Friday, August 5, 2011

Gray is the New Blonde

I talked about going gray earlier this year and promised that if I was brave enough, I'd give an update on my progress.  Here's the saga:

Started with a new hairdresser - one who didn't recoil in horror when I dropped the G-word.  In fact, she was pretty enthusiastic, recommending a cut and of course, products.  I try not to get twirled into the product-purchasing as I already have options for all kinds of actual or potential problems - frizz, fly-aways, curls (too many or too few), and the out-right "hair having a moment lifetime" event.

My last color was in October and by May the blonde was gone.   I kept my hair cut fairly short to  avoid having an obvious divide.  I'm not going to lie, for awhile I felt like I should wear a sign, " Not being lazy.  Intentionally looking like this".  It's amazing how  stylish  an old Red Sox hat looks when it's covering several shades of growing-out hair!

 It's been a long time since I saw my natural hair color and I was surprised at how dark it is.   I was also surprised at how gray it is!  I'd been thinking that I had "some" gray on top, but the rest was mostly not gray.  Not so much - turns out the gray is pretty evenly distributed and really lots more than I imagined.

So, for better or worse, here's the new look:

I'm going to try to grow this out a bit longer and see what the curls do.  I'm pretty sure I can do the Carol King look, maybe aiming for a bit less exuberance, but then again, may just let it rip as I've been known to do ! 

Is this color a keeper?  Who knows - it works for me for now.  One of my daughters pronounced it "more sophisticated" so I'm riding that train for now.


  1. I think it's beautiful! Loving the new look!

  2. Love the may inspire me to take the plunge. Coloring is time consuming and expensive....gray is freeing.

  3. @last minute lynn

    Lynn - "Freeing" is a great assessment No more spending time and $$$ on coloring, no worrying about roots, no unhappiness over not-quite-the -right color! I admit it's still a little shocking when I glance myself in the mirror, but I'm liking it. And if it stops working, we always can go back to being chemically-enhanced! Deb


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