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Thoughts on grey hair

2013-02-08
By: Patience
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I've been very lucky to get into my 40s before the odd grey hair started creeping up on me. Those funny wiry ones that stick out and the ones that are mostly brown but have recently made a few inches of grey growth. I still don't notice them an awful lot but the plan has always been to find a product that would colour just the grey ones a nice golden tone while leaving my natural dark brown as it is. I don't know if they make such a product but that was the plan.

Except I say I don't notice them but actually I mean I didn't notice them because when I photographed my newly happy hair from the side the other day I could see much more grey coming through close to the roots than I ever did just peering into the mirror. No matter how fast I cropped those bits off the photos I now know they're there and that means I'm reaching that dyeing time.

Yet oddly I'm having second thoughts. On one hand I'm seriously not ready to start looking old because I still feel like I did in my 20s. Plus grey hair isn't always a pretty shade of silver and what if it turns out I don't suit the colour it turns into lol

On the other... well on the other I can't really think of a concrete reason not to dye except that it just feels right, now, to let my hair progress naturally in this way just as it is doing in other ways now that I've started this journey.

Thinking more on the subject I'm starting to quite like the idea of my locks becoming a time line over the years with brown at the ends (some of which would probably have originally grown when I was still in my 30s) slowly fading up to grey at the roots at whatever point in the future that may happen.

Amma Niradhara
05/19/14 08:02:31AM @amma-niradhara:

heya namaste = my dreads seem to be at the same crossroads i the journey. i totally get your thought process and had had the same thoughts plus one more maybe you havent thought of. first i want to say the nostalgia of the dread timeline wears thin on me after a short trip down memory lane. perhaps becaues i regrrt my henna years before i was 40. im now 53. i used black henna but its faded to more of a dark brown with red and that s about my entire lower half. my grey is mostly in the front and mostly in the area where my hair stays lloose like long bags. this sort of adds to the fact taht i get asked all the time if the dreads are real. i have virtually no grey in back. and i have another regret. i crochet my dreads one year into the jouney 7 years ago. after a year of patience, my twist and rip still looked lke a cat had been fighitnt with my hair. crochet made instant neatnesss BUT now my hair is broken several inches from the root and will never grey wiht the rest as ai age. for many reasons i dont want to henna or dye. which brings me to my other thought... im considering plucking about say 10 - 12 grays off the loose edges every few days and then either sewing the in wth a needle like they were threads or crocheting them into my dreads to bland a little at a time. starting with the few ones that are greying many inches down and apparently have little breakage. since my #1 attraction to locking my hair was near zero maintenance i have been slow to start this idea off. but im thinking about it. also i think slowly is the key - not to pluck my loose hairs bald and let it span over a year or 2. i dont think this would cover oer the time line but it would blend the sharp demarkation of dark brown to silvery so taht when i put my hair updo (daily) it isnt such a freak show of people thinking they are fake seeing the 2 colors. what are you thoughts on this one?


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