Nina's Gray Hair Transition story as she narrates:
It’s ironic that the thing I feared the most turned out to be the most striking feature I have come to love.
My name is Nina, and I am from New Jersey, USA. I am happily married to an amazing man and mom to a precious 4-year-old.
I don’t remember the exact age I saw my grey hair come in. I know that because of genetics, premature graying runs in my family. My dad was gray in his early 30s. I grayed in my late 20 s the early 30s. I dyed my hair with semi-permanent colour for almost a decade.
Having my son was the catalyst for me going gray. I did not have the time and energy to be a slave to my roots every two weeks. My mom had gone through the gray hair transition, or “skunk” grow out, as I called it. I did not like the transition, but once her gray crown fully came in, it was STUNNING!
I decided that I wanted to cut my hair so that the contrast of growing out my hair was less painful. I had already done a “big chop” to embrace my natural hair in 2011.
I did get comments, especially that I was too young to have so much gray. I find that self-compassion is a fantastic tool on the gray hair journey. I learned to accept that some comments sting and that I have insecure moments.
I also learned how to have an emotional boundary and ensure that I was not allowing others’ opinions to be my truth.
I love using kaolin clay, purple shampoo and conditioners to brighten my white and gray. I also use styling products with no colour to help avoid yellowing my hair. I am still testing what works for my hair.
After going grey, I felt even more comfortable in my skin, wearing a red lip and Lots of Color. I find that I wear less jewellery because it’s like my hair is its own piece.
I have never felt so comfortable in my skin as I do now. I challenged the belief that I would look old going gray. I also proved to myself that beauty is not defined by the colour of my hair.
I see that when you see more of those who look like you, you feel you belong.
Nina's words of wisdom:
I am so happy to see the many women breaking the stereotypes, especially that women only gray when they are older.
I love that we are showing gray can be beautiful.
I would say to women that no one escapes the gray hair process. When you embrace your gray, you may be pleasantly surprised and how much you gain rather than lose.
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