Nina is one of my Silver Sisters on Instagram. I was instantly attracted to her Instagram feed because of her natural gray hair, lovely smile, and her great attitude. She also shares my love of red lipstick! I’m so happy she agreed to share her gray hair transition story on my blog today!
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Hi, I am Nina. I am from the U.S. and 37 years old.
I have an Instagram page called @naturally_graysful that I started this past summer because I wanted to be a face of possibility to other young prematurely gray women and women of color.
I don’t remember how old I was when I found my first gray hair but I started prematurely graying in my late 20s / early 30s. I was not totally surprised by this because my father prematurely grayed in his 30s. He would color his hair off and on and then he finally let go of the dye in his 50s.
I primarily used semi-permanent rinses to color my grays.
I used Beautiful Collections from Clairol. I also tried permanent box color thinking it would buy me more time before my next root touchup.
I tried the mascaras for the grays (which were horrible because they were gunky and did not mix well with my hair products).
I then tried root touch up spray, but it required skill to not spray myself in the eye – LOL! I ultimately tried henna to color my grays because I felt “ok, I won’t use chemicals anymore but I will use something natural to color my hair.”
It worked, but my grays turned too red, so I tried to use the darker henna and that worked great but turned my hair a brownish color.
5 REASONS I DECIDED TO EMBRACE MY NATURAL GRAY HAIR
- I was tired of being a slave to my gray new growth
- The color was not coming out the way I wanted
- I wanted to decrease the toxic load on my scalp after some bad color reactions
- I wanted to love all of me – gray and all!
- Challenging my false beliefs about gray hair was important to me
I found in the beginning that there were people who were like, “are you going to color your hair?”….almost as if I came out of the house with my hair not done (“are you going out like that?!”).
I read an Instagram post from a beautiful Silverista saying, “so what if I people think I look old? Who says beauty stops when your’re older?”
I did a big chop in May 2017.
I am a year and half in from growing my gray hair and I’m 95% done with only colored tips from my last dye in May 2017
I ultimately use the same products for my hair that I used before I went gray. I do find that I have to be careful with some colored gels or products that can stain gray hair.
I use Shiny Silver purple conditioner to help brighten my silver.
Resources for my gray hair journey:
The amazing silver sister community on Instagram.
My mom’s amazingly regal silver hair that she grew out.
Another inspiration for my gray hair is a woman named Ty Alexander from gorgeousingrey.com Seeing her as a young woman of color embracing her gray, never dyeing it, and appreciating it, was so inspiring!
@NaturalSilverSista was another inspiration. She looks amazing with gray natural hair!
I recently saw an amazing natural hair YouTuber named Samantha Pollack announce she was going to embrace her gray roots and I got so excited! She will be doing a big chop this month and will document her process.
My gray hair journey helped me in my self-love journey to accept all parts of me and to challenge myself to be more authentic.
My advice to those thinking of going gray: You won’t know until you try. You will be scared, insecure and impatient and that is okay. It will be better than you think and you will gain a confidence that can’t be beat!
When I stopped allowing what others think to affect my decision to be who I was authentically was, I felt so free! Ironically, you become more attractive when you are being you.
People are drawn to those who are genuine and feel comfortable in their own skin. I was beyond surprised at all the reactions I would get from complete strangers.
I did not go gray to get compliments but let me tell you I received more compliments from being gray then I ever have before – even when I decided to go natural.
I also feel great when different women let me know that my grays affirmed to them that it’s ok to embrace their roots. That you can still be beautiful and look youthful with gray hair.
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