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Date: 7/9/09 10:51 AM

go gray--not sure if I like it, but at least I don't *hate* it. Did you change your makeup palette when you went gray? And, any fav products to use on your gray hair to keep it looking great? Other than just keeping it well moisturized, I can't find info online.
I have to admit the gray is aging--people at work have told me they thought I was about 40, and asking how old I really am. I had some gray at 28, have been coloring since, but I'm so tired of the constant upkeep--even with highlights to help hide the gray, it shows like a little cap on my head a week after it's done.
Any tips/helpful hints for me? TIA

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Date: 7/9/09 11:32 AM

I tried gray for a while. I'm a redhead again. But mine was an ugly gray. Some is really pretty.

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Date: 7/9/09 1:02 PM

Yes, I seriously changed my makeup palette when I decided to no longer color my hair. I took on a more natural look, which seems to go with the color. I lightened my color choice of mascara and brow pencil. My face makeup is natural minerals, and sometimes cornstarch powder when it's humid. Happily, when I'm outside, the sun makes my grey hair lighter, which gives off the impression of highlights.

I got tired of the constant upkeep; paying $70+ for a highlight, and that was when my hair was shorter! Now I have highlighted hair and I haven't done anything to get it that way.

I wash my hair with Garnier Fructis; which I believe has some fruit acids in it to make my hair shine and lighten the base color, which is a medium ash blonde. I was using the purple shampoo (whatever brand I could find) but found it made the non-grey hair darker. When I'm outside during the heat of summer, I put all of my hair (which is past my shoulders) under a cap; this keeps it from drying out.

I have never regretted letting it go gray; I get many compliments on it, from dear women friends who love it, to men who find it sexy. You can see a piece of it in my review for the Ugly Fabric contest entry (the very last link).

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Date: 7/9/09 1:11 PM

I don't have much grey and am pretty close to blonde anyhow, so my upkeep consists of having my hairdresser do the tinfoil highlight thing every four months or so. Even if your hair is essentially dark, if you have a hairdresser with good technique and color sense, those roots really shouldn't be showing that soon.

Anyhow, here's a link to a google search for managing grey hair.

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Date: 7/9/09 5:18 PM

I got tired of coloring mine, too. I've had grey hair since I was about 25. I don't love it, but I colored it for so many years that it was starting to fall out! One piece of advice that someone gave me has really stuck with me. I was told that if you let your hair go grey to make sure you always have a nice cut - otherwise it just looks like you don't care about your appearance, particularly if you are young when you go grey. I think that was really good advice.

I've found I can't really wear my dark lipsticks anymore and have had to go lighter and I've also found that wearing colors that I wouldn't normally have worn before (I've always been a big black and navy fan) brighten up my complexion.

JT

ETA - I inadvertently discovered that something I used to use on my dark brown hair that made it shine (a spray on) makes my grey and greying hair look like I have sequins in it. Kind of cool for the right occasion!
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Date: 7/9/09 6:09 PM

I recently had my graying hair cut short, and the white is more prominent. My hair wasn't colored before the cut, but the more prominent gray actually seems to complement my skin and eye tones better. I gave up coloring because the color never seemed to be a really good match for my skin.

The big 5-0 has me using a light touch of eyebrow pencil rather than my beloved light touch of mascara, and definitely lighter lipstick colors (but I think that's a given, even if you color your hair - matching lip to hair color with middle-aged skin can loo baaaad!).

One question: Japan is an "always wear make-up" country, but I have slightly sensitive skin and my face perspires badly in the heat anyway. Even cream-to-powder compact foundation tends to slide right off, though less if I use a base (the pore minimizer type or summer gel type). Any recommendations for touchy skin? I was wondering about Laura Mercier...

Mineral make-up sounds good - loose powder seems to be a good bet in summer, but I can't find a brand that doesn't itch. Question: I tried Maybelline mineral make-up on the back of my hand, and found it looked really crepey. Is that a problem with middle-aged skin and mineral make-up, or does it just come down to application skills? Any brand recommendations?

(I have to buy online as pale colors aren't offered in Japan, so it's a bit of a pig in a poke!)

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Date: 7/9/09 8:01 PM

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Is that a problem with middle-aged skin and mineral make-up, or does it just come down to application skills? Any brand recommendations?
I don't use Maybelline anything. The mascara burns my eyes and the makeup makes my skin turn orange. Here's what I use: Minerals makeup I first found them when I was visiting my dad in St. Louis; they had a store at the mall. I used just the powder; I don't use the mineral veil, the blush, nor the glimmer. Combined with the cornstarch, for the really nasty days, I don't use much. I don't think middle aged skin and mineral makeup, true mineral makeup, has problems. I think it's the brand that's making your skin look bad.

The itching might be caused by titanium dioxide; just a thought, as I looked into skin irritants and came up with this. I remember when I was using a certain brand of makeup, my skin itched. The package said titanium dioxide, and when I used something different, it went away.

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Date: 7/9/09 8:33 PM

If you want to try colors for a mineral makeup, try Aromaleigh. They have small, reasonably priced samples of everything, and tons of colors. I use 2 mixed together for a perfect match. The samples are big enough to get quite a few uses out of them too. Free shipping on samples too, although I don't know about all the way to Japan.

NAYY, but I really liked being able to try the colors I thought I needed, and was surprised by what I ended up with.

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Date: 7/9/09 11:01 PM

Agnes,
How are you going gray? Do you have white roots with dark hair? If so that might be making you look older. And that might be difficult to match with a color palette as well. Or did you have the color removed from your hair? This might matter if you're in a transition stage.

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Date: 7/10/09 2:18 AM

I am a brunette who started going grey in her teens. I colored my hair sometimes, I highlighted, lowlighted and streaked. My best color was a reverse weave with lowlights. When I decided to let the grey come in for real, we did the weave in various thicknesses, gradually letting more and more show. I also began cutting my hair from shoulder length to a bob.

My hair is natural now and I do a number of things to keep it as shiney and healthy as possible. Grey hair can be pretty discouraging looking if you aren't taking care of it or your skin.

1. I use a grey enhancer once a month or so. I also use a molasses shampoo occasionally to remove minerals (I have hard water).
2. I do not use conditioner regualrly as my hair is oily but will use it if I have been in the sun a lot.
3. I do not use hair spray or anything with alcohol in it. Too drying.
4. I keep my hair cut as stylishly as possible for my outdoor lifestyle. Long hair and grey doesn't work for me...my face is serious in repose and the long grey hair adds a somber tone.
5. I wear a hat when outdoors as my part will burn sometimes. I also have read that UV will turn the grey an ugly color.
6. I rinse my hair if I swim or go in the spa. The chlorine will turn the grey.
7. My brows are still brunette, though starting to lighten now at 55. I am still filling them in lightly with a dark pencil. I sometimes do pretty dramatic makeup and will wear darker lipstick than has been mentioned so far. When I colored my hair, I wore lighter colors on my brows and lips. I am a winter. If I don't play up either eyes or lips (never both), I recede into the background.
8. I almost always wear blush or I look ghostly. ghastly? :-)
9. I am passionate about skin care, sunscreen and good foundation.


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