This reply was a little like free association but I simply wanted to let Mary Louise Hastings know that Natural Instincts does not wash out with shampoo. My mom did that (her hair was pretty short anyway) and I think she was done in about 8 months. Live and learn… Hopefully in time, no one will have to go through what I did as stylists learn more about both techniques and potential pitfalls. I’m glad my post helped you to decide against highlights, Mary Louise. I just want people to be aware of potential pitfalls because I was not aware and struggled a lot as a result. You’ll get there. Because I’m not done yet and I have many regrets, this is still a very painful thing for me to write about. I wish you all the best with growing your hair out. Fortunately, however, no hair decision is permanent. Marmite and cucumber sandwiches, the beginning of a beautiful friendship. So thanks again for the great info on what to do and not do. Absolutely the right answer, Pistol!!! I’ll bet a lot of women are either starting their process now, Sara, or are considering it, especially since the shutdowns have given them a head-start. Me! I would like to see someone that’s growing out there gray that’s not young like these women ! I learned a lot of styling techniques with various lengths of hair. During the first stage of growing your beard you’ll start looking fairly stubbly pretty quickly, but you simply need to let it grow out. The whole process is different for everyone depending on porosity length etc. Keeping your hair well groomed and trimmed and split ends-free will make your hair thicker and stronger. It wasn’t little strands of grey but a full regrowth of white/silvery hair. The saying about time healing all wounds held true here, as my hair grew and I got all of the brassiness cut off. No matter what your age or stage of life, we think there’s something undeniably classy and sophisticated about a head full of gray hair. And now I am tired of dying every 3 weeks, spraying with color to cover the skunk line. Make sure to have your follow up haircut scheduled for 8 weeks. After my second round of highlights and two weeks later – toner didn’t last. Like she’d done previously even after I had asked her not to, the stylist applied the toner too high into my outgrowth. In today’s post, I give a recap of the steps I have taken during my lengthy gray hair transition process. It’s not easy to transition to gray hair, no matter what you do! If I pull back the top section of my hair, it looks pretty good, as the staining was mostly confined to that layer (probably because that’s the most porous part). No one wants that line of definition that draws attention to our hair, but there's no way to completely avoid the growing out process short of shaving your head and starting from scratch. Going “cold turkey” is definitely challenging, but I’m now convinced that it’s the best path for most women to take. The Facebook groups, YouTube videos, and Instagram accounts can be helpful tools along the way and I recommend them to anyone who needs support. And how did you resist those ‘weak’ moments when you think ‘Oh, I need to color it’. Sadly, I can’t use those because I do Curly Girl Method – for nearly a year now, so my hair is in pristine condition (no SLS, no silicones, no heat, ditched the hairbrush etc) and one of the things keeping me going is the knowledge that I might be able to get through 2020 without the need for any trims – so hopefully I can grow the full 6 inches (12 months) – although it won’t look that long – curls = shrinkage! I have tried various chemical straightening treatments over the years and they either didn’t work well or caused an allergic reaction. This doesn’t happen to everyone and it happens in degrees, but it just adds more complexity to the transition process. It’s great that your hair grows fast! 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