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I need help with going grey gradually.

By Debbie

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January 7, 20140 found this helpful

This really depends on if you have been dying your hair and how much gray you have to begin with. If your hair is really dark or light matters, too.

Chin length bob is a good way to keep some length. Dye your hair as close to your natural hair color as possible... maybe 1 shade lighter 9never darker). As much as you will hate the look, let your roots grow for about 3 months. Have a stylist add a couple of different shades of ashy blonde highlights throughout your hair. Wait 2-3 months and trim a bit shorter and get more highlights. repeat every 2-3 months, but get less and less highlights every time. After about a 1 1/2 years, your hair should be pretty much your natural hair (minus highlights) and you can allow your bob to grow longer if you want.

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Best way; My mom stopped dying her waist long hair until her roots were about 6 inches long. She is about 60% gray. Very gray in the front compared to the back.
She chopped her hair super short and 15 months later, she has a chin length bob that looks cute and it's all her natural hair. She cut it twice since the "chop" to even out layers from having had such a short haircut.

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July 19, 20151 found this helpful

Debbie, Honey,

You're going to gradually go grey without any help from us.

Seriously though, if you've decided on not trying to hide your grey hair, I say 'Good'. And I say 'Play it up, instead'. You or your hairdresser can experiment with rinses or semi permanent colors designed to highlight rather than hide your grey hair. They can take away dinginess and add a touch of silver or platinum, or just brighten your grey.

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You seem to have accepted going grey and just want to look your best during the transition. That is good. I think you'll be sorry if you start down the old road of permanent colors, dyes, peroxide, ammonia, faded ends, roots showing, retouching, the whole bit.

Listen to Doug

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