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  1. #1
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    Going natural (ie grey) at 44.

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    Yep, I did it again. 4 years ago, I cut off all my dyed hair and went totally grey. I could only handle it for about 5 months before I colored it. At the time, I was my heaviest and most out of shape ever, so I had all kinds of self-image issues then.

    After 4 years of coloring it, I'm done...again. I have finally cut most of the colored hair off (there is still some grey/white tinged blonde on the ends). I'm happier with it this time so lets see how long it sticks!

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    I am 8 months into going grey, however, I chose to not cut my hair. For the first six months, my stylist wove my natural color in as "highlights" so I wouldn't have a skunk stripe. This last trip I had her hold off and will see how it goes. I may have her do a few in 8 weeks as my bangs are looking a little strange but the rest of my hair looks pretty good so far.
    I am with you, if I decide grey isn't for me, I will just dye it again. I think yours looks great! My pet peeve is women well into their 70's who are still coloring and highlighting, personally I think that makes them look older.
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    you look awesome and you ROCK that short haircut!

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    Wow, you look terrific!! You wear short hair so much better than I did. I just had to suffer through the crazy cowlicks until it grew out again.

    I hope you feel happy about it, because it really looks cool. I am growing to love being grey, and I don't think I'll feel the need to colour it again. I'm at the point that when I see another woman my age who's grey I feel like complimenting her on it.

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    LOVE it!! You look fantastic with short hair, too!!
    I am, however, envious of your beautiful curls. I'm really starting to notice LOTS of gray "highlights" coming in. I hope it's as pretty as yours!!!
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    Thanks guys!

    LPH - I'm the same way about wanting to compliment highly grey women who are younger! I wonder how they'd take that? I'd consider it empowering but others may not feel that way?

    I do miss my curls. I'll get bored with short hair soon enough and start growing it out again soon anyway. I've never had longer grey hair, so that should be interesting!
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    With your haircut and grey as it looks, the "look" actually will make some chic /designer outfits look even more superb.

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    Oh! I love the short hair! That looks great.

    I did the same thing...I cut off my colored hair and let it grow back in natural. I am feeling quite thrilled actually that I have the same snow white hair coming in that I used to think was so cool on my great aunt. Right now it's just a few chunky streaks framing my face, but I like it. I will not ever color again.

    Besides...as I tell my 29 year old son. I earned that gray!

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    Hey, finally someone else has hair as short as mine!
    But, I'm not ready to be gray yet, even though I'm 14 yrs. older!
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    You look great! love the short hair.
    I'm 46 and grey. I did get some "highlights" a few months ago - i wanted purple, I wanted it to look like I did it on purpose and not a mistake at trying for a real color - the best my hairdresser would do was orange. It still looks like attempts at highlights of a real hair color. Won't do it again, but I don't dislike it.
    I love your color of gray, it's beautiful.
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    Love it, GLC! Your curls are gorgeous, but you rock short hair very well too, especially with those trendy glasses. Good for you!

    I have been SO happy since deciding to stop coloring my hair about 1.5 years ago. I still have a some brown and blonde mixed in with the white (my hair's about 5 different colors), so it looks kind of highlighted, but it is getting "lighter" over time. Seems like most of the hairs I shed are the dark ones! I actually had a dream the other night that I colored it (for some reason) and then was so sorry b/c I realized how long it would take to grow all the color out all over again, after I'd just done that!

    To make the transition easier, I switched from permanent color (which I'd used for a couple decades!) to semi-permanent a couple of years before stopping completely, so I never had a stripe...the color just faded away eventually, and what didn't fade got cut off.

    Here's what my hair looks like now. I'm 51, by the way...
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    GLC - I LOVE IT! You look fantastic! The short cut is very becoming, and the gray suits you as well. Adorable.

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    Emily, you too look fantastic. Grey is the new dye!

    I will admit that when I'm tired, or sick, or have gained a bit of weight, or am unfit or otherwise don't look my best, having grey hair makes it worse. I feel like I really look terrible. I would look down with dyed hair too, but at least I had pretty hair

    But when I otherwise feel good about myself, the grey hair actually improves it. Because I feel it's very real and all me, and just a tiny bit rebellious.

    Hey, you older chickies did all the bra burning, there's not much left to rebel with

    eta: I suddenly realized how ridiculous this post looked next to my avatar. *snort*
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    Quote Originally Posted by lph View Post
    I will admit that when I'm tired, or sick, or have gained a bit of weight, or am unfit or otherwise don't look my best, having grey hair makes it worse. I feel like I really look terrible. I would look down with dyed hair too, but at least I had pretty hair

    But when I otherwise feel good about myself, the grey hair actually improves it. Because I feel it's very real and all me, and just a tiny bit rebellious.
    Huge ditto and good point indeed!
    Emily

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    Wow, you both look great!

    I haven't yet cured myself of yanking out the white hairs that stick straight out. Not that it makes that much of a difference, it's just when they're standing out from my head they're just asking to be yanked.
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