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Okay so which is it? Do you dye your hair or do you want to let it be naturally gray?  

Being 51, I was originally, many moons ago, a copper penny redhead. As the years passed, the color faded big time to where it was naturally nearly white. I got so many compliments on this “shade“, as folks believed it was dyed. Truthfully it did nothing for me but make me feel older than I was.

It took me a long time to decide to change it to something trendy and fun. But when I did, I never looked back!I looked and felt at least 10 years younger and wondered why it had taken me so long to do it.  

The only downside I can see is the cost. But, for how it makes me feel, it’s a trade off.

So have you allowed your hair to remain gray or did you dye before and now have decided to go natural?For what reasons did you make that decision? How have folks responded to your gray decision?



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      Feathermaye wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • I am gloriously gray—and it no longer even bothers me that it came about quite prematurely.

      My dad was completely salt and pepper when he graduated high school, so I come by it honestly.

      Several years ago I developed a severe allergic reaction to every hair dye on the market. The few weeks of ‘younger’ hair just weren’t worth the days of blisters on my head.

      I’ve actually grown quite fond of my grey, and I get tons of compliments, just like you did. It started in streaks that fanned out from my temples, and now I’m about 45% grey.

      My husband is completely silver-headed, and I’d love for us to be a ‘matched set’ soon.

      Great post!



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • I’ve been coloring my hair so long I have no idea what color it is anymore, but my salon operator tells me I’m more than 50%. But, we’ve devised a plan that when I’m ready to go natural, she’s going to give me a really short stylish cut and work with me so the graying process doesn’t look bad after I stop coloring.



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • I too color my hair and will until......I get sick of coloring it.  I“m not ready to be gray headed and I don’t think my gray is pretty.  I think it’s going to be mousy looking.



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      Kim Arrasmith wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • I have to highlight my hair every six weeks. I do find myself with tweezers pulling grey strands out pretty often. Anyone else do this?



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • kimmyarra...I use to pull the gray out but now..if I did that...I wouldn’t have any hair.  Now I just color it myself about one every 4-6 weeks.  My last coloring was a disaster.  I looked like Elvira.  It was pretty dark...(the box said natural dark brown) but I got black.  So after wearing it like that for a week....I went to church and a new member of my credit union who I had opened up an account for...saw me and said he wasn’t sure if it was me...and asked me if I did something to my hair.  Of course...I was embarrassed and replied..maybe a little.  That afternoon...I went to my friend Kim’s house and had her put some highlights in it.  She also conditioned good.  It’s a little lighter than I would like to have it but I don’t look like Elvira anymore.  

      People use to say if you pulled a gray hair two would come back in it’s place.  I sort of believe that...LOL



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      Dana Arcuri wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • I have been in the beauty industry over 20 years so there is NO WAY that I will ever allow my hair to go gray!  Through the years, I have enjoyed changing my hair color whenever the urge came over me!  Most of the time, I was always auburn or brown, but seven years ago, I decided to go very blonde and it was soooo much fun!  Ladies, I have to be honest, the guys do dig blonde!  Oh, my gosh, I could not believe how much more attention I received once I turned blonde!  Horn’s honking, guys waving, it was an incredible boost to my self-esteem!
      Last year, I decided that I truly missed dark hair so I had my hair colored to mahogany, which I have liked.  However, there is a definite difference in my having dark hair and I don’t get nearly the honking horn’s anymore! LOL!



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • I could never go blonde....it changes my skin coloring...my clothes don’t look the same.  I am not meant to be a blonde.



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      Robinesque wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • I am sticking with my UNnatural red hair that I LOVE until I am 50 or LOOK like I should be grey.  At which point, I have decided to have it cut short and not GREY, girls, but SILVER!!  So, I’ll still be dyeing my hair, which sort of defeats the purpose!!!!!  Yeah.  I could so do silver.



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      Wendy44 wrote Sep 22, 2008
    • I've been struggling with this very thing! In fact, over the weekend I read a book called Going Gray Looking Great, to try to get some more thoughts on it - but I guess I'd just have to try it and see. Hard to imagine seeing gray framing my face when I look in the mirror (I'm 44 - as you may have guessed from the screen name)... but coloring every 3 weeks is crazy and can't be helping my exzema! There's a hair colorist in my town who uses all organic products - if any of you have tried that, hers looks beautiful and lasts as well as the chemical type - but I don't think I want to put my money there so often.



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      Wendy44 wrote Sep 22, 2008
    • oops; apparently dashes are the code for “cross out that line“. Sorry!



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      Cassandra wrote Dec 21, 2008
    • I have dye my hair for a long time before it went grey . I dont even know when it did go gray ! And YES I tweeze those grey out when I see them I am vain!! I do now colorer  it close to my natural color . I love it and will do it for a long time .
      Cheers~



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      Linni wrote Dec 21, 2008
    • mines white, and i just colored it about a month ago.. not real drastic, but it softened the white.. im just unsure what i want to do now! lol



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Dec 21, 2008
    • I have to tweeze my sideburns sometimes, cuz I will see an errant gray looking like a big whisker! But that’s just when I go too long between colorings (like now! Got a cut app’t Tues, then right home to the Nice and Easy.)

      I was not born a redhead, but I will dye (ha!) one!

      Dana, guys may like blondes, but they really dig the redheads!



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Dec 21, 2008
    • I am blessed a natural blonde.  Strawberry blonde to be exact.  It killed me to highlight my hair a few years ago.  I did so because the hightlights caused by the sun were no longer.  I had melanoma 6 yrs ago and do not go in the sun so there went the hightlights.  I do however find joy in plucking out the grays.  They are winning the battle I must say but they do blend with my blondeness.  Eventually Im sure I will have to highlight/lowlight or dye every 6-8 wks as does my older sister.



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