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Re: A gray hair question..........

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I started to get grey hair in my med dark brown hair in my early twenties.  So my aunt who used to be a hairdresser suggested I start getting it highlighted blonde to hide the grey which worked fine b/c I had lots of highlights so it almost appeared blonde.  The picture you showed would probably not work as you would still see the brown and grey mix in with the blonde highlights. 

 

With the amount of grey you have, I would consult with a hairdresser to see if highlighting alone will blend in with your grey or you may have to have a double process where you have your roots colored as well as highlights in order to cover the grey.  I have a double process every three months.  In between visits to the salon I touch up my own roots with a dark blonde color.

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Re: A gray hair question..........

That's what I've been doing and I love it!

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Re: A gray hair question..........

Yes, it will work, and you will be able to go much longer between colorings.

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Re: A gray hair question..........

@San Antonio Gal I know there comes a time when keeping gray roots colored is just too much maintenance. I hit that point a number of years ago. During the COVID lockdown, I let my hair go gray. I do not like it, but it is done. Every day I look in the mirror and dislike what I see. My hair was so beautiful in its original color. My colored hair was an almost exact match.

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Looking at your photo it appears your hair is one of your assets as well. When your hair is that beautiful, you do not need to mess with what your eye and brain have come to expect. Really think about if you want to be gray. If you have an option to stay brown, kick the can down the road and wait until it is no longer an option.

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Re: A gray hair question..........

I agree with those who urge you to talk with a professional colorist because part of the success depends upon more than just the color of your hair.  The texture makes a difference as does how that 25-30% gray is located on your head.   A good colorist is well worth the cost - assuming it's not your rent and food money!

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Re: A gray hair question..........

When I got my first few gray hairs (around about age 50) ... I did just that.  If was called "frosted" in those days.  Blond streaks.

 

Eventually I went to 100% bottle blonde. 

 

Just a couple of years ago - I went natural and I use John Frieda's Midnight Brunette shampoo - it tones the gray to a nice beige color.  

 

Try the shampoo .... no commitment ... it washes out.  Or - Just For Men - temporary color ... again no commitment.  It washes out.

 

 

 

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Re: A gray hair question..........

Not being a hairdresser I think it may be a tough transition.  What works for one person doesn't necessarily work for the other.  When I was in my early 40's I had highlights done in my dark brown hair just for fun.  While I thought they were nice enough others said the blonde looked grey in the sunlight........I was mortified.   I am fortunate not to have a lot of grey still now at 62 but enough where I color every 4 months so it works out every other hair trim.  I stay away from highlighting since that time as my color is very close to my natural one.   Whatever you decide to try I wish you luck but as another poster stated your hair in the picture looks lovely as is.   @San Antonio Gal 

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Re: A gray hair question..........

@San Antonio Gal 

A good friend of mine went the route you're thinking about and it worked well for her except, her roots did require on-going touch ups. She was in salon every 3-4 weeks, which she did not enjoy. She went back to doing her own hair color and just went lighter.

 

Like others have written,  it all depends on where your gray hair is and how much having gray roots at your part will bother you. I agree a professional consult seems worth the time and money to see what might work for you.

 

 

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Re: A gray hair question..........


@On It wrote:

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Looking at your photo it appears your hair is one of your assets as well. When your hair is that beautiful, you do not need to mess with what your eye and brain have come to expect. Really think about if you want to be gray. If you have an option to stay brown, kick the can down the road and wait until it is no longer an option.

 


@On It  - thanks for your suggestions.   I definitely don't want to go gray, but interested in getting highlights.  I was just wondering if the gray would mix in with the blonde highlights.  

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Thanks for all the thoughts and suggestions.  I was thinking it might be fun to get highlights as a new look for spring/summer.  Smiley Happy