Saturday, January 25, 2014

Gray is the ‘new’ black!

….or in my case, the new blonde!

So have you noticed? Were you just too polite to mention it?

It actually was an easy change for me.

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I’ve been blonde my whole life…lighter when I was younger and then dirty blonde as I got older. And living here in Florida, the sun bleached my hair out until it looked almost white.

So I thought….what the ‘hey’! Let’s see what it looks like. I had been putting a medium blonde rinse on my hair about every 2 months (and my roots looked very light) so it didn’t seem too radical to stop. So about a year ago I stopped. And now all of the color has been cut off.

So far my hair dresser, Pam says my blue eyes look even bluer and my husband has complimented me more on my hair than ever. And awhile back, a man behind me in line at the thrift store asked me about my hair. He wondered if I colored it and said he liked it. What a shock!

So now I can get out in the sun all I want and not worry about how much it bleaches out. The lighter the better, I think.

I would close the comments but you know I can’t wait to hear what you think. Do you like the before or after?

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(I didn’t touch up these photos or even sharpen them…just cropped them)

Being blonde has defined me.

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But time moves on!

(and this post may move on to the second page, too! hahaha)

Have a FUN weekend!

61 comments:

Diane said...

Hmm... think I'm going to be a wienie and say I like them both! Tell me-- do blondes have more fun? I've always been a brunette.

Elizabeth said...

I really like the white, it is very pretty on you! I let mine go white after being black all my life. I am now thinking about trying blonde but Jim loves the white

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello My Friend. I absolutely LOVE your new look. Such a lovely color natural color. How awful I missed your lovely Birthday.. Belated Birthday wishes to you. What a lovely wonderful sunny day you had at the Canaveral National Seashore. I only dream of going there. Hugs Judy

Joyce Mayer said...

Oh Miss Lavender Dreams, I "loves" ya both ways. You are so bee-u-tee-ful, but stop flirting with the men in the check out lines. Giggle.

Heaps of Hugs
Prudence (the redhead) ♥

Catherine Holman said...

I like the white, but then my hair is that color too and I hate messing with hair color.

Linda H said...

I like the white! And so much easier - no more colorings, no more roots to worry about! I sometimes get comments on ymy hair from strangers too- isn't it fun?!

Montanagirl said...

My honest opinion? I really like the "after" look much better! Both are nice, but the after is my choice.

Donna said...

I love your hair both ways. It's that cute smile of yours, LOL. My personal preference is the white color. Not only is it attractive, but it will be easily for you to manage! I colored my hair in my 20s and finally gave it up because of the nuisance factor. Now it is a great salt and pepper color.

Vee said...

I love the after and, until you mentioned it, am ashamed to say that I had not noticed. It has got to be easier and you still read "blond" and I mean that in the nicest possible way. I can't wait until I get to be a blond. I've got some streaks, but they're not changing fast enough!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

So far...so good! I don't usually comment on my own blog but here I am! I'm so glad I'm getting 'support' for the new 'silver' color! I REALLY don't want to ever color my hair again! It's been such a liberating experience! I feel FREE! Thanks for the sweet comments. Maybe I should close the comments now while I'm ahead! hahaha! HUGS!!!

Musings from Kim K. said...

You are so darn cute. How freeing to not worry about coloring your hair. I have this patch of gray/white that will keep me at the beauty salon for awhile more. I already am older than most of Josie's classmates parents by a good 8-10 years.

Have a beautiful Saturday.

TexWisGirl said...

no, i LOVE white and silver hair! i often compliment folks in the stores when i see them and their beautiful, natural color (or lack thereof).

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I really like the after, but then again, you look great both ways. Love the sweet baby picture!

Barb said...

I LOVE "silver". Have been a silver since I was in my late thirties. Thanks to genes on my mom's side, we go white early in my family and talk about resistant to color. I had black hair. Just decided it was to expensive and a hassle to keep coloring it.
When I go to my kids events I am always asked if I am the grandma! Did I mention I love your look!
Enjoy,
Barb

Nancy's Notes said...

I love the after! You look stunning and oh so beautiful! Love that liberation! You go girl!
Hugs,
Nancy

Sam I Am...... said...

Looking good in the neighborhood! I've quit coloring mine too but my transition has not been as attractive as yours! LOL!

Karen said...

