I’ve been toying with the idea of transitioning from colored to natural gray hair for many, many months now. I’ve been gray-curious! I’m a true believer in God’s timing. I think that my health and wellness journey has prepared me for such a time as this. Just as loosing 35# doesn’t happen overnight, I know that I won’t suddenly wake up with silver strands as if someone painted them on. Wouldn’t that be nice? But, just as poor nutrition choices over time caught up with me in extra pounds and poor health related issues – I know that the chemical color treatments that I’ve been adding to me hair for years will take some time to grow out. It’ll surely be a process, but I just may be ready to embrace this journey to gray like I took on my health & wellness journey. Head down…focus on what’s in front of me, NO looking back!
What’s surprised me the most has been the reactions from those that I’ve share my decision with…opinions have been strong. Ultimately, I came to understand that what others think really doesn’t matter. This is about, Monette. Redefining beauty for myself. As I get older, I am finding that the more true I am to myself – the happier I am. I can’t explain just how I feel about loosing the dark brown color. As women, we are constantly on a mission to reverse the signs of aging so, to let go and accept that I am aging is scary. I may not feel like 47, but the truth is…I am and I don’t need to try to deny that reality. This is personal…I am in NO way passing judgement on anyone that chooses otherwise.
For me, it’s about freedom and total acceptance of myself. Unlike weight loss, the good news is that if I can’t take it, I’m just a short trip to Walgreens for a box color…HA! In all seriousness…I think it’s more about timing and confidence. I feel like my 40’s has been a decade of coming into my own and just being me. Less is more! Although I LOVE my stylist, I’m tired of managing appointments and spending $$$ every 6 weeks at a salon, I hope I can pull it off, but at this point – I’m choosing to ditch the dye and go gray – gracefully (that’s the goal). So, I’m sharing my journey with you and looking forward to re-defining Monette’s style. There I go again…UNRAVELING!
(9 weeks post salon color/3 weeks home root touch up)