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I think it says a lot about our society and how youth obsessed we can be when people are reacting to my hair so interestingly. I started going grey in my early twenties. Ith wasn't noticeable because I was dying my hair a lot at the time. Black, red, purple, bleached out blond. My hair was all sorts of colors.

When I started to develop chemical sensitivities I stopped dying my hair. I let it go back to my natural color which is brown with red and blonde highlights. Over the past twelve years my hair has gone more grey but as long as I wore it pulled into a bun or ponytail it isn't noticeably grey. As my hair is long, the grey blends in and as grey tends to turn brassy it just made the ends of my hair look dishwater blonde.

Recently I have noticed more grey hair. And, it is shimmery silver rather than dull grey or white. I've embraced it as I love how the strands look against the darker brown of my roots. I started using a shampoo for grey, blonde, and bleached hair once a month and I have to get used to the smell as it is more fragrances than my normal shampoo and I am combing it through to the ends of my hair which I normally don't.

I have been amazed at people's reactions to my hair changing. Perhaps it's because most people assume I'm ten years younger than I actually am. Perhaps it's because so many women cover their grey but I have been astonished at the reactions I have gotten from you should dye your hair (I will do what I want to do thank you very much), to it looks so shimmery, to is that your natural hair color (no really I paid a salon to put in silver streaks).

I find myself stopping by the hair color aisle every now and again as I would love to color my hair autumn leaf red again. But I don't want to risk the hives and other symptoms that my chemical sensitivities bring about. Hives on the scalp are a pain to deal with.

on 2017-04-10 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] ashbet
I've got quite a few silver hairs (most noticeable on top, bc they blend into my curls), but I really like that they're metallic and shiny, too :)

<3!

on 2017-01-16 06:43 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sister-bluebird.livejournal.com
Do your sensitivities extend to semi-permanent dyes (Special Effects, etc) or henna?

on 2017-01-16 08:16 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nimrodiel.livejournal.com
You know I havent really tested any of those. Personally I'm not a huge henna on hair fan but that may be due to past experiences with hippie type friends who had badly done henna hair.

My hair color darkened quite a bit after I dyed it black all those years in Chambanna. I rather like the brown its a bit chestnuty and not quite aborn these days. But like I said sometimes I miss being a bit more colorful.

I do find it Amusing that grey as a color has become poular with younger women recently.

on 2017-01-16 10:38 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sister-bluebird.livejournal.com
I thought of henna because you mentioned autumn leaf red, which is something you can achieve with it. There are definitely some not-good ways to do henna, but I think you can have it done professionally these days.

Mine's getting steadily darker brown as well; I think it just comes on with age.

To add to the amusement: artificial grey is super hard to maintain!

on 2017-01-17 03:11 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nimrodiel.livejournal.com
Artificial grey looks like it would be super hard to maintain. One of the After School Rec teachers at my work had a very pale pastel blue that was almost grey. It lasted a week before fading out.

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