Going Gray Naturally – One Year Update

I’m a year into ditching the dye and going gray – well into the stage of looking like my gray hair is intentional and not like I just haven’t made the time to get it done.

At the start of Going Gray
November 2015

All that’s left now is to let the hair even out and continue trimming a little off every couple of months, even though I’m tempted to cut it to the color line sometimes.

If I were to do that, it would be really short and my hair’s harder to manage when it’s short. Even though I know it’ll grow, I’m not sure I have the nerve to do that.

Cutting my hair short would be such a drastic change for me, unlike going gray which is super slow. No drastic changes.

Even though my hair color is not a matter of any real significance in the world, I’ve learned a few lessons through my experience during the past year:

You can’t tell by looking at some one what they’re about.

My assumptions about people could be totally wrong. The other day, I saw a young woman with gray hair who looked to be in her late 20s or early 30s. Her hair looked beautiful and I figured it must be dyed. She looked too young to have gray hair. I’m assuming. I really don’t know. My assumption is based on my own experience and my perception. I could be totally wrong.

Everyone ages differently.

I assumed that everyone would have gray hair as they aged, but that’s not true.One of my neighbors says, “I love your hair! Mine won’t turn gray.” She’s about my age and has only a few strands of gray. Some people won’t get gray hair. Go figure. 

Going Gray Naturally - At the 5 month mark
Going Gray Naturally – At the 5 month mark

 Age really is just a number.

I’ve always wanted to be healthy and strong and now that I’m in my 50s, that’s even more important to me. Gray hair seems to broadcast that I’m an older woman so no one will question when I order off the Senior menu and in fact, will suggest it. 

My goal is to age well and still be able to lift weights, run, work out, and be as active as ever even though my hair is gray. Read more at My Random Inspiration.

Sometimes when I see a picture of myself, I’m surprised . My hair is so white! I guess that’s as close to seeing my hair as other people see me.

Going Gray Naturally - At the 1 Year Mark
Going Gray Naturally – At the 1 year mark

I still have a ways to go. I’ll keep you posted.

4 thoughts on “Going Gray Naturally – One Year Update

  • November 29, 2016 at 11:01 am
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    You look really lovely grey. It softens your face. Glad you went for it!

    • November 30, 2016 at 1:59 pm
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      Thanks Kathleen! You inspired me : ) I’m glad I went for it too!

    • December 5, 2016 at 12:20 pm
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      That’s a great way to look at going gray – earning it and wearing it proudly! Love it!

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