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Old 06-22-2020, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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My hair is medium brown, I have been dying it a deep Burgundy the last 5 years myself. In fact this time it came out great the color because I left on on a little longer than the box said. I am only 49 and only have a few grays on the top. I don't think I'd be ready to let it grow gray for a long time. My mom is 75 and still dyes her hair. I use Revlon 3 D color. I had a HS teacher who's hair was white and she was maybe in her early 40's but she looked very pretty with it.
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Old 06-26-2020, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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My hair is medium brown, I have been dying it a deep Burgundy the last 5 years myself. In fact this time it came out great the color because I left on on a little longer than the box said. I am only 49 and only have a few grays on the top. I don't think I'd be ready to let it grow gray for a long time. My mom is 75 and still dyes her hair. I use Revlon 3 D color. I had a HS teacher who's hair was white and she was maybe in her early 40's but she looked very pretty with it.
Some people's gray is GORGEOUS -- goes well with their face, their personalities, etc. A woman in the grad-school cohort after mine at Michigan was only in her late 20s but she was COMPLETELY gray -- her hair was in beautiful shape, very thick and shiny, but the color DID age her simply because you don't expect someone in her 20s to be (that) gray.

Alas, my gray hair is just ugly to me, and I know this because I haven't colored it since December (I was working from home all during the spring semester and now), but if we go back to in-person classes in the fall, I likely will again just before classes start. (I use my name only at zoom meetings -- no camera!)

But in retirement? I will likely just let it do what it wants!
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I found a picture of myself from 2009 where I had cut my hair super short so all the gray/silver/white was on display. My granddaughter, who was very young said "Nonna, why do you look so old now?". That was the end of letting the gray grow out.

I showed this picture to a friend yesterday and she said it made me look 20 years older. That is why I still color my hair. I'm never taken for my age and I want to keep it that way as long as possible.
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Old 07-12-2020, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I did it! Got my red-gold color stripped yesterday and silver tone put in to match my 3 inches of grey roots as closely as possible, and I love it.
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Old 07-13-2020, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Venus
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I started going gray at the ripe old age of 15 and started coloring it at 19. Over the years, my brown hair has gotten redder and redder. I have settled on an auburn which I think looks good on me with my skin tone and such. And it doesn't look too bad against my darker eyebrows.

I last had it colored in March. For about 3 months I had been debating on coloring it myself-like I used to when I was poor, or wait until I can get an appointment. My hairdresser called and set me up with an appointment that was supposed to be last week. I got scared because there were a couple of new cases here in town so I rescheduled for the end of this month.

Meanwhile, my hair is getting grayer and grayer-actually whiter and whiter. I keep asking myself if I want to just let it go or color it again. I think there is one thing that keeps stopping me from just letting it go (and I'm sure some people will laugh at this). My natural hair color would be the same shade of Hubby's ex. Her hair used to be about the same length as mine until last year when she cut it. I have had a couple of people over the years tell me that I look a little like her and if my hair was the same color, that would be a place that I really don't think I want to go.


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Old 07-13-2020, 06:13 PM
 
Location: In The South
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I did it! Got my red-gold color stripped yesterday and silver tone put in to match my 3 inches of grey roots as closely as possible, and I love it.
I hate to be the one to say it, MQ, but we are going to need pictures. Tried to say this in a rep, but apparently I “like” (rep) your posts too often.
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Old 07-13-2020, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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Timely revival of a post. I'm in my late 50's and have never colored by hair. With the lack of haircuts since March I've been putting it into a pony tail a lot. That, unfortunately shows the bigger gray areas near my temples. The top of my head has very few greys so I've just been pulling it over the gray area the last few years

I colored with a semi-permanant color for the first time tonight. I'm waiting for it to dry now to see how it turned out. At least I know it will wash out in a few weeks. What a mess it was to do though!
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Old 07-16-2020, 02:00 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I found a picture of myself from 2009 where I had cut my hair super short so all the gray/silver/white was on display. My granddaughter, who was very young said "Nonna, why do you look so old now?". That was the end of letting the gray grow out.

I showed this picture to a friend yesterday and she said it made me look 20 years older. That is why I still color my hair. I'm never taken for my age and I want to keep it that way as long as possible.
^^This. No matter how gorgeous someone's white/silver/gray hair is, I don't know one person who doesn't look at least 10-20 years older with it.
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Old 07-16-2020, 04:18 PM
Status: "We're all broken, that's how the light gets in." (set 12 days ago)
 
Location: Wonderland
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^^This. No matter how gorgeous someone's white/silver/gray hair is, I don't know one person who doesn't look at least 10-20 years older with it.
Here's what I think - since we're clearly talking about personal opinions:

1) I don't think anyone who is dying their hair to "look younger" is fooling anyone after a certain age.

2) If I look like I'm in my fifties, and I AM in my fifties, I don't see anything wrong or shameful or whatever about it. I am not ashamed of being in my fifties. I like my life. I like myself. And I like my healthy, bouncy, shiny natural hair color (which happens to be silvery white on top and dark around the edges at the back - nature's ombre).

What I DON'T like is paying hundreds of dollars a year to try to look younger - and for who and for what? What I DON'T like is coloring my hair at home trying to save money AND look younger, and making a mess everywhere. What I DON'T like is damaging my hair with chemicals. What I DON'T like is "roots showing" and all that jive.

That's just my personal opinion. I do not believe that I look like I'm in my 60s or God forbid, my 70s. I think I look my age (58) with my natural hair color. I'm 100 percent fine with that. I definitely do not care if someone thinks "She must be in her late 50s" rather than "She must be in her early 50s." Actually, to be honest with you, I really don't care what anyone else thinks about my age or my hair. I love it and I love the cut and my husband loves it and my kids love it. And my sweet daddy - right before he died, when he was in the hospital, he said to me, "Promise me something," and I thought "Oh, wow, this is going to be something huge," and I said "What, Dad?" and he smiled and said, "Promise me you won't go back to dyeing your hair. It's beautiful." Considering my dad was a veritable connoisseur of good looking women, I was definitely touched by that!

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Old 07-16-2020, 04:27 PM
Status: "We're all broken, that's how the light gets in." (set 12 days ago)
 
Location: Wonderland
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I did it! Got my red-gold color stripped yesterday and silver tone put in to match my 3 inches of grey roots as closely as possible, and I love it.
We definitely need pictures!!!!!!!!!!
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