I really should smile in photos. It has now been 6 months (SIX MONTHS!!!!) since I last dyed my hair. I’ve probably gone 3 months before out of laziness, but 6 months is unprecedented, at least in the last 15 years.
I initially thought that the thing that I would find most difficult about this process was the roots showing through. I thought that it would make me look and feel a mess. I felt pretty self-conscious about it. In actual fact, it really hasn’t been that bad. Obviously the roots are very noticeable, but I’ve found that it really doesn’t bother me that much, and most people have been really complimentary about my hair.
The worst part is the condition of my hair. The dyed ends are like straw, and are dull and basically lacking in any sort of redeeming feature. As I once had extremely bright red hair, the dyed bits have faded to a sort of copper colour, which I hate and I don’t think suits me at all. Unfortunately, hair dye is really bad for you (just ask anyone allergic to PPD!). You are putting very strong chemicals on your hair. It’s not that I didn’t realise this, I just didn’t care. I don’t regret it now, as I had a lot of fun with different hair colours, but I do wish I had taken measures to try to reduce the damage.
As I was reluctant to cut all my hair off again (why oh why did I not grow out the grey when I had a pixie cut four years ago???), I am just having to live with it. I have just had it cut as short as I dare (pics above), and I reckon that the roots make up around 3 inches of the total length. As my hair is roughly 9 inches long, at the rate of half an inch growth a month, I have around a year left to go. It’s a long old process, but I am hoping that it will be worth it. I see so many amazing women on Instagram with grey hair that looks incredible, so I can’t wait to finally get there.
I think what I am looking forward to most is having hair that is in better condition (I assume!) and that actually suits me. I’ve mentioned this a few times, but I am now focussing much more on looking after the condition of the hair than worrying about the colour. I became obsessed with getting rid of the brassiness, when in actual fact if my hair is well looked after, it makes such a difference. Just as makeup will look better on skin that is in good condition, if your hair is in good condition, the colour will look better.
I’ll keep you posted…!