I first confessed to an envy of silver hair in The Gifts of Age, back in the spring of 2009.
My goal is to sport a head of au natural hair by the time I turn 60 in August of 2011. However I had no idea it would be such a pain to grow out my permanent hair color. My hairdresser and I began our color strategy March 1st. At that time she used semi-permanent hair color to touch up my gray roots, instead of permanent hair color. She said the semi-permanent dye would fade in 4-6 weeks.
My healthy hair has a mind of it's own, apparently. The semi-permanent hair color hasn't faded one bit and remains stubbornly perky and colorful. Plan B began two months later, when my hairdresser switched brands of semi-permanent color. Darn! It still hasn't faded.
Earlier this month we went to plan C. She is using a very light semi-permanent color to blend in with the gray roots. It's called "low-lighting." Only problem I can see with this strategy is the demarcation that becomes more noticeable as my hair grows out.
A couple of days ago I googled this topic and found innumerable articles on growing out the gray. It sounds like we are on the right track. But with my chin-length hair, this will take a long time.
Yesterday I took a measuring tape to my hair. Measuring from the bottom, I have 5 inches of permanent hair color. Moving up, there are 3 inches of semi-permanent color, and then the new low-lighting which accounts for about an inch or so.
Unfortunately I have learned from my hairdresser that we can't just dye the 5 inches of permanent color gray while we wait for the roots to grow out, since the part of my hair is already colored. So it will take until early next year, I estimate, to be done with the last vestiges of the permanent color. This should prove interesting.
Of course I could speed up this process by cutting my hair very short. NOT! Maybe wear it an inch shorter, but that's it. I guess I'll just have to tough it out.
If you are still reading this post, more power to you. In the perpetually young culture we live in, I find myself in a tiny minority of women who want to go gray. I can afford the money for hair color. I can make the time for it. Just don't want to anymore. There's something freeing about not having to pretend to be five or ten years younger. Freeing in the sense that I don't have to use my energy to think about it anymore. That's a big deal for me.
Wish I had the ability to see into the future - to see what my gray locks will look like. Will I need to use a temporary rinse when my daughters get married in the future? Or not? Only time will tell. You can bet there will be a future post on life in the "gray" lane when I get to that point!
Any gray-haired readers in the blogosphere who'd like to share their perspective? Or wannabees?
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