Grombre means Grey Ombre and it took me 2 years of this until the glittery bits transitioned into sensational silver. Probably you are hearing some of these terms at the moment, as all around the world women are giving up dying their hair and embracing their natural silver strands #silversisters #grombre. When I decided to let my hair go grey I was 49, now the otherside of 50 I have no regrets and absolutely love how my hair looks now, it has given me more confidence than ever before, and I would recommend anyone who is thinking about the transition to wholeheartedly go for it.
I have always had dark brown hair, sometimes black and then a brush with blonde. I’ve had long hair and shaved my head with a number one, and then dyed it orange. I guess you could say that I like to take risks with my hair. My theory has always been that it will always grow out and then I could start again. Since my mid 40’s I started to notice the grey coming through. It wasn’t little strands of grey but a full regrowth of white/silvery hair. Having always coloured my own hair (as it’s cheaper), I noticed the colour fading out really quickly and the re-growth was quite obvious. Then as I started to get closer to 50 I started to struggle with the mobility of my arms, due to osteo arthritis and the dying process started to get harder and harder
I couldn’t really find any advice online of how to colour my hair so that the transition would be gradual and even asked a hair dresser but there was no sure fire solution. My hair was quite dark at the time as you can see in the pictures, and I really didn’t want the “skunk” look. Although I think anyone who goes with that is very brave. The other option was to cut it right back to the shortest crop but I am a Leo and I quite like having a mane.
So here is what I did:
Stage 1 : April 2017 the year I turned 50, I decided to start the transition. The first step was a white streak. Very Cruella Devilish and I liked the dramatic look.
Stage 2: June 2017 I transitioned lighter to a more honey blonde with streaks in but still letting the grey start to come through which is what you can see in the picture with my hair braided
Stage 3: September 2017 – May 2018 My hair grew quite long and I experimented with some temporary colours and plaited my hair alot to give it more volume. Finally in May 2018 it had reached a length where I could cut off most of the brassy blonde.
Stage 4 : October 2018 – April 2019 – 7 month growing out the final blonde bits and voila, my new super sexy silver strands, which I love.
It was really funny when I was growing it out because I was really insecure and I didn’t want to be seen as an old woman. I started dating Pistol when I was in stage 3 and I could have sworn that on our first night meeting he was staring at my roots and wondering to himself why I hadn’t made the effort to colour my hair. It wasn’t until recently that I told him this and he said “baby, quite the contrary I was thinking how amazing the colour of your hair was”. Absolutely the right answer, Pistol!!!
The other insecurity I have experienced has been when going out to job interviews, and my fears that potential employers would just be thinking to themselves that I was too old, the grey hair would be a dead giveaway. So what did I do? I decided to become a Virtual Assistant, that way I wouldn’t have to face those situations and I now I am really enjoying being my own boss.
Here are some of the main reasons why I love silvery, grey, glittery hair:
I think the silver colour makes the colour of your eyes really stand out.
I believe it softens me and suits my olive complexion more.
Flowers in the hair stand out more.
The condition is the best it has been in years.
I feel empowered about being 50 and more accepting of growing older.
It goes with anything I wear.
It sets an example to other women who might think about making the change and embracing the greys.
No more nasty chemicals
I feel more sparkly
Are you ready to join the Grevolution?