Jennifer's gray hair transition

Jennifer’s Gorgeous Gray Hair Transition

In everyone’s life comes the point when one understands the importance of authenticity and self-acceptance.

This is when you are ready to embrace yourself and find beauty in ageing.

At 48, Jennifer decided to give up hair dye as a step against society’s beauty norms, embracing her age and living unapologetically.

Read her inspiring thoughts on ageing and embracing her natural gray hair as she narrates:

It was 2017 when I accidentally stumbled upon a photo of @annikavonholdt on Pinterest.

I clicked on it and was completely in awe of her beauty and striking silver hair.

I continued to scroll and saw photos of @yazemeenah and @sarahharris. With their bewitching long silver hair, these women had me thinking, why was I continuing to color mine? For me? My husband… society?

Jeniffer before grey hair transition
Before Going Gray

Let me back up for a second. For my entire life, I have consistently been recognised and complimented on my long black hair.

Jennifer Before Gray Transition
Before picture

Everyone would tell me how beautiful it was; truthfully, I loved it too!

But the constant dyeing every three weeks was becoming such a chore!

But I felt like it was who I was, and the thought of letting it go was both terrifying and somewhat sad.

grey hair growing out week 11
Growing out grey hair (week 11)
growing out grey hair week 12
Week 12 of growing grey hair

From 2017 until January 2020, I’d shove photos of Annika, Yazemeenah, and Sarah in anyone and everyone’s face, asking if they thought I should let my natural grey hair grow out.

grey hair week 14
Week 14 of going gray
grey hair week 16
16 weeks, growing out grey hair

Finally, the week of my 48th birthday, I dyed my hair for the last time, unbeknownst to me. When it was time to colour it again that February, I said, nope… I am done!

Grey hair growing week 19
Gray Hair Growing, week 19
gray hair growing out, week 23
Week 23, still strong

It was perfect timing in hindsight because about a month later, we went into lockdown, and it made the process much easier.

Week 32 of going gray
This is week 32
Silver hair transition week 38
Week 38 of silver hair transition

I was about seven weeks into growing out my grey when everything shut down, and we were all at home.

It was another month before I started my Instagram account @jens_going_gray.zy for my diary of sorts to document my journey.

week 50 gray hair transformation
This is week 50 of gray hair transformation

At that point, I had no idea about our silver sister community, but within moments of opening my account, they all swooped in and took me under their wings.

one year of growing out gray hair
Completion of One year

Silver sisters kept me going during that first year of growing out my grey. The love and support are like nothing else on earth; this is truly a magical community that I feel very blessed to be a part of!

grey hair transformation

My journey has been nothing short of amazing. My personal growth has been equally as brilliant as my hair growth.

I am learning a deeper love for myself and for the ageing woman that I am becoming.

Gray Hair final haircut
Final Haircut

I hope that our younger sisters will see that it’s not only acceptable to allow your hair to turn grey, but it is also absolutely beautiful.

And to keep inspiring women of my age to embrace it and make society see us!

Gray Hair Transition Complete
Transition complete!

Jennifer’s Hair Care Routine

I don’t have much of a hair care routine. 

I quit colouring cold turkey… never did any blending or highlights; I just let it grow. 

I wash my hair only once a week, and lately, I have been using Intelligent Nutrients products and absolutely LOVE them. 

I let my hair air dry unless I have somewhere special to go, and the same with curling irons, only if absolutely necessary. 

I am a firm believer that less is more, and the best way to obtain healthy hair and skin is by drinking tons of water and eating as clean as possible.

Gray hair transition stories have inspired many ladies going gray as they give hope and encouragement to stick on our journey. I hope you find Jennifer’s story inspiring.

Read more Gray Hair Transition Stories here.

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4 thoughts on “Jennifer’s Gorgeous Gray Hair Transition”

  1. Lola Jefferies

    Im so happy I stopped and read the story because I keep going back and forth if I should color my hair or let it go. I did the big shop last year in August 2022 and am growing it back out with absolutely no color AND I’m a hairstylist!!! It’s been so hard to convince everyone that I’m on a journey because they seem to think I look best with color saying things like you’re too young to let your grey show. I’m 48 and I just got tired of the maintenance, plus silver is pretty. So when I feel like coloring it, I always come to Pinterest to get inspired to keep the journey. Thanks for posting your experience!

  2. thank you so your inspiration it’s gives strength people like us.. i am planning for going grey as my husband and family is not supported 😔 but watching ladies like you its motivated us.. hope to see 2024 may bring a change in fashion world in grey hair …..

  3. I am doing the same after having 2 hip replacements at the age of 57 I decided I can’t waste 3 hours every 4th Saturday in the hairdresser!! I am at 8 months and my hair looks very similar to Jennifer’s. Really like this story. I will carry on! And I have photos all the way!!

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