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Andrea’s Transition Story

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I was around 18 or 19 when I noticed my first gray hair and quickly yanked it out. I started dyeing it not long after the birth of my first daughter, when I was about 25 years old.

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By my late 30’s, I was having to get it dyed every 3-4 weeks and for the last two weeks of that, I’d use a brown mascara hair wand to cover the white hair that framed my face.

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I started fantasizing about not dyeing my hair. So, I consulted my dear hairdresser about going gray, and she said that it tends to wash women out and many feel like it ages them. I got highlights that month, but kept obsessing about it. Finally, the next month, while talking to my boyfriend of two years, he asked why I did it when I really dreaded it each month.

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In 2013/14 there were fewer options available than there are today.  I read Anne Kreamer’s Authentic Self, and began reading Lauren Stein’s blog How Bourgeois. I realized that I needed to be behind this 100%.  I posted about it on Facebook and told everyone I knew.

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My last dye was July 2014 and by late winter 2016 (Jan/Feb) I’d gotten the last bit of dye cut out while maintaining my length. For me, this transition was MUCH more then ‘growing out my hair dye’.  For me, this was a chance to be reflective and think about instant gratification, what made me happy, and what frustrated me.

This morphed into reading the labels on EVERYTHING. I started eating a paleo diet and started exercising.  I lost about 80 pounds in the 22 months of growing out my hair dye.

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I have some white streaks of hair and the purple conditioners that I used at first were really drying and they made my hair more of a dark gray. I now use QuickSilverHair Clay once a month to keep my white streaks white.

WHAT SHADE OF EYEBROW LOOKS BEST ON YOU?

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My advice to those that are embracing their natural gray is to just embrace whichever way you choose to do this. Do plenty of research of all ways and consider that some of the things that we tell ourselves are self-fulfilling.

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