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Sherry’s Luscious Long Gray Hair

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Sherry is one of my Silver Sisters on Instagram.  Her hair is gorgeous as are her photos!  You can find her on Instagram at @the.silvermermaid

My hair has been all over the board with dyes and cuts.

I always had dark brown hair (almost black) and played with different colors of dye to cover my roots. White/silver roots really show up on dark hair!

Then around 2008, I decided to dye my hair caramel and highlight the front blonde to cover up the grey and from there I continued to add blonde highlights on top to blend in the grey.

I began my journey to silver hair in May 2015.

I was going to let my all natural roots grow out in my 50th year of life! No more covering up what was naturally wanting to shine through.  This was the beginning of my ditching and switching:  ditching the toxins out of my life and switching to a natural approach to life.

In May 2016, I went to the salon and got my final chop, no more dye!

I asked the cosmetologist to cut out the rest of the dye. It had been one year and I was ready to have those lingering dyed ends be gone!

I had the last bit cut out and actually cried when I left the salon that day. It was the most amazing feeling knowing that I no longer was hiding my natural color behind a bottle of dye.

That year of transition to gray hair was one of personal growth, learning who I am, not worrying about what others say or think and truly becoming comfortable in my own skin.

I never dreamed how liberating and freeing becoming all natural silver/gray/white would be! Freedom and liberation are mine!

My favorite products are all natural and work well with my long silver hair.

Two to three times a week, I use Young Living Lavender Mint Shampoo and Young Living Lavender Mint Conditioner.  I use Young Living Lustrous Hair Oil for shine.

So many of you, my friends, are in the midst of your gray hair journey and have told me that I’ve inspired you to begin it or that I’ve inspired you along the way. That’s why I speak out about my transition…to encourage and inspire other women.

Hang in there ladies, and know I’m cheering you on and I’m only a message away if you need me! It can be difficult but look inward and grow through it as a person!

Thank you!

Sherry's gray hair journey from dark, dyed hair to all natural long gray hair

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  1. I let my hair grow out, I was tired of coloring it and it’s totally white with a little bit of silver in the back. I love it!

  2. LaDonna Enochs says:

    I have gray hair it’s been gray for about 2 years and I would recommend to you to keep your gray hair and don’t color it anymore but leave it like it is and you will be really surprised how beautiful it really is.

    1. I’m just now transitioning to gray. Even at 59, I’ve never had that much. My stylist has always used organic color so it’s very healthy. She is using semipermanent color to help me transition. She didn’t touch the gray. I it’ll fade.

  3. I’m now 55 and pre~pandemic I was perturbed at the thought of continuing my platinum blonde costly upkeep. So, during lockdown, I forwent my salon. Number one, because I’d lost my income. Number two, why bother, amiright. Two plus years later, I’m so glad I did because now I have long, luscious gray hair which I’ve thoroughly embraced in my life.

  4. Brenda Davis says:

    I have really short hair and my hair is dark brown and I’m done having it dyed and my stylist chopped it off even shorter so the silver comes thru but the dark brown is still heavy thru the front is there anything I can do to get rid of the dark brown so im completely silver? With my hair chopped up on top of no more coloring I wear a cap all the time

    1. Hi, Brenda: In order to get rid of dark brown dye, your stylist would have to bleach it. That can be super damaging to your hair if it’s not done correctly (and if your hair is already damaged from years of dyeing). If you don’t want a demarcation line, doing the dye strip methodThe Dye Strip Technique for Going Gray in Secret, or using wigs to go gray might all be good options for you. If you want to read about ALL Your options and get some tips on how to choose the best method, you might want to grab a copy of my book: Every Which Way to Gray: Everything You Need to Know About Transitioning to Silver Hair Hope that helps!

  5. I’m 71 and have tried a few times to grow out my brown dye. I’ll get to a couple inches of outgrowth and then go right back to the bottle (of dye lol)
    I look horrible in short hair so I have to get the grey way grown out before cutting out the brown. I’ll now be on try #5.

  6. I am 67 and my hair is finally turning gray. Have not colored my hair in over 2 years. Can’t wait for it to finally go all silver. So liberating not being tying to a salon chair every 6 weeks to color my hair!!!!

  7. I am a Senior citizen who has very naturally curly reddish hair, and I like to spruce up the color every six or seven months, in a great hair salon, with a great hair stylist. I also get my hair shampooed, conditioned and trimmed. I always like the job that my present hairdresser does.

    I wash it every 4-6 days, and i sleep on a silk or satin pillow case, so my hair won’t frizz.

  8. I’m 55 and have been transitioning 11/2 years now hope to be fully gray by 60 without cutting it too short for my curly hair style. I had colored for 33 years.

  9. Thanks.
    You have really encouraged me to do this.

  10. Glad to find your blog. I have gone natural/gray over the last couple of years. Not an easy process, but I’m getting used to it. I am all in now. So glad there are others out there rockin’ the gray!

  11. 59 in March and the 3rd time trying to let my grey/silver shine through. Thanks for sharing your transition as iris helping m tremendously. I am ready. I will not give in again. By next March I hope to bring it at 60! ?

  12. Your hair is beautiful!! You’ve inspired me to really believe I’m ready to begin this transition!

  13. Michelle Morey says:

    Holy crud! That’s the most beautiful hair of any color that I have ever seen. Lucky!

  14. You are living silver GOALS, you look so gorgeous. ♥

  15. I love your story, Sherry! Especially the part about crying after leaving the salon getting the final dye cut out. You look gorgeous and thank you for inspiring us xo Jonie

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