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I'm 44, but my first gray hair appeared when I was 16 (that's how old my father was when he started to turn gray). I've only dyed my hair once (about 15 years ago) and didn't feel comfortable - it wasn't me. Since then, my hair has grayed even more, but due to the type of hair I have (someday, when I figure out how to post a photo, you'll all see), it works out okay. I've had many people offer their comments about my hair - some say it is fine as is, and others feel strongly that I should dye it.<br><br><br><br>
The reason I started this thread is this: There is a wide range of ages on this board. If you have already started to gray, do you feel comfortable with it, or do you dye your hair? For those of you who are younger, have you thought about what you might do when the time comes for you?<br><br><br><br>
Just curious.
 

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I'm 32 and have been turning gray progressively over the past 3-4 years. I've done highlights so I didn't notice it as much, but over the last year all that grew out and I realized how gray I am at time. Not too bad, but enough to notice. I buy temporary (24 shampoo) color and color every once in a while. I don't really mind the gray, but the darker color perks up my pale skin and eyes, it also helps tame the texture the follicles of my crazy naturally curly hair. I use hair color like an accessory, like a new pair of earrings or something. I let it go until I feel like I need a "pick me up" again, however I look forward to the day that I have my great grandmoter Grace's beautiful silver hair.
 

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Waaa. I want grey hair. I always have.<br><br><br><br>
I use henna on my hair, but I have always said that when I start going grey I will stop.<br><br><br><br>
I did have one lovely silver strand. I used to hunt for it and then when I found it, I'd gaze at its shiny prettiness. But then I couldn't find it anymore. I guess it fell out. So I henna'd my hair again. Maybe in a couple years I will have more of them...
 

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Well, I have some gray hair but my hairdresser puts a color on the gray hair only every 3-4 months when I go in to get it cut and permed (for free I might add) that eventually washes out. By the time I'm ready for a perm, you can see some gray but I also look good with highlights and streaks in my hair so the gray doesn't seem to look so bad...<br><br><br><br>
So after my perm is done, my hair looks darker for a week or so and then gradually gets lighter and lighter as it washes out. I like this because someday I know I'm going to have to give this up and go gray and I think this will make it easier....
 

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im 29, and started to get grey when i was 23, super stressful job, i havent been getting much more letely. Dying it will make you look younger, who cares if it is you or not, lotso people dye their hair. Have fun with it, its not a big deal.
 

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I'm only 20 and I have already seen some greys popping out! However, they have all seem to gone away--for now. My mother has been dying her hair, I think, since I was born. I'm not sure how I feel about dying. I've never dyed my hair before...I'm very into to being natural. And I think grey hair can be beautiful on people. I have seen lots of women w/ grey hair, and I couldn't imagine them being more beautiful. And on men, I think it makes them look more distinguished.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/naughty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":naughty:"> Personally, I don't know what I'll do. I guess it will depend on how I look and how I feel. I say let it go!!!
 

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I'm 23 and have been noticing grey hair for a few years. My mom was almost all grey by thirty but she religiously dyes her hair.<br><br><br><br>
I currently dye my hair just for fun, as my grey hairs aren't plentiful and you can't notice them. I always swore I wouldn't dye it just to cover the grey. Who knows when I get to all-over grey hair though. I enjoy changing my hair color, but love my natural color too.
 

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27, no greying. My hairline has started to recess about 3-4 years ago though, but this belongs in another thread maybe.<br><br><br><br>
I wouldn't and will not dye my hair, it's so not me either. Then again I'm a guy who thinks that shaving once a week is an abhorrent hassle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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I like grey hair, I think on women, it can look really beautiful. I think all it takes is the right cut to compliment your grey. I've also heard it's best to make the greying transition in the summer, when the sun brings out more highlights. Maybe talk to a stylist, he/she can work with your grey, giving it the best look (there are non-dying brightners that can be used ).<br><br><br><br>
I'm 26, with no greys as of yet, but my husband who's almost 27 has a few. While cutting his hair, I noticed a few hairs that were not the same texture as the others. He would never dye his hair,and I don't care if he goes grey.
 

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I'm 47, and about a third grey. My natural color is such that the grey mixed in has the effect of making my hair look really washed out and lifeless, and since I'm naturally pale, the overall effect gives me a washed out appearance generally. My hairdresser has been dying my hair to my natural color for a few years, and I'd rather do that than wear makeup. When my hair is fully gray, I plan on going natural--from what I can tell, I think it'll be silvery. At the rate I'm graying, that should be within five years.
 

