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To gray or not to gray: that is the question.

02/16/2015 31 Comments

To gray or not to gray: that is the question.

02/16/2015 31 Comments

I’ve been coloring my brown hair since I could drive myself to the drugstore. When I decided to grow out my ombre highlights last year — still a work in progress — I thought I’d give my hair a rest from the chemicals and go au naturale for while.

It turns out, I like my natural color… and now my head is being slowly colonized by grays.

Ironic, dontcha’ think?

It started in my late 20s with a silvery strand or two — which I yanked and forgot — but when I tried a deep side part a few Sundays ago, I found a sneaky streak hiding near my left temple that I hadn’t noticed before. (I’m sure I sprouted several more over Valentine’s week.)

When women start to gray, we find ourselves at a fork in the road: one path leads to years in our colorist’s chair waging a war against our roots, and the other embraces it. There’s even an #embracethegray hashtag, which I discovered while scouring Pinterest and Instagram for fierce ladies who let their silver shine; see: Sarah Harris.

Considering my aversion to maintenance, I think I’ll join the latter camp and let it go. For now. ;)

To blend everything in, I want to add some hand-painted balayage highlights to the crown and around my face. They’re more subtle and grow-out friendly than foils, and will hopefully camouflage the gray without the need for regular root touchups.

Best case scenario, I end up with some awesome natural highlights like this gorgeous model from Cisthene.

{Image sources: Refinery29, Cisthene, Constanza Arena, British Vogue.}

Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear.

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  • […] out last year’s lob and highlights in an effort to “get back to my roots” — grays and all — using fewer hot tools means less breakage and healthier, happier […]

  • EMGN Designs 03/26/2015 at 12:41 pm

    Love your gray – think of the Universe as your Colorist!
    Your blog postings always make me smile and really help me with my beauty/fashion routines. To thank you for that, I have nominated you for The Creative Blogger’s Award. Follow the link for the scoop: http://emgndesigns.com/2015/03/25/the-creative-bloggers-award/
    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  • Anonymous 03/11/2015 at 5:34 pm

    @crystalannrod on instagram pulls off the silver hair look!

  • castroct56 03/01/2015 at 2:10 pm

    Reblogged this on Who Are Model?.

  • nora 02/23/2015 at 9:41 am

    I’m dark blonde and my hair goes quite light in the sun. I always used to have some highlights put in during the winter to lighten things up, but, now mother nature does it for me with what I like to call the ‘platinum blonde’ streaks. I have rather a baby-face, so, I welcome the greys an in fact do an on purpose side part to show them off during job interviews… can’t wait to see how you play with yours!

  • astoldbyleaux 02/23/2015 at 6:33 am

    I love that you are embracing your grey roots. I’m currently in the process of dying my hair grey. Your beautiful just the way you are.

  • beablessingzim 02/19/2015 at 7:37 am

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  • ellecurran62984 02/18/2015 at 9:13 pm

    Im in the same exact position!!! Embrace it!

  • nicolemolders 02/18/2015 at 1:57 am

    no gray. Keep people employed

  • myGREENkart.com 02/18/2015 at 12:12 am
  • iamnotabeautyblogger 02/17/2015 at 11:24 pm

    Grey is beautiful! It’s like a prize for unlocking a life achievement! If you can learn to accept yourself, it’s much easier (and cheaper) than waging that war at the salon.

  • Sweet Tea Sweetie 02/17/2015 at 9:00 pm

    Go grey! I love silver hair, I think it’s so beautiful!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • marielfernandes 02/17/2015 at 12:56 pm

    To gray!

  • MaggieMay 02/17/2015 at 10:38 am

    Honestly from what I see in the picture it’s not that gray. I find it pretty actually. But if it bothers you highlights might be the way to go :)

  • Cassie 02/17/2015 at 6:50 am

    Sounds amazing! Wish you had shared a pic :)

    carbonandpearls.com

  • qershi 02/17/2015 at 4:05 am

    I think whether to go with the grey or cover it up depends on your natural hair colour and the tone of your skin. If they grey makes your skin look dull and tired then perhaps add highlights to counterbalance the grey. My grey hair has grown as distinct streaks from my part all the way down to the tip of my hair ends. I have light blond hair and fortunately the grey looks as though I have had platinum highlights. So they work for me- for now anyway :)

  • Danika Maia 02/17/2015 at 3:38 am

    At 24 I think I have something like 4 grey hairs already! I come from a family of women who all dye their hair into their 80s and 90s so I’m not sure I’ll ever let it go all the way, but ironically it’s really “in” for 20 something year olds to dye their hair silver.

    http://www.danikamaia.com

  • Reba 02/16/2015 at 10:34 pm

    I battle with this too! I color my hair every 4 weeks because I have so much gray hair. I was at target today and I saw a woman my age (30) who had grey hair, long and grown out with some highlights. I’m thinking of that route too :)

  • Erin's Notions 02/16/2015 at 10:10 pm

    I discovered my first gray hair when I was 20 and thought it was hilarious. As they have begun to multiply over the years I started to find it less and less funny. I had convinced myself to embrace the gray and actually dye a gray streak, a-la Stacey London (So Fabulous!). My hair stylist wouldn’t let me do it though and now I am left trying to figure out my next move… Good luck!

  • Shekin D. 02/16/2015 at 9:04 pm

    Embrace it baba!! xx

    shxkin.com

  • katienoni 02/16/2015 at 8:41 pm

    I love this. I have been fighting these for years and I don’t want to just dye them all the time. I love some of these styles :)

  • TheTasteTracker 02/16/2015 at 7:49 pm

    I think if you work anything with confidence then it’s never wrong.
    xx

    -Mikayla
    http://thetastetracker.wordpress.com

  • Anastasia Christou 02/16/2015 at 7:17 pm

    oh Id say leave it!! be unique…Ive been colouring mine for years now and feel like im a slave to my roots! its a nightmare actually as Im always colouring once a month, pricey salon prices and time wasting too haha…Ive got a Gray Pinterest inspiration board https://www.pinterest.com/percivalroad/gray/ for when I try to go natural…one day!

  • Luxe&Honey 02/16/2015 at 6:40 pm

    Love this! Women are told to change so many things about themselves… it’s refreshing to see women embrace their natural and true beauty! Good on you for embracing the gray!

  • Angela 02/16/2015 at 5:56 pm

    I’ve been hiding my greys since I was 17!!!! I really wish I’d just embraced it xo

  • oldsolenewshoes 02/16/2015 at 5:13 pm

    I love that you have the courage to take that leap. Embrace your inner silver goddess!

  • Amy 02/16/2015 at 5:13 pm

    embrace the grey

  • Fancy, Frugal & Fit 02/16/2015 at 4:47 pm

    I love the salt and pepper look and I always have! I think it looks lovely with ashy blonde highlights 😍

  • MK 02/16/2015 at 4:07 pm

    I know a couple of women who dye, and they look pretty, but me and my mom go ‘au naturale’ (although I don’t have to deal with grays yet) and we love it.

  • rosyblush 02/16/2015 at 3:52 pm

    Ooh yes, embrace the grey! I think it looks so cool and dreamy…and besides, aging isn’t always a bad thing. I think it’s one of the most beautiful things about being human :)

  • Patrick & Helen 02/16/2015 at 3:47 pm

    Beauty is ageless. Gray is beautiful.

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