If you follow me on social media, you might have seen me post my new hair color … gray! Or maybe gronde? (Gray + Blonde) Why I made the change and my thoughts about it so far.
I Needed a Change
In my whole life, I’ve never kept a hair style for more than a couple of years. I just get bored and need something different. Need proof? Here’s just a few of my hair transformations over the years!
I know, I know … so much … umm … variety!
I was over the moon excited with my icy blonde locks as first, but … I was starting to get that itch for something new. And let’s get real, it’s boring and expensive to spend hours in the salon every four weeks.
Of course I knew that gray hair is now oh-so-cool! When my roots would start growing in, I would look carefully to try to figure out what color my hair even was now. I’m still not quite sure! I’m guessing a dark ashy blond with silver streaks. I started playing with the hashtags #ashhair and #grayhair and realized women were dying their hair the color that mine is naturally now (again, I THINK!) Could I try it? I thought of doing #ditchthedye and eventually I might, but for the transition to be smoother, I decided to dye it gray. I went to the salon armed with a bunch of saved Instagram photos and my fabulous stylist helped me pick out what she thought would make a good transition. This is the photo we decided to use as a jumping off point:
Sending out a big thanks to Diana Millere for the permission to share this photo. Check out her Instagram account for lots of beautiful hair inspiration!
My stylist did a gray tone with semi-permanent darker low lights, which means the color will continue to be a bit of a work in progress for awhile. But didn’t it come out pretty?!
What Do I Think?
Well, in typical Dawn fashion I was super excited about it at first because it was new … and I love new! But a week later I was starting to question it. Now I’ve decided I totally love it again! This may change a few times … we’ll see! And frankly, as one my friends pointed out, it doesn’t look THAT different!
Funny side note: I did have one delightful lady come up to me to compliment the color and asking if it was natural. I tried to explain how I dyed my hair what I think might be my natural color now. The poor thing looked so confused. 🤦♀️ I think next time, I’ll just say yes.
What Would Mom Think?
Back in the day, going gray was a sign of defeat, right? My mom always saw it as an act that said you no longer cared how you look, along with a short hair cut and polyester pull on pants. She dyed her hair brown until 84 and she was complaining about her white roots on her deathbed (literally). I wonder what she would think about me going out of my way to DYE my hair gray?!
A Work in Progress
My husband and I were talking about my hair and we realized that he’s never seen my natural hair color! Haha … which means I haven’t seen it in over 10 years either. It will be an adventure to see what is actually is now!
I’ll keep you posted in my transition process. If you’re transitioning to your natural hair color, whether it be gray or whatever, please feel free to leave your social media links in the comments so we can all follow and cheer each other on!
Fun & Fashion,
About the blog: Fashion Should Be Fun is ME talking to YOU, other middle-aged women who are over 40, but not over fashion. We still want to look beautiful and stylish. We still want to have fun with trends. And we don’t need anyone giving us rules, because we’re all different. This is a place for me to share my love of fashion with you, including style ideas, tips, trends, and inspiration. I know how liking the way we look can translate into confidence and energy. I know we have so much life left to live and so much adventure ahead of us. Let’s show the world you’re never too old to have fun and be fierce.