I mentioned in my last post that for a number of reasons I've decided to let my hair go back to its natural colour. Whereas in my younger days that simply meant returning to its deep chocolate brown, these days it means going salt and pepper!
Like many of us who have chosen or have been forced to stop dying our hair for health or other reasons, it's good to have a support network to help keep us on our tracks. It has taken me a good year or more to make up my mind about going gray and I've met some resistance along the way, from family, friends and even hairdressers. Whilst I can understand why people may think I'm 'letting myself go', I most definitely am not letting myself go and, in fact, am actually taking more care than ever to prevent myself from doing so!
In recent days, especially now that my hair is much more noticeably grey, I've been seeking and finding a lot of support in grey hair forums, Facebook groups and many blogs and website posts. Some of these I have stumbled across, some have been recommended and some have now been revisited many times over!
It's actually wonderful finding a supportive network to help myself through what at times is a fairly challenging process.
Sometimes I find myself catching a glimpse of myself in a mirror and thinking I look like someone has just tipped some talc over the top of my head. Other times, I just think I look dreadful and long for a trip to the hair salon and seeing myself emerge with silky, shiny, dark brown (or even light brown) locks! Yes, it's most definitely not easy embracing the grey look. Aside from just my hair, going grey means my makeup needs to change, my clothes need to change and I need to find a look that suits me but which is still me, if you know what I mean...
Also, grey hair has specific needs. Apparently, it has a tendency to dry out easily, and whilst I'm used to that particular problem with highlights, I know I will have to take extra care to prevent it yellowing and breaking easily. Fortunately, a while back I tried out the Curly Girl Method and although I didn't persevere with it I am keen to try again as I can see how it will help nurture my hair. Just a few days ago I ordered a Deva hair care travel kit in the hope that I will be able to stick it out this time and give my poor tortured hair some tlc and perhaps feel the benefits in my newly emerging silvers!
Over the coming days, weeks and months I'll document what products and routines help me in my grey quest and hopefully my results will help others out there to go back to their natural hair colour. I don't expect this journey to be easy, but I do hope it will be less stressful than I originally anticipated.
So, let the journey unfold...