I have been going gray for a minute now and I stomped all up and down declaring that I was just going to let it go until it is all the way gray and be a gray head rockstar looking all super sleek and whatnot.
I saw myself looking like this:
Just all one-dimensional amazing with some banging natural silvery highlights.
All regal and what not ya know? QUEENLY! I planned on wearing a lot of purple. Rich silks with like...some braiding on it or something. I'm talking straight up Egyptian royalty in the house! (Great...now I can't get "Egyptian Lover out my head...UGH!"
Yall...I was ready to wake up already LIT!
The reality of it, however? It's gon' take a minute and I am struggling so much so that I think I'm going to have to do some temporary stuff in the middle of it all so I don't walk around here looking like someone without mirrors in her home.
This is my hair air dried and without heat or moisturizer on it to give it some semblance of a cohesive color and tame it. This is my natural hair color and I am convinced God doesn't want me to live like this anymore. Whenever He looks my way He probably shakes his head and says..."Oh no, baby...what is you doing? I have given chemists the ability to create hair color so that you can handle that situation! WHY DON'T YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY???????"
I've tried everything to keep it contained. I even had box braids for three weeks (I couldn't get used to all that hair and I promise my neck was tired holding up that hair.) and after seeing my little cousin with Dutch Goddess braids, I even did a version of it on my own using braid hair and French braids (cuz I can't do them dang opposite braids to save my life) and they were okay but only last a good week for me because my exposed hair starts looking too fuzzy.
And it totally doesn't help that this guy I'm married to looks all distinguished gentleman and whatnot rocking his gray. (So unfair and honestly...just rude...)
I'd like to find something between the two different braid styles using braid hair to keep it under wraps until more of the gray transition has happened. Something that covers more of my hair but doesn't have to use so much braid hair. I'm serious...I had for real, serious neck pain with all that hair and I got sick of wiping oatmeal off strands every.single.morning. That's just gross. I wish I could have kept them in longer though.
So I'm back to considering color but don't know where to start. My funky red/brown/gray color is just odd as heck to me. My hair is low-porosity so by the very definition it's more difficult to color and it's as healthy as relaxed hair can be and I don't want to sustain any damage with keeping color on longer during the coloring process. Oh...and those temporary colors just slide off onto my pillowcase anyway so...
If anyone has any tips...holla atcha girl. I'm desperate.