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going silver - finally!

 
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I'm really excited about going grey.  For the last 10 years or so, I had 12 grey hairs.  They were short and brittle.  They would fall out after growing a couple of inches.  I mourned the loss of each one.

But the last year or so, I've had proper grey hairs.  Well, silver.  These are thinner than my regular hairs, but they shimmer!  I'm finally at the point where I find one in my hair comb about once a week.  I pluck them out of the comb and admire how they glow and catch the light.  Some of them are only silver near the root and have a sudden spot where they go dark brown.  But others are silver all the way.

Anyway, this new colour is giving me great joy!

Next, I want to learn how to take care of these silver gifts.  Does silver hair need different care than regular hair?  How come they aren't so strong?  
Is no-poo compatible with silver hair?  
 
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If your new hair isn't coming in as strong, it may be more a matter of hormonal changes, in your body, than anything else. We all know that as we age, we start losing calcium  resulting in loss of bone density; collagen, resulting in less taut skin, etc.  But, the changes have their effect on our hair and nails, too. The things we consume - both internally and externally - become more important than ever. The changing seasons may have a bit more influence, too.

Like yours, my initial silver and white hairs came in coarse - actually, wiry - and even curlier than the rest of my hair. But, it also came in patchy and weird, so I his it, for a while. Now, it's all me, again. No henna, to try to get back as close to my natural red as possible. My youngest daughter, an aesthetician/ cosmetologist, the last time she was here, got up closer, and began riffling her fingers through my hair. She told me she loved it, and that it was beautiful, and as soft as ever (that made me feel great), then she asked, "what color would you call this???" As she looked closer, she decided there is a mixture of 6 or 8 different colors; bright white, silver, blonde, a very soft, ashy red - almost pink, deeper red, and a couple shades of brown. But, what she most noticed as she was looking so intently through my hair, was how 'healthy' it felt. So, she stopped and looked at my skin, too. Then, she started asking what I was doing different.

I'm off all municipal water. There are no added chemicals in our water, and we're drawing from a 650' well. We eat very little purchased processed food. I'm off all prescriptions, and the only otc med that I take is either Claritin or zertek (I alternate them). I make my own toothpaste, deodorant, moisturizer, lotion bars, sunscreen, bug repellent, soaps (facial, shampoo & body bars), and household cleaners, so no detergents, sulfates, phtalates, poly-whatevers, fillers, preservatives, artificial fragrances, etc. And, the water I use to make them is from the same source as the water I drink, shower, clean house, and cook with.

Some - maybe even most of those things might be difficult to manage, for someone who still has to use municipal water and works full time! But, there are other things I've been doing for years, that have had their say in the matter, too. Even before I started making my own everything, there were some brands of all of those things that were available, in the stores. So, reading labels is huge. If you can't pronounce it, and they don't offer a recognizable common name (for example, coconut oil's scientific name is long & scary sounding, but most companies here also give the common name in parentheses), it might not be something good to use. Some of the other things I do are herbs that are included in my daily tea - like silica, from horsetail, passionflower and hawthorn, which are for the heart and pulmonary system, but how well those systems work has a dramatic affect on everything else - including the nails and hair - good circulation is important. I do also try to remember to take a 'hair, skin,& nails' supplement, but that's kind of catch-as-catch-can. Do things to get your blood pumping. Massaging your scalp for a few minutes every day adds a lot to that.
 
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r ranson wrote:I'm really excited about going grey.

Anyway, this new colour is giving me great joy!



Enjoy while it lasts . . . I hate to say it but the novelty wears off fairly quickly.  lol.
 
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I started greying when I was 18, so now at 35, I have a lot of grey hairs. I don't think they act very differently than the rest...maybe they did at the beginning, but now they seem the same as the rest of my hair. I've been no-poo for about 6 years now, and I don't think it's been bad for my hair. My hair doesn't seem too dry and never looks oily. There's been times (thanks to babies) that I've gone over a month without "washing" my hair, and my hair never looked oily. (Washing my hair consists of an half water, half apple cider vinegar rinse, followed by a cold water rinse).
 
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A few years ago when my first grey hairs started to show up, at least the ends of them looked very white. Sometimes they would get into my face, and I thought I had some goose down on my face. My geese are all white.

It took a couple of times for me to realize it was my own hair, and no matter how much I tried to brush it off, it would just not go away.

It does seem that all my greys appeared over night, and I know this is not true. I just don’t look in the mirror very often.

That being said, they don’t seem to be of a different texture/thickness than the others.

I wear them as they are. I like to think grey hairs means I am a lot wiser. [insert broad smile here].
 
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Good for you r.  Love hearing that it brings you joy.  Mine started at my chin and has moved slowly up my face, soon to be moving into my hair so that I'll be joining you in the club (I shave my face so folks generally haven't noticed it yet).  I'm looking forward to watching how it comes in!
 
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I also enjoy finding more and more grey hairs. I first noticed one or two around 25. Now at 36 they are noticable from a distance. They seem to represent experience or wisdom to some people. I like to joke that they justify my 'wise ass' comments 😃

I have not noticed that they are more likely to fall out. I do not do anything special for care (shampooless for maybe 4 years), but then I don't really care if they fall out or not. I have always grown lots of hair, so I don't miss the few that fall out.
 
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I love my silver hair too! I was a tie head growing up and liked my blond hair. The silver makes me feel like I am younger and more how I have always seen myself. It is a positive not a negative. I started with a white streak where I have a cowlick. It has no spread Thru out my hair but I still have this one completely white streak. On the opposite side I have a dark brown streak with no white at all. I’m enjoying the process.
 
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