Sunday, August 16, 2015

Going Gracefully Grey...progress...

 
So I first started talking about going gracefully grey years ago. I first posted about it on A Tray of Bliss back in April 2014.
 
Everyone thought I was mad of course.
 
But now, it's trendy to be grey. Young people are dying their hair grey. Strange but true! I always knew there'd come a day when we silver haired lovelies would be seen as trendsetters.
 
 
 
Here's where I was in April 2014.
 
Above the first pic in this post, is what I am aiming for.
 
And here is where I am now....with some Ash Blonde foils interspersed with my own silver hair, and darkest chocolate brown underneath....


 
What do you think?
 
I'm very happy with it and it's been worth the angst. Honest.
 
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40 comments:

  1. O my goodness!!! Utterly gorgeous!!! You look amazing. So flattering and soft! Well done! How liberating. Xxx

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    1. Thankyou Flora! We must catch up...I have little things from Italy for you! Love, Mimi xxx

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  2. Mimi, that looks fabulous. I thought that was you in the first photo...all fit and trim, bright eyed and bushy tailed although I couldn't see your eyes of course ;-) I dyed mine until the year I retired as I was working at a school and didn't want to look too old, so I gradually lightened my hair and the last time I got it dyed I had blonde streaks put through my previously dark hair and then just let it go grey from then on. It is white in the front and grey at the back and I look forward to it being white all over like my sister's and our mum's hair when she was alive.

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    1. Lol Nanna Chel....I wish. I put that photo first as the others were taken by my daughter and aren't quite so crisp. I wanted the nicest photo at the top. I think it's such a flattering look and I'll bet you'll be just as please with yours. Love, Mimi xxx

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    2. Whoa! Mimi! I thought that photo that had appeared originally in your April post WAS A BEAUTIFUL PROFESSIONAL MODEL!!!!!!!!!! I'm dead serious! IT SHOULD BE IN A MAGAZINE read by wise women everywhere!

      *wink*

      Kelley~
      Letters Unfolded

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  3. Ooh, I love it. You look so elegant! I decided not to continue dying my hair a few months ago (only ever did blondish foils) and I had one lot of my own mousy-brown hair colour put in as I am growing out the colour residue. Now I have my own mouse brown interspersed with grey, and I am finding I don't care at all, and don't know what I was fussing about five years ago when I saw that first grey hair and raced to the hairdresser's! That top photo is very dramatic - I have a two friends not even forty who went silver like that at before they were 35, first they dyed, now they have both embraced their beautiful natural silver. Mine will be salt-and-pepper for years, I am sure, but I will try and keep it nicely cut. The thing about your natural hair colour is it ALWAYS matches your skin tone beautifully, and doesn't have that 'off' look that some dye gives..

    Enjoy experimenting:)

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    1. Jo, I adore the salt and pepper look, but that was not to be for me. I agree that your natural hair colour will always suit your skin tone best. I'll look forward to seeing 'Jo' with her natural greys. Love, Mimi xxx

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  4. Oh, wow, I think you're beautiful, and so is your hair!

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    1. Thankyou Rita. It took courage, but I'm pleased I stuck with it. Mimi xxx

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  5. Beautiful! Mine gray is all grown in and everyone loves it except me. Having a hard time loving it. I won't go back to coloring because I love the freedom of using any shampoo I want. My hair is quite thin and I think that's why I don't like it.

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    1. Hi. I'm sorry I don't know your name, but thankyou for your comment. There are all kinds of volumising products available for thin hair now. I wonder if they would help you love your hair more. Love, Mimi xxx

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    2. Yes, Mimi's right. I've never colored my red-turning-chicken-yellow hair, but I noticed as I hit my 50s, it's thinning drastically. (Also as a result of hyperthyroidism.). My husband picked up Head 'n Shoulders for men, "Full and Thick" and I tried it. (DON'T get the 2-in-1 which has limping conditioner in it!). I use nothing else on my hair now. Also, when it's wet, I blow dry it at the roots to thicken the hair there.

      Finally, I only wash my hair twice a week at the very most. Water and shampoo can be hard on hair.

      Congratulations to freedom, ladies. You're be.YOU.tiful!

      *hugs*
      Kelley~
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    3. Hi my name is Vicki. I have tried some volumizing products with so so results. I will keep on trying to love my hair and I think once the darker gray grows out of the back it will look better to me. My bangs are quite light and I like that.

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  6. You look so naturally BEAUTIFUL Mimi!

    I have been thinking about doing the same since I turned fifty, but so far I have been too chicken.

    xTania

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    1. Tania, It's taken me five years all up to get to this stage. I chickened out a number of times too, but stayed basically true to the idea. I'm so pleased I did. You can do it! Love, Mimi xxx

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  7. My hair is turning white and I love it. The only problem is that when I meet people I used to know they say oh your hair is so much lighter I didn't know you. I have been accused of dyeing it but I haven't. Your hair is beautiful, enjoy it!

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    1. Your hair sounds gorgeous! Be proud of it! Thanks for stopping by. Mimi xxx

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  8. Looking good Mimi!!! My hair is dark blonde so letting it go grey is easier than darker hair but occasionally i put an ash blonde through it just to even the colour.
    Have a great week

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    1. Thanks Debbie. You sound like you're on the right track. Would love to see a photo! Mimi xxx

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  9. Mimi I love the look - now I know who I am meeting tomorrow.

