Silver Hair Transition Stories / May 8, 2019

Paula Joseph’s Transition to a Silver Sister

Paula is 51 and lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia USA.

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I don’t remember how I old I was when I discovered my first gray hair.  I started coloring my hair just for fun in my 20s.

The first time I colored, I was approached in a mall by one of those people who conducts surveys.  She asked if I would be willing to try out a new hair color and report back on it. I did it!

It was supposed to be semi-permanent but my hair soaked up the black. Good thing that I liked it!

Dyeing really became a chore in my 40’s. All my friends colored their hair and we would commiserate over our roots every three weeks.

I have colored my own hair and have gone to a salon.

I decided to stop coloring because I was so sick of having to do it close to every 2-3 weeks – I was lazy! And my good friend made the transition before me so I had support.

When I transitioned, I had dark brown hair.  I only colored my part and let the underneath grow out for quite a while.  

I then let the skunk stripe grow out for several months and then I got a very short pixie.

I have been dye free for a few years now and I love it!  

I felt bad about myself every month when those roots showed through.  As soon as I was fully gray, I felt fierce!

I use Jhirmack Silver Brightening Shampoo and Conditioner once a week to keep the gray from getting dull.

I have never been much of a make-up wearer, but I find that I concentrate more now on my lips.  I love LipSense lip color because it stays on for hours.  I do a bold lip and some mascara, when I wear makeup. 

If I am really fancy, I will use my Boom Stick color and highlighter. 

As for colors of clothing, I still wear a lot of black but find that jewel tones look good with my silver.  When I wear coral, I get a lot of compliments.

I strongly suggest joining The Silver Circle Facebook Group for support along the way.  It is the nicest group out there!

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5 Comments

  1. Glenda

    Well I was lucky or unlucky enough in my gray transition. I am a young minded 69 yrs old and had two years of medical ordeals, found out I had COPD, stopped smoking; fell and severely broke my right hip, screws fixed it; got shingles in my right side scalp and could barely touch my hair. Then, I fell on the meds they gave me for pain with shingles and got a small concussion, glasses broke on my face and cut my eyebrow in half, butterflied it, had two fractured ribs also, and then tripped and fell against my granite countertop and broke my sternum. Then fell on an old high school knee injury and had a total knee replacement. Sounds like a horror story doesn’t it!? Well the good of it all is while on my back healing from these injuries, my hair kept growing out and I had been highlighting my hair for years. I ended up with beautiful white gray hair mostly surrounding my face. I stopped coloring and my hair and it is mostly gray, with a little of my brown still in the back. I have gone through rehab for knee and copd and other injuries and have now joined the gym and workout regularly. After 20 months,I have a new lease on life and receive more complements on my hair than anything. Friends also tell me I’m like a new invigorating, inspiring person. So some things that are bad do turn out to be a great change in your attitude and life! You don’t have to go through what I did, but chin up and be patient and you two can become a new person no matter what your age. Go for it!
    Gigi

    14 . Sep . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Wow, what a triumph over adversity, Gigi! You have a great attitude – love it! 🙂

      14 . Sep . 2019 Reply
  2. Michele

    What a beautiful transition!!! How wonderful you look with a pixie and with long hair! So inspiring

    04 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  3. Ginger Gearhart

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love your blog, Katie!!

    29 . Jan . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Thanks, Ginger!

      29 . Jan . 2019 Reply

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Katie is the founder of Katie Goes Platinum. After constantly dyeing her hair for over 25 years, in 2018 Katie decided to stop the madness and embrace the gray. Since then, she’s been sharing her favorite gray hair tips, resources, and stories to empower women to feel beautiful during and after their transition to gray hair.