What Does Color-Free Hair Look Like?


This is me, 10 months after my last session of highlights! In the last post about my hair, (5 Reasons I Stopped Coloring My Hair) I was debating on cutting it up to my shoulders to get rid of more color. As you can see, I did that. It has grown a bit and I'd like it to grow another 1-2 inches before I go for another trim. 

To be honest, I don't think about my hair much. The different colors don't bother me, except for the occasional glance in a mirror of a yellow ponytail and white bangs. It blends better when it's down, whether styled straight or wavy.

So What Does Color-Free Hair Look Like? It's different for everyone. For me it's white, dark brown, and gray. Some copper. 


Gray Hair

How much longer do I have until it's all gone? I think about a year. The underneath short layers in back are completely grown. Just waiting on the rest of it. Judging by the photos, it looks to be 1/2 way there!

Most of the time, I wear by bangs back. You can see the growth and in bright daylight, the white really stands out.

Growing out the color
Gray Hair

Until my next hair update, let me know if you are also growing out your color, how it's going, or if you'll never give up the bottle!

xoxo, Cathy

5 Reasons I Stopped Coloring My Hair

August 22, 2013. Two days before my sister's wedding. Also the last time I had highlights put in my hair. It was time to say goodbye to permanent hair color forever. 

Why I said Goodbye to Hair Dyes

1. DAMAGE. The more I colored and highlighted my hair, the drier, more brittle it became. Especially the ends. Argan Oil and conditioners helped. But dry, damaged hair is my pet-peeve.

2. IT'S INEVITABLE. My mother has white hair. My maternal Grandmother and paternal Grandfather had white hair. I found my first gray hair in my early 20s, so I'm destined for it. (I'm 42 years old now.)

3. IT'S NATURAL. Be honest. When you see an older lady with dark hair, you know it's not natural. Does it make her look a few years younger? Maybe. But what's wrong with looking her age?

 5 Reasons I Stopped Coloring My Hair. Photo taken April 26, 2014

5 Reasons I Stopped Coloring My Hair. Photo taken April 26, 2014

4. MY HAIR IS GETTING WHITER & WHITER. As my hair/roots became whiter and lighter, it showed more. For a while, I could go 5-6 weeks between colors, but when it got to where I had to have touch-ups every 3 weeks... well, this leads me to #5.

5. TIME & MONEY. This was the big one. My hair was costing me more time and money than I wanted to spend. As the roots grew lighter, the brown base needed to be re-touched every 3 weeks. Not that I had it done every 3 weeks, but it needed it. I'd go in every 4 weeks, so there was 1 week of... "ugh these roots" and "I hope no one notices my roots" or "today may be a hat day."

In addition to the brown base, a few highlights were put in, adding to the cost, but also helping blend the root growth. When enough was enough, around August 2012, I stopped coloring for 4 months. I wanted to see what my hair REALLY looked like. How white/gray/silver was it??

My bangs were almost pure white! I didn't hate it, but it was a stark contrast to the old brown base color. In December 2012, after 4 months of not coloring, I decided to get highlights to help with the transition.  Between December 2012 and August 2013, I had 3 rounds of highlights, then I said goodbye to coloring forever!

How Much is TOO MUCH? 

For me, it was $90. It was worth it, the color was nice. But every 3-4 weeks? I know there are people who spend more than that and enjoy the time at the salon. But it's not for me anymore. How much is too much for you? 


As you can see from the photo above, I have several inches of new growth, and several inches of yellow hair. I'm on the fence whether to cut it or let it grow a bit more. I don't want to lose the length, but I want the old color GONE!

I like this cut. If I did this, ALMOST all that old color would be gone! 

I love Pinterest for hair inspiration! Here are a few of my favorites! Visit my HAIR board to see them all!

Tell me what you think! Are you ready to stop coloring your hair? Or did you already give up the bottle?? Tell me in the comments below.

10/3/15 UPDATE: http://justjaynes.com/blog/you-asked-for-it

Arm Knitting

My sister-in-law might be a trouble maker! She started making jewelry... I started making jewelry. She started knitting, and when she showed me the scarf she made and how easy it was, I had to try it! I watched my niece, Hannah, arm knit a scarf for me in about 20 minutes!! I HAD TO TRY IT!


Thank goodness for YouTube. I found lots of great videos showing how to arm knit. It's quite easy, the hardest part is casting on. (I'm learning the lingo!) The best instruction I found was from a local lady, Jennifer at Craft Sanity http://craftsanity.com/2013/12/craftsanitys-arm-knitting-video-tutorial/

One YouTube video showed a lady with a bulky yarn and I found this magenta color at our local variety store.


It's quite warm and I gave it to my sister, as I am starting to accumulate a scarf collection already! Have I mentioned that I love scarves??

My naughty sister-in-law also had a loom set for knitting. Well, I had to try that too! I'm working on a scarf and will join the ends to make it a cowl, but I ran out of yarn. Since it's the holidays, the stores here in our small town are not re-stocked yet, and even if they are, they are so busy right now that I am avoiding them. But loom knitting is painful! The first day after I tried it, my fingertips were swollen and I thought for sure that I'd have a blister on my thumb. 


It's always good to learn new things, new hobbies to keep us busy. After this busy holiday season, knitting was a welcome change. 

I'd love to know, have you tried arm-knitting?? or loom-knitting?? Let me know in the comments below!