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Marci’s Stunning Transition to a Silver Pixie

Marci Beighley is one of my favorite silver sisters on Instagram.  She is 38 years old, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and she has style!  You can find her on Instagram.

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How old were you when you discovered your first gray hair?

I was 15 years old when I found my first gray hair. Ahhhh, to be 15 years old. The summer of 1995, listening to Lisa Loeb and sitting on the dock all summer long with my one shiny gray hair and a crush on the boy across the lake. ?

How did you feel about finding that gray hair?

I didn’t really think much about it. I had only known my dad with solidly gray hair so I wasn’t completely shocked and I liked it enough that I didn’t pull it out. I’d check on it from time to time to make sure it was still hanging on!

How did your friends & family make you feel about your gray pixie hair?

My dad was thrilled with the idea. He likes when I do things my way.

My mom was supportive but was determined that she wouldn’t be going gray. She finally decided to join me five years later! My grandma (who had always had red hair) was not happy with me at all but we laughed about it.

I had silver when I started dating my husband so he was thrilled to see that I was bringing it back! My kiddos were too young to have any opinion but really love it now!

How many years did you dye your hair before going gray?

I actually only dyed my hair for about three years (at home).

What made you decide to stop dyeing?

I started dyeing because I felt tired after having two little kiddos. I began feeling better as my girls got older and more independent and I was actually getting some sleep!!

I was cutting my hair in the style I still wear, so my sides were shaved really close and dyeing hair that short was basically impossible and it was constantly growing out so I figured I’d go with it because I could tell even in those three years that my hair was significantly more gray than it was when I started dyeing.

How did you transition to gray hair?

I went cold turkey. My hair was already cut in a pixie so it didn’t take me that long but the top of my hair was as long as it is now.

I don’t have a part to my hair so I never had a definite line when growing out. If I could go back, I would’ve cut the top really short as well just to get it over with!!

It took me about 6-8 months. I didn’t document it very closely because at the time (2013-2014), if this community did exist, I didn’t know about it. I just did it on my own.

I was so thrilled to have that last little bit of color cut off!! I loved and still love my hair!

I’d have to say that I didn’t get a great deal of compliments on my brunette curls but I get stopped every time I’m out now. My family has gotten used to me stopping and taking the time to talk to women about going gray while they keep shopping.

I love taking the time to encourage other women to go for it!!

Any products you recommend for transitioning to gray hair?

I used a few different purple shampoos but finally stuck with Clairol Shimmer Lights because I could find it in both shampoo and conditioner. I have used it too often from time to time and have had quite a bluish tint to my hair but now only use it once every week or so.

As for styling my hair, I use the same types of products I used on my hair before. The texture of my hair hasn’t changed at all so I’ve kept to the

Marci is pictured here rocking her short silver pixie haircut
Sept. 2018

same routine.

I use a product by D:fi called Distruct. I like it but could be convinced to try something else.

I also use Wax Blast 10 by Redken and I adore it!!! I don’t know what I’d do without my Wax Blast!!

It’s basically a flexible, workable hairspray. It keeps me from losing my style but isn’t dry and crispy like hairspray. Love it!!

Did you use any online resources for helping you in your gray hair transition?

At the time, I did a lot of Pinterest and Google searches for gray hair and going gray. Honestly, at the time I didn’t come across much at all! Especially natural gray.

The idea of dyeing your hair gray was just beginning to take hold so I saw a lot of that. Without question, I knew I was going gray but was hoping for some advice.

The one person/blog I did find was Lauren from How Bourgeois. She was about all I could find at that time and I loved her blog and felt that we were the only two people going gray in the whole world! Haha!!

I’m so glad to realize now that we’re not alone! After completing my transition, Instagram started to become more popular and I was part of some private Facebook groups of women who were going gray.

I’ve always liked sharing with everyone and inspiring and answering as many questions as could be thrown my way. I really felt alone in my transition and I’m determined to support everyone and anyone who needs it!

Any advice to women who are thinking about going gray?

Find your support system! If you don’t have it at home or in your circle of friends and family, then share with all of us!!

Sometimes the people around you are the most critical of your decision to go gray. We, on the other hand, are extremely supportive!! We know what you’re going through and we’re here for you!!

When you share a photo of an inch of growth, your friends and family might question your sanity but we will celebrate that inch as a victory and cheer you on!

My last bit of advice would be to go for the big chop. I know a lot would disagree and don’t want to cut their length.

I wish I had cut mine as short as possible from the start. I suggested that my mom get a tiny pixie when she started and her color was completely grown out in a couple short months!! She’s now growing her pixie a bit a longer but it’s all her natural color.

It’s just the way I’d go, but of course, I adore a pixie!!! ?

Marci's gray hair transition started with dark hair, and ended with a salt and pepper pixie cut
Marci: 2013 vs. 2018

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  1. What I think is amazing is that SILVER (I prefer the word silver over gray)
    simply does NOT age women! They look equally stunning if not more stunning once they are all silver. I am transitioning and can’t wait for it to be done 🙂

  2. Terry Sita says:

    I have about 6 weeks growth. I had my hair cut and highlights which help, but my hair is thin on right side back from hepatitis treatments years ago and that is what bothers me the most. My hairdresser lives next door but because of lockdown because of the virus, he did it outside for me. I don’t think the hair appeared the same as in a salon, with the bright light. Highlights were on the orange side and cut not short enough. I cut it myself, which helped but I am not liking this transition. Wish it was over. Wonder if I could dye my light brown with highlights a silver gray. I love your hair

  3. Natalie Cosco says:

    Hi Marci
    I’m 55 years of age and have a career in the film industry. Fashion and style are very important in my work place, actors and excutives expect you to be up on the trends and this is important to me as well. Right now I have pixie hair with an under cut on the sides ( i’ve Let the sides go natural grey) and back so just the top to think about coloring. I’m seriously thinking of going grey all over but wonder if there might be a way of help this along in a more gradual way. Do you know if it’s possible to break up the hard line of white grouth with either bleaching or adding some low light streaks? So I’m thinking to turn it into a hombre situation, grey roots to back tips. Just to get ride of the hard line of grey.

    1. Marcil Beighley says:

      Hi, first of all I’m excited for you that you’ve made the decision to go gray. You’re going to love it! As far as the transition goes, I don’t have a part in my hair so I didn’t have to deal with the extreme color line and didn’t have any treatments done to my hair that helped the process along. I’m not knowledgeable about bleaching and dyeing and achieving ombré looks or I’d gladly give you advice! I do understand that it’s something you want to get through while looking your best through the process. One obvious thing I can tell you is that a pixie is going to grow out quickly and as long and slow as it seems in the moment, your hair will completely transitioned before you know it! My mom cut her hair into a short pixie and it was silver in a few short months. I wish you luck!! I’m sure you’ll inspire people along the way as they see you growing out. You’ll look brave and strong! Who doesn’t want that?! ❤️

    1. Marcil Beighley says:

      Thank you!! ☺️❤️

  4. Marci is the Queen if Pixies. Her silver curls are simply gorgeous!!

    1. Marcil Beighley says:

      Ohhh! So sweet, thank you!! ❤️❤️❤️

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