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How do I feel after 10 months of not dyeing my hair? I feel fantastic!
To my continual surprise, the grayer my hair gets, the younger I look. What the what? That’s not what I was expecting. And I’ve heard this from countless other women on social media, which leads me to conclude that Mother Nature knows what she is doing. Why did I ever doubt her?
The silver hair has softened my face and brightened up my complexion.
When I look back at my dyed hair now, it looks quite fake to me, even though I paid good money to get it dyed close to my original color.
My Gray Hair Transition Routine Has Stayed The Same
I haven’t changed my routine this month. I’m still using all of my favorite products that I’ve mentioned before on the blog. If you want to see the products I use, click on my this post for an explanation of the products and the procedures I use to maintain my transitioning hair.
I’m Thinking About More Ways to Reduce Damage to my Hair
My hair is naturally quite wavy, but I straighten it with a blow dryer, which can be quite damaging to your hair due to the high heat, and pulling on your hair with a brush. Eventually, I’d like to stop the madness and just air dry my hair.
However, I still don’t feel like “me” in my naturally curly/wavy hair – isn’t that crazy? How “me” can one get?!
But I know myself, and I can’t change too much all at once: going from straight dark hair to curly gray hair all at once is too much for my brain to handle!
Just for fun, though, I did try an experiment this month: I washed my hair with my usual shampoo, and then I applied the BTWCo.’s Life Changing Leave-in Conditioner.
I wrapped my hair in an old cotton t-shirt and went about my business for 20 minutes (this method is known as “plopping your hair“).
Then, I unwrapped my hair and drove to work with damp hair and let my hair air dry. My hair was NOT frizzy and also not particularly crunchy. I hate it when my waves get crunchy, do you?
Once I get through the gray hair transition, I will probably start trying the Curly Girl Method and embrace my natural curls & waves and reduce hair damage. Have you tried it? Let me know below!
I’m Continuing to Play Around with Different Hairstyles
Most of my silver is still underneath the top layer of my hair, so I played around a bit this month with a couple of new hairstyles. I’m not the most dextrous of women, so the more complicated braids and hairdos will have to wait.
The Anti-Gray Hair Comments Have Pretty Much Disappeared
Based on my experience, the farther along you are in your transition, the fewer critical comments you receive.
When your gray roots are several inches long, it signals to the world that you are intentionally going gray, not just “letting yourself go,” so the people who would normally feel bold enough to criticize your hair seem to back off.
My Hair Feels Like a Million Bucks!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. My gray hair is surprisingly soft and shiny, not the wiry mess that I expected it to be. We are all different, so not everybody will have this positive outcome, but I’ve heard from a lot of silver sisters who have had the same experience. You won’t know until you’ve tried it, ladies!
If you want to see a video update, here is a really short video I made to go with this post- I was a bit sniffly, but you can see how my gray hair is growing out – it’s so interesting how it grows out in unexpected ways!
That’s it for my 10 month gray hair progress report!
In the comments below, please let me know how YOUR transition is going! Are you happy with it? How far along are you? What advice do you have for other women going gray? We’d all love to hear from you!
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