So you decided to grow out your grey naturally!! So now what? Well let me be the first person to congratulate you on your transition! Enjoy the journey and explore your new self. The transformation is very lengthy and not an easy one at that. So through my experience, I am here to share with you my very own top 5 survival tips and tricks to ease the process .
ONE – Be Mentally Prepared
To be mentally prepared means you can visualize the outcome and you accepted it. You acknowledged the fact that every month your roots will grow freely and that you will soon face your critics. If you have your mind set on this then it will be smooth sailing . You are probably wondering how do you mentally prepare yourself. It’s all about confidence and believing that it will turn out ok, besides, in the end it just hair. In all honesty, I gained most of my confidence by googling the “grey hair trend”. I was fascinated on how it was trending so freely. I felt secure and reassured that grey hair was no longer going to be associated with aging, but rather than just another common hair color all thanks to the web. Remember these images on the net are there forever, so go ahead take that step and go crazy !!
TWO-Create a Grey Hair Board
With the amount of different shades of grey, hair styles and cuts, that are on the net, I was impressed. So I was inspired to create a “vision grey hair board ” (as seen above). I loved it so much I made it as home screen on my phone. It was kind of like a pick me up, especially in the in between stages of growing out your hair. And you know what, it helped me tremendously, especially when I had to face my critics. (See my next survival tip)
THREE-Tell your Family & Friends First
Ok the above pic is an exaggeration of how my family and friends reacted after I told them about my hair goals . However, it was actually the nae-Sayers, strangers and critics who actually made that face. This is why it is important to tell your loved ones first, they will be your first critics, so you might as well hear it from them. In my experience, I told my family and friends, right after my last henna hair dye. I was mentally prepared for my outcome. Surely, I got some shocked looks, gasps and a bunch of “why’s”, but in the end they supported me. They knew I could pull it off due to my ever changing looks in the past. And as I shared my story more and more, it eventually got easier explaining it literally to anyone. And believe me, people will ask , especially after your roots will show just under 1/4″ in length. They will probably hint it to you by suggesting a hair salon ever so diplomatically. And this is where your
✌🏻visual grey hair board✌🏻️
will come in handy to defend yourself amongst the haters. 👉🏼in my case, I persuaded my critics hinting IT to them that grey hair is here to stay . 💁🏼🎤 <dropped the mike> Boom!
Four – Take lots of Selfies
Not to be a narcissist or anything, but taking a lot of selfies helped me through my transition. I did it so I could share my evolution on social media. And in doing so with Instagram (@spoiled.raw.tn) I made a couple of friends going through the same process as I was. We ended up exchanging stories, giving tips and especially supported one another.
And to add, growing out your roots takes a long time, extremely long time, so it’s nice to have something to look back upon .
So grab your phone and take that first shot, who knows maybe someday you will post about your transition and inspire someone else to do the same!
Five – Find yourself !
Yes! Yes ! Yes! Discover yourself! Remember you are not only changing your hair color, your improving your lifestyle and everything around you.
In my case, I went from wearing contacts to wearing big, cat eye frames and bold jewelry necklaces to distract my critics ! And it worked !
If you need some sort of inspiration, creat another “vision board” of how you want to see your new self! .( see above pic) Gather images of hairstyles, cuts, your new wardrobe or color palette! In doing so you will feel more relaxed and optimistic with your new look!
I loved changing my unconventional look. The more I updated my style, the more confident I became . So much so my critics started to accept me for who I am .
I hope you find these tips helpful !! Feel free to comment and add your tips below!
Thanks again and don’t forget to spoil yourself Raw’tn!!