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>Dippity do dye, dippity don’t dye?


Help, I need some advice.  You see one of the big disadvantages of very dark hair like mine is that every single grey hair is very visible (actually mine are white – quite a striking white).

I looked in the mirror and the not dark hairs have multiplied.  There were always a few but suddenly in the last few days they seem to have been breeding.  They are horribly visible and seem to be everywhere.

There is a part of me that says, you’re getting old, white hairs are part of that, embrace it and get on with worrying about more important things, like the General Election.

Then the slightly shallower part of me winces and says I’m only 34, I don’t want to look old and grey hairs are a big first step on the way to looking old.  Anyway, surely hair dye is just like using a moisturiser?

So bloggers, please give me a hand.  I’ve put a poll over there -> asking what I should do.

What do you think, should I dye it or not?

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20 comments to >Dippity do dye, dippity don’t dye?

  • TheMadHouse

    >I do dye, but it is terrible. intially I went bond so that the grey was less noticeable, but the roots were terrible, so I went back to brunette.

    I look like a witch most of the time, with grey sideburns!

  • jo

    >My hairdresser recommended a semi-permanent gloss (like the one you pictured) which will just fade rather than a permanent colour which needs more maintenance. I've got dark hair too and while I've managed to avoid any silver hairs up until the last year or so, they are beginning to appear 🙁 I get mine done in the salon because I'm useless at applying home dye kits. Go for it!

  • Jen

    >Go for a semi-permanent for the reasons outlined by first commentor, and then if you hate it it'll be gone in a short while:) It's worth trying, what is the worst that can happen?? 🙂 Jen.

  • Peabee72

    >Never mind the GE – this is much more important! It's obviously bothering you and it will make you feel much better to get rid of them. So, if they are too prevalent to take the tweezers to them I'd recommend you get to hairdresser. A good colour technician will be able to advise you on colour and (although it will cost you) you won't end up regretting your decision. Home kits work really well for some, but generally they've been dying their hair for years and have plenty of experience (good and bad!) Good luck! Px

  • Manicmum

    >Semi-permanent is the way to go MAM. My hairdresser recommended going a shade lighter as your hair gets more grey. Apparently too-dark hair is ageing. I do the kits now – no time or dosh for salon pampering. Am going for a silver crop at about 60, I think! XX

  • Notes to self plus two

    >Dye it for sure …. but get a professional to do it.

  • vegemitevix

    >I've got really dark (almost black) hair and I started going grey at 25 so i've dyed it ever since. I can't afford the regular hairdresser proper job but I've found the L'Oreal 10 minutes ones really good, very natural ish looking and easy to apply! I'd reccommend them for a first timer. Remember that the dye will cover the grey but will result in highlights as the colour of the hair is lighter!

  • MuddynoSugar

    >I have been bleached blonde for years, but now I am au natrel with my grey and all – it is weird, but not bad. It's only society that says grey hair makes you look old, look at Philip Schofield – he looks fab (and now I am struggling to find a female equivalent…hmmm…)
    Sorry, not sure that was much help.

  • Knackered Mother

    >Have always been openly shallow! Did years of salon colouring (fairly infrequently though) but recently switched to shop-bought applied by my mum (she used to be a hairdresser years ago) and results are just as good and a fraction of the price. Last one I did was L'Oreal Casting Rich Espresso as liked the idea of an extra coffee shot in my hair. Go on, dye….because you're worth it x

  • Magic Mummy

    >I'd say do it – it sounds like it will make you feel much less self concious about it x

  • spudballoo

    >Do it. You're 34…not 54! I also have very dark hair. I started going grey last year (at 38..not bad I suppose?) but they are WHITE not grey. I'm pretty slack about all things related to my appearance and I keep toying with giving up dying it (I do it very infrequently), but I don't think my hair will be a striking/attractive grey. I think I'll just be old lady white. YUCK!

  • Muddling Along Mummy

    >The consensus seems to be to go for it !

    Am scared of the try it at home approach so am going to go to the hairdresser first try and then can give it a whirl at home if its not an all out disaster …

    Thank you for giving me a gentle push here

  • Crystal Jigsaw

    >I have lots of grey hair, but I'm 40! I cover it up with hair dye either in a bottle or from the hair dressers but it's been like that a while!

    CJ xx

  • In Monkey's Shadow

    >I could have written your post. I'm glad you feel spurred on to do it. Maybe you can post again to let us know how you get on for those still undecided. My fear is that once you start you can't stop and I'm not sure I'm ready for that level of commitment (although my hair definitely is!).

  • Notes to self plus two

    >the advice about people using home kits having done for years is a good point i.e. they made their mistakes when they were younger.

    I happily dyed mine myself for 10 years. My hairdresser convinced me for my wedding that it was the time for professionals (apparently it was dry dry dry).
    Of course now I am locked in … any risk cannot be taken 😉 xx

  • cartside

    >I've dyed my hair since I was 15 or so. However I think it looks really classy when dark hair turns grey/white so if I had dark hair, and depending how the grey was distributed, I'd leave it. My hair is grey at the top towards the front only, like a grey spot that's getting bigger. I definitely don't like that and will continue to dye it until I'm all grey maybe.

  • Mwa

    >I started going grey when I was about 15 (only the odd hair) and started to dye it when I was 27. I let the hairdresser do it, though – can't be bothered with the mess.

    I think you should do what makes you feel best. Word of warning: if you start you have to keep going. And if you have it done professionally, it is a really expensive hobby.

  • Laura McIntyre

    >I voted yes , just because it think it seems like its what you want. I would dye my hair if it started going grey ,good luck with it .

  • Babies who brunch

    >I can't believe how many grey hairs I have. I have used the half-head highlights approach in the past but it's expensive – in time as well as money. It's been seven months at least since I have had them done and I'm beginning to imagine people at work staring at me counting the grey hairs. No, not counting them; there are too many.
    Do the dye, I say. (PS I'm also 34…..)

  • diney

    >definitely dye it – I've had grey hairs showing since I as about 36 so I started dying it myself at first, then decided that the grey hairs weren't ever going to go away and that this was the way it was going to be for ever, so I went to the hairdressers and have done so every 6 weeks since! It means the hair isn't just one block colour, but has 'natural' high and low lights too. There's no way I'm going to go grey until I'm about 80!

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