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Old 09-23-2019, 05:51 PM
 
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I used to say when I retire I will stop coloring my hair. Now I am not so sure. I like how parts of my hair has a salt and pepper look. Then there is another section that is dark brown and white which I don’t like.
My friend said that she will never stop coloring her hair. Another says she will stop putting dye in her hair when they put her in her coffin. DH says it’s up to me...whatever makes me happy.
Did you stop coloring your hair?



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Old 09-23-2019, 05:59 PM
 
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I have never colored my hair. I have silver streaks, but most of my hair is still brown, although the color is fading a bit. Honestly, itís all I can do to be relatively clean and neat.. I wear the silver as a crown of honor. It is constantly changing, so any part that I donít like will probably change eventually. But...I donít wear make up or get manicures either...Iím pretty much au naturel all the time.
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:08 PM
 
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Iím exactly like lisa: no makeup or hair color. Iíve earned this gray and I like it.
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:26 PM
 
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Never dyed mine either. Itís currently ashy (which is apparently trendy ).

Iím hoping it eventually turns silver, I love silver hair on older women! Like Amiga I feel Iíve earned those gray hairs and donít have any problem with people seeing me as the grandma I am
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:45 PM
 
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After many years of having my hair colored, I've decided to let nature take its course. I save money!


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Old 09-23-2019, 06:48 PM
 
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at 55. I figured my hair would be gray but it was not as it began to grow out. So I went back to coloring my hair again. My hair has more body when it is colored and it looks better. I am 63 now. Hair dresser says I still have very little gray. So I will continue to be a blond for a while longer.
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Old 09-23-2019, 07:06 PM
 
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I did color my hair for a long time. I stopped last December. I just got tired of having to do it so often. So I'm about 9 months in on letting the gray grow out. I'm liking it and can't wait till the part that still has color is gone. I'm actually seriously considering going very short to just get rid of the colored part.
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I cannot go grey right now. I know my hair is at least 80% grey. But I am having issues with aging, so, not gonna happen.

It would age me about 20 years.
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Old 09-23-2019, 07:56 PM
 
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I have had this conversation with my twin sister and we both agree that we are not ready to let go of the color. I like the highlights and it is the only thing I spend money on each month that is just for me.

I love seeing the gray hair on others. The other day a woman with gray hair and a smart haircut was sporting purple on just the top surface of her hair. I thought to myself, "I want to be her!" She had on a pink dress and she looked amazing. I wanted to tell her, but she was too far for me to shout and I needed to stay put in line.
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:19 PM
 
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Nope. Not going to stop coloring my hair. I take your friendís attitude . I get it colored and/or highlighted about every other month. I do a root touch up in between with a powder from Madison Reed. That is why I can go a bit further in between appointments. My guess is I am about 50-75% gray.

I donít do manicures, massages, or pedicures, but hair color is a must for me!


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Old 09-24-2019, 03:55 AM
 
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I stopped coloring years ago. Well before retirement. My hair is a pretty silver and since it was a light brown/dark blond with highlights to begin with it grew in nicely. I get compliments on the color all the time.

Sure donít miss the expense or time spent at the salon when I had my hair colored!
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Old 09-24-2019, 04:10 AM
 
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Stopped coloring about 10 years ago. I love the color! Huge white streaks in front with more s and p in back. Many compliments. My natural color compliments my skin tone so much better than the dye. It just started looking unnatural. I keep a very stylish, longer layered cut. This is important. I will not do a short, tight curl look. Too old looking.
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I wish I weren't!
Old 09-24-2019, 05:15 AM
 
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I've been coloring my hair, and it's expensive! My mom and her mom had almost black hair, so when they turned gray, it was beautiful. I was blond turned brown, and I don't think it looks as nice. Right now, I have my roots done, and then have it picked through, so it looks like highlights in dark blond. Most of my gray is in the crown of my head, and the thought of growing that out makes me shudder. I heard an older woman say once, "I was born a blond, and I'm going out a blond."!! That will probably be me!
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:47 AM
 
