Post # 1
In the past few months I have noticed quite a few gray hairs popping up on my head. I’m a very au natural type of girl, and I’ve never died my hair. I’m nervous about coloring my hair and having it look like a dye job! However, I’m wondering if I should do some coloring for my wedding day. I have dark brown hair and I’m worried these little silver hairs will stick out like a sore thumb in pictures!
Anyone have any helpful tips for covering up my new silver strands? Am I being paranoid about a few gray hairs that no one will notice?
Post # 3
Since it’s for your wedding, I think it’d be worth it to pay a couple extra bucks for doing it at a salon. (and don’t feel bad about going gray, it is those with dark hair who go gray much earlier than others – I am 24 and have had little gray hairs for years!)
My mom gets her hair died just to get out the grays and I think it looks very natural. And since you wouldn’t be doing foil highlights or anything, you shouldn’t have to pay a ton.
Post # 4
If you’re open to the idea of coloring your hair and are worried about the pictures, I would say go for it. You could even do a semi-permanent at-home kit, which wouldn’t require upkeep. I haven’t dyed my hair in ages, but from what I’ve heard the at-home coloring kits produce really wonderful results.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
Me too, and I’m only 25!
I have done a lot of self-dying, and never had too much trouble with it. But for a first-timer, and for such a big event, definitely take it to a stylist. It’ll be worth the extra money to make sure it comes out right.
Post # 6
@thriftsiren- I’m sure your grey hairs won’t even be noticable in photos and at the wedding, but in the event that it is making you self conscious coloring is a great option!
I just wanted to show you some pictures of one of the most beautiful women I’ve seen in wedding pictures. I absolutely love that she didn’t color her hair. She is clearly young and just prematurely grey, but embraced it as who she is. I think it’s beautiful!
It’s the wedding of Anat and Aaron:
Post # 7
Wow, thanks for sharing that picture, Anat looks absolutely beautiful! I’m inspired to stay au natural. Part of me is also curious to see what the graying process will actually look like over the years, since all of my family members (even my dad!) have colored their hair for ages. He finally came out of the gray closet a few years ago and he looks great! If I end up coloring it, I guess I can claim it’s a family tradition!
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2009 - University of Michigan Union
I have a white streak right in the front of my hair that’s an inch wide! I have been dyeing it for years, it started when I was 16. The dye covers it well! I would go to a salon for the first time; they might even just dye the gray hairs for you to match. 🙂
Post # 9
I too had the same problem and conerns. I have very dark brown hair but grey coming in on the sides and since I was going to wear my hair pulled back they would have shown. I went to my stylist who I’ve gone to for years and I trust. She did an amazing job and i love it. I went 6 months early just in case I didn’t like it and then re-did it 1 month out.
Either way you’ll look great, it’s just about how you want to look.
Post # 10
@thriftsiren- I can’t wait to see your pictures!
Post # 11
I started getting some silver when I was 16. I was so upset I cried. I’m 28 now and I’m over it. I just dye it.
Post # 12
I just found a white hair today!! Not gray, white. Like no color at all. Wierd thing is I got excited! My Fiance has had salt n pepper locks since he was 20. Now we’ll match!
On dyeing: I have highlights that I’ve been letting grow out for a couple years now. I’m having them dyed to match my natural color about a month before the wedding. (E.g. I’m only dyeing the lower 6" of my hair) I’m going to a professional colorist. Afterall, I’m paying enough for the photos! I have dyed my hair and I love Clairol’s products. They also have dyes that only color the grey hairs if you’re worried about your color changing.
Post # 13
if you’re worried about dying your hair you could use semi-permanent color. it makes your hair super soft and shiny and will gradually fade out on it’s own. if you’ve never dyed your hair before and it’s for your wedding, i would have it done at a salon.
Post # 14
A professional stylist should be able to cover your grays, while still matching the dye to your natural color. They know what they’re doing, no need to worry.
I actually have dark hair and have the same problem (and I’m only in my late 20s)! I have my color done every 6 weeks, to cover up the grays. (and the color makes my hair so shiny! BONUS!)
Post # 15
I too am one of those dark haired beauties (haha! joking!) who has been graying since I was 18 … I was a freshman in college and hanging out with a boy I had a huge crush on … he leaned over to me and was staring and said "what is that, is that a …" PLUCK … "gray hair"! And we’re been really good friends ever since! With that said, I go every 6 weeks to color my hair to match my natural color, any good stylist can do this. I think it’s worth it for your wedding day … you can easily go back to "au natural" if you do a semi-permanent color. I’d suggest going about 3 months before to have it done once and make sure it’s done well … and then about 2 weeks before so that it’s all blended in nicely.
Post # 16
i’m also one with dark hair and a few grays. my hair stylist only uses semi-permanent hair color because she thinks it looks more natural. the bonus is that you won’t likely have roots as your hair grows if the color doesn’t match perfectly.
i am all for you not coloring if you are hesitant. your photographer can always edit photos to hide the grays. trust yourself and you will know what to do.