Transition Story: Theonita Bowman
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How old were you when you discovered your first gray hair?
How did your friends/family make you feel about going gray?
How many years did you dye?
I dyed my hair for years! I started dyeing on a regular basis when I was in my late twenties. One white streak was good, but gray hair peeking out from the sides and crown wasn’t okay to me at the time.
What made you decide to stop dyeing?
How are you transitioning?
Once I fully accepted my gray hair, I grew it out really long and used a hair stylist. I allowed her to apply a chemical relaxer to make my tightly coiled, curly hair straight. Relaxing the hair is not a pleasant experience either, and there can be a lot of hair breakage and dryness associated with the process.
Anything you do NOT recommend?
Any products that you recommend for fully gray hair?
Choose products which offer optimal moisturizing benefits. I have used Shea Moisture products in the past, and they are good for curly hair.
I like products without parabens, sulfates, or other products which dry out your hair. Since I’m sporting a buzz cut now, I’ve started using “As I Am” a co-wash conditioning treatment. I’m loving it so far. I like to be very low maintenance these days with the summer heat!
Did you use any online resources to help you with your transition?
I like to check out Pinterest – it offers a huge range of hairstyles and gray-haired beautiful women from which to seek inspiration.
Did going gray change you?
Yes, going gray has been the ultimate confidence booster! I walk differently as I greet the world. I love my gray hair and I will not change a thing on this journey.