When I first shaved off my dreadlocks (way back in May 2013), I decided to let my hair be its "real" color for awhile, because I was interested in seeing when it would start going gray/ silver/ white.
(My husband has the most awesome salt and pepper hair. My hair is light brown/ dirty blonde, so it won't look the same. I am fairly sure I know very few people who have my color hair who don't bleach it blonder - we were all very blonde as children, so having light hair seems right to us.)
After deciding to grow out my hair, somewhere at the tail end of last winter, I got the blahs. I didn't want to cut it, I just needed a change. And since it wasn't looking like silver hair was going to show up anytime soon, I used up the last box of light blonde hair dye I had in the house.
(And then I went teal.)
But the effect of hair dye in virgin hair was a huge eye opener. It changed my hair so much (made it dry and brittle) and I did not like that feeling at all. I have not had any desire to rebleach my hair since then, so I have three inches of roots right now.
(The conditioner in the teal hair dye did help a lot to recondition my hair. It isn't that it stayed dry and brittle. Just that it was very shocking how much change there was.)
After I bleached it, I stopped checking it as often for signs of gray.
(I may have missed the first signs. And that's ok.)
What is neat is that last night, I was able to see the white in my hair, at the roots.
(It's subtle. So subtle.)
But it's happening. And that makes me happy. I commemorated the occasion by taking photos and then making a double exposure because obviously that's what I'm going to do.
(The black and white version is the outtake, I posted the final piece on instagram last night.)
I am looking forward to seeing how it changes, as it changes.
(And I have another bottle of teal, so when I get the winter blahs this year, I am ready.)