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How many of you dye your hair?

As we get older with gray hair is it a good idea to dye your hair? I have not died mine in 20 years, now that I'm getting gray I'm thinking twice about it.

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Surprisingly, I have very few gray hairs. I have not colored my hair in many years, and have no plans to start any time soon. My sisters have tons more gray than I do. I'm rather pleased about that.

my sister is younger and has a lot of gray hair and she dies it every month and she even looks older than I do.

I'll have more gray than both of my parents. It sucks being the young one with more gray.

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I'm just glad I still have hair

CallMeDave Level 8 July 21, 2018
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Big fat sigh....I dye my hair every 4 to 6 weeks. Expensive and a pain! Too vain to go grey.

GreatNani Level 8 July 21, 2018

Me too.

@RapidCityKelly my mom stopped coloring hers at about 65 or so. But she had lovely silver white hair so she looked great. If it makes your mom happy I think it is fine. Just a lot of upkeep!

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I was born with a gray streak. It dissipated, but started coming back when I was 16. I started coloring my hair by 17. It was completely white by the time I was 30.
I stopped coloring a few years ago. It got to be way too much of a pain in my ass, and I just didn't want to keep doing it anymore. Having to color my roots every 3 weeks got to be straight-up ridiculous.
I keep it super short, and it's as white as it can be.
And I just don't care.

To each their own. Just remember, once you start it's an ongoing process.
Roots look awful.

KKGator Level 9 July 21, 2018

One of my brothers was born with a white streak in his dark hair. I haven't seen him in over 30 years, he retired from the Navy and left his family and disappeared. So I don't know if he is all gray now or what. My grandmother went prematurely gray at 24, when the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began. I didn't get her hair color.

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I quit dyeing mine about two years ago and am now gray. I love it! It saves me the monthly struggles of dealing with the regrowth, the expense, the time, the everything.

I think it's lovely.

@Donotbelieve thank you!

You look great

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My hair died on it's own.

Sticks48 Level 9 July 21, 2018

LMFAO you're too funny

@Sheannutt Thank you. ☺

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It's not ''dying'' my hair...it's correcting nature's little mistake!

LucyLoohoo Level 8 July 21, 2018
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I stopped coloring my hair about 6 years ago at the same time that I started wearing it short and have not regretted it once. I thought it made me look younger but there are some who thought it made me look older.....meh As long as I like it I am happy. smile001.gif

Did you have long hair? I haven't cut mine for several years. I used to donate it to locks of love but the last time I did I hated the cut. I'm thinking of cutting it short now. Not sure if I'll like it.

Love your cut and natural color. I get a lot of compliments on mine.

@confidentrealm I wore my hair long for most of my adult life. I did cut it short a couple of times but would eventually bow to the societal pressure to wear it long. When I went short 6 years ago, I had a chin length bob type style. Going short and natural just makes life so much easier when it comes to hair. The only down side is that I have to take a trip to the hair salon every 2-3 weeks to maintain but I like to wear it extremely short.

@confidentrealm, @Presley1209 So do I and mostly from other women which surprised the heck out of me. smile002.gif

@Presley1209 By the way, I like your hair also. It is just so much easier isn't it?

Your hair looks great

@patchoullijulie I love your hair. I'm going to talk to my hairdresser and see what he thinks, how short I should go and how much he will charge me to maintain it.

@patchoullijulie I understand. I'm due for a cut as well.

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I love my gray hairs. They're more silver. I don't dye my hair because I think the silver far surpasses my natural color, whatever it is.

@minhmeister Hey, thank you.

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I started going gray in my mid-30’s; dyed up til age 42. My hair is gray, silver, white, with strands of Auburn and light brown. Once all the dye grew off, I realized I like my hair.

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Mine all died, and fell out.....

NormCastle Level 7 July 21, 2018
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I will never tell

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Every once in awhile I'll get sick of looking like a skunk and I'll wash that grey out of my hair

Drsmash253 Level 7 July 21, 2018
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Me. I do it. My graying is not a pretty way of graying. It's more the iron gray. My plan is to become ever blonder until I eventually just wash out into silver. I don't like the color of my natural gray but I still rock a big thick head of hair, which I dye to a color that pleases me.

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Wearing natural gray hair is a current fashion trend, I've read. Some models are even dying their hair gray.

I'll keep dying my hair until so many people are doing it that nobody will discriminate against me if I allow mine to go gray.

birdingnut Level 8 July 21, 2018

Right and that is the thing. There is a certain amount of discrimination and judgement that goes along with being female and having short and/or white or gray hair. Men, not so much.

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I dye mine back to it's natural color, which changes frequently. Lol

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I do. I have been for about 35 years, and I’ve been coloring it myself for the last 10.

I believe salt and pepper on a woman adds too many years that I don’t want anytime soon. And I like my color.

BlueWave Level 8 July 21, 2018
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I am 63 and stopped dyeing about 5 years ago. In our unfair society, I'm not gray, I'm a silver fox. I'll take itsmile001.gif

Mitch07102 Level 7 July 21, 2018
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Never have, and never will. I yam what I yam, and gray is what I'm going to be. It's coming in a pretty silver in places - I'm good with that!

poetdi56 Level 7 July 21, 2018
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I decided I can be a feminist and color my hair. In my 30s, my hair began turning white. Have been coloring it since age 40.

"When did you start dying your hair?" a man rudely asked. "I thought you hair was red."

He was right: my original brown hair had red and gold highlights. Photo: age 25, stretching in the morning after spending the night in a tent. Backpacking in Olympic National Park.

Absurdly thick, my hair grows fast (and not just on my head). That's why I pay a hair stylist to touch up the roots.

@Anniemae
Thank you, Annie!

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I've had gray hair since I was 19. I'm 34. About a quarter of my hair is gray... when it's not died back to brunette. ?

Sara72712 Level 6 July 21, 2018
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I had chemo last year and lost all my hair, so I'm just grateful it grew back, screw the color!

bleurowz Level 8 July 22, 2018

sorry to hear you had to have chemo hope all is well.

@Sheannutt Hodgkin's Lymphoma, in remission since August 2017. And a nice bushy head of salt-and-pepper hair to show for it!

You are a wise and beautiful woman Bleurowz. We'll celebrate your remission!

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I dyed my hair a few times in my life but since I'm naturally blonde, my hair doesn't hold color well. Now I too am gray, more white. I hope it is a nice bright white once it finishes the metamorphosis. I love white hair.

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I swore I would never dye my hair, but once I left Florida it was no longer blonde. As it got more gray I realized I had underestimated my vanity. I color my hair with henna and indigo as I am allergic to hair dye which is pretty toxic. Not sure if I will forever, but since I prefer my hair long stopping would be harder to do and I am happy with it.

gigihein Level 8 July 21, 2018
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I dyed mine when I was young, many different colors, braided beads or shells into it, put blue or green, or purple streaks in it. My natural color is medium brown. I started perming it and dying it a dark auburn, and had it that way for years. My hair was below my waist, so it would take about 3 perms to get it all done. I loved having long, crazy, curly red hair. I did stop dying it though, about 4 or 5 years ago, and I don't perm it any more. So now it is wavy, brown and grey, but still down to my waist.

Wisewoman3 Level 7 July 21, 2018
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This is when it's good to be a man. I can wear my grey with pride. smile001.gif

So unfair smile003.gif

@patchoullijulie Julie, I like your color and cut!

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