Are you ready to go gray? Are you tired of constantly coloring your hair? Here are some things you can do to ease your transition from dyed hair, to naturally silver hair:
1. Find a hairdresser who will help you. Even if you don't plan to color or highlight your hair ever again, having a hairdresser who is supportive is super important. You don't want someone who's going to try to talk you into coloring your hair again, or who clearly thinks your idea of going gray is lame. You need a cheerleader. A cheerleader who can give you a great haircut and a self-esteem boost.
2. Be prepared for the looks. Especially during the first few months of going gray, you will get a lot of stares from people. Mostly from women who clearly dye their hair. They're trying to figure out what the heck is going on with your hair. Or they're being rude. Or they're a little bit of both. This is really tough to deal with, but it will end. Try to have a thick skin, and get support. The Cafe Gray forum is a wonderful, supportive resource for women who are going gray.
3. Take care of your hair. Get a great deep conditioner. Get frequent haircuts. Do your hair every day, and make it look fabulous. This will help you when you feel less than thrilled about your new silver streaks.
4. Experiment with new makeup. Having gray hair effects your coloring. Many women find that they need to wear bolder colors. I used to look okay without lipstick, and now I look really washed out unless I'm wearing it. Sort of a bummer, but it makes me look more put together.
5. Be a great mother - to yourself. This is the time to cook healthy meals for yourself, exercise, enjoy friends and family, and build yourself up. Think of what you would do for yourself if you were your mother (provided your mother is awesome), and then do it. Take care of yourself.
6. If you want to drop a few pounds, now's the time to do it. When you feel less than stellar about your hair, knowing that you are taking care of your health can be a great confidence booster.
7. Buy yourself a great hat. Sometimes you just don't want to have to deal with the stares and the questions. Put on a hat. Deal with the questions tomorrow.
Are you planning on going gray soon? Do you have any tips to share? Please leave a comment below. And, if you're looking for more inspiration, visit my Going Gray Tips & Tricks Pinterest Board.
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