Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Hair Experiment


**Warning ... totally girly post ahead **

Okay, so after my last (so-so) hair appointment in June, I decided two things. One was to grow my hair out (again), because for some reason my stylist added layers when I hadn't asked for them. It had taken FOREVER to get my hair all one length so I was not happy when I realized what she’d done. It didn't look bad, it just wasn't what I’d wanted. The second was that after looking at the painful cost of professional hair coloring I'd see if I could tolerate my grays (Mr. W says they're “silver” – he’s kind like that) and attempt the whole “grow old gracefully” thing.

So my hair – and the grays – have been growing out since then. Five months.

At first it wasn't so bad. Then it was tolerable. Then the grays started sticking straight out of my head, taunting me (nah, nah, boo boo), the buggers. Suddenly I began thinking about buying some Clairol but was too afraid I’d mess it up and turn my hair orange and it would all fall out. I sucked it up. Then my bangs started driving me nuts (the urge to cut them myself...so strong, but I fought it off). Then this week... I woke up Monday morning, looked in the mirror, saw the mocking grays, the out-of-control bangs and immediately ran to the phone to call for a hair cut and color appointment. I'd had enough.

Maybe I’ll try the growing old gracefully thing again later. When I’m older. Much older.

How about you? Do you color? And if you've grown out your silvers, how long does it take for them to look “normal” and not like you haven’t gotten your hair done in a while???


26 comments:

Shel said...

I color. (Not salon, on my own. Salon prices make my Scottish soul beg for mercy and scream in pain). When I remember and when I have time. Which is basically when my mirror does what yours did and starts yelling nanana boo boo at me . I got four inches chopped off a couple of months ago, making my hair shorter than it has been for about 30 years. I love it. Chris, not so much, LOL. But I think I'll keep it this way for a while. It doesn't help with the "no time/inclination to get the hair color in" thing, though. And right now mine REALLY needs it because like a dummy, I let my favorite cashier/coworker pick the color last time and she chose auburn. It looks AWFUL as it comes out - silver plus auburn = coppery pink. Yep, back to caramel brown for me...

Liz Straw said...

I am blessed with dark brown hair. I have been accused of cloring my hair, even by my own mother! LOL However, neither my mother, nor her mother ever turned compltly gray. My mom is 86, the area around her temples has the most gray, the rest is faded brown. I actually think my hair has turned darker, but their are a few gray hairs here and there. My dad on the other hand was completly gray by 30 and now has white hair, beatiful curly hair he keeps cut so short that only the family nows what lurks under his haircut. I have a few waves and odd. Cowlicks. I love my hair!

Joanie said...

I color with Miss Clairol. I use the "Color Blend Technology" LOL! It sounds hard, but really it's just something they do that creates more than just one dull overall color. The funny thing is that when I switched from having my stylist do the color, and started using Miss Clairol, I've had tons of people tell me how get my hair looks. So much for the high salon prices--I just have to put up with short term stink in my bathroom. And it really is easy.

I've had gray hair forever--started with a gray streak showing up in first grade (yep, you read that right). I started having my colorist add highlights in my 20s to camouflage, and by 30 I was probably 40% gray. It's still not all over gray, and probably half of that is really white. I've tried growing it out several times, but since I don't have all-over gray in any shade, it just looks dull. So, I keep the Miss Clairol handy.

And no, I've never ended up with green hair -- like my best friend did in high school when she tried to go blonde, then changed her mind and tried to dye her hair back to medium brown (she ended up with a lovely shade of olive).

Leann Sweeney said...

I color and highlight my hair, mostly because it is the only "pampering" I get and because I have bone straight hair that needs a professional cut to look halfway decent. AND I so enjoy visiting with my stylist. I guess for me it is a social experience I love! (And I hate my gray hairs!!)

Carrie P said...

I have mousy brown/blond hair, it's long, touches my waist band when it's down, but I wear it up in a pony tail, or in a braid. Everyone asks why don't you just cut it short? If I cut it short you'd all see those grays/silvers hiding in the pony tail/braid. Plus, I love my long hair, it's very fine (think baby hair), so it doesn't really curl or do anything else. My sister is blond blond and 10 years older than me, her gray/silver barely shows in her long hair too. So I think I'll just keep on doing what I'm doing, I did try the coloring, but I hate having to keep up with it, so I'm just au natural. :)

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I colored my hair for many years but got tired of having it done every month and the cost. Sooooo, about 10 years ago I called it quits and let it grow out. I wear my hair short so it took only about 4 or 5 months.. I'm snow white with a little gray in the back...Once in a while someone will come up to me and say I have pretty hair. I have it trimmed every 5 weeks and get a perm every 3 months or so. My hair is fine and thinning. Every once in a while I think I should color it to make it have more body but friends talk me out of it. It's not the white/gray I hate, it's the thinning.
.

