How do you cope when you are transitioning to grey hair? It takes patience waiting for the ‘growing out’ stage to end and it’s not always easy.
On the bad days, keep remembering that this is something positive you are doing for yourself. You are sick of the hair dye, the risks of putting chemicals on your hair and skin, the upkeep, the money, you like the look of silver hair and/or you are ready to embrace your authenticity. All these factors, whether you relate to all of them or not, are positive reasons for change and are worth waiting for.
Making the decision to go grey is a big step and to get to this point we have all been on our own journey. During the transition, your hair may not be looking its best. You have your new grey hair starting to sprout through, while your dyed ends still remain as a stark reminder of years of dyeing. Don’t despair. There is a lot that can be done to help you through this difficult phase and I can assure you that it does get easier.
I am still in the transitioning phase myself. My hair is very strong and thick and so I made the decision to get my ends highlighted to ease into my tranisition without a stark line. I think this is an easier way to handle the transition but for many reasons, it is not for everyone. Check out my blog ‘5 Tips to a Stress-free Transition to Grey.’
Here are some ways to handle those ‘wobbly’ days while you are going grey.
Hats. Hats could be your new best friend. Unfortunately for me, some hats just do not suit me. However I think we can usually find at least one or two that do. The hat you wear will depend on the season. I wore a baseball cap in the Summer and I went the ‘active wear/casual look’ more often than usual so I could get away with wearing a baseball cap without looking weird (this was before I started getting my highlights done to go lighter). This allowed me to just blend in with all the other mums at school or people on the street who had been to the gym and I didn’t even have to break a sweat- bonus! I wear my winter wolly hat in the winter from time to time. Here I am (below left) wearing my favourite woolly hat. It came out last weekend while I was on a break with friends. It was cold and damp and my hair was looking frizzy, however, I didn’t want to go through the ordeal of washing and blowdrying (blowdrying my hair takes some time) while I was on a mini break. Therefore the woolly hat was appropriate because it was cold and wet and it covered up my frizzy, transitioning mop, and nobody battered an eyelid.
Plaits and Twists. Plaits and twists are a great way to style your hair when you’re having a bad time with it. These styles take the focus off your transitioning hair and on to the effort you’ve put into styling it. Belwo is a photo of me with twists during my early transitioning days. It was off my face, so I didn’t even have to think about it after I had done it. My hair was still quite short, but I still managed to put it in a mini bun at the back. You don’t have to do as many twists as I have, just one on each side is nice and pinned at the back. Plaits look good too, so if you feel like your grey hair needs a youthful style then that is another option. Nothing fancy- personally, I am no expert in the fancy braiding department, but it can give you a bit of a lift and it looks like you’ve made an effort, even when it only takes a minute. The image below is my ‘go to’ side plait style. It more than does the ‘trick’.
Hair Accessories. These are another great resource for taking the focus from your transitioning hair and showing that you haven’t ‘let yourself go’ but you are doing this on purpose. Flowers, headbands, bows or whatever you feel is ‘you’. It can be a good excuse to go shopping and have a look around to see what you like.
Lipstick/ Earrings/ Jewellery/Colour- Making an effort with your make up, earrings (see same picture above left of my statement earrings), jewellery or the colours you wear for your clothing has the same effect as hair accessories. It takes the emphasis off your transitioning hair and onto your statement earrings/necklace or your bold lipstick or lovely colour top for example. The other bonus is that, often, when you’ve made a bit of an effort to spruce yourself up, you feel better too. This may very well be a great excuse to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. One statement piece at a time is usually enough.
You will have bad hair days, when you feel like you want to give up and you feel low, but like everything, those feelings will pass. With the above tips and depending on where you are, what you are doing and how you are feeling, you will find ways to get through it. Transitioning to grey is an opportunity to really find out what you like and experiment with new styles. Think of this phase as a the cocoon stage and soon, when you’re grey hair has all grown in, you will become a beautiful butterfly. Think of the cocoon stage as an opportunity to try new things.
Let me know how you cope with transitioning to grey? Don’t forget to connect with me on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. See you there lovelies x