|You will not be able to tell us apart, Halle and me.|
I am on that journey to my natural color hair – now about 80% silver and 20% brown (I’ve never been a natural blonde, but I sure have enjoyed being a decided blonde). I’m envious of my short-haired friends making the same journey. Have you seen how fabulous Judith‘s hair looks as she allows the silvers to grow in?
|Judith has a beautiful ombre effect. Source.|
I’m not ready to cut my hair, so this is going to take some time. The contrast between my natural hair and colored hair isn’t too dramatic, but you can see the demarcation line. Keeping my hair messy does help.
|Silver and gold. This is my hair now.|
So here’s my plan, and perhaps it’ll help some of you considering the change.
- If you’re blonde, have your hair toned, or do it yourself to reduce the yellowish tints and enhance the silvers. Toning isn’t damaging to your hair if done properly, and I do this every two months or so.
- The big guns: have your stylist (unless you’re really hair-skilled, this is a job for professionals) “highlight” your hair with palest tones – for me that’s almost-white. This does involve lifting color, aka bleaching. It’s not nurturing, especially for those of us with fine, thin hair. But my stylist has been using a product with an oil base (similar), as gentle as she can find. The results are fabulous, but because of the bleaching involved, I’m indulging two to three times a year.
- Use a purple-toned shampoo and/or conditioner. I found the Fashionista shampoo too drying, so I went back to my sulfate-free L’Oreal shampoo, and use the purple Fashionista conditioner. I leave it on for about three minutes. I don’t know that this has much effect, but I feel like I’m doing my part.
- Use hats, headbands and scarves. And if you’re willing, use hairpieces that cover your roots. I have a couple of “toppers” that blend with my hair at the bottom, but fully cover the top.
|I’m wearing a topper here – it covers the top and front of my hair. And it gives me straight hair if I want it : >|
- Patience. Haha! I distract myself with bright nail polishes, lipstick, and a sassy attitude.
Please add any transitioning tips you know, and stay fabulous,
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