Born Again Virgin

Hair, people. I'm referring to my hair. I look forward to getting my hair trimmed so much that I am willing to take an appointment at 10am in between two night shifts just to be sure I get my trim. And I have. And it is good. I now have not a single hair on my head that has been touched by any chemical process. There had been that lingering one centimeter at the tips in front where I could still see just a wee bit of old dye from my growing out the grey phase, and it is gone. Sayonara. I have virgin hair once again (and a few flyaways too that I was too lazy to tame for the photo).



It's kind of a cool feeling, when you discover your adult hairstyle. I have had this hair now for about three years, and I have decided that this is more or less my adult hair, with a few variations in length. People tend to keep their most comfortable adult hair, for better or worse. That's fantastic if you happen to be Jennifer Anniston, maybe less so if you are still sporting "mall bangs" from the 80s (that's a straight-upwards rooster-comb fringe to all you UK readers.... I know it sounds like something else...please don't be alarmed).

So that's me, the born-again hair virgin.  Pure and unspoiled by years and years of the the earthly trappings of chemical process sin. Yep, that's me.  I'm so pure now that I can even levitate.

See? 

Considering joining my cult of repentant chemical sinners? There are a lot of us out there, and you will never walk alone.  Look deeply into my eyes and be wooed into the sisterhood. Never again will you  desperately scrub dye off of your forehead with anything that will work (nail polish remover, anyone?).  Cast away the between-dye magic marker-ing of your roots. Saint Clairol will forgive thee.  Repent !


The converted is wearing a thrifted beaded mohair sweater, H&M tee,
New Look skinny jeans, and Clarks Indigo heeled shooties. 



Comments

  1. Occasional reader, first time commenting. The first picture is a lovely mix of gray and pewter textures and the cut is very good as well. May I ask the reaction you get in Scotland as a young woman who doesn't color her hair? I'm also a chocolate and silver here in the NW of the States and have found a mix of reactions (warmth at New Seasons, mild astonishment at the mall). If you're interested, I use a curly hair shampoo (Ouidad) which my hair likes. Enjoy the humor of your blog.

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    2. Oops...too many typos.....anyway, I was met with a mix of confusion and shock when I first started growing it out, mostly by other females, who were projecting their own issues literally onto my head. Now that it is complete, a lot of people have come round and told me they think its grand. men seem to appreciate it more, oddly.

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  2. Ha. I just went the other direction in both chemicals and cut.

    I dyed my hair (every color natural, unnatural, and both at once) for 20 years, then let it go natural for the last two years. Frankly, the gray is the only interesting thing about my natural hair color. I'm back to a reddish-brown, will darken it slowly so as not to worry the coworkers, and someday black with technicolor streaks will be mine again!

    Also, I've had bobbed hair (chin-length to waist-length - is that still a bob?) for the same 20 years, and only recently got a layered cut. It's very well done but I fear I'm not competent to style it every day. (My trim appointment is next week and I'm counting the flyaway days.) We'll see how it looks once the color transition is done. If all else fails I'll retreat there, too.

    So, I admire your fabulous color (and cut - wow!), envy your freedom from touch-ups, and may try again myself in 5 years or so.

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  3. I love your hair style. I am still trying to figure out if the grey is evenly enough distributed to look good if I let it grow in. It's scary. I mean, my first color experiences involved lemon juice or sun-in in the back yard. Sometimes I don't know exactly what my original color IS anymore! But coloring every 3 weeks isn't working for me either....You are definitely an inspiration in that respect. (I might steal the asymmetrical angled bob at some point as well....you make it look amazing!)

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    1. Don't worry about evenness. Mine is certainly anything but. That is what makes it so unique, everyone has her own pattern. Mine is mostly in the front right now and in the temples, so I get this kind of dramatic stripe when I pull it back. Kind of Cruella De Ville, which I love.

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  4. Congratulations on your freedom! Yes, embrace it!

    Now important question. Where did you get your t-shirt? Which brand?

    Thanks!

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    1. This is an H&M tee...mens department, I usually get them in a size M if I want to wear it under something. L if I want it to have the "boyfriend" look and wear it slouchily with skinny jeans. I prefer the organic cotton ones, they seem to have the best drape.

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    2. Never would have thought of H&M men's department. Great tip!

      Thanks.

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  5. You look lovely and have fabulous hair. If my hair and skin coloring would co-operate, I'd go natural but not ready to yet (at 64). Started to go gray in my early 40s and it looked awful, aged me tremendously.
    Love your blog and sense of humor!
    J.

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  6. I love that first photograph. The mix of grays and textures. . . wonderful.

    I'm just back from my latest visit to the salon and St. Clairol. I think I'll be embracing my Bonnie Raitt streak in front soon enough.

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  7. Yeah. That first photo is top notch. Work of art. And you look fantastic. I've got 2-3 inches to go. I wish I'd started earlier, before my hair started to thin at all. You've made the right choice, IMO.

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  8. You look fantastic. I have never understood why so many women feel the need to cover up greys or be bitchy about those who choose not to. I am not against dye either but I think often as a women ages there comes a time when the hair colouring actually ages her more than if she let it be natural.
    Love what your wearing in these pics too :)

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  9. I like the gray from head to toe! Great style.

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  10. WOW! This is great, you are looking fantastic. Thanks for sharing
    Disney

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