Yes, I started going gray. As I write this I am 35—nope, 36 years old. After 30 it just doesn’t matter anymore! My hubby and my sister jokingly pick on me for them when they start to reappear. To some people they look like blonde highlights (you know who you are and I love you). I tried to let the grays go. I even attended a bachelorette party in Miami with them! Now THAT is something. It worked out really well though because in all of the photos the lighting is just right so that you can’t see anything!
How I started my transition from highlights and low lights to natural hair dye:
Yes, I used to be a hair color junkie (pre-kids) to the tune of like $250 a month. I was that person that couldn’t stand to see the roots starting to darken and had to get my hair dyed every 4-6 weeks. Quite pricey and time consuming to say the least! I had to cut that habit in preparation for shifting that money and time to other more important things.
I started by gradually dying my hair back to something closer to my natural color. This is a huge cost savings over all the crazy highlights and lowlights.
It took me about a year and a half to really get to that perfect balance between hair growth and hair color where everything was normalized. Then I started using those $6-$10 boxed hair dyes. My hair color was fine, it didn’t ruin my hair and I saved a boat load of money.
Then I started learning about chemicals in hair dyes and thinking about what they could be doing to my body. I started looking into natural options. HENNA!
I started using henna about every six weeks and I love it. It is easy to use (I get the one that is pre-mixed) and I am happy with the results. Here are some before and after pictures I shot with my phone and posted to my facebook group a week or so ago:
Tips when using henna hair dye:
- Wash your hair before you apply.
- Apply evenly.
- After rinsing henna dye from your hair, use an old towel or a dark towel. For several days henna may still stain your towel. I have a towel I designate as my hair dye towel for this reason. After about 3 or 4 days this shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve never gotten it on my sheets or clothes.
- I used Dark Brown in the photo above. Even Dark Brown has some red in it.
Alternatives to dying your hair:
1. Go with the gray and embrace it! This is apparently not working for me yet….
3. I’m a big fan of Young Living essential oils. If you’ve been following my journey, you know this already. 🙂 I recently found out that Sandalwood essential oil can help with gray hair! Here is how you use it:
Place 1 drop of Sandalwood essential oil on your thumb and first finger, and glide the gray hairs from root all the way to the ends through it.
For a friend of mine it took 4 to 5 months to notice a big difference. I’m adding Sandalwood to my next order! The great thing is that I have earned point through Young Living’s Essential Rewards program and I’ll be able to get it for free! That is one of the many great perks to signing up for a wholesale account. Love, love love!