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  1. Hmm, I recognise myself a bit here… 🙂
    Can I just say that I stopped dyeing my hair (also did it at home myself) two years ago and I feel wonderfully liberated! My hair was very, very grey so I did go to the hairdressers and have grey streaks put in once at the beginning so I wouldn’t get that awful margin as my hair grew out, and honestly I have never looked back and I am completely happy. And if I stop being happy, I can start dyeing it again.
    So do whatever you like.
    (Although twice in the last six months a teenager has offered me her seat on the bus, so there is that.)
    (And maybe you should go back to the high performance planner if you like it, or start a new notebook and pretend the gap never happened…)

  2. I too am at the tipping point of letting the “grey shine thru”. Been dyeing it myself for years and am now finding that the “me” of today has things that are more important than a grey free hairdo. My life has shifted. The bonus being that I’ll save loads of time I previously spent on my hair and maybe get lucky like Lazy H get a seat on the bus.
    On the topic of perfectionism….the imperfections are what makes life so much more interesting don’t you think?

  3. You do know, Alison, that quite simply you are ace, don’t you?
    Just checking… 🙂
    Go gently on yourself…

  4. While I can relate to the need to not have a gap in the planner, can see that Ste’s suggestion of just filling it in and carrying on might have some merit. Just don’t dwell on it too much. 🙂 Also, please know that we your readers are not expecting you to be perfect, nor sitting in judgement of you for not being so. Lord knows we all live in glass houses… Hope you continue posting, I’m loving your rediscovered writing style.

  5. Started going grey in my mid-20’s…. 52 now….long brown hair with an off-center part….so, YES, dealing with a solid grey strip down the center of my head is no shades of fun!! I color my roots at home every 2-2.5 weeks because I am unwilling to get a layered cut or go blonde. I am just not “there” yet in terms of letting it all go grey… maybe in my 70’s. However, if you do decide to stick with coloring, I highly recommend a powder to touch up your roots…rather like filling in your eyebrows. This usually holds me over for 4-5 days until I stop procrastinating and color it.
    p.s. here is the one I use….it comes with a handy brush.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005MMCAX6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  6. p.s.
    Wait….I just realized that you are considering going grey AND SHORTER at the same time….WHILE you are unhappy with your weight! This sounds like a recipe for depression. Women who switch up their hair all the time might not understand, but if your long brown hair has been one of your constants, then maybe consider not doing both at the same time. Those grey fox beauties we see online are generally thin, have excellent wardrobes, and spend quality time at the salon to keep their grey coiffs in tip-top shape. The rest of the women just join the ranks of the unnoticed. If that is what you want (because I imagine there is some freedom in that) then proceed hence.
    Of course I could be totally wrong and sweeping change is exactly what is called for. As always, you do you 🙂

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