I’m almost 35 now, and my hair is more grey than brown. I have been dying it since I left school, but my roots never stay covered for long as my hair grows super fast. I usually have well over 1cm of root just 4 weeks after dying, and well over an inch if I wait 2 months between colouring my hair. With this in mind, I am considering transitioning to grey hair.
Why am I transitioning to grey hair?
I know that for a lot of people, the idea of going grey – especially in their 30s is shocking. For me, it’s not something I am ashamed of. Having already lost both of my parents, I see ageing as a positive thing. Elders were once something to aspire to be, and I see ageing as something to celebrate, not hide from. More and more people are being pressured by the media to have perfect hair, and more people than ever are opting to have extensions, hair transplants or hair pieces. I definitely don’t need to consider those, but plenty of people feel they do.
I feel anxious in the hairdressers, and it isn’t something I enjoy. It definitely doesn’t feel like a treat when I visit – it’s more of a chore. Don’t misunderstand me – I’m not about to carry a walking stick instead of a smartphone, and I won’t be trading in my skinny Jeans for slacks any time soon, but I am fed up of having to go through the absolute nightmare of colouring my bird’s nest hair to hide my natural colour.
I may hate it once it’s done, and decide that actually I look 85, and dealing with the hair dye and facing my fear of the hairdresser chair is far less traumatic than being charged the OAP price on the train. I’m not saying I will be grey forever, but I definitely want to see what happens…
How Bad Is My Hair – REALLY?
Think I am exaggerating about how bad my grey hair is? Check this out…
As you can see, my former natural colour is very dark brown. Now though, my roots are very much peppered with white and grey. (Excuse the dandruff – that’s another reason why I am opting to transition…. I have a really dry, sensitive scalp, and hair dye really irritates it).
I have to use shampoo and conditioner for sensitive scalp, and even that leaves me itchy. The GP prescribes stronger stuff sometimes, but that dries my hair out massively so I avoid using it as much as possible.
How To Transition
I have done a lot of reading and know there are several ways I could approach it. I could get a pixie cut and skip the transition, but this is definitely not one for me.
The 2nd option is to just let it grow through, and do nothing. To be honest, this was what I was going to do, but now I am a few months in, it’s starting to look awful, and it’s really bothering me.
The 3rd option is to get highlights and attempt to blend their colour as closely as possible to the grey roots. I think this will be my next step.
I’m also going to have a lot of my length cut off. It’s well past my shoulder blades at the moment, and my hair is naturally wavy. With that in mind, I am going to opt for a long, layered messy bob. A bit like this, but without the dramatic parting….
My hair has been permanently up in a bun for the past year or so, so I don’t think I will miss the length. Honestly, my hair is one of my biggest peeves. It is ridiculously thick, and it takes literally an hour to straighten, so I never bother. I’m hoping that a shorter, more layered style will be easier for me to actually DO something with…!
I’m booked into the hairdressers on 2nd October, and I’ll be sure to share proper before and after photos once it’s done. Would you consider transitioning to grey hair? I’d love to hear your thoughts.