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You had some crazy 'best friends' back in the day! Love the story….love redheads!

I originally had beautiful blue-black hair.My father had black hair and my mother was a gorgeous red-head. Did I ever have a shock when I was in my early teens and everyone wanted to be sexy blonde, Marilyn Monroe, of course. So, I did what some friends thought would be a great solution to wanting to be blond..and our mothers said absolutley not….I got some peroxide, poured a half bottle on a big wad of hair in the front of my head, and waited….and waited…..and waited…..finally, after hours, literally, of waiting and gettting really nervous, I washed my hair and had quite a shock.

It was the brightest, orange-ist, red-ist head of hair you've ever seen!!! I now know I have too much red in my hair, genes, to ever be blonde w/o extreme work by professionals, which I would never do. What a time that was! It took forever for me to look in the mirror again…..

I began going gray in my 30's, every time my son or I got sick or whatever, I got more gray hair. I truly earned every gray hair! So, I began to enjoy the salt/pepper look, which with light skin was nice.

Then, turned 50, looked in the mirror and didn't recognize myself, so went to store and got what I thought was a lovely color of Loreal. I went to church choir the next night, walked in expecting everyone to applause with the vast improvement, and met howls of laughter! Cries of horror! Apparently, I chose a color with Ash in it. Not good for my hair or my skin tone.

My hair, under the flourescent lights, was green!

Yep! So, I had it returned to God's first choice, black, and lived with black hair for years.

Then, about 3 years ago, I really wasn't doing well physically or emotionally, so I decided I needed a change and simplification in my life. I decided to go to God's 2nd choice, white. I let it go au naturale…..was lovely growing out with both colors, then was totally a silver gray/white.

I loved it. My son hated it. All of a sudden, he had an old mother!

I've 'striped' it with some black once in a while just for fun and to add interest….no purple, just black and it does look good like that. But, now, after finding I needed infusions of iron for deficiency, and taking iron +C tablets daily, it's back to natural salt/pepper! Didn't know it, but apparently the iron is adding some color back!!!

Believe me, this is all true. Crazy, true and fun.

Now, I do, if not feeling really perky, at times think of a change. Maybe, purple? Or…no, it's stays as God chooses now. And, now, I'm happy to have hair!
Blessings to you, my friend. I do enjoy you. Elizabeth

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@ess77 I also discovered that peroxide turns dark hair red. I was using peroxide on spots on my scalp that were continually developing sores, without paying much attention to what was happening to my hair. Until I took a trip with my parents and they both remarked on it. Unfortunately, it not only changed the color of the hair, it removed all the oils and nutrition from my hair and made it very dry and frizzy. I stopped using the peroxide and got a cut that removed most of the damaged hair. I've always been satisfied with what God gave me, even though I would dearly have loved to have my father's auburn color.

@ess77, I enjoyed your changing hair color stories…especially the choir laughter at your new "flourescent" lighted new green locks!

Lovely Elizabeth, your post reminded me of the one time I thought I'd restore some blonde highlights to my darker locks also at about the age of 50. The colorist must have gotten carried away because the reveal was a mop of horrible dish water gray…that one sitting aged me 20 yrs!!! Lesson learned.

Years later at the symphony I asked a good friend what color she'd call my hair. Amidst her infectious giggles, she stammered out: "Well gray of course!" Others in our little group joined the laughter….I preferred to think they were inspired by her giggles and not my own blindness! Impertinence I told her later! lol

I absolutely believe what you wrote and as for adding a stripe of black from time to time, a good friend, who can still wear her hair longer has her hairdresser leave a natural silver streak near her face when adding new black periodically. Really a striking and great look for the friend.

At our age and stage, I'd say if you want to go purple, why not??? It might prove the boost you and all your friends would truly appreciate!

Like you, I have long been thankful for my thick, fast growing hair and most thankful of all that I still have a head full. Now, with quarantine, I'm trying to manage the use of fingernail scissors in trimming around the ears and bangs. We never grow too olde to learn new tricks, right?

Best to you and all as we enter a new year filled with hope for much better times!

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