Growing out my silvers is no longer as exciting and dramatic looking as it was in the beginning months. It’s now just a game of patience as I wait for the last of the brown highlighted ends gets cut off.
Here’s my first silver status pics for 2020. I think I’m over halfway there.
I’m ready for you year two!
And as for the rest of my locks at this point. It’s looking like I’m a little past the halfway mark of my bob length hair.
Now that I’ve hit the one year Silver Sister mark, it was time for a short haircut. I was ready….and I love it.
This time next year, I’m hoping for a full head of non dyed hair. The gal who cut my hair wasn’t so optimistic, but I’m keeping the faith.
When I was adding highlights to blend the grays on top to the color on the bottom, I had one annoying yellow bleached streak in the front. After two dye trys, the streak would still not turn gray/silver. I became very frustrated with it.
This was the best the yellow streak ever looked. In the outside light, it just looked bleached and fried. It certainly didn’t look like my true silvers.
Since purple shampoo helps with yellowing grays, I colored my streak purple with Manic Panic dye. My theory being eventually it will fade to a bluish/purple tone, not yellow.
I wasn’t thrilled with the look, but at least it looked intentional now. Sr. Elizondo saw me and just laughed.
After a couple of weeks and a few washings of the streak with Dawn detergent, it mellowed to this. I kind of liked it. It’s definitely not yellow.
Now were at about one month later. It’s very pale at this point and still not yellow. It’s more of a pale pink/rose gold at this point. I’m liking this alot.
My theory seems to be proving true at least up to this point. The directions stated to leave it on for approximately 30 min and it should last 6-8 weeks. I left it on for 10 min and the bottom pic is at one month with some intentional extra washings for it to fade. This stuff seriously stains the color. If I did it again, I would put the Manic Panic on and immediately wash it off. I would also look for a lavender or maybe pink to start with.
Originally, I was wanting lighter colored frames, but with gray hair it’s easy to look washed out. So I had a little fun and went with periwinkle color.
For reading glasses, I followed the rainbow.
Embracing the gray and rockin’ the specs!
Check out these ladies who also got the memo.
I’m at the 11 month marker of going gray and it’s been a few weeks since I added some gray highlights and toner to blend with my original color. This was done mostly for a wedding I’m attending on Saturday. Now that the deed is done, I wish I had not blended and here’s why.
The non dyed portion of my hair was previously baby soft and healthy feeling has now become dryer again from the highlights. It’s not a big problem and really only noticeable to me, but it will take another 10 months to feel that kind of hair again.
Because I have a natural prominent front silver streak, we added quite a bit of the highlight to the front. A portion of the bleach never turned the silver white, but maintained a yellow tinge. We did it a second time which made it a little better, but it’s still yellowish. I now have a portion of extremely dry hair there and some unwanted bangs due to breakage. I’m not willing to go a third round of bleach to try for the solid silver. I have no doubt this front streak is going to suck to grow out due to color and damage.
Lastly, toner which was my favorite part of blending my hair has already faded out some. I can see the caramel/orange color returning. It’s not as dramatic though…at least not yet. Regardless, I’ll cut before I toner again.
For me, blending has more cons than pros. It looks better than before, but If I could do it all over again, I would simply put my hair up for the wedding and not worry about it. Frequent haircuts is the better route when embracing your silvers. Live and learn.
I cannot believe I used to like this salon colored blonde…and I liked it for years! So much damage, time, and money spent trying to maintain it. Not to mention after a few weeks, it would always begin to change to an orange or banana yellow color. Ugh.
Moving forward it’s time for a chop. I’m at 7 months dye free now and I’m more than happy to cut off some length and color. I was going to try to wait a few more months, but I’m ready now.
I told my plans to a woman and she told me not to do it. “Hang on to the blonde so you can look younger for awhile longer”. Clearly, this woman and I think differently.
I love it! In fact, I’m already thinking next visit I might go a little bit shorter.
I recently saw Sr. Elizondo’s son using an app to actually change his physical features on a picture before putting it on Instagram. He laughed and said, “Don’t judge. Everyone does it”. Really? I hope “Everyone” posting isn’t thinking what they truly look like isn’t good enough.
I’m officially 7 months on my road to silver sisterhood. The pics below are me after I just rolled out of bed. Dye free, makeup free, filter free, all me.