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Old 04-05-2011, 02:21 PM   #81
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Well, I am back from getting my hair trimmed and colored. I don't know if it makes me look younger to the world, but I like it and it makes me feel good. I would like to go grey some day, but I don't think that I am quite old enough (in my mind) yet. My DH is not ready for me to go grey yet either. I showed him the picture of a very pretty lady with silver hair on the site that DangerMouse linked us to and asked him what he thought about me having my hair like hers. He doesn't usually say much, but he looked appalled and said no way. I will probably revisit the idea in 5-10 years. I do a fair job of staying in shape (could do a little better though), but feel I am most lacking in stylish clothes. I have just started buying some tops that are size small rather than the medium I usually buy. My weight fluctuates from 111-114 lbs usually. I saw myself in a picture where I had a bigger top on and it made me look heavier than when I was wearing a smaller top that my DD had bought me.
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:18 PM   #82
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No, I never have colored it, not through a principled decision at all, but just because it never occurred to me. But having read previous discussion in this thread, now I'm thinking about it. It sounds like fun. I just asked my wife about it, and she said, no, because it will turn orange here in Hawaii, due to the sun. She referred to the color as "Ronald Reagan orange" or the "Howdy Doody look". So I appeal to your expertise -- can orange be easily and economically avoided?
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:31 PM   #83
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Personally, I think grey hair on ladies is very attractive especially the salt and pepper look. My GF is still too vain and pulls them out when they pop up. As she gets older, I hope she comes up with a different plan otherwise she will be bald!
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You may want to talk to a hair stylist who specializes in color. Men have less/shorter hair, so the effect of hair color is probably different for them. Even for women, I'm told, blonde is the easiest color to enforce on white/nearly all white hair, and the least likely to turn some unearthly color when the sun shines through.

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Hair color, at birth brown, then it all fell out. Then blonde, later tuned near brown, now genuine silver. Some platinum blondes are jealous.
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My mother is now 80, went gray in her 40s, never dyed her hair (although she lost most of it in her late 60s due to undiagnosed thyroid deficiency and it is now still growing back - some of it dark brown!).

My husband had more gray hair at 45 than my father did at 70; unfortunately my father is no longer around for the comparisons.

My (younger) sister convinced me to try out home color several years ago. I've done it every 3 months since then - even my hair stylist approves (although she would make a lot more $$ doing it herself). Funny thing - the shade I use is no longer available in the stores here in central TX, but is available in PA (where sister lives) and also by mail (drugstore.com). So I order 4 boxes at a time for a one-year supply.

Although it does cover the gray, it also brightens up my natural mousy brown with some reddish highlights, and improves the body of my very fine hair. Worth $25/year
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:47 AM   #87
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I stopped coloring when I retired at age 59. Now I'm 64 and have gray mostly around my face. My girlfriends say I should color but I'm done with all that bother. I do get a good hair cut every 6-8 weeks and get lots of compliments on my hair.
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:21 PM   #88
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DW colors her hair---purple. No kidding. Looks great. And at Burning Man various colors are applied each day.
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A poll was recently requested on this subject so I thought I would start it . I do color my hair mostly because my older sister colors hers and no way do I want to look older than her .
Had nothing to do with my age - was barely 18 at the time Viva Las Vegas was made. I loved Elvis, and Ann Margret was dancing with him...sooo, hair color and dancing lesson. Never went to a live concert of Elvis but the haircolor became my own and it is still with me...unlike Elvis.
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yakers, does she do feathers? You should get her some! In a contrasting color would be so cool with the purple.
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:13 AM   #91
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One of my girlfriends who was the loudest about me cutting my long hair (worn in a ponytail always) was thrilled I got it cut altho she has yet to see it. But her very next statement was: "Now we got to get you to dye it."
Sigh...I cannot win.

Does everyone realize how hard it is to dye silver/white hair? It just does not take the dye like hair that hasn't turned grey yet does. Maybe that's why Liz Taylor did that gawdawful yellow hair her last years on earth? It looked horrid, and if my hair has to look like that I would rather stay silver.
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Stay silver, girl! I do think that shorter hair looks better as we get older.
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I don't cut it, color it, or curl it.
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Unfortunately, yes - gray hair is dead and does not absorb color as do the "live" neighbors and I read one of you colors once every THREE months Try root touch up every two weeks. With the ghastly colors available in Hungary I do have to bring mine from the US - that's a lot of hair color along with my Starbucks Verona beans. Anybody coming my way?
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I do color my hair, those of us with dark hair in my family gray early (the red heads, they've gotten no gray so far)....and since I'm 43 with a 3 year old and do not wish to mistaken for his Grandma, I color.
I also look better with dark hair, I did not color during my pregnancy and nursing and the at least 50% gray color was not particularly flattering on me. Gave me a "washed out" look.....
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I go for a haircut and color every 5 weeks. I have no wrinkles yet, so I am keeping up the color.
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I don't think I can let myself go silver. I have jet black hair and I'll look pre-maturely old and wierd if I try to grow out my white hair. I find that I need to do root touch up more frequent - used to be once a month, now may need to do once in 3 weeks. The hair dye fades away faster after each golf session. I have recently been using a hair color touch up wand - it comes with an applicator to touch up the roots. The color goes once you wash your hair. I can prolong the need to do root touch up for another week with this applicator. I found out that a lot of my friends use it too. Problem is I wash my hair every day which means it is a real pain to touch up every day.
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- used to be once a month, now may need to do once in 3 weeks. The hair dye fades away faster after each golf session. I have recently been using a hair color touch up wand - it comes with an applicator to touch up the roots. The color goes once you wash your hair. I can prolong the need to do root touch up for another week with this applicator. I found out that a lot of my friends use it too. Problem is I wash my hair every day which means it is a real pain to touch up every day.

My hairdresser used to mix up a bottle of shampoo with some color in it . This helped me lengthen the time between color touch ups.
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As a 63 old male, I don't care what my color is, as long as I have hair to show it off ...

And I do...
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My hair colors itself. Notice a little more gray each time I get a haircut
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