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At the salon & spa where I work we have tons of clients who come in regularly for single-process color (to have their gray covered). As the hair grows out and roots start to show again, they come back. Most people come about every 6 to 8 weeks, but some people come much more frequently. (Try every 2 weeks! That's a little excessive...) I think you should do whatever makes you feel beautiful. I've seen how covering a little gray can take YEARS off of someone's age, but I've also seen how beautiful a natural silver/gray can be. Most of our clients are women but we do have several men who come in as well. I happen to love that salt & pepper look on guys though.
 

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I got my first grey when I was about 26 and they have slowly multiplied over the years in one spot in particular so that when I pull my hair back in a pony I have a very distinct stripe down the middle of my head. My kids tell me I look like a skunk. I am 40 now. This year was the first time I ever dyed my hair...I had my sister do it because she's been dying her own since high school...nothing to do with greys...she is 27 now. Anyway she thought it would look good darker...it is auburn naturally...I hated it, so she sugggested highlighting it to lighten it up. Disaster! it fried! and just clumped off (the strands that were highlighted anyway) so I've been growing this mess out since Dec. she felt terrible but I told her it was no big deal...we don't really know what went wrong and I wasn't mad at her a bit. I had to cut most of my hair off...now it's shoulder length...and the grey looks more noticable now than it did before I tryed to cover it up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> Hehehe! I will probalby color it again...think I'll go to a salon next time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I know my sis wouldn't want to try it again.
 

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i found a grey facial hair on my boyfriend the other day. i was staring at it up really close, kinda wierded him out i think. he didn't care though. he has almost black hair, and always gets one or two blond ones in his goatee. like, really yellowy blond. usually pulls them out. looks like they're coming in grey now. he always says he can't wait for grey hair though, he actually wants it, he just doesn't want it to fall out lol<br><br><br><br>
personally i don't know what i'll do when it starts to go, i guess it depends how early it starts. i like to dye my hair now and then anyways, not always the same colour though. i don't see myself being one of those obsessive types who runs off to dye it as soon as roots start showing, i'll probably keep changing colours all the time. people will know it's not my natural colour anyways so maybe i won't be too concerned about letting the grey show through now and then
 

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Dude, you bumped an oooooold thread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:"><br><br><br><br>
Well, no matter.<br><br><br><br>
My gray hair started to come in when I was about 26. I had a little clump of it on one side for awhile. Then all of a sudden the gray hair started showing up all over my head. I actually stood in front of a mirror with a tweezers and pulled them out! Finally, they became too numerous to yank out, and when my sister found out she claimed yanking it out just made the gray come in more and faster. She said coloring my hair would work better to get rid of the gray. So I bought some hair dye, and my mom helped me put it on, but I didn't like the hassle of self-dyeing, so I started get it done at a salon (I figured it was worth the extra money for a professional job). That was about seven years ago, and I've been coloring my hair ever since. Especially since my sister colors her hair also, and I didn't want my gray hair to make me look older than my older sister. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> (She's 50 now and still has her hair colored; I'm 46).<br><br><br><br>
I think if it boosts a person's self-esteem, there's nothing wrong with a little hair dye. Of course, I've seen older women who have absolutely <i>gorgeous</i> silver hair, and that's because they take care of it and style it in a flattering way (my mother included), but I'm not ready for that life stage yet.
 

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Holy crap! I barely remember starting this thread! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> For the record, I intend to let my gray/grey hairs increase without covering them up...bring 'em on! It is what it is and I yam what I yam! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><br><br>
To each her own.
 

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Wow - this is indeed an OLLLLLLLD thread, but still interesting...<br><br><br><br>
I'm with Amy... I'm just over 40, but have a fair bit of grey. I have very dark hair and very pale skin and it it way too obvious. It makes me look washed out and ...well...old! (I know, when I let it grow out over the summer several years ago, I got many comments! Bleh!)<br><br><br><br>
I feel much better about myself when I keep it colored as well as highlighted several colors, so anything growing out won't be as obvious...<br><br><br><br>
Froggy has a little bit of grey and he's a year or two younger than me - but I think the grey looks very distinguished on him.<br><br><br><br>
Some people can pull it off gracefully, I'm just not one of them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I think your hair is awesome, carnelian. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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