Perhaps It’s Time

Once upon a time, on Blogger, my very first post was about whether or not to continue coloring my hair or to let it go natural.  That was on August 15, 2012.  Fast forward 2-/12 years into the future, and I’m facing that dilemma again. This time I’ve been doing lots of research online and read plenty of articles about why gray is better.

To gray or not to gray?  That is the question.  I’ve had gray hair since my teens.  I’ve colored it off and on (mostly on) since then.  I’ve been every color under the sun – you name it, I’ve tried it.  I even let it go natural and the grays come in when I was pregnant with son #1.  Five years after that, I let vanity rule and colored it when I was pregnant with son #2. I know – bad Mommy.

Bad Mommy – silly vain creature. I have my hair colored every 4 weeks since it’s now reached the point where the grays will not stay hidden for long. I go faithfully and submit to the fuss and the mess and the expense. Lately it’s turned into something else entirely. For the last year or so, I have suffered from a gradually-growing allergy to the dyes.  Each time I have my hair done, I itch like mad for days afterwards.  I usually come home from the salon and wash my hair immediately.  That helps a little bit. The allergy has been getting steadily worse, however.  This past visit the straw broke the camel’s back.  The irritation is not settling down this time, and I’m tired of the rash and scratching.

Coming soon?
Coming soon?

While scratching and suffering, I took my profile picture and PhotoShopped in some gray. I wanted to get an idea of how bad it might look.  I know reality won’t match this at all, but it’s got to be better than scratching. My hairdresser has suggested I just do foils as those are “off the scalp”, but I’m not sure I want to do that either. I might do the foils to help blend the gray in successfully and help me transition over to my natural color (and only God knows what that is at this point in time!).  If I look like a disaster, I guess I can always go to the foils.

I’d like to post pictures as I go, but I’m not sure I’ll be that brave.  I found an article from MORE magazine where a woman chronicled her journey from brown to gray.  It was cute and interesting, but then she was pencil slim and looked like a model so the transition was from pretty to stunning.  She thought she looked hideous as she went through the process.  She didn’t post pictures along the way so I don’t know if she was being truthful or not.  The end result was great.

The process is supposed to take from four to six months so maybe by Christmas, I’ll look like a gray haired granny.  I know I have to do something as I can’t continue touching up my roots so I will look different one way or another.  Wish me luck!

13 thoughts on “Perhaps It’s Time

  1. Good luck with whatever choice you make – you will look great either way!

    Just to throw in my two cents (as someone whose greys started coming in with a vengeance in her mid-20s), I do foils. They work well for me, but then again, I’m still not fully grey, so they serve mostly as a cover-up. I think they would work great as you transition to grey (if that’s your choice), because you can gradually phase out the color and not shock everyone with the sudden change. Then again, there is something to be said for a little shock value every now and then!


  2. I have just now started getting some gray hair at 46….Mine is coming in clumps of gray instead of diffuse. Think Jay Leno. I am oddly o.k. with it. When I get up each morning, it seems to matter most how I “feel” in my body as opposed to what I “see” in the mirror.


  3. I have that problem too with the allergic reaction and itchy scalp and use scalpicin for about the first week. my hair is pretty much natural color now so I’m also thinking I’m letting it grow out. post pictures though.

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  4. This was interesting to read; I know another blogger who decided to not color her hair any more and she documented her hair growing out on her blog. I colored my hair for about 5 years and then it got expensive since I had roots like yours that grew out in 6-8 weeks. Now I’m thinking its time to start coloring it again, we’ll see. It would be hard though if you were allergic to the dyes, maybe a wig? (just kidding about the wig 🙂


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  5. You wear your hair short, so it should grow out quickly. I quit coloring and never looked back. It’s exhilarating to be free of the processing. Since my daughter adopted a little girl who had a liver disorder, I’ve learned a lot–how the liver filters everything that enters the body–even the smell of those chemicals. It was easier to just say no after that!

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    1. You make a good point, Patti. I have a friend who quit coloring when she had a bout with cancer. She was convinced they were connected somehow. I hope mine looks as good as I am hoping it might.


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