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Page 2 in the conversation "Post your greys/growout here!" by catgirl
Una, you look mwah!, fabulous dahling! My hair is very course and thin stranded, so I'm doubtful grey is the way for me. Maybe if I could do some sort of gloss, there might be hope. Anyway, here is my input to the thread, three fabulous Fabbers from our recent meetup that i LOVE in grey, and my DH, who gets all kind of recognition for his white mop top. I see it as a blank palette and keep threatening to dye it cobalt, lol!
ETA: DJP (Deborah), Firecracker (Sharan) and Jude (Judy) (L to R)
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Dash, what fab pics! And can you identify the Fabbers (I know Sharan but am sorry to say not the other two). I would give anything to be able to sport that exact short haircut on the left!
I am a huge fan of your new look Una! And I'm loving al of the photos of the other ladies! These are awesome! I'm so jealous actually.... If mine would turn, I wouldn't have to pay so much every month.
Well if you insist ;-). I found my original chop it all off post. My hair has become much whiter in the 2+ years since I did that.
So, here is my transition! Can't say it was easy but i'm thrilled with the results now and would never go back!
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You ladies are such an inspiration! Loving the fab grey hair on YLF!Mine is not grey enough yet - just about 20% - but when I have more grey I will definitely take the plunge - you have inspired me!
WOW!!! I am blown away by all of the Fabbers who are seriously rocking the gray!
Sveta, it is easer to transition with little grey
Wow! You all look fantastic. Thanks for sharing the transition photos, it's so good to see the timeline.
It's wonderful to see so many of you taking the grey challenge and ending up looking so stunning. What strikes me most is the truly dramatic transformations of those who were dark to start with. I can well imagine that the growing out stage would have been quite challenging for you, but the results are absolutely amazing - definitely the right move.As a life-long blonde, my own transition has been relatively easy, and I now have the silvery tones that I always strove for when I coloured my hair. How ironic is that?!
Wow, this is the BEST thread! I had no idea there were so many fabbers that are also "silver sisters". Way cool. All so beautiful!
Aliona said this: "and every one of you who did before/after looks more fab with the grey." This is what tipped me over the edge ultimately... I went onto the "growing grey looking great" website or facebook page, and looked through the before/afters, and was shocked to discover that I didn't think a single one of them looked older, after. Many looked younger. It made it much less scarey.
Janet, no worries Thank you.
And for those of you that are thinking of doing it, or just starting... the first 2-3 months are the hardest, before it looks purposeful. But it does get easier after that, if you can persevere though it. Hang in there! It's kind of fun seeing what "evolves"... everyone's grey pattern is so different.
I had to pop back in and look again. You all look so amazing with your natural hair! Absolutely love it.
This is really inspiring and it's helping me think about how I might handle the transition someday. Someday. For the time being, I really can't see it being the right choice for me, maybe because I don't have quite enough grey for it to look decisive and intentional. I like the high contrast of my dark hair for me. Plus, my sister (10 years my senior) still colors her hair, and I don't think I'll want to "go grey" before she does!
Seriously, though, this is a great thread. Thanks for sharing.
Your hair looks amazing! Also so in line with your style.
To all who posted pics: Thanks for the inspiration. You all look so fab!
That's it - you all have inspired me! I started gong grey a few years ago at 30 and now have to colour every 6 - 8 weeks. I whave been on the fence about going grey - but no more! I'm going to grow mine out too, so that my hair is salt and pepper. And then I think I will dye the white a lavender colour once it grows out, just to keep things a bit edgy.
Thank you awesome ladies for the inspiration!
Una, your hair is growing out fantastically well! As I sit here and look at everyone's beautiful pictures, I am tempted to change my stance from "not for me" to "well....maybe..." If mine would look half that good, I'd be sold!
OK, in the interests of graying solidarity, here is what a formerly dark-haired winter with fine, curly/wavy hair currently looks like as she grows into her gray period. For what it's worth, I've never colored so I like to think of my grays as cheap highlights.
