I'm 52. My natural hair color is brown-blonde, streaky mix. Since going gray (started in early 40's), I've had it colored back to its "natural" shades--we let some of the gray show. Usually, the roots come in a bit lighter with a silvery cast, but since going raw, I've noticed the roots have a lot more solidly brown hairs in them, still some gray, but less silvery overall.
What I've read about improved diet is that it can positively affect prematurely gray hair (that might be caused by diet, stress, lack of sleep, etc.), but not natually graying hair. Everyone in my family grayed early, so I expected it, but it's nice to be able to go longer between expensive colorings.
(Please don't hate on me for coloring my hair, y'all! She uses the safest products available and the chemicals don't go up against my scalp. I'm not ready yet to be fat AND red-faced AND gray-haired.)
I'm patiently waiting as I hate coloring my hair, grateful I have hair, but am a total slob with the natural stuff too. Regardless I have it all over the place leaving evidence I dyed my hair. Praying for return to the natural: black when a kid, brown when school age for long time and now lots of grey/white mixed into my dyed nicely shaded medium brown.
I've heard that brewer's yeast can help return hair to it's natural color.
Has anyone else heard of this happening?
I use mine almost everyday and drink it too.
Sorry to intrude...I'm not over 50...but I saw the title of this post and had to come visit. I'm 30, and I have a thick streak of 100% white at the top of my head, and the rest of my hair is at least 50% gray. It's genetic on my part; my grandfather had a full head of white hair by his mid-30s and my father was fully gray by 45. I've decided to grow my hair out and just be gray, because I'm so tired of having roots, I don't have the money for monthly hairdresser touch-ups and the home colouring kits are just so caustic...I hate the way they make my eyes and nose feel when I'm colouring.
Anyway, I'd love to have some of my gray reversed, but I'm not sure it's going to happen. I don't mind the thick white streak - it actually looks kind of interesting - but the rest of my hair is so dull and coarse-looking. I'd love any kind of hair-styling tips from gray-haired divas who don't colour.
I'm 52 & I have been RAW for 2 years & 3 months & I'm much more grey than I used to be. I hate it & have to color my hair every 4 weeks. I keep hoping & praying it will turn back to brown. Some things are just not meant to be!
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
I, on the other hand, have earned every one of my gray hairs. I'm proud of them and wouldn't dream of covering them up. Just as I am proud of every one of my 58 years, which I have also earned!
To Your Health!
Ilse (aka EmmaT)
I'm proudly "crowned with silver", and don't plan on changing that. I've been raw for two years, and I have been getting some light champagne hair growth since eating more green smoothies. So, guess I'm going back to the color I was as a child by eating raw. It's really weird as I'm not intentionally trying to get rid of my sliver, LOL!!!
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.
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But I LIKE my silver hair
As a friend of mine pointed out, gray is for battleships. I am SILVER.
I stopped dyeing my long brown hair almost 10 months ago. Luckily, it really turned out to be the prettiest shade of silver and white, a little darker gray mixed in. It seems it goes much better with my skin tone now than when I was dyeing it my natural-born brunette color.
I have been upping my raw intake again. I'm almost afraid that that my hair will start turning dark again, because I think it looks quite interesting at the moment.
Raw Joy, you said your hair was long 10 months ago. Is it still long and how do you feel about long grey (silver) hair? I so miss having my hair long. I stopped coloring it in the spring as I am 62 and I also cut it short. My hair is very wavy and was at one time a rich dark reddish brown. Now it is a mix of white, grey and brown. Today, for the first time in a few months, I missed the color and the shine and the length. I don't like getting old - not today anyway.
Under 40 here w/ scattered silver
When consistently high RAW - all RAW, the proportion of grey diminishes in my head.
-New thick darkbrown growns in
-Dull yellow-grey hair becomes strong vibrant and silver, my kids call it tinsle or glitter streaks, I call them antennae for higher vibration
So looks like I have less cause more thicker darker hair grown in faster.
I refuse to color. REFUSE!
I only conditioner wash and occassionally clarify w/ Dr. Bonners. Moisturizing as need with food grade coconut oil, olive oil or shea butter.
It is, therefore, evident that it is possible to cure by foods, aliments and fruits; but as today the science of medicine is imperfect, this fact is not yet fully grasped. When the science of medicine reaches perfection, treatment will be given by foods, aliments, fragrant fruits and vegetables, and by various waters, hot and cold in temperature.
Formerly lifeAgift aka RAWMamaSutra aka Nettle Rainbowfly when fasting
I, too, have always been a long-hair girl at heart. And I think long, silver hair is beautiful, if it's healthy and shiney. And yes, I'm planning on growing it long eventually if I think it looks okay.
Originally Posted by islesgirl
I cut it very, very short during my transition period. Lots of layers, like a shag. I didn't want the big stripe down the middle and obvious two-tone hair. Every month, I'd go back and have them cut another inch or so off. Once all the fry-dyed stuff was off in the spring, I started letting it grow out some.
Right now I have a pretty short bob, but at least all the layers and that little boy haircut is gone. I'm planning to grow it to about chin length or so with a few layers, keep it there for a while, and see how it looks. And then maybe start growing it longer again.
My hair is healthier and happier than it's been in years. Thicker, glossier, holds its shape more. Even my husband has commented on it. Besides getting rid of the dye, I also stopped using shamppo and started doing the baking soda wash/vinegar rinse and I think that has a lot to do with it.
A few months ago, I saw this lady in the check out line with a long, beautiful, silver braid all the way down to her waist. I thought that was the coolest thing and thought I'm going to do that too. Then she turned around, and it was this really old man with a big mustache.
I use white vinegar as a rinse as opposed to Apple Cider Vinegar. Some white hair has a tendancy to yellow, and I was concerned that it would pick up the dark vinegar color.
Raw Joy - thanks for your response. It sounds as if you have lovely hair. I think I will try chin length too for a while and I will continue straightening it with the hot iron. I let it curl yesterday and it looked awful as it is the wrong cut for such a style. And it looks better close to my head. I keep looking for a photo of someone with a hairdo I think might suit me - especially someone whose hair isn't dyed. It must be great to have a family member or a close friend who cuts and styles hair eh?!
Actually being silvery gray can be beautiful. I now admire every gray head that I meet. As someone who originally colored my hair I can tell you that I believe going silver is God's way of softening our aging face. I would not have it any other way and without boasting can say that I get compliments all the time. I do make sure that my hair is well cut and stylish. Having been raw for years I have not noticed any return of original color and neither would I want it. One person who to me looked really bad was Ann Wigmore, her hair was either dyed or a wig and made her look harsh. I am sick of hearing the silly stories about how her hair returned to its "natural" color anneh
sigh...mirror, mirror on the wall
You see, I just colored my grey again for the first time in months. I'd really wanted to see what I look like grey. I liked it - it was in all the right places and I agree about softening our face. But I am sure it made me look older as my face really doesn't look like that of many 63 year olds. The cut is so important. Right now it is perfect. But what I will do next time I'm at the hairdresser - well, you never know! Besides I got lots of compliments this time around, so I figure it must be the color and the cut. Not too many compliments with the grey. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Many loved my hair dark brown with red tones and long and then when I cut it off a couple of years ago - a few said it made me look so much younger however, I am only now getting compliments again. Who knows why? Not me.