My Gray Hair Transition – Update at 9 Months

September 10, 2020

To celebrate nine months of growing out my natural hair color, I got a cute layered bob haircut!  Super exciting to be in a salon again!  And the layering really hides the line of demarcation.

gray hair transition

If you’ve been around here awhile, you know about my hair journey, but I wanted to recap for new readers.  My gray hair transition posts always get some new eyes which is awesome! If you’re new here, WELCOME!!

growing out the gray


Story of my Transition

Sometime last fall, I started to play around with the idea of transitioning to my natural hair color, which I assumed was some shade of gray, or at least salt and pepper.  I was tired of the upkeep on my platinum blond hair – 3-4 hour appointments every 4 weeks!  Frankly it was boring and expensive. And I realized eventually I’d probably have platinum/white/gray hair anyway, so why not start going natural!

I started stalking the social media of women who had made the transition to natural.  The Facebook group Gray and Proud is full of inspirational before and after photos and I’d say 99% of the women looked better with their natural color!  The group also is full of supportive women who are happy to help and encourage.

I started my journey with some lowlights and a gray rinse. If I had it all to do again, I might skip this step.  My hair was so light that the temporary lowlights weren’t so temporary. I lost two months of natural growth, and it just gave me another line of demarcation.  On the positive side, it did help me get used to the idea of having gray hair!

When I was just a couple of months into my transition, the pandemic hit.  This was bad news for a million reasons, but it was actually good news for my hair transition at least! I couldn’t go running off to the salon on a whim to get color. And I wasn’t going anywhere exciting for a long time (actually much longer than I thought at the time).

In the beginning of June, at 6 months, I gave myself a bob haircut. I had never cut my own hair and it was a risk, but it worked out okay and seemed to entertain whoever watched the video.

Now at the beginning of September, I had 9 months of natural hair growth, approximately 5 1/2 inches of virgin hair and I decided to celebrate with a haircut at the salon.

My Advice

Going gray is a personal choice and one you have to make for yourself! Don’t let anyone talk you into or out of it!

Get Inspired!  Check out social media for inspiration and to see transitions.

Color Blend or Cold Turkey?

Is it better to blend the color or go cold turkey?  Had life been more exciting this last year, I think I would’ve been more tempted to get color blending done. I had planned on it in March, but then the pandemic came and canceled that appointment of course.  You can read in the online group about the pluses and minuses of blending vs going cold turkey.  The biggest complaint about blending it was it fades and your left with just another demarcation line.

To Chop or Not to Chop?

If you like short hair, the grow out process can be so much easier!  If you’re willing to shave your head, you’re off and running!  A pixie cut is also a great idea!  I like a short bob and when I can do that and have it ALL natural I will. I’m getting close!  I just did a layered bob and the layering really helped to blend the color line!  Another cut or two and my hair should be all ME!

Other People

Chances are the reactions will be mixed to your new hue.  I got a lot of concerned questions when I first told people what I was doing.  At a certain point, people get used to seeing you with your new natural color and it’s no big deal. Plus they see that so many months have gone by and you’ve stayed the course. Some women feel like by going natural you are suggesting to them that they should too.  This is not true!  I’m a huge believer in doing whatever you want to make yourself feel good and be happy.  Even though I’m going natural in other areas as well (more organic food, clean makeup), there are some areas (ahem … botox) where I’m still not on the all natural bandwagon.  Everything is a personal choice!


Products I use:

Celeb Luxury – Temporary hair color that’s actually good for your hair.  This can help with the transition or the silver rinse can give your natural hair a bit more sparkle!

Quality Boar Bristle Brush from Earth Therapeutics – Best hairbrush ever!

Vitafusion Hair, Skin & Nail Gummies – Can’t hurt, right?  I do see a different in my nails for sure!

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – I put a scoop in my morning coffee.  Some women swear it speeds up hair growth.  I don’t know if it really does, but it makes me feel good to DO something to make it grow faster! Head massages might help too!

