A Tousled Do Meets Gray Hair. Casual Chic or Crazy Cat Lady?


In the many how-to articles, beauty guides, and YouTube styling videos I have subjected myself to over the past few years, there is a consistent theme when it comes to styling textured and/or graying hair (and I am the proud owner of both); it is an entity to be controlled.  In theory, I suppose I agree with this rather heavy-handed sentiment. Silver does have a tendency to make you look a bit wild and unkempt if it is neglected. But therein lies the issue: I am not a girl who likes to spend a lot of time doing hair things. I'm not claiming to be a wash and go girl…no…more of a wash, add product, maybe hastily dry, and on the rare occasion heat style kind of a girl who never leaves enough time to finish any of these steps with any degree of proficiency.

Therefore, with my own utter follicular laziness in mind, I have become an absolute sucker for anything with the words anti-frizz, moisturizing, or smoothing printed on it. I cling to the shreds of hope that some day, I will be one of those women who can jump out of the shower with wet hair and thirty minutes later emerge with a glossy head of salt and pepper that retains its natural wave yet is devoid of that layer of fuzz that even though you've just washed your hair, is reminiscent of the antibiotic-producing skin of old cheese.

Behold the experiment. I have had some long layers put back into my hair after a few years of wearing it all one length. My natural wave wants desperately to be free, but like a petulant teen, it needs craves direction.Tired of ironing my poor locks with a flatiron,  I want something in between Real Housewife beachy waves (am I the only one who is so over that look?) and the full-on Courtney Love circa 1997.  It's definitely a difficult balance to achieve, but is it even advisable? Should I be keeping this monster on a tighter leash?

Discuss.


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  1. I love, love this wavy natural look! Not a frizz in sight, and the color looks fabulous.

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  2. I think it looks better with some wave. It looks great! What did you do?

    Rebecca

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    1. Not much. Just had some long layers added. The top pic is freshly washed, so there is more volume.

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  3. LOVE your hair this way Kristin! I think you look fabulous! It's apparent that you are often drawn to at least one element of edgy in your outfits...camo, animal spots or stripes etc. This new hair style is dynamic, it has movement, and it just seems a good fit with your energy! You must feel it too, yes?!

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    1. It definitely feels more me. Especially with the grey, I like it to be a bit more edgy. I often feel a bit "political wife" when it is styled to be so sleek and perfect...

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  4. I would love to have wavy hair. I love it when mine gets to a point where it looks tousled. Go for it!

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  5. Thumbs up for the new layers I love the tousled look. Like you I am over the long Real Housewives beach waves - I looked in the mirror yesterday and that's what my hair is, it's the badge of a certain genus that I just don't want to be associated with,

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  6. It's not clear to me which picture is the new do. I hope it's the first one. I'm always going for wavy hair so I like the fuller look.
    For me the thing to focus on is looking groomed. Personally I have no problem with chemistry to add shine, and the occasional rinse to keep it from looking yellow.

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    1. They're both the same do, just varying degrees of dirt and styling product in them. I think the second one the hair is much dirtier than the first.

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  7. I find the John Frieda anti-frizz products pretty good and work OK in London but over here In France the weather is damp and humid and it is "hair disaster"

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  8. Love the waves! I've recently noticed that I'm wanting a little more movement in my hair too. Maybe it's growing out the length to a more manageable point. When mine was shorter it tended to kind of puff up in an unflattering mushroomy way, but now it's getting long enough to move in ways that don't scream "Crazy gray-haired lady!!!"

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  9. I think the wavy look is a bit more youthful than a strictly groomed bob. For myself, I think I'll be dying my hair till I'm 80 (and then having a rinse), but you are the closest example I know of great grey hair.

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  10. Love the first pic with more volume. The second one not so much. I saw a stylist on a morning show here in the States use spray-on dry shampoo to volumize hair when it's flat. It works pretty well and after doing some research it appears everyone knew that except me. By the way, you are the exception to my own personal rule of no gray hair. It suits you.

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  11. looks fab.....I have a friend who went gray young and decided not to dye it but got a perm instead.......she now lives in the most beautiful cloud of pale gray corkskrew ringlets.....so so pretty!!

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  13. I think both ways look great. Your hair color is gorgeous!

    blue hue wonderland

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  14. I LOVE IT!!!!!!! To me the layers and texture look way more modern. It reminds me of Patti Smith, but better. I actually like the second pic even better than the first. Double thumbs up!!!

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