If you are thinking of taking steps to stop colouring your hair and embracing your authentic look. These 5 steps have really helped me ease into the transition from dyed hair to natural silver. I can honestly say, that these tips have made my transition easier and I am actually enjoying the process.
- You may want to consider getting some highlights done particularly if your hair is dark. Highlights can get you to a light enough shade that you can tone it ash and ease into the transition. I had three rounds of highlights done and gave it a month in between to keep the integrity of my hair because it’s pretty heavy going. Otherwise, the other option would be to grow it out. I would say the first 6 months of this is the most difficult. Hats can help with this and they are quite fashionable at the moment, so this may help.
- Get a good hair cut. Go as short as you dare. My hair is thick and if I go too short, its too hard to style, but the shorter you go, the quicker the tranisition. Pinterest can give you some great ideas on how you would like your new look to be if you do choose to cut it. I love the pixie cut, but I just wasn’t sure I could pull it off. I kept mine above my shoulders and it will take me a total of about 18 months to 2 years if I keep mine above my shoulders.
- Use a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. This is particularly relevant if you get highlights done as they are likely to dry out your hair. Protein deep condtioners are great. I use Trepadora Quinoa Deep Conditioner, which I get from britishcurlies.co.uk.
- Look after your hair. Use sulfate free shampoo and silicone free conditioners and keep heat styling to a minimum. I personally avoid straightening irons and curling wands. They are too hot and are so bad for your hair. Also, always use a heat protectant when blow drying. Try styling your hair with your natural wave/curl if you have one. Check out the curly girl method. You can get the book here Curly Girl the Handbook. After reading this, you might find a new and gentler way of styling your hair.
- Longer term, you may have more money to spend now that you are not getting your colour done all the time. Treat yourself!
I am almost 8 months into my transition to grey and I am feeling really good about this decision. I get compliments often on my new hair colour, and many people are surprised when I tell them that it’s natural. It’s quite unusual at 40 years old to have grey hair, unless it’s dyed. I love that I have my own unique colour coming through and it is 100 percent me and I haven’t had to damage my hair to get it there. Choosing to go grey is a positive thing you can do for both your hair and for you. Go for it. I doubt you will regret it.