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pic     Fab40 Sister Serene asked a great question about letting her hair go to its natural color. She has asked for our opinions on the matter.  

Serene is, I think, about 4 months in to the gray game.  

Here’s the problem: henna and some of the other non-carcinogenic products, have trouble sticking to gray or white hair. It can be done, and I’ve had henna cover gray hair. But it’s a time-consuming process.

The mainstream store bought hair colors - in my opinion because I’m not a chemist or anything - seem to me to be dangerous to our health, because the scalp is quicker than other parts of the body to soak in stuff. (That’s why you want to find a shampoo/conditioner that doesn’t contain toxins.)

If you get your hair colored professionally, they generally try to not get the chemicals on your scalp, so it’s a lot safer. However, there’s another consideration: animal testing. Most hair colors are tested on animals. Here’s a list of those that aren’t.

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Okay, so some women’s uncolored hair comes in gray or salt and pepper - if it’s styled in something loose, free, swingy - something that moves and is flattering - it can be just as pretty as any other color. One might want to adjust their makeup and clothing colors to avoid grays and play up warm colors like red and pink.

Women like Fab40 Sister eddykahlyre have white or even platinum-looking hair, and eddy says she gets a lot of compliments on it. Eddy you do look gorgeous! The beautiful bangs and the long sleek hair are just stunning.

The final thing - and I’m talking to myself here, because every woman is different on this subject - is that I am getting older. I don’t want to look older, I use every cream and serum in the universe, but I have no intention of getting botox or anything invasive. That’s just me, I like to stay out of any invasive or medical Things as much as possible if it’s not medically required.

So age - yes, that’s something that plagues us, and that’s why we buy all the creams and cosmetics and people are actually believing this onslaught of Olay commercials and they are probably making a fortune - off their advertising, don’t know about their actual products. (Olay is a major animal-testing company.)  

I don’t know that there is a way to keep looking young, except of course through good health and exercise. But that’s just me.

Serene, keep us posted on what you decide and how it’s working, okay.

Peace,
Suzann
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      Anne E wrote Feb 1, 2011
    • Thanks Suzann, this is great information!



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      Suzann wrote Feb 1, 2011
    • eddy, very cool about Rodan+Fields. I added them to my list over at [Link Removed] (www.MyMakeupMirror).

      I’ve noticed that sometimes Scarlett Johanson (I think it’s her) sometimes wears her hair white. Perhaps she calls it platinum. Either way, it’s gorgeous.


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      Suzann wrote Feb 1, 2011
    • I think my hair is the same color as your hair. I’m totally loving it. And soooooo loving the freedom from pouring chemicals on my head every few weeks!!!

      BTW, I love your adorable puppy. I noticed in your profile you‘re an animal person. Me too!!



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      Vikki Hall wrote Feb 2, 2011
    • I think hair color is fine as long as you are doing it for the right reasons. Not because someone says you should “look” like this at this age. I think it’s a matter of your own comfort level and what YOU want to look like.  

      Me personally.... I will fight the War on Grey until it is no longer a dulling matter on my hair. And grey mixed in with blonde is usually dull and lacks luster!



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      Suzann wrote Feb 2, 2011
    • Eva, I love that: “May each of us strut our stuff the way we see it.” Exactly! (And thank you for the compliment happy )

      I colored my hair for over 30 years, and LOVED it. I did a lot of reds and auburns, which made me feel so good. Lots of hennas, even blond for awhile.  

      Vikki, absolutely. It’s what each person wants to look like for herself.

      Thanks for these great observations!

      Namaste,
      Suzann
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      Serene wrote Feb 3, 2011
    • Dear Suzann,

      Thank you very much for taking the time and effort to send me that important information about going grey. in fact i have decided to go grey about 4 months back as it became very worrying to see the white hairs after coloring it by one week or two!. so i intend to keep it and hope to always get enough courage to go more grey by time so as not to feel older even than my age. it is simple and healthy. also, it represents the real me which says “i am what i am“. my hair is now medium and i think it is better to cut it to shoulder length. so, wish me luck!

      love you,
      Serene



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