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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  1. Michele

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

    04 . Feb . 2019 Reply
  2. 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.