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pic    As my Fab40 sisters probably know, I’ve been obsessed with changing from my reddish-brown hair to my current gray hair.  

I didn’t know if it was going to work, but I let all the color grow out. It turned out snow white! Who knew? The auburn hair had been part of my personality - part of who I thought I was.

But I’ve got to tell you, now that the deed is done and I no longer use hair color at all ... I’m soooo happy. Oh my gosh, I’m happy not to be pouring carcinogens on my head (when I was younger and unaware of the animal testing that goes on), or even henna, which I used in every form imaginable for many years. I loved henna, but here’s what I found out -

I’m still myself, even with white hair! Now that’s a revelation. So little has changed in my life because of my hair color!

Being obsessed with gray, white etc. hair, I’ve been studying women in the supermarket and out on the weekends, who have stopped coloring their hair. Here’s what I’ve discovered:

It’s not so much the shade of gray that one’s hair turns out to be, that makes someone look older or not. It’s really about the hairstyle.

Last night I was out at an art gallery, and the docent was a lovely women with dark gray hair. But she had this fabulous spikey short style, and she looked gorgeous. Other gray/white/silver haired ladies I’ve spotted that look good include hairstyles that are contemporary - lots of short bobs, I saw a long bob, I saw an older woman with medium gray hair that she had piled on top of her head in a fanciful, bed-head thing. She was my fave.

The other thing you have to do when you let it go gray, is re-do your color scheme for clothes and makeup. Very important.  

I went from a “fall” (auburn hair, pale complexion, peach lipsticks, beigey gold clothes), to a “spring” (white hair, pink lipsticks, and brighter colored clothes - even red).

So if you want to try skipping the hair color, those are the two things to do: get a great hairstyle, and re-do your colors.

Namaste,
Suzann
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      Anne E wrote May 22, 2010
    • you look fine with the gray hair in your photo!



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      Kyah wrote May 22, 2010
    • Gray hair seems to turn white when it has been dyed, my mother who moonlighted as a beautician told me that. My pony tail looks like a brush dipped in white, which is what’s left from my last dye job. My gray is actually silver and refuses to take permanent color or otherwise, so I leave it alone. I’ve seen some nice cuts on certain gray-haired women, but short hair is more work in my opinion, I prefer my long length which looks awesome when I let it loose.



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      Denise Richardson wrote May 23, 2010
    • Suzann, I applaud you for your choice not to color your hair anymore. I too made that conscience decision a while back and it has been almost a year I believe that I have colored my hair. My oldest daughter who is a hair stylist and does my hair keep me looking youthful gray hair and all. I will be 50 next month and my gray is basically in the front forming my hairline so I have embraced it, I lived to see this moment and I am enjoying it. My daughter also treats my gray with something to make it whiter and shiny and I love it it really is pretty to look at. So I will never color my gray ever again. I am so happy for you making the decision you made and yes it is NOT about the color of your hair that ages you its the look you pull off with it, the hair styles you wear as well as your clothing and also your make up choices all this goes into play with the way you look, if you want a younger look choose better colors as well as fashions to fit you and your life style. God bless you.



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      Wookiemom09 wrote May 23, 2010
    • thanks for the inspiration.  I am debating letting the color grown out as I am pretty gray in the front.  I turn 43 in a month and I was so concerned about being too young to be gray.  All the women in my family colored their hair till they turned 60 so now I wonder if I need to break the trend.  there are 3 women at my church that are “natural” and 3 different hair styles to show different ways.



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      Suzann wrote May 23, 2010
    • Thanks you guys, great comments. Wookiemom, here’s the thing: If you let it go gray and you don’t like it, you can always color it again. There would just be that interim period of growing the gray out. Some women cut their hair short during that time. I just let it do its thing, and wore a lot of daytime up-dos and clips to diffuse the color-to-gray line.

      If anyone’s been a henna user, the good news is that that color-to-gray line is not very noticeable.

      Neicy, thank you! And I so agree, and I love what you said, “I lived to see this moment and I am enjoying it.” That’s it exactly!



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      Allinet48 wrote May 24, 2010
    • heartI also have been growing grays out. Started with short hair-so it wasn’t too noticeable- except to me. I put highlights in to blend then let it grow. Several people commented on my new “highlights“. Yes new colors help that washed out look.



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      Suzann wrote May 25, 2010
    • Highlights is a great idea, Allinet!



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