Today's Prompt is: Keep Calm.
It wasn't hard to think of something to share here today.
My interpretation of that is ... Keep calm while going gray!!
May was my last professional haircut, and August; the last dye.
I up and quit cold turkey- the same way I quit smoking decades ago.
Myguy trimmed the ends of my hair for me once but other than that; this is the grow out.
And this week marks the 4 month breakup with Clairol Nutmeg.
It's not been too bad growing out a short bob, and people can now tell that "whatever this thing is she's doing with her hair; she must be meanin to."
It's definitely definitely not for the faint hearted if you have dark hair.
Coz your heart is on the line if you wear it on your sleeve at all.
(-- And I always have.)
It takes some grit because you definitely find people who want to tell you what you oughta be doing with YOUR hair. lol Surely you've all been there. It seems everyone has an opinion about what they think you should or shouldn't be doing.
Now, more than ever; I'm learning to not care whether someone wrinkles their nose or gives that glance of
Oh my gawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwd.
I just smile
even through gritted teeth...
In all honesty; it's really not been all that bad.
The photos here today were taken outside and I actually like how the light shows the silvers.
It's the same way when I get out of the shower. When its all wet, it shows more and
it's starting to grow on me.
Some people who are on this same journey say they don't like the white cap look.
But I'm "deciding" to just embrace it.
Maybe as it keeps growing I'll get to that point where I just want to cut off the dark ends. But I hope not. Afterall, this is the very last time in my whole life that I'll have any dark hair. Once it's all gone; it's gone.
Some of you are probably wondering about the feedback.
Two stand out. The first one was about a month ago in walmart.
As I came out a woman stopped me and pulled me to the side.
"Are you letting your hair go natural?" she asked.
She sorta stumbled with finding the right words but I smiled and said, "Yes!!"
Then she proceeded to tell me about her own going gray journey and wanted to encourage me!
We seriously talked for nearly ten minutes!
Before leaving; we shook hands and introduced ourselves.
We've bumped into eachother twice since then, and
she gives me a nod of approval with a big smile- like her thumbs up.
Then there's the negative feedback.
One was very recent.
Myguy; had been wanting to buy a new gun.
So we went shopping and were at a gun counter and a woman was helping us.
She mentioned to me that she had just gotten her hair cut and I told her how cute it was and that I really liked it on her. I could tell she colors her hair. -- We kept talkin hair but I noticed she kept looking at the top of my head instead of my face.
So... I told her, I'm growing out my natural hair and that it's been almost four months since coloring. That's when she shot me the big-eyed look of repulsion. Then ...proceeded with a long rant telling me how there is nooooooo way in this world she would everrrrrrr do that.
Yes and there was an emphasis on everrrrrrrrrr as in nevvvvvvver
Thankfully we got interrupted.
and surprisingly... I kept calm...
But ... smiled through these gritted teeth.( haha)
Bless her little heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
...Several people have expressed their desire to me in the last four months,
to also go natural.
All I can say is it all starts with the decision.
You just have to decide to.
I know lots of women who love to get their hair colored and that is absolutely wonderful.
I'm not trying to change anyone! No!!
You have to do what is best for "You."
Just like I'm learning to do what's best for Lea.
So yeah;..... do what's best for you.
Keep calm and let's press on.
Love, Leaon Mary