I'm actually kind of fond of the texture i'm getting with my grays.
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I'm loving all the gray inspiration here! I haven't colored my hair in many years, but I always get pressure from my hair stylist to do so. I'm only about 10% gray right now, so I'm anxious to see how it comes in.
Una, if mine looks half as good as yours I'd be thrilled! It's gorgeous!
Since I wear my hair longer (and will probably continue to do so), I am a bit concerned about how to look stylish. It seems like a fashion-forward or edgy hairstyle makes the gray look so much more stylish.
I love your hair and MUST find the link on the "theatre incident" to find out what happened.
I'm much like Marley in that I've got fine hair and my grey is at the noticeable temples and then mixed in with my blonde-dark blonde color, so root highlights are what I'm doing presently.
Gaylene, may I ask if the curl in your grays is any different than your darks? I have just a couple gray strands which aren't at all noticeable; they are sparkly white, which I love, but are also very straight which I find super disconcerting.
You ladies who've shared photos are so inspiring! Thank you all for sharing your lovely locks.
Wow, a Gaylene pic! Love seeing everyone - you are giving me strength to persevere....
This was such a good thread, Una! I got so weary seeing photoshopped, professional pictures of gorgeous YOUNG women and celebrities held up as models of "fabulous" gray hair. These YLF pictures REALLY show how fantastic gray hair can look in all of its variations--so much inspiration here and a roll of the eyes to anyone who thinks gray hair is aging or unfashionable.
Aida, as I'm getting more and more "highlights", I have noticed not all gray hairs are the same--some are quite straight while others have a definite wave or curl. The baby-fine hair seems less "slippery" and more textured these days. My former bob was always smooth, shiny, and straight so it has taken some experimenting to figure out what works and what doesn't.
I'm currently in what my stylist calls the "awkward" stage of growing out a short cut. I had it cut quite short because I wasn't sure how to handle the changing texture, but going short just didn't work as well for me as it does for others. I'm much happier with playing around with a textured, messy inverted bob these days instead of trying to recreate my former smooth look. I'm working towards something jaw-length--and then my stylist promises some REAL fun. She is in her mid-20s so I'm curious about what she has planned.
Thanks again for this thread! I've so much enjoyed seeing everyone's photos. After 15+ years of coloring my hair, it is scary to go a different direction. I REALLY appreciate the support and solidarity here
Here's a no-makeup, hiding-behind-my-daughter photo from this morning. She's moving out to her first post-college apartment and job. This is my grey, freshly washed with John Frieda Blonde violet shampoo, which makes it smooth and shiny and tones down the last little bits of the highlights I got in the spring (which were ridiculously brassy, and I'm never doing THAT again). I think I look my age (55) and I'm ok with that.
You guys all look so amazing. The first picture is my hair back before the gray started. It was 1989. The second picture is now. Lots of gray. The third picture is from the back. I am second from the left in the teal.
Wow style Fan you look like Meryl Streep! Gorgeous.
t-girl, I am trying to tone down some red in my hair, and I am realizing it's from Hawaii when I was in the sun and water all the time. The purple shampoo I'm using isn't doing much. Do you think a blonde toning shampoo would work?
Style Fan, how old are you, if I may ask? I have no idea, truly. You look wonderful. Darned if I can see how grey hair is aging, especially after seeing all these photos. I think that women with grey hair look their age (or younger), and women who have too-dark dye jobs tend to look older.
I'm loving these pics!
I'm late to the party but here are my current pics. I stopped coloring my hair a couple of years ago. It has continued to get lighter over the last year and I assume that will continue until I'm totally white/gray someday. I'm not pushing for that! I like the color variation it has now. I have lots of dark near the front still with lots of white in the back, which is the reverse of seems to typically happen.
Brenda, so glad this thread brought you out! I remember when you decided to grow out your hair. So fun to see the results!
This thread is so inspiring, and all your greys are beautiful! Wow!
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