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The Highland Fashionista Goes Gray

The Highland Fashionista, a very amusing American blogger  living in Scotland, has finished her transition to gray hair. Looks pretty smashing with some pink lipstick. I find her comments about stirring up a lot of reaction pretty true. Seemed like good follow up to yesterday’s hair post. See what you think.

17 Responses

  1. Hi there and thanks for the plug! Your hair looks AH-MAAAA-ZING (to quote Rachel Zoe) in the photos. Three cheers for natural hair. Gray really is the new black…and red…and blonde…

    1. Oh, Highland Fashionista, you are an INSPIRATION to me! Your 5 points hit every mark. And thank you Lisa for pointing our way to her transformation. My stylist and I have been charting my roots [she insists on calling it “new growth” rather than roots] as we track the steady march of bright white top growth as it inches toward the back of my neck, when the white gets closer toward my neck, I’m THERE! At that point, I think I’ll just pixie bob it.

  2. She looks fantastic! The other day, I was admiring a young Asian woman who had salt and pepper hair. I don’t think my mousy brown hair would look anywhere near as striking (especially since I don’t have much gray yet), but this woman looked great.

  3. The salt and pepper make gray hair interesting.
    Unfortunately few of us grow gray in such a way.
    I like her hair, and I liked the brown too.

  4. I’d have gone for a short cut to subvert months of growing out. In spite of what she says, she could carry a *great* short cut. There really is no point in me saying what I think about how it looks b/c according to her post, she has decided- as it should be.

  5. My ears always perk up with this kind of discussion as I am one of those who has made the decision to not cover my gray. My issue is that I have LARGE chunks of white hair right next to very dark hair–a very weird look if allowed to be that way. My solution has been highlights–not to cover the gray, but to blend with it. I would be curious to know if anyone else has this issue.

    1. Yup, this and more! I’ve come to enjoy the uniqueness, thanks to travels in Europe, where women often complimented me on my “edgy” coloring, as though I had done it by design. So no highlights for me, although I know that it works well for others…also something called “lowlights,” which sounds appealingly mysterious, is supposed to ease bold transitions between colors.

    2. Thanks for your reply Laura. I once tried lowlights, but it looked a bit fake (much like dying) to me, even though it was artfully done. I think I’m sticking with highlights until more of my hair turns white. I do enjoy the white chunks, which seem close to platinum.

  6. Thanks for this link. When I was growing out my silver, my hair person wanted me to cover up my transition with artful scarving. But that soon changed, and now we’re partners. Silvering changes more than hair color, I’ve found.

  7. I liked her hair better brown, but also I liked it in the more natural style that she had it, so maybe I’d like the gray better if it weren’t so flat and smoothed out?

  8. I went back to read some of your earlier posts on going gray and realized that you are on the younger spectrum and decided not to color to be different and because it would make you unique. I applaud that. I also think as your hair grows out, you will enjoy having it long again (if that is what you choose).

    Your blog is a fun read. I’m glad LPC gave us a link!

  9. Well, great. She’s lovely. As I have a pixie cut my transition was short and painless. Some day I realised my regrowth looked gentler with my skin colour than my dyed hair. 5 months did it and I will never look back. My hair used to be light brown/dark blonde and is now some kind of caramel with the evenly distributed gray (really white) giving additional texture. And the word “mousy” will never leave my lips, I think it’s a shameful invention by the cosmetics industry.

    You have to reorient with colours. But that is fun and forces you to find what really works. I take inspiration from period or genre movies where they have to dress people in a distinctive and flattering way without emphasising make up. They always go with the naturally flattering colours which I find very instructive.

  10. I am three month shy of 45 and decided right before my 44th birthday last July that I was going “au natural”. It has been a painstaking process. I teach high school juniors. Whereas they haven’t ever said anything to me directly, I’m sure they are wondering if I have lost my mind! My children, also teenagers, have been supportive of my transition to gray. Every once in awhile, though, my kids tell me that it is time to get a haircut. I am naturally a dark brunette with the salt and pepper thing going on. However, my last “dye” job was back in July – and I went a bit blonde…well, a little more than a bit. So, this hasn’t been an easy transition since there is such a stark contrast…no confusing my situation with a “she’s doing this purposefully”. No ombre to be mistaken!

  11. Hi Lisa!!!
    Yes, I’m checking out what’s going on in the blogosphere.
    I would love to let my hair go salt and pepper but I can’t let it grow out for the next 3-6 months.

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