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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!