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Inside: An update on how it’s going 8 months into my gray hair transition
Yesterday was the 8th month of my gray hair transition, and I still feel 100% happy with my decision.
It’s so damn liberating not to have to plan my life around getting my hair colored and hiding my roots! Woo-Hoo!!
MY OLD HAIR DYE IS FADING RAPIDLY
Here’s a picture so you can see how much my dye has faded since May 2018:
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I’m not sure how much of the fading was natural, and how much was due to the fact that I use a clarifying shampoo once a week.
If I was doing this as a science experiment, I would have two women with the same color hair going gray at the same time, and I would take copious notes and graph results….but I have an Art History degree and no background in science…so we’ll just forget about THAT idea!
AND THE OLD BRUNETTE DYE IS GETTING EVEN ORANGER
You can see that I have some of that darn BLORANGE in my October hair.
Surprisingly, I took that picture the same day I used blue shampoo. I guess now that it’s getting oranger, it’s getting harder to tone that down? Have you experienced that? Darn!
As my ends get lighter I will probably try Overtone again and see if that helps reduce the orange tone.
However, next time I use Overtone, I’m going to leave my roots alone – I prefer them white, and it gave them a bit of a blue tint.
Here is a video I posted with some of my thoughts about my transition at the 8-month mark if you’d like to check it out:
PRODUCTS I’M USING AT 8 MONTHS DYE-FREE
During the week:
Neutrogena Clarifying Shampoo – to fade the dye and to get rid of buildup
I’m planning to check out Lauren from How Bourgeois’ new line of gray hair products. I can’t wait!
In Month 8, I’ve suddenly started having more flyaway gray hairs – not sure why? Maybe it’s the weather?
I’ve started using QuickSilverHair Oil to tame those. It also smells great, which is a nice bonus!
A FEW MORE THINGS THAT I NEED TO ADDRESS
Now that the silvers are really showing, I think it’s time to revamp my wardrobe a bit.
As per my recent blog post about colors to wear with gray hair, I’m going to try to add more pops of color to my wardrobe, and I hope you’ll join me. Remember to use the hashtag #kgpcolorpop on Instagram, so we can find each other and get inspired!
As per a reader’s request, I’m going to research skincare.
My skin was pretty much flawless for decades, and now – OMG! Dry skin, wrinkles, the works.
I’d like to find out how to better address these problems and, if possible, find products that are natural and cruelty-free.
Sleep – I have GOT to stop looking at my iPhone or laptop once I’m in bed.
Do you do this? It’s very disruptive to your REM sleep, which is bad for your health. I try to break the habit, but it’s difficult.
And I have no excuse, as I have a GREAT book I’m reading right now: A Voyage Long and Strange. It’s all about North America from the time the Vikings landed in Newfoundland to the Jamestown settlement. It’s so fascinating!
Can I say once again how much darn fun I’m having? Who knew going gray would open up a whole new world?!
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