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Inside: Jackie’s gray hair transition story. I first noticed Jackie’s beautiful hair on Instagram, where she posts under the handle @silver.hair.and.long.lashes. Jackie is from Ashland, Ohio, USA.
On November 27th of this year (2019) I will turn 37 years old. This is exactly 20 years from the age of which I found my first silver hair.
Looking back, I don’t recall having an immediate desire to cover this rogue little misfit. The silver hair was hidden nicely all on its own because of the way my hair fell. No one really noticed the silver strands but me.
Not too long after finding that first gray hair, however, I started dyeing my hair.
I started with a color called “medium amber brown”. I remember thinking that this dark, rich color would make my eye pop. It certainly did! But it also made my scalp burn and my eyes water.
When my roots came in, it never really occurred to me to simply do a root touch-up.
Instead, I put the same color over all of my hair which resulted in an even darker shade. In turn, this made my roots stand out even more.
But I continued the cycle nevertheless.
I did it because I liked the way it made me look and feel. For someone who had low self-confidence, any little thing to boost how I felt about myself seemed worth it at the time.
Many, many home dyes and a few color strips later I have come to the conclusion that embracing my natural silver hair is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
No more root touch-ups, no more spending time and money on an unnecessary product, no more putting chemicals on my head!
To be fair, my transition to silver hair was not super easy.
Over time the urge to dye would come back when I scrolled through old photos and reminisced.
I got tired of the cycle eventually, so I decided to strip the color out once and for all.
I used Color Oops because I figured having an unnatural blorange color would be easier than an unnatural brunette color. I powered through it and the end result was worth it.
By the end of 2015, I finally kicked the dye to the curb for good. Once I had all my dyed hair completely cut out, I felt so fresh and new. I felt like ME.
Using Fun Temporary Colors for Gray Hair Helps Curb the Temptation to Dye
Alas, even after finding the support, I found that the urge to dye was still tempting me slightly from time to time.
I was determined this time that I would not break, so I decided to add temporary radical colors right at the front of my hair, which is where it happens to be the lightest.
The first color I added was pink. This temporary color (One and Only Argan Oil Perfect Intensity) was supposed to only last 6-8 shampoos. (For me, it lasted much longer).
Several shampoos later, I decided to add purple. I kept this color for a little over a week and decided to try to help the color along. The results were actually quite lovely and turned a light, frosty blue.
This color did finally fade out nicely and I kept my silver locks for another 2 months.
Then the sudden urge to try BLUE hit me, and so I did! This was the worst mistake I could have made. For some reason, the blue held tight to my hair and no matter what I did the color would not fade.
Eventually, I decided to order a bleaching product and, man oh man did it do the trick. In fact, it turned my lovely silvers an awful yellow:
I was horrified. I tried so many different ways to get this yellowing to go away. It wasn’t until a silver sister suggested using Schwarzkopf Professional Blonde Me Toning with Schwarzkopf Professional Blonde Me Premium Developer that I found an answer!
This stuff is amazing! It really took the yellow away and helped me continue on with my silver hair journey.
Now, I happily embrace my whites, silvers, and greys and look forward to seeing them spread. I use Matrix Total Results So Silver at least once a week to keep my silvers shiny and bright.
The newest bit of change that I’ve noticed is some cinnamon-colored streaks in the front. I would never have thought that I’d start to get reddish streaks!
What a journey this is!
Support from Family, Friends, and Instagram
My husband was extremely supportive of my gray hair transition, as were the rest of my family.
I cannot recall any negative comments during my transitional time. In fact, most of the people who commented were colleagues who were very happy I was letting my silvers shine through!
They were my cheerleaders and made me feel all that better about making the decision to fully embrace my silver strands.
It wasn’t until February of this year that I found the wonderful silver sisters on Instagram.
This group of folks became a part of my life because I happened upon the Grombre Instagram page. Through that group, I branched out and found so many bold folks who decided to ditch the dye.
Of course, I had already transitioned completely when I found this amazing group, so I simply began to share selfies, really having no real clue how this could help anyone.
Over time, I began to find kindred spirits in all these incredible people.
We’re all here to support one another while our journey and self-revelations come to fruition. I’ll be forever grateful for all the support I’ve received.
The single most important person through all of this, I must say, is my mom. I can literally say “I got it from my mama” regarding my hair and if I’m lucky I’ll grow up to be just like her (in more than one way)!
I truly hope that all who are starting this journey hold tight and find the cheerleaders they need. I for, one, will be happy to send a kind word of encouragement!
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