Wednesday, November 2, 2011

To color or not to color (my hair). That is the question.

Remember last week when I posted those pictures of the Trios cowl? Well, when I was editing those photos, this is what I saw.


WHAT?!?!? I'm 31. I'm too young for that much gray, right? I haven't colored (or cut, for that matter) my hair since before I was pregnant with Sawyer. Is this what baby number 3 does to you?

This was my response when I saw all those grays.


Then I had an idea...


So, the question is this: Do I color, or do I go gray gracefully? What do you do? Discuss. 

22 comments:

  1. I would honestly color it, your hair is so light so it'll work out nicely. Unfortunately for me, i have super dark hair that's pretty much black, so I have to just let my gray shine. Not that I want to let it shine..

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  2. I like grey! Honestely, for me it shows caracter!

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  3. I have a patch of grey just next to my parting on one side. It's not the colour that bothers me per se, it's the fact it's a different texture and always sticking off my head like a beacon :) I found getting half a head of highlights rather than an all over colour worked a treat.

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  4. I put light streaks through my hair - that way, I can pretend the grey is blonde! It all kind of blends through. I only do it three or four times a year - a lot less up-keep than going darker.

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  5. PS I'm 32 with three kids. But I've been going grey for more than 10 years :( I really didn't feel that I could go grey 'gracefully' in my early 20s!

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  6. I like to just highlight my hair - requires less upkeep and the multi-tone affect hides a lot. (That and I yank those gray suckers right out when I find them. But soon, there will be too many!)

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  7. I was going to start coloring my hair when the grays start to fill in more. I'm a red head (same age) and the grays are wiry and stick straight up. We'll see how it looks later. Maybe having one less boy has saved me a few gray hairs!! For you maybe color, or try the highlighting suggestion.

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  8. I hate to say it but yep that's what baby number three does to a person. Trust me after baby number three for me who is now one I started coloring my hair too. Yikes boys just give ya grey hair. I have three boys of my own too and they have all slowly given me grey hair but after three I couldn't ignore it anymore. Color it girl! Or maybe just highlight it depending on how much grey you have.

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  9. I guess that depends on what it will do for you personally. Will coloring your hair allow you to feel good and pretty everyday? If that will not make a difference to you then just let it go grey naturally. Remember that if you are truly happy, you are beautiful grey or not.

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  10. I like gray! I think there's something beautiful about a woman who proudly displays her gray hairs, and I doubt I'll ever color mine.

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  11. This makes me want to carefully inspect my own hair.

    If it really bothers you, I would say some sort of highlighting to minimize it's appearance. Doing all over color takes a lot of upkeep.

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  12. I say just let it grey. While dying could prolong the pain, then you're trapped in a cycle of dying (which is expensive and time consuming) or having this really weird line for months as it grows out when you want to stop. Aka, it delays the pain, but it will be that much worse later. At least, that's the way it is for my mom. :P

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  13. I'm so curious to see what you will do! I'm 35. 4th baby on the way and SO much grey! ugh. I've been contemplating coloring too. I'm worried about doing something permanent that I won't like though because other than the grey, I like my hair color. I'm thinking of using Natural Instincts - just a rinse. Because, along with the grey - age seems to be making my hair a weird texture. And the pregnancy...well, now I just have greying, THICK, weird textured hair. What to do..

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  14. Get some mild highlights. They will help cover the gray, plus make newer grays be less noticeable!

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  15. I'm 37 and have noticed grays since around 30. I say to heck with that.. I color mine. I'm not ready to embrace the gray, I feel like it's too early to let them win! I'm used to trying different shades though and have been coloring my hair for fun since my teens. To each their own I guess.

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  16. I'll be interested to see what you go up with...I'm in the same situation. I used to just pluck out the grays with tweezers, but it's getting too much to keep up with. I can't afford a salon coloring, and I'm too chicken to color my own hair.

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  17. This is so funny! I just colored my hair. I had put off deciding for quite a while. Then one day I started feeling quite old. With little ones, I didn't want to be old until they are older. So I dyed it this past weekend. It is fun. Nothing major. A bit of red. A few highlights. Did it myself to save some $$$. Good luck deciding.

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  18. Love your blog! You are so talented and I can't believe how you get it all done!
    I have been a hairstylist/colorist for 15 years, and your gray doesn't bother me. I do think that a darker, cool brown would bring out your eye color, warm up your skin tone and be all around fabulous! Ask your stylist for a demi permanent haircolor. It will gradually fade out over time so you won't have obvious roots (minimal maintenance) and it will leave your hair feeling shiny and conditioned.

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  19. I can't wait to see what you do! I have been coloring my hair for 23 years so I actually have no idea what my natural hair color is. I do have gray hair that I see between colorings and what I don't like is the texture difference. I go between blond highlights and dark brown hair every few years. Right now I have dark brown hair. I like it more than I have in the past so I think I'm done with the blond for good. I may do the burgundy thing again one day. Haven't tried that in about 12 years. The one thing that I never want to think about is how much money I've spent on my hair over the years.

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  20. I have the same trouble. More gray all the time, but don't know what to do about it. I hate the gray (the texture -- ugh), but I also hate the thought of starting something that requires maintenance. It's hard enough just to keep my fingernails clipped.

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  21. I love this issue! It's my first visit here, but I had to put my two cents in. I'm proudly grey (and an Aussie hence the spelling) and went through the transition to grey 3 years ago when I was 32. I would recommend NEVER colouring it, as transitioning from dyed red hair to grey was ugly!! But now that I'm done, I love it! I used a site called "Going Gray, Looking Great" to help me through, the ladies there were so supportive and there are gorgeous white haired photos everywhere for inspiration.
    Good luck with your decision and Hi, great blog, I'm going to have a look around at all your boy stuff now, I've got 3 of my own (and a girl) so I need all the help I can get!

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  22. You have a crazy young looking face my dear, I wouldn't have thought for a second you were even 31 (I'm 30) I would say do what makes you feel the prettiest! (I, on the other hand am finding greys in my EYEBROWS!!!)

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