Earlier this week, I told you I would share the results of my most recent cut with you.
Many of you have asked about my turning gray decision. Before I turned twenty, my first gray hair showed up, so a fiftieth birthday gift to myself was to stop coloring it. My hair tends to turn brassy with coloring, so it is now in harmony with my coloring for the first time in my adult life. The process of letting the color grow off included using a lighter temporary color to mask the skunk line a little and keeping it short while it grew out. A stylist once told me that letting my hair go gray means keeping it neatly trimmed becomes a priority to keep from looking unkempt.
My thinning hair is best at a medium length or shorter, which is much more flattering than trying to let it grow to my shoulders. Working with the natural tendencies of my hair certainly makes my daily life easier. I never spend more than ten minutes on my hair in the morning. If I blow dry it, I use a low heat setting and speed as I lift and scrunch my hair with my hands to keep it curly. If I want it to be more straight, I use a vented brush to lift and smooth it as I dry it up from the root to give it lift. I rarely brush it or even think about it during the day, so a low maintenance cut and style are imperative. When it starts falling in my eyes, it is time to make an appointment for a trim.
Dry hair and skin is another reality that is becoming much more of an issue for me as I age. One of my favorite moisturizers for both my hair and my skin is coconut oil. I like the idea of fewer products used on my body or cluttering up my home. To keep the brassy tones at bay, I use Jhirmack Shampoo Silver Plus once each week, and I mix it with my regular shampoo. During this season, I am using Moroccanoil® Extra Volume Shampoo. My hair and scalp become very dry in winter, so I shampoo every other day and massage coconut oil into my scalp and hair about once a week.