You look beautiful in the after.. it looks more natural and does not age you in my opinion..really, you have such a bright and cheery face and the cut is great.. the color looks natural.. I say you did the right thing all around!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Your natural color is beautiful!

Kathy said...

Diane, I LOVE the new look, but I'm guessing you knew which one I would pick - haha! I too was blonde all my life but get way more comments and compliments on my hair since it turned snow white. And, yes, I too have been asked if I dye it to get that color. I don't even think there is a way to do that.
Enjoy!!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I love the natural look you have now.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I noticed your hair but just didn't think to comment on it! I love it, softer I think and just suits you! I wish my hair was lighter. It was always a med brown and has gotten darker as I age. I've just a few strands of grey here and there! Still it's my hair and I'll keep it! Love you Sis and you look marvelous!
Hugs, Linda

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Looks GREAT!!!
Blessings,
Cindy

Shelia said...

Hi Diane! Oh, your beautiful both ways but I think I love you with your natural color. Your eyes do look prettier. You could be bald and you'd still be beautiful! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

I think you’re pretty women either way. I do love that you can go natural and still look beautiful.

NanaDiana said...

Oh- We are SEESTERS!!!! I LOVE your hair- You look beautiful. What a darling baby picture, too.

It is about the same color as my own-that white/blond like my Dad had except he had more "silver". Here it what is funny. A couple of years ago they tried me on a chemo drug (didn't work for cancer but worked for inflammatory problems). I was on it for about 3 mos but got off it because it made me sick. NOW-after that I have an area at the upper back part of my head that comes in dark, dark, dark...perfectly round like a saucer. I NOW have to have pure bleach put on that one spot about every 8 weeks and then it matches my other hair perfectly.

I have had people come up to me and tell me what beautiful hair I have, too. I don't mind being a "white blond" at all.

Ran errands all morning and just realized I hadn't hit send before I left- duh....blond for sure here! xo Diana

Stacey said...

You have the pretty color of silver that we all hope to have. Keep it if you love it - it's very pretty on you. :)

Debbiedoos said...

They both are pretty Diane, but if I had to pick one I would say the second:) It brings out your pretty eyes!

carla said...

Hi!!! I do think your eyes really sparkle in the after photo!!!! I love the natural look!!!

Japolina said...

You look great and if your husband likes it, then it is perfect!

PatC - All is Bright said...

Hummm, I have to be honest - I had never noticed the change. But looking at the pictures I will have to vote for the after. Love it - it looks so beautiful on you.

Warm blessings,
Pat

Geraldine said...

you look gorgeous Diane, before and after! and you're right, it's not a radical change at all so why color. very nice!!!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I love it!
It's quite liberating isn't it!
I've gone grey too (I couldn't find a grey photo as I take all the photos in our family)!

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Oh I LOVE your new look! It's bright and natural! Way to go on making the transition so smoothly!
Erica :)

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

You look pretty either way but if I had to choose - the white wins!!

Susan said...

Your eyes do look bluer! I've been a brunette my whole life and gray is not a shade that goes with my skin tones...so I'll keep going to the hairdressers:-D

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful in any color hair -- you are looking fine! (I stopped coloring my hair before I retired -- and I've been retired forever -- so this former blonde has been silver-white for a looooong time.)

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I love it, it's a beautiful natural shade of grey, very very flattering.

You rock!

Jen

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love your natural color! I wish mine would go grey so I wouldn't have to color it. It's such a mousy color, otherwise. Sometimes I think it's getting darker, instead of more grey. I have gotten to the age where I don't care if blondes have more fun! But, I've always been some shade of blonde, naturally and then with the help of Clairol! LOL!

Red Rose Alley said...

Diane,
I actually like the "after" look better. My hair is dark so have to dye it, but not that often. I love your short hair. It must be so nice to have in that Florida weather. I want short hair, but my hair is curly and would frizz up if I cut it short haha.

Have a fun weekend.

Love,
~Sheri

camp and cottage living said...

I love silver hair and yours is so pretty.
I agree that it brings out the blue of your eyes.

Joyce Olson said...

I LOVE your hair color! It actually looks like a gorgeous shade of platinum-you are so fortunate to have had it gradually change into such a delightful shade!
I surely can see why you are a fan of the Pantone Color for 2014-Paloma!
One word-Beautiful!!
Warmest of Hugs,
Jemma

Empty Nester said...

Your eyes do look bluer now. But, to be honest, I like both pictures!

