It's funny how fear will paralyze us in some ways. I have covered my gray roots since they first started appearing when I was in my 30s. Oh my, it has been 37 years! Faithfully, like a staunch friend, this glistening white/gray growth would magically appear causing an "oh no, not again" feeling every month. Off to the hairdresser and many dollars later, I would go on about my business happily young again with no gray hair. This went on for all these years. But lately, every time the little white monsters would surface, I became curious about what if I grew it out - how much older would I look. Everyone says 10 years. And another obstacle was the time it took to go 'natural'...they say 9 months to a year, if you cut it off real short. There is no way I would do that. So here is what I did! I went to my hairdresser after sending him my Pinterest board of women with gray/white hair showing him what I thinking. The idea we discussed was to go seriously light heavy highlights and not cover the roots, that way, the transition will be a piece of cake, or at least much easier.
That's what we did. We went extra light and bold in the places needed to match how it grew in. He took off the foils and as I looked in the mirror at this light head of hair without dark roots, I felt elated and totally free! If you've never gone through this, you probably won't get what I'm saying. I have accepted and embraced a part of me I denied for so many years. This may sound corny but this is the way I feel. Then when he gave me a "Devil Wears Prada", Meryl Streep cut, I just smiled at that new face in the mirror and said, "exactly what I wanted"! Here are some images showing my new look. As my hair grows the colors will change. I have a bunch of pepper on the sides and back and the white/gray will come in and the light highlights will grow out.
Do you feel my lightness? All my real and highlight colors blending.
I love the way it catches light and reflects.
See what I mean about all the different colors in the roots?
So far, I think my makeup is working out ok. I use Senegence products and the pigments are rich and stay on all day. I have always liked color on my lips and you will see in these images, the colors are bright yet not too carried away.
Can you imagine me letting those gray hairs grow in without going light? I would most likely say, "screw it" and go back to coloring the roots! No way now.