Inside: Michele, 58, is one of my favorite Instagram silver sisters. Her transition is so lovely and it’s been inspiring to watch her go through the ups and downs of the gray hair journey. You can follow her on Instagram: @polished_grey.
Finding my first grey hair was not a pleasant experience.
I was 11 years old and as my stepmother pulled it out, she also voiced a few unkind comments. It left me feeling horrible inside.
As the years went by, my greys multiplied at an alarming rate.
I’ve never had a good relationship with my hair…it was wavy, curly, frizzy and out of control. To have grey hair on top of all my other perceived hair flaws left me feeling somewhat panicked.
So at the age of 19, I began coloring my hair. It was a long, miserable 38 years.
At the age of 48, I started to experience some serious health problems. In doing research for some healthy alternatives to conventional medicines, I came across an article on hair dye.
I became quite concerned that the toxic chemicals in hair dye were having an adverse effect on my health.
It took me a few more years to convince myself to stop dyeing, even knowing the risks. This makes me cringe now.
But, you see, I knew I would stand out as looking different and I dislike calling attention to myself.
I had to convince myself I wouldn’t be alone and started scouring the internet for photos, videos, blog, and vlogs of women with grey hair.
There were hundreds of them, all ages, all races, all beautiful. I fell in love with the color grey!
I loved all the variations in color and the unique patterns of growth each person had. The women were radiant with their a hue of grey made just for them!
This was perfection in my eyes.
I wanted to know what was under my dark dyed hair. I now knew I could do this and I wouldn’t be alone.
But the grow-out process was quite daunting for me in the beginning. Because of my very obvious demarcation line, I did not feel truly comfortable until I hit the 9-month mark.
I got some disparaging remarks that I let get to me because I’m too sensitive. I received a ton of unsolicited advice.
I cut my hair on bad days, later regretting my decision. It’s been an eye-opening experience…but, hair grows and the comments became kinder and complimentary.
I was transitioning inside too, practicing self-love and care, making this journey so much more than just about my hair.
A huge contributing factor in the joy and success of my transition to natural grey hair has been the support I received from my husband, my children and the silver sisters on Instagram.
I know that without them I may have caved in the early days of my journey.
They openly share their tricks of the trade, so to speak. I get ideas for new hairstyles and inspiration to try new makeup colors.
I’ve experienced some new firsts for me, such as trying red lipstick and wearing the color yellow.
I’ve received tips for products to keep my greys free of the yellow tones that may come from heat, product buildup or pollution.
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The women (and gentlemen) of Instagram are champions when it comes to offering encouragement and support.
They are a fierce group of wildly authentic and courageous people, unabashed by the beauty ideals of the world.
And they are changing the standards of beauty one by one grey hair at a time.
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