Prepare yourself mentally. This may seem silly. It's just hair, right? Well, not exactly. The journey to gray can be bumpy; your self-image is about to change drastically. Whereas for years you have thought of yourself as a brunette, a blonde, or a redhead, you will have to let that part of yourself go if you want to do this. And that can be harder than it sounds. If you're not ready, I mean really ready, you may just find yourself back in the salon or drugstore procuring more self-affirming hair dye. If you are going through a difficult time in your life, now may not be the best time to go natural (assuming you don't have a dye allergy - if you do, there is no time like the present).
Enlist support. Your friends and family may not automatically rush to support you - if you ask their opinions or seem insecure/unsure/unhappy about your decision to quit the dye, it is natural for them to jump in to "help" by offering the suggestion that you NOT give up dye. You need to have confidence, or at least "fake it till you make it." Announce your intention with excitement in your voice and a confident smile on your face. Still, you may have nay-sayers around you. In that case, don't waste your time trying to convince anyone - it's YOUR hair, after all, and your decision. You can find support online from similar-minded ladies. I have found immensely generous and kind support on Cafe Gray.
|Two "grayt" books|
|A couple of the options available for demi-permanent haircolor|
|My major highlights, which I liked at the time, but now look so yellow in retrospect...|
So now, the hard part: wait. For about a year, if you want to maintain a very short bob, two years for a "lob" or long bob, or even more for longer hair. Yeah. Hair grows about a half inch per month. I know when you are dyeing, it seems like the roots come in SO fast. But when you want the roots to grow, it feels a lot slowwwwwer. So get out your measuring tape, and measure the longest part of your hair. Say it's 10 inches. If you want to keep that length, you're looking at a 20 month grow out. So now you need to decide...
|Photo of Charlize Theron from Daily Mail (story linked below)|
|I've still got the ombré thing going on, darker at the top, lighter on the ends, a remnant of last year's highlights (see above)|
|Some products to get you through the grow out: Roux (crayon, liquid), root touch-up powder, purple shampoo|
|The Flexi8 is great for pulling those dyed ends back and off my face|
Now, share YOUR best tips in the comments, share your grayt transition photos, and/or ask me ANYthing - I'll do my best to help!