    I have only had my hair coloured once and that was a complete debarkle - the hairdresser didn't listen and it was way too harsh, not just the colouring but the chemicals too.

    I have more greys (silver) coming in but I am slow compared to my siblings and mum - so still have mainly my brown colouring. Funny I think they grey/silver is only noticable when the light hits them.

    Lynette
    XXXXX

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    1. Yes, hairdressers were actually my stumbling block too, funnily enough! I'm looking forward to catching up. Love, Mimi xxx

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  10. I too am working on going grey..at the moment I am adding blonde foils in to the silver... I don't think it will be too long before it's all grey. I love it! Blessings!

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    1. As my friend Flora says in the first comment here Glenys, it's liberating! Love, Mimi xxx

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  11. M
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    xoxoxoxoxoxo

    The color God has turned your (OUR) hair is ideal, perfect, and beautiful. Why is it we women always want the hair color (not the only item on this list...) we DON'T have?!

    Welcome, beautiful contentment, for the way things are. Mmmm. I love it!

    *hugs*
    Kelley~
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    1. Thankyou Kelley! Yes women are notorious for wanting what we do not have, aren't we! I'm all for contentment with self, these days :) Mimi xxx

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  12. Hi Mimi,
    What a lovely picture........nice to know what you look like, and I love your hair it looks
    beautiful........
    I too am ready to go gray, but haven't figured out how to do it without looking a mess
    in the process.............I would like to just dye it all silver because I still have a lot of
    dark hair that isn't gray yet (I can tell by my roots) as I have been a blonde for about
    18 yrs. Funny tho, I never did it to color my gray, my daughter wanted to dye her
    hair when she was in middle school and I talked her into using sun in and I made the
    mistake of spraying some in my hair cause my dark hair was so drab looking and I
    loved the highlights it gave me, then I went on vacation for a week and was in the pool and sun all week, which lightened my hair even more then a few months later I got a
    perm which lightened it even more, but I really liked it and was just dabbing sun in on
    my roots every now and again, and one day when I was at my hairdressers after we
    had talked about it many many times, she just went ahead and did all my hair, and I
    have really enjoyed it, but it does get to be a pain, and now that I am a Grammy I sort
    of feel like I should look like one, course, my daughter keeps saying No, you look
    great, and I don't think you are gonna like it...........lol So one of these days I will go
    and talk to a hairdresser and figure out how I can do it without looking horrible in the
    process...........hubby does it now, so it is so much easier and less expensive too.

    I wish I had just stayed with dabbing on the sun in..........lol

    Blessings, Nellie

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    1. You look gorgeous Nellie! Don't change a thing! This was a really long term decision for me with lots of to-ing and fro-ing and going blonde and going dark with silver foils blah-blah-blah. But all good in the end and worth the perseverance. How sweet that your hubby does your hair for you. I love it :) Have a good week sweetness! Mimi xxx

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  13. You look so nice with your hair like that Mimi. I would love to have you share some of your posts at my new Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J party sometime. Thanks and enjoy the rest of the week.
    Julie xo

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    1. Hi Julie! I tried to join last week but the collection was closed when I got there...maybe the new one wasn't up yet? I'll definitely hop over and join this week. Love, Mimi xxx

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  14. Ooooh, I LOVE your hair, sweet Mimi! And I loved seeing a picture of your lovely self :) You are such a delightful lady, my friend. Hugs to you!

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    1. Thankyou Stephanie. You are so sweet! Love, Mimi xxx

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  15. Your hair looks great, I think I am going to let mine grow out and then I end up coloring it again, right now I only color about once a year

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    1. Lol Connie...I did the same. Grow it out, colour, grow it out again. I just had to steel my nerves and live with it looking imperfect for about a year. It was worth it. Love, Mimi xxx

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  16. I think it looks really great on you! I would let my hair go grey if it looked that good. Mine still has way too much dark. I think it would just look dull with the grey mixed in. I would love to be able to not color it.

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    1. Thanks Betty. I know what you mean. It took about 8 years from when I started to go grey...at which point I was just dirty dark blonde with greys here and there, to now where I truly am entirely silver. So patience is the key. It was always my plan to not have to colour any more. What a relief! I'm glad you stopped by. Mimi xxx

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  17. Bravo for going silver! It's gorgeous!!! I've never colored my hair and my first grays arecoming in. I'm calling them God's natural highlights. :) my husband has been greying since his 20's and Ithink it looks distinguished! So eventually, I'll match him!

    Yours is so striking! Dropping by from Natasha's Down Under. G'Day!

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    1. Mary, you are lovely, thankyou! Yes, Gods highlights, indeed. Men do look distinguished don't they. I think there are a few tricks to we ladies looking elegant and silver, and they're on my other post on Gracefully Grey. And G'day to you....funnily enough we Aussie ladies don't really say that, but it's cute :) Mimi xxx

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  18. I've been happily naturally gray/silver for more than a decade. I have people ask my stylist to copy my color, but she has to tell them it is natural. Your hair looks pretty. I like the dark undertones. It gives it depth.

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    1. Thanks Sarah. Yours looks very pretty too, I must say. It's the ultimate compliment when someone asks the hairdresser to make their hair like yours! Thanks for stopping by. Love, Mimi xxx

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  19. What gorgeous hair! I love it! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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