Pravana The Perfect Blond Masque – my favorite hair masque for my blond AND my gray hair

Other recommendations:

If you’re in San Jose: Do or Dye Salon

Facebook support group: Gray & Proud


layered bob haircut

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Fun & Fashion,

Dawn Lucy


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!



  • Reply Briana from Texas September 10, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    I love your haircut! You look gorgeous!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 11, 2020 at 1:35 pm

      Aww thanks so much! I really appreciate the comment!

  • Reply Michelle September 11, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Your hair is beautiful! You made the right decision.

    I let my hair go natural when my husband and I retired – which has been a couple of years now. My hair has plenty of gray, but it wasn’t as much as I thought it might be.


    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 11, 2020 at 1:36 pm

      Mine isn’t as gray as I thought it would be either, but I figure this way we can watch the gray keep coming in, right?! Congratulations on retirement! I’m sure looking forward to that time! 🙂

  • Reply Lee Rosenthall September 11, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Oh, Dawn, you’re such an inspiration! I can’t tell you how many times over the past six months I’ve pulled out that box of Nice & East to color my roots, but then I think of how much time I’ve invested in this journey and stop myself. And I remind myself of your posts. I LOVED when you chopped off your long hair. Your new haircut is DARLING. Thanks for the tip about the FB group – I just requested to join.

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 11, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      Oh, Lee .. this means so much to me. Thanks!! I’m excited you’ll be in the Gray & Proud community! There are just so many wonderful women in that group. Whenever I feel wobbly about my decision, a little time spent scrolling through the transition photos gets me excited for my own transition all over again. Big hug!

  • Reply Tara September 11, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Love the haircut and your color looks great! When I transitioned I did the pixie cut and it helped to hide the drastic change of medium-dark brown to salt and pepper. I also ran into some raised eyebrows with people who hadn’t seen me in a while. Especially once the transition was complete.

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 12, 2020 at 8:58 am

      Did you keep the pixie cut or did you grow it out? I might go shorter next time if I need to to be fully transitioned!

  • Reply Eileen Ternullo September 11, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    which Celeb Luxury color did you use?

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 12, 2020 at 9:00 am

      I actually used a few! I love the silver conditioner to give your hair an extra boost in shine. Also I used the brown on the ends sometimes to help with the transition. And for fun, I used a pink on the ends once! It all washes out, so it’s fun to experiment! And good for your hair!

  • Reply Theresa September 11, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Your hair looks amazing! That cut is fabulous. I am taking your photo to my next hair appointment !! 😉

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 12, 2020 at 9:01 am

      Aww .. that’s always the best compliment!! <3

  • Reply Pamela Stansberry September 11, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Super cute!! Love your new style and love your blog!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 12, 2020 at 9:03 am

      You’re always the sweetest, Pam! Hope you’re staying out of this smoky air! OXOX

  • Reply Deborah Boland September 11, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Definitely a good choice. Your hair looks so chic!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 12, 2020 at 8:56 am

      Oh thanks so much, Deborah!!

  • Reply Madeleine September 11, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    You look fantastic! I love your earrings – what brand are they and were did you get them?

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 12, 2020 at 8:55 am

      Aww thanks so much! These are Kendra Scott Maggie Medium Hoops. You can get them at Nordstrom or Kendra Scott’s website

  • Reply Monika Faulkner September 11, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    After more than five months without a cut or colour-refresh thanks to Covid, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m SO happy to be back to my vibrant pink hair again, Dawn. I’m also letting it grow out again…after all, I was halfway there anyways, haha! But now you have me second-guessing my decision on the length; I really loved my short “french bob”…and seeing you rock this sassy new chop has me all kinds of envious. Your natural hue suits you so well too; you are definitely a head-turner, lady!! 😉

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 12, 2020 at 9:06 am

      Aww you’re sooo sweet! I’m loving seeing you back on the blog and on social again! I LOVE your pink hair! It’s super fun and looks amazing on you! You never know what I’ll decide to do next, but right now I’m super curious to watch what nature is going to do to my color. Ha! I love your cut too. I might go shorter at some point. Who knows!?! OXOX

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