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Date: 3/31/11 4:43 PM

my hair color has changed so much that I have no idea what my natural color is

Currently I am light brown but my natural color is darker with (I suspect) lots of gray. I have been contemplating returning to my roots and going natural. So my question, is how to approach this while avoiding the color stripe -- not acceptable. Neither is shaving my head.

Anyone done this, know anyone who has, or is there a temporary coloring technique to do for a while. I am ok if one day I am brown and next day gray....I just will not abide that stripe/grow out thing.

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Date: 3/31/11 4:50 PM

Someone may come along with a better answer, but perhaps you could try this. Use one of the stains, instead of the permanent dyes. I just stopped using Natural Instincts (#14 tweed) because it was no longer covering the grey. If you used this, it would stain your hair, but not covering the gray so much as the ammonia-based dyes. It washes out all over -- over time, instead of leaving a stark root line.

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Date: 3/31/11 5:02 PM

I second Invisigal: I have my hair done at a salon, but same principle, they use a temporary rinse, which supposedly last 6 weeks I go about 11 weeks, and it looks good, as far as I am concerned, washes out quite gradually and no line of demarkation at the scalp. I prefer something close to my natural color (what is left of it), so the effect is that it is brightened and shinier, but the washing out process is less noticeable... I think

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Date: 3/31/11 5:04 PM

I'll be reading this with interest, I just tried doing it, and after 4 months of wearing it in a pony tail, I saw myself in a photograph and abandoned the idea, and had it colored and highlighted.

I have a friend who was blond, and who has "fluffy" hair, like fine curls and she just started highlighting (instead of base, and highlight) to introduce the white to the color.

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Date: 3/31/11 5:05 PM

in your picture looks like you have short hair. that would only take about 6 months to grow out. just let your hair grow and have it cut and leave it at that. in no time you will be to your own hair color brown gray I wouldn't mess with the hair colors anymore. hope this helps.

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Date: 3/31/11 5:19 PM

I am going to skip my next touch ups and let it grow a little to see what I have. My hair is shoulder length now, but I would consider something short for the summer.

I found a great hat that I might need
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Date: 3/31/11 7:33 PM

If you choose to use a temporary color while growing out the gray, please consider using a salon for at least the first application. I used the wrong product during the year before I quit coloring, thinking it would fade away when I got ready. It didn't and couldn't be stripped out or lightened-- I had to grow my gray out the slow way.

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Date: 3/31/11 7:40 PM

I did it last spring. I kept asking my hairdresser if I was white enough yet and we decided I'd arrived. Last April was the last time I colored my hair. I cut it short, that picture of me on the left is my first month without color. I had a big family party in July so in late June he did a highlighting to disguise the white line, and on me it is very obvious as I am pure white. It took me 4 hours because colored hair takes more time to strip than natural. He toned it and I looked pretty much platinum, not the pure white I am now. I kept getting regular haircuts at about 1 month interverls and before long it was all me. The other thing to remember is that the ends, where there is still color really fade with time so what wasn't stripped just faded. It also looked kind of funky with darker tips.. Like I'd done it on purpose. If you go to my blog you can see the 'white' me. I love it. People tell me I look younger and I was afraid that white hair would make me look older! There is a site for women who are going natural gray. I dont' have it bookmarked anymore but they have some good tips.

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Date: 3/31/11 7:51 PM

My mom decided to make the "transition" this year, and she did it by having her hair dyed lighter...so, rather than having the stylist take her hair back to the dark, dark hair she had when she was younger, she had it all cut short and went blonde. Then, when the grey grew out...the difference between the grey and blonde was not so stark as the difference between the grey and dark brown.

She curses me every day that I have no grey hair yet....there was only one other person in my family who had no grey in their 30's, and that was my grandfather. Except, he went pure white in his 40's. I am looking forward to it...his hair was beautiful! I hope mine goes white like that!

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Date: 3/31/11 8:28 PM

I did this, and after 8 years of free chemically processed hair, I'm pretty happy. What I did to let go of my bleached blond hair, was as it grew out, I kept adding a darker rinse to it; darker on the blond part, and almost even in color with the stripe part. The stripe gets better as it gets longer; you can stand it more, and you will begin to see more of your grey hair underneath. It's the initial 2 to 3 inches that will drive you crazy. Once you get past that, it will start to look just fine.

I have a pure white streak running down the right side of my hairline, and about an inch wide. This was revealed as I was letting my color grow out. People ask me if I do this on purpose. Yeah, right... I earned every one of those snow white hairs and I'll be danged if I'm going to put it in on purpose.

Another thing about going natural, your hair will grow much faster, so be prepared. Also, if you are dark haired, I'd suggest using a henna (plant based rinse) if you want luster. I'm mostly salt and very light pepper now, so I don't use it; I use lemon juice instead, and that really brings out the shine. I also use a castile based shampoo.
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