Live and Let Dye Die

I always say 'each to his/her own'.

I decided to ditch the dye at the age of 45 for a number of reasons. My decision was based on the fact that as I was getting older I felt I did not look natural with brown hair. As we age, our complexions get lighter and I found that continuing to dye my hair brown actually made me look older - it emphasised the aging lines in my skin. I noticed too that, as is normal for women of the peri-/menopausal phase of life, my hair was getting a little thinner, especially at the front - so my scalp was more visible through the dyed hair. I was frustrated by the fact that I was having to colour it every two weeks to get rid of the new grey regrowth coming through and I resented putting chemicals onto my scalp which might not be a healthy thing to do. I thought to myself, 'stop fighting it, let the colour grow out and see what I really look like'. So I gave it a go.

 The photo which made me stop dyeing my hair

20 comments:

  1. Hi Denise. I have not read much of your blog yet. I have my coffee and that's what I am starting to do. But I couldn't wait to comment because this is the first time I have seen your before picture.
    What at difference. Your dyed hair cannot compare to your natural hair color. Your are stunning with your gray hair. I don't like your colored hair at all. That's being nice! Your gray hair is glorious, pretty, beautiful, stunning. Oh I could go on and on. It just affects the whole you. Rock on sister!

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  2. Hi, Denise, I just came across your blog and thanks for writing! I'm a 48-year-old mom and work full time, and I have not touched hair dye for almost 5 years. I LOVE my silver hair, and I get many compliments on it as well. I have to say, you look gorgeous in gray as opposed to pre-gray--what a difference! As for me, since I have stopped the color, my hair is fuller and has tons more body. Anyway, thanks again!! Barbara Matteson

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  3. PS--that's not a picture of me; it's from a roleplay group I belong to. I'll try to find one.

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  4. I love the shade of grey you have, when I go grey I hope it will be like that, stunning colour.

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  5. I started my journey in 2011 and I have NO REGRETS! A great journey! You always look gorgeous :)

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  6. You look absolutely fantastic!

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  7. Gorgeous!!! I haven't dyed my hair in a year. I kept my hair short (which was how I always wore it) so the transition was complete in about 8 months. Now that I'm done, I've been letting it get some length and I absolutely LOVE your style!! I'm going to bookmark this page so I can look at my "goal" hair often :) I, too, have a light streak like you do on my left side. I have a lot of brown in my hair yet along with silver and people think I have it done that way...haha

    Isn't it amazing how much better your hair feels and the fullness that is there. My hair was like yours was when I was dyeing...thin and flat. I was coloring every 2 weeks to hide the grey. Then I developed a PPD allergy and that was the determining factor for me. I will never dye my hair again!!

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    1. Thanks Colleen. You'll find that when you grow out your layers that your silver streaks will be more striking and look better. They'll make a big fashion statement - good luck! :)

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  8. To Dye your hair is a personal choice. I am 49 with LOTS of gray hair an i chose not to dye my hair. I tell you why. I was told to dye hair your hair has to be somewhat long to get the shade you select. Since i cut my hair short all the time, i Found that it is impossible to get the color on my hair. And honestly, I do not like to go through the process of dying!!!

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  9. She looks 15 years older with grey hair

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    1. You're rude so rude!! She is gorgeous and seriously has me considering letting go of my "color".

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  14. Hi Denise, You may have answered this question in previous posts, but my hair is really thin and I have been highlighting my hair for years, but it's got much thinner since I started base coloring + highlighting. Do you know anything about how coloring affects the fineness of hair? I think my grey is still less than 50%. Thank you!

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  15. Hi Michelle - I am not a trained hair stylist but I would recommend you join a closed grey hair Facebook group called 'GGG Going Gray Guide'. If you ask your question someone will be able to share their similar experiences with you. Also, Jan, who manages the group is very knowledgeable and helpful. Thanks x

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