After spending a lifetime as a brunette (with a short foray into being a red head) and coloring my hair for 30 years I was finally ready to take the plunge. I decided I did not want to schedule 2x monthly visits to the salon to prevent the skunk line.

I am 9 months into the journey. The transition is easier than I thought, thanks to my stylist, but that does not mean it has been easy. I am most definitely a work in progress. I have highlights woven in every 8 weeks, to break up the dark patches ( why can’t all my hairs gray at the same time?). A quick visit every 4 weeks to apply toner is necessary to prevent the old dyed hair from turning too brassy and a Brazilian Blowout as needed to keep my hair sleek, shiny and polished has helped a lot. The first Blowout lasted 4 months and I am scheduled for another at the beginning of April.

I am not really a fan of the old dyed sections that look so very blond. My stylist lightened the brown as much as she could without risking damage to my hair. Blond is what I got. I prefer a cool ashy blond, but my dyed sections want to pull more gold.

Pic 1 is my starting point. 2-5 are photos along the way (lighting changes the way my hair looks......if only I could always be in lighting that makes my hair look less yellow). Pics 6-8 were taken yesterday. The last pic shows my own color. I think I will like it. It may be another 9 months before all the colored hair has grown out.

Thank you for looking. If you have gone gray and have any tips for me, please share them and wish me well. I refuse to turn back, but some days this journey wears me down.

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