Lesley said...

I use L'oreal Excellence at home, have for years, and love it. Light Ash Brown is my color. On special occasions, my stylist colors it, that seems to last longer for vacations. My daughters don't want me to go gray, their Grammy still dyes her hair light brown and she is in her 80's. It makes a difference. Good luck with this!

Heather Blake Webber said...

Shel, I think I might have some Scottish in me, too. :)

Heather Blake Webber said...

Liz, you're lucky! I don't have a lot of grays on my naturally dark brown either, but what I do have is enough to drive me batty! LOL.

Heather Blake Webber said...

Olive? EEEK! But you are giving me hope that one day I can switch to a box.

Heather Blake Webber said...

Leann, it's my only pampering, too, which is why I was able to justify it to myself. And I love your short sassy style!

Heather Blake Webber said...

The keeping up part is such a pain! I love long hair and bet yours is beautiful.

Heather Blake Webber said...

Diane, I think white hair is stunning. So pretty. Do not color it!!!

Heather Blake Webber said...

Okay, I'm feeling much better about boxed color. Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to try it...

Anonymous said...

I am letting the grey grow - for the second time. The first, I didn't like it and ended up coloring after several months. This time, I am working with my stylist. As they grow out, she does a regular rinse, which washes out gradually. Until they gray is the total length, I will continue. One day, I will wake up to my real colors, which will still be a blend of gray and brown.

Anonymous said...

I don't color. Too lazy and too cheap, although I do plan to get some purple streaks in March to celebrate 3 years of being a cancer survivor. Having lost all my hair once, I find I'm a lot less obsessed about it now. But that's far enough behind me that I now occasionally have to actually remind myself of my motto: "Happy to be here. Happy to have hair." :-)

Vicki said...

I've been gray since I was 15, not pretty gray just spotty and they never look normal. Still stand up all over my head. I call them my "Who hair" because they remind me of the Whos in Whoville with the little antenna things. I have a box of highlights that I think is probably getting to old to use because while I worked up my nerve to buy it but not to use it yet. I've never colored my hair, seen it go bad with all my family members at one time or another. Still have not found a haircut to suit me. I like simple and easy because I've never been able to do my hair.

Laineshots said...

I use L'Oreal Excellence too. I started out using Natural Instincts in my 40s, and as the nana-booboo grays multiplied, I switched to what I'm using now, at the recommendation of my brilliant stylist. She always inspects and pronounces the color perfect, and even I usually forget I wasn't born with this.. until they start to grow out (always at the most inconvenient time).
Then I start to think about the future, and realize I'm stuck. I am always going to have to color now. My hair is too long and too dark to make a graceful transition. Good thing I've got daughters to keep me from looking like a zoo denizen when I get too old to do it right.

ladyvyvian said...

I used Miss Clairol for years and never turned my hair orange or green or anything but auburn. I am naturally ash blonde but experimented with different color in my 20's and everyone said auburn was so me. So I continued to color it auburn for years. About 2 years ago I was getting tired of coloring so I decided to let it grow out. I got many compliments on how the grey was coming in with the light brown so I am happy going grey. As I told my daughter, at 66 I am old enough to be grey and I earned every grey hair on my head. LOL

Heather Blake Webber said...

Ah, working with a stylist is brilliant. I knew there had to be a better way to transition.

Heather Blake Webber said...

I think you've earned the right to do whatever you want with your hair, Kym. Love the purple idea. Rock on!

Heather Blake Webber said...

Who hair! I love it. Perfect description!

Heather Blake Webber said...

You could never look like a zoo denizen, Laine! But LOL at that image. Okay, I'm making a mental note of L'oreal Excellence. :)

Heather Blake Webber said...

So glad to hear so many had good results. Definitely feel more confident about trying the boxed color one day...

IYamVixen2 said...

I haven't gone grey yet, being blonde has some benefits. I do put more blonde in my hair from time to time so that it brightens up. I do my own...too dadgum expensive to have my stylist do it. I think I do a pretty good job. It's lighter and still shiny...I've used Clairol and L'Oreal and liked both.

Sue said...

I'm greying very unevenly---so I color for my own sanity. However, my hair is tired of all the perms and coloring so I'm trying to go for a while without anything just letting it rest. How long will I last?????