Laura Rhodes said...

The main thing is that you have hair! Sometimes people get less and less hair and I just have real thin hair. And have for the most part given up pulling the grey hairs out...Nothing like going au natural!
You look nice either way...but at least you don't have to worry bout coloring it anymore!

suziqu's thread works said...

Yes thank heavens for hair at all!
Your natural grey is so beautiful - I wouldn't want to be changing it to blonde at all!
Thanks for your kind visit!
Good luck for the giveaway!
Suzy

White Lace and Promises said...

Love the baby photo. Oh so sweet!

I love your natural color! If mine would grow out like that, I'd do it! I hate have to color the roots, but I have a dirt dishwater blonde with Gray. Yuck!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Sweetie, you look wonderful both ways..but of course I'm going to go for the white hair. I went through the same thing you did except ..well, my hair was a very dark, next to black shade..so..it was not easy. It's a wonderful thing to be let off that "hair coloring" wagon.
I've enjoyed every minute.
Yep..you look GORGEOUS DAWLING!!
Hugs,
Mona

Trace4J said...

Beautiful silver...
Yes your eyes sure are pretty blue.
Woolie hugs

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I actually like both, which goes to show that it was fine to let it alone and stop coloring it. In the latest photo your eyes really do pop more / and if men including your husband are falling all over you because of your hair you know it's all good! :)

Ariadne Skyrianidou said...

You look great! I had a teacher at Uni many many years ago and she had grey short hair like yours and wore beautiful silver jewelry and she looked gorgeous! I am 48 and sick and tired of dyeing my hair!AriadnefromGreece!

Kathy said...

You are so lucky to have such beautiful white hair. I tried to let my hair go natural a few years back, but it was really ugly (and it was not just me that thought so) and so I went back to coloring it. It is so freeing to not have to color. You look so happy in the after picture and I actually like it a lot better than the before.

imsovintage said...

Well, my friend you are just beautiful and I think letting it go natural is a good choice for you because it is such a gorgeous color. I think that man behind you in line was flirting. :)

xo
Laura

September Violets said...

I think the new look is the better of the two! The hair is shinier & brighter ... maybe it's the lighting in the blond photo, but your hair there doesn't look as shiny & silky! Good for you for saying goodbye to colour. I started colouring my hair when my family started teasing me about the grey. But I've had enough, and I said I was going to let it go completely grey. My daughter said "Not before I get married!!" ... not that she's had a proposal or anything, but I guess she's thinking of her future wedding photos ;) You look great Diane! Wendy x

jody said...

I love natural! You look wonderful and can carry both colors so well! Enjoy the less upkeep and being natural!

Poppy said...

Diane,

Love the silver and totally agree that it brings out the blue in your pretty eyes! Also, the cut really suits you, too. Not many can wear short hair so easily.

I have been naturally gray for about 20 years now, but my daughter demands that I keep colouring my hair chestnut brown, declaring that the white wouldn't look right on me. Personally, I am TIRED of colouring it, as it has become finer the last few years and all those chemicals can't be good for it.

Enjoy the REAL you, she's pretty as can be!

cynthia lee designs said...

Diane...I started graying very early, but I guess I shouldn't say gray...because my hair is a very pretty silver color and I really like it. I, too, have had strangers stop me to say how pretty they like my hair is. So with that say...yes, yes, yes...you have very pretty silver hair too and it looks great!!
hugs,
Cindy

Jill said...

Sweet, sweet picture of when you were a wee girl!

I think your hair looks cute either way!

Sharon Calvert said...

I may be biased (have you seen MY hair color?), but I really like your 'natural' color better. Very becoming :-)

Sharon in Alabama

BeachGypsy said...

IT LOOKS GORGEOUS EITHER WAY!! SO JUST ENJOY!! LOVE THE PRETTY RED ROSES AND THE SWEET VALENTINE--I KEEP MY OLD ONES AS WELL.
LOVE YER BLOG!

Art @ Home said...

I think your hair looks beautiful.

Blessed Serendipity said...

You are beautiful.

xo Danielle

Beth P said...

Hey Girlfriend! :D I love that after photo... I am green pea envious of the color as well! I wish my hair would grow out that way but so far only in patches... the rest is a dirty brown look! Grrrr! :D Maybe one of these days I'll look and it will be that gorgeous white!
Hugs and thanks for sharing!
Beth P