!

    20 . Dec . 2018 Reply
    • Katie

      So glad you loved that! I love Persephone books – they are the best!

      20 . Dec . 2018 Reply
  7. Carole Tish

    I treated myself to more expensive stylists 🙂 Weirdly found them very interested and excited by what i was doing.
    I actually sat in the stylists chair last Tuesday, surrounded by women getting their grey roots covered. I felt quite empowered and very much going my own way.
    I also bought accessories and stuff 😉

    20 . Sep . 2018 Reply
    • Katie

      Carole, those sound like good ideas (better stylists and buying accessories!) . It really does make you feel liberated when you are one of the only women in the salon chair not trying to hide these beautiful silvers! Good for you!

      20 . Sep . 2018 Reply
  8. Claire

    Fab advice Katie. I am also going cold turkey! In for a penny, in for a pound as we say in 🇬🇧 And am going to save money on dye to put towards a holiday for a BIG birthday in 2021…!
    I worked at University College London in Bloomsbury for a number of years and would often drop into Persephone Books. It’s a beautiful shop x

    20 . Sep . 2018 Reply
    • Katie

      I like your plan, Claire!

      I’m jealous that you’ve been to Persephone Books! I’ll have to make it over there some day – love them!

      20 . Sep . 2018 Reply
  9. Michele Tovaraz

    Hi Katie
    This is my first comment, but I love reading and rereading your blog. It certainly has helped me as I’m just beginning this fantastic journey. Recently I’ve had an

    19 . Sep . 2018 Reply
    • Katie

      Thanks, Michele! I’m so glad the blog is helping you! Your comment got cut off, so I hope you can write back 🙂

      19 . Sep . 2018 Reply
      • Michele Tovaraz

        I was saying I had an ‘aha’ moment of sorts..my middle name is Treasure (my Mom’s name) and it occurred to me that I’ve been burying my treasure under dye. It’s silly, I know, but it’s meaningful to me the I’m slowly uncovering my silver treasure.

        Thanks Katie

        Sincerely, Michele Polished_grey

        20 . Sep . 2018 Reply
        • Katie

          That’s not silly at all – I think a lot of us have had that feeling ❤️! I love it and what a great middle name, by the way!

          20 . Sep . 2018 Reply

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