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  • #16
    I'm at that stage where I don't have enough salt in the pepper to look elegantly silvery or snowy white. There is just enough grey hairs to look dishwatery. So, I color with henna. It doesn't trash your hair the way the chemical dyes do.

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    • #17
      I know they have blond hennas, but I can't figure them out.

      my blond muddied a few years ago (ends are normal, roots are darker/ish. and I have two white hairs.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by zoebird View Post
        I know they have blond hennas, but I can't figure them out.

        my blond muddied a few years ago (ends are normal, roots are darker/ish. and I have two white hairs.
        Mine's kind of a dark brown with reddish highlights. The other nice thing about henna is that it doesn't grow out with that line that says, "Look here! I color my hair", because it it only "semi-permanent". Since I only wash my hair about once a week, it lasts a long time for me.

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        • #19
          real henna is red only. "Blonde" henna is either a dye.bleach or cassia leaves. Henna should not wash out at all unless your hair has been chemically bleached and then it may not attach as well to the hair shaft as the hair shaft has holes in it. Best place to buy henna? Indian grocery stores. You can mix some indigo in with it to darken it to a brown or black. Sorry, for the derail, I decided to stop bleaching my hair 7 months ago and for the past 6 have been studying henna. there are a lot of products with harmful chemicals out there.

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          • #20
            I'm a natural blonde and been going grey for the past 4 years. I color my hair, but the greys don't take color at all. Been thinking of going to a professional colorist, have everything blended to the roots and just it let it go.
            Georgette

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            • #21
              yes, the henna's that i have found for blondes have cassia leaves and usually chamomile.

              I've done chamomile with lemon juice, and there's another one out there that uses these plus marigolds and you make it into a paste with some sort of conditioning something (another use of coconut oil!). But, you have to have some time in the sun to do it, as well, while it is setting.

              The chamomile/lemon bit is one you have to use as a daily rinse for several weeks before it works, and i don't wash my hair that often.

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              • #22
                I've had gray hairs around my temple since I was about 10 or so. My hairdresser said its a birthmark when you get them that early in life. Bless her heart. I'm still dying them as they come. My husband, he looks forward to when he goes gray. His hairstyle would look pretty badass in white.
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                • #23
                  I have stopped colouring my hair and i love my rogue silver streak at the front.
                  My new sparklies seem to suit my complexion much more and since doing this i notice how harsh some hair dyes can look.
                  Here's some inspiration for you:
                  silver haired beauties

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                  • #24
                    and these too:
                    Aged to Perfection

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                      I'm at that stage where I don't have enough salt in the pepper to look elegantly silvery or snowy white. There is just enough grey hairs to look dishwatery. So, I color with henna. It doesn't trash your hair the way the chemical dyes do.
                      Me too, although I hate the regrowth... I don't like the look of having just a few silvery strands among the brown... it's okay when it's ALL silver though!

                      I also have to say, I can't stand people commenting on my gray hairs. I get a lot of the old "you've got GRAY HAIR" and "You're too YOUNG for gray hair!" Actually, at 39 lots of people have a sprinkling of grays, but as I generally look a good 10 years younger, I guess I do look young to have the amount of gray hair I have (although I've known women much younger with more grays, they do tend to be less common).

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                      • #26
                        I started going grey at @ 25 y/o.... I would rather it turn grey than turn loose......

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                        • #27
                          I was dying dark brown- my original color- but it just shows. Ugh. Also have 1 inch broad silver coming now that I couldn't be arsed to dye for a month. But unfortunately not everywhere, like temples are still completely dark. Hm.

                          I think nice skin is important with white hair, though. But would rather work on that than toxic hair.

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                          • #28
                            I shaved my head to celebrate my 50th birthday! I let it stay its natural color ever since. It is an awesome salt and pepper thing that I get complimented on all the time! I just got lucky!

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                            • #29
                              I'm 35 with just a few hairs turning a nice silver-white. I have really long, dark reddish-brown hair, and I actually think it's pretty when I see women with hair like mine that has some grey in it, especially when it's braided. Seeing those few threads of grey woven through is quite pretty.

                              Besides, people think I'm around 25 most of the time, and I'm hoping some greys will give me some gravitas. Looking like a very young woman is a bit of a liability in my professional life.
                              “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                              • #30
                                Met a friend of my cousin's this summer, she was probably ~30, and had bold streaks of natural gray along with her black hair. She was very good looking and the gray & black... very sexy.

                                All in how you wear it.

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