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I think if I let mine totally go gray, it would age me and I don't like the look. I'm not vain about my hair in general, but coloring it is the one beauty ritual i do follow.
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Old 09-24-2019, 10:17 AM
 
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The last time I colored my hair was December. My hair was white under the color by then. My grandmother and her sisters all had beautiful white hair and I didnít want to miss out on that. I did go through stages in the whole process. First I used a temporary root cover-up. That went on for 3 or 4 months then I got a short haircut and blond highlights to help blend in my brown hair. The only thing I have done since then is get regular trims. By now my hair is almost completely white. I must tell you, it has been so freeing not having to go to the hairdresser every 3 weeks for color! I am liking my white hair and really donít think it has ďagedĒ me. I have gotten so many compliments on my new, natural look.
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Old 09-24-2019, 01:10 PM
 
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I love the term Lisa used....au naturel! I would love to stop coloring my hair, but my two older sisters still dye their hair, so if I stopped....I'd no longer look like the baby in the family and it wouldn't keep up the illusion that we're all spring chickens. I don't do manicures....or put on much makeup....that's another perk of being retired!
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Old 09-24-2019, 02:37 PM
 
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My hair is light brown tipped with a bit of silver at the edges. No coloring for me, and no makeup, either. Saves money and time. Keep it simple is my mantra.
Like Lisa53, some days I'm glad just to be presentable.
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Old 09-25-2019, 03:12 AM
 
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Had chemo & lost my (colored) hair. It grew back mostly pepper with some salt and I was so happy to HAVE hair again, I left it. But then the grey close to my face felt aging, so now I spritz Root Touch Up after a shampoo near my part and over each ear. Looks natural and fuller and is dead cheap since I donít shampoo my short hair every day. About $8 a spray can every couple of months vs $ 75 to color every six weeks. Priceless!
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Old 09-25-2019, 03:48 AM
 
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I stopped a long time ago. I couldnít keep up with finding the time for the appointments. Now that I have the time I would rather use the money for fun things.
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All this talk about not wanting gray hair to show because "it would age you."
People are going to "age" whether they color their hair or not. It doesn't stop the aging process.
I think one should accept the natural aging process and just enjoy life.
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Old 09-25-2019, 01:34 PM
 
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That is why it is important to choose what is appropriate for each individual. Some of you may feel that your gray/white hair is perfect for you. I do think skin tone and how ďagedĒ your skin is is a determining factor in this decision.

I know of friends who have decided to go to their roots so of course I am not going to tell them that it makes them look older than their age. That would be hurtful.

You have to do what makes you feel that you are looking your best.
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Old 09-25-2019, 03:56 PM
 
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My hair is mostly brown with a little salt and pepper here and there. I have had blonde highlights for years and plan to continue with this look. When I have more gray I'll decide what to do next.
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Old 09-27-2019, 04:07 PM
 
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I think it depends on your particular head of hair.

My gray is mostly sprinkled across the top layers and my temples while underneath it is still brown (earlier in life I was a dark blond). I tried going natural but since I have very fine straight hair that has been thinning due to medical issues I have decided to keep coloring and highlighting it for a while longer.
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Old 09-29-2019, 06:27 PM
 
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My hair coloring is brown and is now turning white. I haven't colored in a few years and have no wish to do so. I like the streaks my hair has.
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Old 09-30-2019, 05:44 AM
 
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Iím able to get away with coloring every 3 to 4 months. As long as Iím working Iíll color my hair. I do my own nails and wear virtually no make up so Iím pretty low maintenance.
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Old 10-01-2019, 06:31 AM
 
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For some it might make a difference based on your original hair color. Mine was very dark and the gray hairs stood out. I also had my first grays in my early 20's so I was not ready to go gray back then. I color it myself every 4 weeks and plan to continue to gradually lighten it for the day I want to stop coloring.
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