Tag: Grey Hair

Going back to my roots – Yes the grey ones!

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For a while there I had forgotten why I started this blog and got stuck in an Instagram world of fashion and followers and that really wasn’t why I decided to lay my thoughts out on the internet. So I am going back to my roots, yes the grey ones!

I originally started the blog as I really hadn’t come to terms with going grey, I couldn’t colour my hair due the severe allergies (see previous post’s) and this blog was going to be all about me going grey and living with it. Whilst setting up the blog, I set up an Instagram account too, followed some Silver haired beauties and then started following more influencers with all their fashion and style advice and some how got caught in a trap of wanting to be like them and get more followers.

A friend asked me “what does that mean more followers”? And they were right, this wasn’t about the followers, this was about me, my pixel of the internet. As I tell others, be¬†true to yourself and your tribe will follow anyway.

Whilst I was in Instagram mode my hairdressers found a greyt hair colour/dye (Elumen hair dye, will do a post on that soon) that I am not allergic too and have now used it for the past 7 months and I blinking love it. But it did stop me from writing about going grey, as I have deferred it (for a while, well 6 weeks at a time).

So I am heading back to those grey roots because they are there, whether I hide them or not.

10 of the best blog posts and articles about Grey Hair.

After my serious allergy to hair dye (thanks to the black henna tattoo) my doctor and I agreed it would be best that I never coloured my hair again.

Now that said, it is fine to agree to no hair dye in your 20’s, but as you head further into your 40’s the grey hairs start to come thick and fast (well for me). So you start thinking about your options or try to come to terms with your grey hair.

I have read a lot of articles about how other women feel about having grey hair and here they are some of the wonderful articles and blog posts on the subject.

Women In Consulting

Anne Kreamer – Going Gray

Boom By Cindy Joseph – 5 tips for embracing natural hair

What I have learned from my gray hair experiment

The Guardian – Why women dare not go grey, The politics of hair

The Telegraph – I’ve had grey hair since I was 16

The Change Guru – Lessons from a year of growing gray hair

Silver Style Life – Grey Hair Lifestyle

Make Up and Beauty Blog – Graceful way to gray

Andrea Bonawitz Styling – Aging Gracefully how to go grey

Just about to start reading Anne Kreamer’s book – Going Gray, will let you know my thoughts.

Hair to dye for

I first spotted a grey hair in my early twenties and was a little bit shocked to say the least. It’s not that I hated grey hair or anything, it was the fact that I hadn’t even thought about it happening.

It’s not something you usually think about in your twenties…Have I got enough money to go out tonight – check, Do I have grey hair? – check!!

Dark Brunette

Being a very dark brunette, pretty much jet black hair, that grey hair stood out a mile and what with it’s different nature stood up very proudly on my head, but not for long as I yanked it out. Over the next few months I spotted more and I just wasn’t ready for them.

Low Maintenance

Being a low maintenance kind of girl, I popped along to Boots and bought some hair dye and applied it to my head. To be honest I really couldn’t tell the difference and the colour hadn’t changed either. My head got very itchy very quickly but just thought the dye had dried my hair out.

I woke in the middle of the night with what felt like a very stiff neck, I couldn’t move my head very much and my head was burning and weeping. I went to the mirror to check myself out. I got quite a shock, the reflection starring back at me looked like I had swallowed myself. My head and neck had swollen to twice their normal size and my eyes had swollen too. I looked like I had gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson and hadn’t move from my bed.

Luckily I was at home with the parents for the weekend and I sheepishly knocked on their bedroom door at 4am in the morning (like I was 5 and going to tell them I don’t feel very well). I remember saying to my mum “Don’t worry and don’t turn the light on but I have a very swollen head” bang went on the light and I scared the living daylights out of all of us.

A&E

We drove to A&E straight away and got seen very quickly (I do love the NHS they have saved me on many an occasion.) The doctor was brilliant and put me on some very heavy steroids via a drip, and antihistamine and other medication to apply to my scalp. I was very lucky as my throat had started to swell and my breathing had got more restricted but we acted quickly and so did the hospital. It took about 2 weeks for all the swelling to go down and for me to be able to wash my hair.

The allergic reaction had occurred due to the allergy I had from the PPD’s in the Black Henna Tattoo I had a few years previously.

The moral of this story is:

Don’t get a black henna tattoo and always have a patch test done first when colouring your hair.

#Avoidblackhenna #alwaysgetapatchtest