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52 Shades of Grey


52 Shades of Grey


What shade of grey are you?… for those of you who immediately thought of the film, I am very sorry to disappoint you, but no this is not going to be that kind of blog.

Many of you have noticed  that most of my blogs are about the clothing and not the beauty side of styling, and asked me if I would also share with you my tips on this very important part of your overall image… so here it is the first one!

This is also part of my personal story, more of which I will be telling you about in future blogs. Perhaps you are thinking right now, why is Isabel talking about grey when all we can see around us are the beautiful Spring colours. Well, let me tell you… this story really started  at the end of January this year. I was in my office thinking about colour and longing for the spring to come. It was one of those days where all I could see outside was grey. I was also considering yet another change of look and all of a sudden, I thought… what if…? What if I changed my hair colour and cut! This is something I have done throughout my life often enough, but lately I had been getting complacent by my own standards.

I am a brunette as you all have seen on my website’s home page, a very dark brunette. I remember when my first grey hair appeared and sent me out into despair thinking OMG no no no this cannot be happening! …Out with it! And since then I have had my roots done as regular as clockwork to cover the forever increasing greys.

Then unexpectedly, millennials decided, out of all the rainbow colours, to make grey hair popular. This trend was then followed by many celebrities one of the latest ones to go for it being Sharon Osborne.  It got me thinking… what if I was to go along with them but instead of colouring it, using my own natural hair whatever shade of grey is now?

I did my research and I decided to go the natural way, but I would like to share with you the “how to” for both paths the natural and the dye.

“How to with dye”

To be really honest with you, when I looked into this, it sent shivers down my spine. To start with, it is a very lengthy process as well as costly. Most hair stylists will take you through a ten-hour process, yes you read well, ten hours at the hairdressers during which your hair is bleached and bleached a bit more. I won’t give you a step by step account, but in a nutshell, they strip your hair of all colour until it reaches a very light blonde which can have a burning sensation on your scalp. Ouch! Then, the grey dying process can begin. Needless to say,  it is conditioned and cared for every step of the way, but as you can imagine your hair and scalp will suffer and your hair condition will be affected.

“How to the natural way”

I thought the dye way was not for me, my hair was very dark, so it would have involved a lot of bleaching before it got that light blonde shade. I have very sensitive skin so the burning sensation on my scalp is not something I want to risk, so I’m doing it the natural way. Well kind of! Here is how…

I decided that the best way would be to lighten my hair first, and then let it grow out.  That way, the root growth would not be so obvious. I settled for a full head of highlights that brought my brunette hair into a light honey blonde colour. I still don’t recognise myself in the mirror! but as my hair grows, I can see my shade of grey,  and love it! so now, I cannot wait to see the final result. In addition to the colour change, I decided to go for a different cut, shorter than it was so as to speed up the process.

What’s the next step I hear you asking? Well, I am going for a full image change, so I’ve decided I will go for a real fierce cut! LOL … so be ready for the new Isabel!

I hope you have enjoyed this blog. Please feel free to share this blog with your friends and family. I love receiving feedback and would love to hear from those of you who have decided to go for your own shades of grey, and would love to see photos as well! so please get in touch. You can also find me on Facebook.

Until next time,

Isabel xx